Roccat is one of the biggest gaming brands on the market, offering a huge range of peripherals that have been winning over consumers at home, pro gamers in the eSports community and beyond. Their gaming mice, keyboards and headsets are often regarded as some of the best in the business, and from what we’ve seen in previous reviews here at eTeknix, they certainly know how to impress.
“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.” – Roccat
“Put what you’ve learned to use and combine new experiences so skillfully that your thinking and actions are always one and the same.” Dr. Erik J. Dale, ROCCAT Scientist
The Kova comes equipped with all the right features for competitive gaming. You’ll find a high-quality optical sensor, which offers up lag free tracking with high IPS and acceleration capabilities, so we’re expecting great things from this in our testing section.
3200dpi optical Sensor
130 ips maximum speed
1000Hz polling rate
16-bit data channel
2m USB cable
Width 6.4 cm , Height 3.8 cm , Length 12.8 cm , Weight 98 g
First of all, let’s check out this quick product feature trailer from Roccat, as it’ll walk you through some of the unique aspects of the Kova.
The packaging is typical Roccat, keeping the same box shape and general design we’ve seen on all their mice for years now. There’s a clear image of the product, as well as a rundown of all the major specifications.
Around the back, a bit more technical information, but let’s move onto the fun stuff and get it out of the box!
In the box, you’ll find the mouse, which comes hard-wired with a 2-meter black braided cable, as well as all the usual documentation.
Roccat are back on eTeknix once again, this time with the latest and hopefully, their greatest keyboard they’ve ever produced! The new Roccat Ryos MK FX RGB Mechanical Keyboards takes everything we know and love about the already fantastic Ryos range, and gives it a glorious RGB switch upgrade, allowing Roccat to take their already impressive lighting engine to a whole new and far more colourful level.
“The Ryos MK FX offers fully customizable, ROCCAT®-enginereed Per-Key RGB illumination in two convenient modes: preset and custom. This means you can add awesome special effects in 16.8 million colors to your keystrokes, configure your keyboard to highlight your in-game and application key bindings, your modifier keys, your system controls as well as your macro sequences and cool-downs plus much, much more.” – Roccat
Of course, aesthetically pleasing lighting effects are one thing, but the Ryos MK FX is no slouch in other departments and is easily one of the best-equipped keyboards on the market today. With full 16.8 million colour lighting, two 32-bit ARM Cortex processors with 2MB of flash memory ensuring lag-free processing of lighting, macros recording, Cherry MX switches, AlienFX, Roccat Talk, Easy-Shift, dedicated macro keys, thumbster keys, n-key rollover and more.
“Do you pick style or performance when you look for the perfect weapon to add to your gaming arsenal? Do it the ROCCAT way: pick both. Purpose built for hardcore gamers, the Ryos MK FX is the most advanced mechanical gaming keyboard on the market. Using all of ROCCAT’s industry expertise and gaming experience, the Ryos MK FX boasts a feature set so comprehensive and a design so eye-watering you’ll be leading the pack by miles – complete with 16.8 million color per-key RGB illumination.” – Roccat
The packaging keeps in theme with all the other Roccat keyboards we’ve seen, but one noticeable difference is the extra aura of colour around the keyboard; very colourful!
A few technical details around the box tell us that we’ve got MX Brown switches, the UK layout and some of the cool features of the board, but since we’ve already discussed these, let’s move on and open up the box!
With the outer slip cover removed, you’ll find a sturdy inner box with a Ryos logo.
Inside that, the Ryos keyboard, protected with a lot of cardboard spacers to keep it safe, as well as a custom plastic top cover and some plastic strips to prevent scratches in transit.
The keyboard comes hard-wired with a thick braided cable and has dual USB headers for extra power, as well as a pair of 3.5mm audio jacks for pass-through connectivity.
Roccat is one of the most popular gaming brands on the market, so we’re very happy to see their latest headset, the Renga, in the eTeknix office today. Having already produced some of our favourite headsets, such as the Kave XTD True 5.1 and my own personal in-ear headphones/headset, the Syva, I have high expectations for their new multi-format lightweight stereo gaming headset. Roccat has always worked hard to push innovative features to their products, and you only have to take a quick look at their Ryos and ISKU FX keyboards, Tyon gaming mouse, or any other products they’ve produced, to see how they’ve innovated in terms of design, features, performance and their feature-packed desktop software.
