Excerpt: Widening my horizons when the opportunity arose was a challenge I was willing to accept when Cameron asked if I would like to take on the peripherals segment along with the cases and coolers I already look at. I feel a fresh market chocked full of all sorts of products was something that was just what I was looking for to broaden my horizons, deliver an in-depth review, and of course, play with more cool new toys!
Conclusion: This is a new and improved Roccat Kova+ Gaming mouse, I think they have managed to improve the mouse with the few bits that it might have been lacking in the past. The mouse works very well in both gaming and in normal daily usage, I find it to be quick and a hint more responsive than the older Kova.
Summary: The software for this mouse is what truly sets it apart from most other mice and where this unit really shines (aside from all the LEDs!). Upon the first plug in on a Windows 7 Ultimate x64 install you will be prompted to install a driver. This is probably one of the few mice out there that absolutely requires a specific driver, which makes sense due to all the advanced features this mouse can provide via software.
Excerpt: 2010 was a busy year for ROCCAT, not only did they launch the PYRA a new wireless gaming mouse aimed at the laptop market, they also updated the KONE, their high end gaming mouse, to the KONE[+] .
Conclusion: The Roccat Kova[+] is a great light-weight mouse packed full of functionality. In terms of comfort and tactile feedback, it may not be the best in the price range, but it certainly holds up its end of the bargain in terms of performance. While optical sensors may be inferior to laser in certain conditions and surfaces, in general a 3200DPI optical sensor is accurate enough to work on most surfaces and performance is the equivalent of a laser mouse.
Cons: Configurations takes over 40 seconds to apply, Unable to customize weight, Hard to clean dust off and keeps finger smudges, Auxiliary buttons are not shaped ideally and offers too much resistance for critical macros
Summary: The Kova is a new driverless mouse from ROCCAT, light and with high precision which has a nice futuristic design, like a floating car without wheels. Being driverless, all of its settings can be done on-the-fly, in any application, which is very useful, especially in intensive games like Counterstrike: Source.
Excerpt: The Roccat Kova is the first mouse from the German manufacturer, so let’s have a look at their first attempt. Packaging: This mouse comes in a striking but modern box; it looks good and follows the Roccat theme. There’s also a windowed door on the front of the packaging to allow better viewing of the mouse. The box also has an embossed logo down the right hand side; this is another very nice feature because it catches the light well and looks great.
Conclusion: This is a great mouse, it fits my hand perfect and the it doesn’t weigh anything which makes it very comfortable to game with. It works for most users since it is for left and right handed consumers. The leds give it a cool look while the button combinations make it very easy to change settings instead of having a software. Another cool thing is that it has a extra wide scroll wheel and and buttons on both sides of the mouse.
Excerpt: The Original Kova has been around for about a year and a half and was quite startling when it was first released. The combination of a great sensor, ambidextrous usability and driver-free customisation were a unique combination.
Conclusion: The Roccat Kova + is a master of a mouse. It takes all the good bits of the original Kova, combines them with some of Roccat’s latest innovations and gives you a mouse that’s everything you’d want; if you’re a claw gamer like me. While I still might say that the Kone + is a mour feature filled product – it certainly has stronger specifications – that type of rodent is built for the palm gamer, those with giant mits; the Kova + is for us smaller gamers, or those with claw...
Pros: Perfect claw grip design, Good sensitivity, great accuracy, no stutter, Software allows for macros, Easyshift and sound feedback are nice additions, Soft rubber coating fixes original Kova comfort issues
Cons: Middle moust button is a bit stiff to begin with, No interchangeable weights