Roccat Kova 2016 Gaming Mouse Review


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Roccat Kova 2016 Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse Review

By Tom Jaskulka

Manufacturer: ROCCAT GmbH
Product Name: Kova
Model Number: ROC-11-502AM
UPC: 4250288164062
Price As Tested: $47.99 (Newegg | Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by ROCCAT GmbH.

A year ago, I had the opportunity to review a Roccat Tyon – my first Roccat product since I purchased one of their Pyra and Kova mice many years ago. I remember the original Kova fondly, but it wasn’t…quite there yet. I liked the ambidextrous design, price point, Lamborghini-esque styling, and simple approach to performance (an optical sensor with driver-less configuration); I wasn’t quite as impressed with the overall build quality, lack of granular customization options or lighting. Will the new Kova change my mind? Will the improved sensor, new looks, lighting, and robust construction replace my first impressions? Benchmark Reviews has the opportunity to take the new Kova (ROC-11-502) for a spin, so let’s find out.

Roccat Kova_024

Features and Specifications:

Courtesy Roccat

7000DPI PRO-OPTIC SENSOR R6: from 3500 native dpi via overdrive mode
ROCCAT® EASY-SHIFT[+]: duplicator technology: 22 functions
12 MOUSE BUTTONS: programmable + solid 2D Titan Wheel
AMBIDEXTROUS SHAPE: optimized for both left- and right-hand use
16.8M MULTICOLOR ILLUMINATION: customizable two-level light system
32-BIT ARM MCU + ONBOARD MEMORY: for rapid macro storage and execution
ROCCAT® SWARM: integrated next-gen driver system
TALK® FX + ALIENFX™ ILLUMINATION: lighting effects for your favorite games
SMART CAST TOP BUTTON LAYOUT: intuitive control via reflexive button layout

  • Pro-Optic Sensor R6 with up to 3500dpi
  • Up to 7000dpi with Overdrive Mode
  • 1000Hz polling rate
  • 1ms response time
  • 20G acceleration
  • 12-bit data channel
  • 72MHz Turbo Core V2 32-bit Arm based MCU
  • 512kB onboard memory
  • 1.8m braided USB cable

Dimensions / Weight

  • Width 6.6cm, Height 3.8cm, Length 13.1cm, Weight 99g


  • Windows® 8, Windows® 7, Windows® 10
  • USB 2.0 Port
  • Internet connection for driver installation


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