“Renga is ROCCAT’s vision for a studio grade over-ear stereo gaming headset that creates the utmost audio experience for gamers. With multi-platform support, its over-ear design with optimally aligned 50mm driver units ensures comfort and deep, powerful bass for completely undivided in-game focus. Its reinforced structural housing provides the framework for a super comfortable build, with ergonomic headband and ear cushions. Perfect for gaming, music playback, movies and more, Renga is developed for gamers who demand more from their headset.” – Roccat
The Renga has been designed for serious gamers, both at home and within the eSports community. It’s open-backed design will help you stay focused on your environment and your game, with a high-quality fold up microphone that will give you the performance you need for team chat or even a few Skype calls at home. It promises a durable and highly flexible design that should ensure the headset takes more than a few knocks and bumps too, handy for those heading out to a lot of gaming events. To add further value to the Renga, you’ll also find it support PC, PlayStation 4 and mobile devices, giving you more bang for your buck by only needing one headset for multiple gaming devices. So let’s go take a closer look at what Roccat’s latest headset has to offer.
The packaging is typical Roccat, with the strong black and blue theme, a great photo of the headset and all the major specifications listed right on the front. As you can see, we’ve got multiformat support, powerful stereo drivers, and an open-back ventilated driver design.
In the box, you’ll find the headset, which comes hard-wired with a dual 3.5mm cable for desktop use, a Y-split to single 3.5mm cable for console/mobile use, as well as the usual documentation.
The cables are fantastic quality, with a thick rubber anti-tangle coating in stunning electric blue. There’s also a hard-wired in-line controller that gives you quick and easy access to the microphone mute switch, as well as a master volume dial.
Roccat is one of the leading peripheral manufacturers and produces a huge array of products including mice, keyboards, headsets and more! Some time ago, the company unveiled the Ryos MK Pro mechanical keyboard which features a wide selection of switch options from Cherry MX blue to blacks. Furthermore, the keyboard offered superb durability and a wonderful wrist rest. It seems the current trend revolves around RGB backlighting and allows the end-user to choose a colour scheme which matches their PC build. Even some motherboards have started to adopt RGB lighting directly onto the PCB.
To keep up with the current market, Roccat has updated their keyboard line-up and launched the Ryos MK FX. This particular model sports per key RGB illumination and supports 16.8 million colours. Additionally, it’s possible to create a custom mode or select from a number of special effect presets. This is made remarkably easy via Roccat’s Swarm software package and gives the end-user a great deal of flexibility. As you might expect, the Ryos MK FX is powered by two 32-bit ARM Cortex processors and 2MB of flash memory to store custom configurations. Roccat’s Easy-Shift[+] technology means each key has a secondary programmable function with options for simple commands or complex macros. This is incredibly useful in certain games where repeated key presses for a particular command are a common occurrence. On another note, the keyboard has a microphone/headphone passthrough, braided USB cable and media function keys. At first the media keys’ positioning seems a little strange, but it works rather well. In terms of pricing, the Ryos MK FX will cost $169.99 in the US market and should be available from today. Unfortunately, I haven’t received information regarding the European price, but I’m guessing it’s around the £120 mark.
Are you a fan of RGB lighting or feel it’s a gimmick?
Roccat has rapidly gained an impressive range of products including keyboards, mice, headsets, and gaming surfaces. The company is renowned for manufacturing reliable peripherals while adopting a unique aesthetic design. This is achieved without impacting on affordability and there’s something to suit various price brackets. Furthermore, Roccat has an official League of Legends team and continues to help the eSports industry. Their latest creation is the Renga stereo gaming headset for the PC, PlayStation 4, mobiles, tablets and other devices. The headset opts for an over-ear design, and produces a premium audio experience.
More specifically, the Renga utilizes a high-end 50mm neodymium driver in each ear cup to provide crisp trebles and a deep powerful bass. Furthermore, the headset features a reinforced skeletal frame which adds a robust feel while remaining surprisingly light. On another note, there’s ventilated ear cups, an ergonomic headband, and plush ear cushions. This ensures the headset is comfortable for long durations and should be a great option for streamers. The in-line remote control provides quick access to commonly used sound settings and allows for on-the-fly no-look control. The bundled microphone apparently offers crystal clear recording and can easily switch between gaming and music playback. It’s also rotatable which means it should be fairly easy to find the optimal positioning.
