Roccat Kova review

Roccat release another gaming mouse, but can it compete against the legendary G9?

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Our Verdict

Not the best mouse in the world by a long way. Get a G9


  • Lighting looks good
  • DPI adjustment


  • Can't see which DPI you are running
  • Doesn't work with Win 7
  • A bit light
  • Uncomfortable after long periods

Roccat have just released a new lightweight gaming mouse called the Kova. Roccat, for those of you who have never heard of them, is fast becoming the new Razor, and I'm sure that's by design.

Razor has its 'Cult of Razor', whereby each person who buys its kit is invited to wear black robes with funny green squiggles and attend ritualistic, clandestine meetings (probably); now Roccat gives you ID cards with each purchase so you can flash it like a Blue Peter badge.

But it's not this I am alluding to. Oh no, Roccat is fast becoming the new Razor because, with each product release, it's winding me up more and more.

The Valo keyboard really started it off, being as it was a peripheral specifically designed for the PC gamer while also specifically useless on said machine.

My main gripe is that as a PC owner you will have to use pre-OS menus and the Valo refused to function, USB Legacy mode on or not.

Aside from the fact that the Kova mouse is as comfortable to grip as Pinhead the Cenobite's face, and feels like it might blow off the desk if you left the window open, it's also a bit of an awkward bugger to get going.

Its 'big thing' is its driverless design, operating as it does completely off its own hardware. This would be great were it compatible (as it says it is on the website) with Windows 7. We tried it on various machines and the best we could manage was 15 seconds of operation before it shut down.

On XP it was fine though, enabling us to change lighting, DPI settings and, er, more lighting, with a few button combinations.

Unfortunately, there's no display to show what DPI setting you're on, so it's a question of flicking through to find the one you think you want.

So, I'm going to state the simple fact that the Logitech G9 is still available for considerably less than this lightweight gaming rodent.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeMouse
Number of Total Buttons9
Pointing Device Host InterfaceUSB
Scroller TypeScroll Wheel
Ergonomic FitSymmetrical
Brand NameRoccat
Pointing Device Connectivity TechnologyCable
Movement DetectionOptical
Width65 mm
Depth120 mm
ManufacturerRoccat Studios
Product NameKova[+] - Max Performance Gaming Mouse
Product LineKova[+]
Manufacturer Part NumberROC-11-520
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationEquipped to the teeth

Armed with the latest proven ROCCAT™ technological innovations, the successor to the ROCCAT™ Kova is equipped to the teeth. The new ROCCAT™ Kova[+] unites powerful technology with intelligent software and an advanced V-shaped design for left or right-handed use.

The 3200dpi Pro-Optic R2 Gaming Sensor plays in the Champions' League of optical sensors, offering lag-free precision. We increased maximum speed to 130 inches per second and raised maximum acceleration to 30G. And like the current generation of ROCCAT™ gaming mice, the polling rate clocks in at an unprecedented 1000Hz.
Movement Resolution3200 dpi
Weight (Approximate)90 g