The plastic cover that protects the Kova from the fingers of the public as they test the mouse, isn't connected to anything thankfully and so just slides right out, revealing the mouse in all its glory.
From the left hand side we can see the main two buttons that most people will use, the back and forward buttons. In keeping with the simple design philosophy employed by Roccat, the front button goes forward and the back one goes back. This might sound very obvious but as this is supplied with no software as such, getting it right is vital and something that not everyone does.
On the right is the Roccat logo neatly embossed into the right mouse button, which provides handy grip during those frantic frag-fests, without compromising comfort at all.
Both pictures show how large the central scroll-wheel is, and how the symmetrical nature of the design ensures comfortable use for both right and left-handed users. You can also see the rubber pads that provide extra grip underneath each pair of side buttons. As someone who uses their mouse in the "fingertip" style, these are a boon and not once did the mouse slip or slide.
Moving round to the front you can really get a feel for the aggressive design of the mouse, based upon the Lamborghini Revanton, and how smooth the whole design is. At the front left and front right you'll notice two of the panels that light up when it is powered.
The rear of the mouse is very tidy, with the two sections that light up at the bottom right and bottom left. This also unmistakably echos the design of the Revanton and looks exceptional in the flesh. The palm area provides a very comfortable, smooth, surface. A tiny amount of texturing keeps it within your grasp without becoming uncomfortable.
Finally, turning it over we can see the four large pads that help the mouse glide on almost any surface. Apologies for the white specks, but such was my pleasure in using it that it had to be almost forcibly removed from my grasp for the photos. The box contains no software at all, with everything controlled by the on-board hardware as I'll explain on the next page. The manual is an exercise in restraint. It covers all the information necessary, without being the usual tome that provides almost none of the information you want. They've also wisely avoided the needless back-slapping that many companies employ, of the "congratulations on purchasing" variety. Once I've splashed the cash, just tell me how it works. So thumbs up to Roccat here too.
If the packaging and initial impressions are anything to go by, this could be a true stunner.
Roccat Sota Gaming Mousepad
The Sota mousepad is available in both black and the almost electric blue that you see here today. As someone who tends toward black hardware and very muted colours, this is a revelation. It appears very blue indeed in the pictures, but once in the dingy corner of OC3D towers it is very muted and barely noticeable. The perfect blend between good looks and not being so blinding as to interfere with the task in hand.
Measuring in at a quite sizable 350mm wide and 270mm deep, it takes up a sizable amount of real-estate. However the very subtle nature of the logo in the corner means that it actually doesn't appear as big as it is.
The granular surface feels very similar to a lot of the high-end gaming surfaces, but when something works, why change it? It's not rough enough to be uncomfortable or to hinder the speed of the mouse, but enough to ensure that the mouse tracks correctly all the time.
The underside has an exceptionally fine weave pattern embedded in the rubber, which provides good grip on all surfaces. Whilst not quite as ludicrously sticky as the CM Storm Battle Pad SSK, it nonetheless wont shift at all, even under the most heavy handed use. From glass to wood to shiny hardback books, it stayed exactly where it was put.
Time to put some juice through this and show you how it looks all lit up.