René Korte, CEO and founder at ROCCAT described the new announcement and indicated this is just the first product in a new range:
“The Renga is the first of our newly-designed headsets built for just one use – the perfect stereo sound experience”,
“Lightweight, robustly built and compatible with almost any device, the Renga is the everyday gaming headset that comes with an affordable price tag, without making compromises in quality.”
The ROCCAT Renga will be available in late February with a suggested retail price of 49,99 Euro/USD. This is an excellent price when you consider the features and Roccat warranty.
Picking the right keyboard is a fairly complex battle these days, there’s a huge range of products out there and so many well established (and relatively new brands) that all have shiny and attractive products. Even then, the prices and configurations can vary wildly from model to model, even though they all do the same basic things, so which one is the right one for you? We don’t actually know! What I can tell you are some of the best keyboards we’ve tested recently here at eTeknix, round-up some of their best features and help you find one for your budget, and one that ticks all the right boxes for you in terms of features.
We’ve got one fantastic collection, as you can see in the image above. There are mechanical, membrane, plunger and Romer switches, different sizes, prices and more in our keyboard pile. We’ve tried and tested every single one of them and would happily go out and spend out hard-earned cash on any of them, but we would love to know which one you would want to buy? Let’s jump right in and take a quick look at what each one of them has to offer.
Ozone Strike Battle
The Ozone Strike Battle has long been my favourite keyboard. It’s quite a contradiction for me too, as I love a big keyboard, full of features and packed with macro keys, but the TKL design of the Strike Battle was something I fell in love with quite quickly. It has virtually no bezel on the body, so the desktop space it occupies is incredibly compact, leaving more room for your mouse and other desktop treasures.
This is also one of the lightest keyboards I’ve ever seen, at least for a mechanical, which combined with the small size means that it’ll fit in your backpack with ease, making it a great weapon of choice for travelling to LAN gaming events. It’s also exceptional value for money, especially for a keyboard that features the well tried and tested Cherry MX Switches. The only downside of the lightweight design is the keys are quite clanky, something that I personally fixed with a set of O-ring mods.
One of the more expensive models on the market is the Razer Blackwidow, but it’s one that is loved by gamers all over the world. Razer is a great gaming brand with a huge range of products, and the Blackwidow Chroma is certainly a stand out product in their range. The backlighting on this is some of the best RGB lighting I’ve seen, with really vivid colours that will excite those who love a bit of customisation.
In terms of the performance, the BlackWidow is a slight diversion from the usual Cherry MX boards we see, as Razer developed their own brown and green variant switches. They’re finely tuned for gaming and offer even better durability, but subjectively, they’re at least just as great as any other premium switch. The angular design and slick build quality are certainly standout features, making this a great addition for any desktop gamer, Razer fan or otherwise.
Another expensive model here, although when you’re looking at the best of something, prices are often going to sweep to the higher end of the spectrum more often than not. The G910 is the latest and arguably the greatest keyboard from Logitech. It comes packed to the brim with exciting features that make it well suited to PC gaming, from a range of dedicated macro keys, ARX dock, multimedia controls, custom shaped ergonomic key caps, two detachable wrist-rests, per-key RGB lighting and more.
What really stands out here, however, is the Romer-G mechanical switches, a hybrid of traditional mechanical and plunger switches, which feature a light action, a tactile bump and a lower actuation point for super fast response times. They tick all the boxes for an almost greatest hits of different switch types, all bundled into a single package.
G.Skill may have made a great reputation in the memory market, but recently they’ve taken the peripherals market by surprise, with the release of the rather amazing KM780, a fully featured mechanical gaming keyboard that has every feature you could ever hope for and more. The build quality is exceptionally good, with a huge black brushed aluminium chassis, a durable rubber grip wrist rest, dedicated macro keys, dedicated multimedia controls, RGB lighting and so much more. It’s certainly one of the more unique looking keyboards too.
They are an unproven name in the peripherals market, but with such great looks and build quality, as well as a fully Cherry MX switch layout, it’s not hard to guess how well it performs. Additional features, such as the detachable wrist rest, optional gaming key caps, USB and HD audio cable pass-through and lovely RGB lighting make this a great keyboard for gaming and day-to-day desktop use.
