Name: Roccat Kova AIMO
Publisher: Roccat/Turtle Beach
Acquired: A copy of this hardware was provided from a publisher for review purpose
I’ve experienced a lot of various gaming mouses throughout the years, everything from a cheap knockoff bought at an extremely low price, to way too expensive ones.
But this time I actually got to sit down and write a review of a very affordable gaming mouse from Roccat.
Not everything has to cost your monthly breakfast, lunch, and dinner to get high-quality gaming hardware. And that is the feeling I got when I’ve used the Roccat Kova AIMO gaming mouse. There are of course some pros and cons with it, and I will try to get into more detail around that down below. But my overall experience was great, and it is my experience and how the mouse worked for me that I’m going to review, so let’s dive into it.
The overall design of the Roccat Kova AIMO is simple and slick, it’s not a typical “business/casual” computer mouse, it’s obvious that this is a gaming mouse. Why?
First off is because of the accessibility of all the buttons on the mouse that you can customize the key bindings in the Roccat Swarm software on your computer. And there are a lot of different settings you can play with, how fast do you want your double click to register? What kind of lights do you want? What will the top right button do? Throw smokes in Call of Duty maybe? It’s all up to you.
This mouse is incredibly lightweight, which made my experience with first-person shooters even more fun. My glass of water, however, didn’t like it much, as my hand flew all over the place as I was playing. There are some issues with the dpi and sensor, more on that below, but my overall experience with the mouse was great, as the mouse performs well and not to mention, the mouse is designed to fit equally left and right-handed people.
The Roccat Kova AIMO’s design as mention is simple for a reason, even though the design is slick and compact, it comes with a price. Everything that defines a great gaming mouse such as rubber grips on the sides or top has been removed, with no textured surface, just a flat and slippery plastic. And the small size of the mouse gave me with big hands a bit of struggle to find a smooth and comfortable “grip position” on the mouse. I do believe that men with smaller hands, women, and children will praise the lord of the great comfort this gaming mouse can provide because I can sense the feeling of how this mouse could’ve felt like in my hands if it could fit in my hands.
I just have to mention this even though I almost praised the software above, the Roccat Swarm software works perfectly when it works that is. I struggled a lot in the beginning, to find the software, locate updates and not to mention installing and starting the software. Not to go into many details here, I can say that I had to reinstall and restart my computer a lot to make it work.
I also mentioned a bit of a problem with the dpi and sensor in this mouse. First of all the button location is placed “normally” but I can’t exactly figure out what the solution could be, it might just be because my hand didn’t fit properly, but I always accidentally pushed the dpi button, changing the dpi levels while playing, which especially while playing Call of Duty or Counter-Strike is crucial in-game if that happens, as this changes the whole gameplay feel and strategies. ( I could say that it provided me with and extra challenge though). The issue with the sensor might be because of the cheap pricing of this mouse, as cheaper materials have been used. And that is noticeable with the sensor, as you use higher dpi levels, the more latency you get, so I recommend you stay between 700 to 1400 dpi, instead of going to the high levels on this one.
The last issue I have with this mouse is a more personal note, as I love my RGB lights on my gaming hardware. The Roccat Kova AIMO does come with a few lightings, but I’m used to Razer’s Deathadder Elite with lots of flashing colors, and I simply can’t compare these two, as I actually found the Roccat’s version was kind of boring.
- Pro-Optic Sensor R6 with up to 7000dpi
- 1000Hz polling rate
- 20G acceleration
- 1ms response time
- 12-bit data channel
- 50MHz Turbo Core V2 32-bit Arm based MCU
- 512kB onboard memory
- USB 2.0 Port
- Compatible with Windows 7,8 and 10.
- Height 3.80cm
Width 6.60 cm
Lenght 13.10 cm
Roccat Kova AIMO Score 8
Even though the Roccat Kova AIMO didn’t hit my personal expectations, it sure is a great product with high-quality for a low price. The small design could provide great comfort for female gamers, children or even men with small hands, but for me, with big hands, I found it difficult to find a comfortable “grip position”.
User Review( votes)
- High-Quality for a low price
- Flat surface design
- Latency in dpi on high levels