Roccat have quickly established themselves as one of the big players in the professional gaming market, providing excellent quality at a reasonable price point. In June this year we had the pleasure of testing the Roccat Kone mouse, their high end offering with huge customisation options which we rated highly indeed. Then in July we tested their gaming surface the Roccat Taito which was good, but didn't really stand out from the crowd.
Roccat have four products in their Smart Desktop Management System (SDMS for short). The Roccat Arvo is a combination USB hub and mouse cable holder than ensures the mouse cable is held in a free position and so wont interfere at even the highest level of competitive play. The Roccat Arvo is an, as yet unreleased, compact Keyboard and the Kova and Sota we are looking at today round out the quadrilogy.
All four SDMS products demonstrate the clear vision that Roccat have for the way your desktop should look and how each will integrate with the other. Many of us have to make a decision between a stylish looking desktop with matching components or between a high performing one that utilises a variety of parts. Roccat hope to ensure that this decision is now easy, by providing a range of high performance products that are all designed with a central philosophy and provide a holistic approach to our input needs.
Today we will be having a look at two the latest offerings from the Roccat SDMS plan, the Roccat Kova gaming mouse, a stripped down high-performance product, and the Roccat Sota which is a very stealthy looking gaming mousepad, so let's see if Roccat have achieved their goal of exceptional performance without compromising the design aesthetics.
Firstly we'll look at the Roccat Kova mouse with some specifications and features taken from the Roccat website.
* 3200DPI PRO-OPTIC gaming sensor with enhanced optical sensor technology
* Hardware based configuration for rapid use and simple operation
* 20G acceleration ensures smooth and precise movements
* V-shape ergonomic fit for left and right handers
* ROCCAT™ GRIPTECH sides with non-slip stablization surface
* Coated mouse wheel with optimum grip + comfort
* Customisable Light System for your favourite colour
* DPI change feedback LEDs indicate the selected dpi setting
* 5+2 Mouse Buttons with core task configurations
* Full system compatibility with Mac® and Windows® OS
* 2m USB cable
* Mouse weight approx 90g excluding cable
A high speed sensor coupled to excellent acceleration and light weight should ensure great performance.
Time to take a closer look at the packaging.