The TteSports Poseidon Z is quite a simple looking beast and quite frankly, it is. It has all the basics and little else, but what it does have, it does really well. The compact design is great for those who want to free up a bit of desktop space, and the slimmer design means it’s much easier to transport too.
Build quality is rock solid, there’s some LED backlighting for a little extra flair, but at the end of the day, that’s about all you get. The keyboard is equipped with Kailh mechanical switches, which come with the advantage of being a lot cheaper to buy, making it a great mid-price entry to the mechanical keyboard market and a big step up for those coming from a membrane switch keyboard. It’s great for gaming, but the simple design means it wouldn’t look out of place in the office either.
Another entry from Thermaltake, with their super affordable Commander, what’s so special about this one? It’s incredibly cheap! Using the more common membrane switches and cheaper construction, it’s now about to blow you away, but there’s a lot of keyboard here for very little money, with the added bonus that it also comes bundled with a gaming mouse!
If you’re looking for an affordable entry into PC gaming, then this is certainly the best place to start. It’s keys are light and responsive, the design looks great and there’s still some nice features, such as the LED lighting and multimedia key shortcuts to add to the already excellent value for money.
Much like the Poseidon Z, the Quick Fire XTi is a little back to basics in terms of features. The no-fuss design is certainly something that appeals to me and it’s also a proven choice for many pro-gamers too. The slim design doesn’t take up too much space, but what really makes this keyboard stand out is the build quality. Cooler Master keyboards are one of the things that will still be around in a thousand years time, they’re incredibly durable, which is great if you’re prone to rage quitting.
Fully equipped with Cherry MX switches, and one of the few keyboards on the market that offers MX Green as a switch type, this is simply one of those keyboards that once you try it, you won’t want to stop typing on it, ever. It’s a joy to use, looks nice and sleek and the price is pretty reasonable too given the build quality. A great option for LAN gamers, at home gamers, the office or anywhere for that matter. I also love the red and blue lighting, which can be combined to give you pinks and purples, but it offers up some lovely warm colours that certainly add to the appeal.
Cougar have been cropping up more and more this last year, with an absolutely fantastic range of gaming mice and keyboards. One of the ones that stoop out for me was the Cougar 700K as it’s one of the best looking mechanical gaming keyboards on the market, and also one of the more unique ones at that. With detachable wrist guards, a fantastic ergonomic layout, brushed aluminium chassis, dedicated macro keys, dedicated multimedia controls and an on-board macro engine, it’s certainly versatile.
There’s a range of Cherry MX switches on offer, so it’s easy to find the one that best suits your needs, although I personally think the MX Red is especially good on this model. It’s a little expensive, but with such great build quality, as well as a cool bonus features such as the USB and audio pass-through, it’s a competitive option for those wanting a fully featured mechanical gaming keyboard.
The Roccat ISKU FX is, in my opinion, one of the absolute best membrane keyboards on the market. It’s got super fast and low set keys that are an absoulte joy to work on, but with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a high-end mechanical gaming keyboard. There’s full RGB lighting, dedicated multimedia keys, dedicated macro keys with on-the-fly recording, three rather handy thumbster keys, a built-in and durable wrist rest, and so much more.
It’s a little greedy in terms of required desktop space, but for this money, you’re going to struggle to find so many features anywhere else. It also comes with the benefit of the rather sublime Roccat Talk desktop software, which allows extensive settings customisation, as well as syncing features with other Roccat products.
Not a fan of membrane keyboards? Don’t worry, you can still get all those lovely gamer focused features of the ISKU FX from Roccat in a more premium model, the RYOS MK Pro. Now, I’m sure Roccat would like me to class this as an entirely different keyboard, but just look at it, it’s very similar to the ISKU FX, just with a fully mechanical switch setup and a slightly thicker, heavier and more durable design overall.
It’s just as featured packed as the ISKU, but with better build quality and world-class Cherry MX switches, as well as USB and HD audio pass-through, making it a great choice for those who love their mechanical keyboards, so long as you can spare the extra financial investment, of course.
We finish up with another budget friendly offering, the membrane switched Octane from Cooler Master. It’s a pretty humble keyboard, but the design looks great with the matte black finish key caps, a little LED lighting, and as a very welcome bonus, a set of basic multimedia keys on the top row.
For gaming on a tight budget, the Octane is hard to beat, but its value is even further improved by the bunded 3500 DPI optical mouse, making it great for those who need a complete setup. Both the keyboard and mouse feature 7 colour LED lighting, giving you some scope for desktop customisation, and the membrane switches are remarkably pleasant to type on overall.
Picking the right gaming mouse can be a tricky task as there are virtually countless brands on the market offering a staggeringly huge range of mice in seemingly every shape, colour, size and budget you can think of, so where do you even get started?
We’ve had a dig around for some of our favourite gaming mice, albeit with a slight focus on more recent models, giving you a good impression of what’s currently available on the market and with any luck, help you find the one that is right for you. Of course, which is best is a matter of personal opinion, one may have a better sensor, but you may prefer the look or grip of another, it’s about finding what’s best for you and your requirements.
As you can see from the list below (and the image above), we’ve got quite a selection of great gaming mice at our disposal, and we’re confident that no matter which you choose, you’ll be very happy with it as these are all great products in their own respects. We’ve got a wide range of budgets covered too, from around £20 to well over £100! Let’s get on with the fun stuff and take a closer look at what each of these gaming mice has to offer!
CM Storm Xornet II
Ozone Argon Ocelote World
CM Storm Sentinel III
Logitech G502 Proteus Core
Corsair Scimitar RGB
TteSports Ventus X
G.Skill Ripjaws MX780
CM Storm Xornet II
A lightweight and compact mouse design that is well suited to fast-paced gameplay, the Xornet II is a great little gaming mouse. The compact design lends well to fingertip and claw grip play styles, making it a great weapon for twitchy FPS shooters, but it’s also very well suited to younger gamers who naturally have a smaller grip and hand size, so it’s a popular option for the Minecraft generation. The buttons are light and responsive too, which is great for frantic MOBA sessions.
With a smooth optical sensor, with three programmable DPI levels, as well as an adjustable lift-off height, fully programmable buttons and a little bit of full RGB flair, it’s a versatile tool for gaming and day-to-day desktop use, at a price that’s certainly attractive; it’s actually one of the cheapest in our round-up today.
Zowie has a very respectable reputation in the pro gaming scene, offering a range of mice that are loved by gamers at home and in the eSports industry. A lightweight and nimble design, as well as large slipmats, give the FK1 exceptional glide and agility, combined with comfortable ergonomics, responsive switches and a zero fuss design that lends well to competitive gameplay.
The flawless deployment of the Avago 3310 Optical Sensor is pixel perfect, something that’ll benefit both work and gameplay, but we find this mouse is at its absolute best in games like CS:GO and we’re certainly not the only gamers to think so.
There’s no desktop software, the DPI selector is on the base of the mouse, offering up 450/1150/2300DPI and the ergonomic left-and-right handed design can be toggled back and forth directly on the mouse, so no need to worry about setup, you can just plug it in and get right on with the action.
Another mouse with an eSports pedigree, the Ozone Argon is a great gaming mouse, but we like their special edition which was designed by legendary pro gamer Ocelote. Equipped with a pin point accurate Laser sensor, a switchable ambidextrous design, on the fly DPI switching, grippy side panels and 9 fully programmable buttons, the Argon has all the features you could likely ever need or want from a gaming mouse.
The stylish and lightweight design is certainly appealing, but you can also benefit from a weight tuning system that allows you to customise the glide and balance of the mouse to best suit your play style. While not the cheapest or most expensive mouse here today, you will struggle to find better value for money than what Ozone have to offer here.
Cooler master is the only brand we have in this list twice, so you can be certain that there’s a good reason for doing so. Their recently released Sentinel III is their latest and greatest Sentinel gaming mouse yet, with practically every aspect of the mouse having been improved upon, especially the build quality, without ruining what we loved about the original.
The Sentinel III ticks all the right boxes for a desktop mouse, with an accurate sensor, fully programmable buttons, comprehensive software, a built-in OLED display for DPI and profile readout, weight tuning system, on-board memory, full RGB lighting and more, making it as versatile for office work, as it is for competitive gaming; a solid all-round mouse.
There are a lot of things I can say about this mouse and every single on of them is positive. Without a doubt, the G502 is one of the best gaming mice in the world today and comes with all the latest features you would expect from a flagship gaming mouse.
Equipped with what may very well be the best sensor we’ve ever tested, the accuracy of the G502 is unmatched. With extensive customisation options available via the desktop software, 11 fully programmable buttons, a sniper mode button, on-board memory for saving your profiles, full RGB lighting, a weight tuning system, as well as the iconic unlockable scroll wheel that has been a popular feature for Logitech mice and so much more, there isn’t a thing that the G502 wouldn’t be perfect for.
It’s a little more expensive that some other options, but the saying that you get what you pay for rings loud and clear here, and I think it’ll be a long time before we see a better mouse on the market.
The world of MMO and RPG gaming can be quite demanding, with complex commands and more often than not, a control setup that uses virtually every key on the keyboard and mouse. The help gain more control and speed over the competition, the Scimitar deploys a fantastic mechanical keypad on the side of the mouse, giving you a frightening amount of flexibility for deploying macros, cooldown timers, shortcuts and more, giving you the edge over the competition when you’re in the middle of a complex raid mission.
On top of the monstrous amount of buttons, it’s also a fantastic looking mouse, with some of the coolest RGB lighting that you’ll find on any gaming mouse. Snappy and responsive switches, comprehensive software features, built-in memory and a fantastic sensor make the Scimitar a powerful weapon for control-intensive gaming.
One of the more affordable mice on our list today, the Ventus X is a great all-round mouse that may not have all of the crazy features of some of the products we’ve suggested so far, but it certainly has all the basics right.
A smooth sensor, snappy and response switches, comfortable ergonomics, a new grip coating and durable rubber grip side panels, weight tuning system, LED lighting, hand ventilation, macro engine and more make it suitable for a wide range of gaming and work applications, it also looks pretty stylish too.
The laser sensor may not be the highest grade on this list, but you’ll find it gives silky smooth results right across the range, giving you excellent accuracy. Combined with the effortless glide and tunable weight, it’s easy to use even after many hours of gaming.
G.Skill may be relatively new to the peripherals market, having spent years making award-winning memory products, but the MX780 is proof that they’re able to deliver the same relentless high-quality and performance in a new market. The MX780 is not only one of the best-looking mice we’ve ever seen, it’s also packed full of fantastic features, such as the removable side panels that allow you to tweak the ergonomics, or turn it from a right to left-handed mouse.
All the high-end features you would expect are here, RGB lighting, high-quality sensor and switches, weight tuning system and more, all topped off by the fantastic laser sensor, making this a great gaming mouse for a wide range of users, play styles and more.
The Tyon is an easy mouse for me to recommend, as it has been my mouse of choice for a year now and I’ve no intention of swapping it out anytime soon. The sensor is great, offering up to 8200 DPI and the rather fantastic software from Roccat is, in my opinion, the best on the market.
Customising the mouse with macros, RGB lighting effects, the sensor performance and more is easily done and with the addition of a dual switch fin on the top, a button on the wing, extra buttons next to the LMB and RMB, as well as an analogue thumb controller, the Tyon is an unrivaled mouse for FPS gaming; especially for games like Battlefield, where those extra buttons are great for controlling vehicles.
Razer is one of the most recognisable gaming brands in the world, proving a popular choice for gamers at home, as well as many members of the eSports community. Razer claimed their new Mamba mouse was one of the most advanced mice ever created and while it comes with the price tag to reflect this, it delivers on features and performance that help justify the investment.
Capable of being used wirelessly and wired, with incredible RGB lighting effects, a fully programmable button layout, one of the best sensors you could ever imagine on a mouse and so much more. Capable of performing at up to 16,000 DPI, there’s no doubt this sensor can provide you with everything you need and more. However, the best features, at least in my opinion, is the adjustable click responses on the left and right mouse buttons. Wants them fast and light or clicky and heavy? Not a problem, just turn the screw and get them just how you like them.
PC gaming is serious business, sure you can pick up virtually any old keyboard and mouse and make do with what you have, but having the right tools for the job can not only improve your performance while gaming, but also make the whole experience much more enjoyable. Enter the Roccat Kiro, a finely tuned gaming mouse that is designed for both left and right-handed gamers.
“Meet the Kiro, the bigger brother of the Lua. With its highly modular, superdextrous build, the game has been changed for ambidextrous mice. Perfectly optimizable for both left and right-handed gamers out of the box, it ticks all the boxes for gamers who thrive on a highly functional mouse with a clean, ergonomic design. With no-sweat parts comprised of a ROCCAT-pioneered soft-touch surface, the Kiro is the flexible ergonomic mouse that lets you win your way.”
While this mouse is tailored to suit any gamer, it is going to appeal to the eSports crowd too, thanks to its compact and nimble design, as well as its high-end Pro-Optic Sensor R” which offers up to 4000DPI; 2000 native, but 4000 via overdrive mode. It also features RGB 16.8 Million colour illumination, Talk FK, AlienFX, a powerful 32-Bit ARM MCU, onboard memory for storing profiles, a modular design and can even support your own 3D-printed side panels! So what are we waiting for? Let’s take a closer look at what the Kiro has to offer.
“In spite of its relatively small size, the Kiro has a strong focus on functionality and is loaded with a build sporting only the best possible components, for a premium gaming experience. Make no mistake, the Kiro’s attention to detail puts it on another level. OMRON switches, a robust 2D Titan Wheel plus a unique soft-touch surface that nullifies palm and finger sweat provides a platform for solid and reliable, high-comfort gaming.”
The packaging is typical of any other Roccat product, with a great image of the mouse and all major specs detailed on the front. As you can see, this mouse has been recommended for FPS and MOBA, but it’s a fairly straight forward design that should be suited to a bit of everything.
Around the back, a few more details on the specifications, but let’s just get things out of the box and see for ourselves.
First thing we find, a few bits of documentation, nothing major but of course we also find a mouse and some side panels.
Roccat has announced the new Kova gaming mouse featuring an ambidextrous design and streamlined shape to create maximum comfort across a wide range of grip styles. Additionally, the Kova utilizes a 3500 native dpi Pro-Optic r5 sensor which extends up to 7000 dpi for extreme sensitivity gameplay. To help with demanding tasks, the mouse is powered by a 72MHz Turbo Core V2 32-bit ARM-based MCU and contains 512KB of on-board memory.
The Kova also opts for a 12-bit data channel, 1000Hz polling rate, 1ms response time, 1.8m braided cable and employs 20G of acceleration. In the peripheral market, RGB lighing is the latest trend and embedded into the Kova. You can adjust the colour of the scroll wheel and mouse rim to individual shades or use visual lighting effects. Roccat’s Swarm software is an essential addition to adjust button arrangements, and other visual tweaks.
The Kova houses a wide array of programmable side buttons which are easily accessible without having to move your hand. This should make the device an excellent choice for various genres. Also, the mouse comes in either a white or black finish and is visually stunning. As white components become more popular, it’s imperative for manufacturers to create products to match a certain theme.
Roccat announced their new Kave XTD 5.1 analog gaming headset with inspiration and feedback from the original Kave. The new Kave headset comes equipped with two 40mm driver units, a 30mm vibration unit in each ear cup, a dual-mode remote for audio control and a convenient LED light-tipped mouthpiece that ensures you know when you’re on a live mic or muted.
The new Kave headset is said to provide some of the best sound quality possible due to the use of an interference isolator. “The electromagnetic interference most gamers simply accept as a part of gaming audio experiences is a thing of the past. The Kave XTD 5.1 Analog provides nothing but clean, crisp audio in full, high quality surround sound.”
The new headset is 25% lighter than the original Kave with its 335grams and it is available now, at least in Europe. The MSRP is set to €119.99 and it will hit the US shelves mid of April for $199.99.
A great headset can enhance your desktop gaming experience. Being able to get closer to the sound in your favourite game, or just further away from the sounds around you in your home or office. Then you’ve got the benefits of a good quality headset for team chat, something that plays an ever more vital role in competitive gaming, or even for work when you need to make a few Skype calls.
The Roccat Kave XTD comes well equipped with powerful 50mm drivers, noise canceling technology, an omni-directional microphone and it’s equipped with a pair of 3.5mm jacks for the headphones and microphone, meaning it should be compatible with just about any desktop system you can think of.
The Kave XTD comes hard-wired with a lovely blue cable and a built-in in-line controller.
The jack plugs are nice and slim, but still feel durable. They’re also colour coordinated so you can quickly see which is for the headset (green) and which is for the microphone (pink).
The in-line controller is pretty simple, with an on/off switch on one side for the noise cancelling and a master volume dial on the other side; there’s also a shirt clip on the back.
On the left side, you will find a detachable boom microphone which can be swiveled on its mount a full 360 degrees, so you should be able to quickly find a comfortable speaking position.
Once rotated into position, the mic can also be adjusted thanks to its flexible boom.
The left ear cup has a part of the ‘ROCCAT’ logo in bright blue, matching the bright blue of the attached cable.
While I don’t normally like pre-installed cables, the one on the cave feels durable and benefits from a tangle-free rubber sleeving. The lower back edge of each ear cup has a little ventilation, giving them a semi-open back design that should help balance noise pollution and bass performance.
The headband is mounted at a slight angle, giving it a better resting position over your head; something you’ll come to appreciate after wearing it for a few hours.
As with previous Roccat headsets, the headset is incredibly durable. You can apply significant force to the headband and feel confident it’s not going to break.
On the right ear cup, a Roccat logo and the Kave XTD branding.
The ear cups can be adjusted, if only by a little; it should be enough to help provide a clean fit over your ears.
Finally, each side of the headband can be adjusted to suit your head size and there is a number guide to help you ensure each side is the same length.
Roccat has one of the best reputations in the PC gaming market. Time and time again they’ve delivered incredibly high-quality peripherals that offer class leading performance. Their Kone and more recently their Ryos gaming mice are still some of the best mice I’ve ever used. Their ISKU is one of the best membrane keyboards on the market and again, their Ryos MK Pro mechanical keyboard which I reviewed a year ago, you guessed it, one of the best keyboards I’ve ever used. It’s for these reasons that I have very high expectations of the Ryos TKL Pro mechanical keyboard I’ll be reviewing today.
The Ryos was a great keyboard, but it’s design meant it was pretty unwieldy and not of much use to those with limited desk space and even less convenient for those who wanted to take their keyboard with them to LAN gaming events, as packing it in a big would be a tricky endeavour. TKL means ten keys less and that means the Ryos has dropped the number pad on the right of the keyboard entirely, making it a lot less wide.
At my disposal today, I have the gorgeous Cherry MX Brown switch edition of this premium grade mechanical gaming keyboard. It comes hard-wired with a long and thick black braided cable, which should provide the cable with a lot of extra durability throughout its lifetime.
Typical of modern Roccat keyboard designs, the Ryos RKL Pro comes with an oversized chassis that forms a fixed wrist rest. It’s quite a big wrist rest too and should provide you with a comfortable hand position while working and gaming.
Another unique aspect of this keyboard is the popular Thumbster keys; perfect for deploying extra macros without taking your hand off the important WASD keys.
The keyboard features high-quality key-caps with a laser etched font to allow the internal LED lighting to pass through. There’s a nice black and grey finish to the keyboard chassis, which has an almost Carbon style appearance.
The keys are really nicely spaced, despite this being a TKL keyboard, it’s actually still quite large, but nowhere near as wide as its big brother, the Ryos MK Pro.
The Ryos comes equipped with an FN-Shift function, giving you access to a range of multimedia controls and popular shortcuts via the F-Keys at the top of the keyboard. Personally, I prefer dedicated multimedia keys, but Fn-Shift is certainly a lot better than nothing.
The wrist rest is really nicely designed and has a huge Roccat logo across the front.
The keyboard chassis is fairly thick to allow for the mechanical key fittings, but overall it still has a nice and flat profile.
Here you can better see how far the wrist rest extends out from the space bar. There’s a slight rise towards the back of the keyboard, but this can be increased further with the kickstands on the underside.
On the base, there are four large rubber grips to stop the keyboard sliding around your desk, although given the overall weight of the keyboard, it’s unlikely to slide around anyway. Another welcome feature, slots are cut into the base of the keyboard to allow routing of cables under the keyboard.
Nothing of interest around the back.
The key-caps are removable, although Roccat didn’t include a key-cap removal tool. The Cherry MX Brown switches are just like every other MX Brown switch you’ve seen before and feature built-in LED lighting; which we’ll be testing shortly.
Roccat is easily one of my favourite gaming brands. They’ve created some truly incredible peripherals over the years that have been packed full of innovative features, exceptional build quality and a whole lot more. Today seems like history repeating its self as the new Tyon mouse is in the eTeknix office and it certainly looks like it packs a fair few innovative features.
Having a great gaming mouse really makes a difference to your gaming experience. Having the right tools for the job is no bad thing and a feature-packed mouse, that has been tuned for gaming can really make a difference between game over and racking up some headshots. All the usual gaming mouse features are here, with the addition of a two-way analogue stick called the X-Celerator. This is perfect for adjusting your throttle, controlling turrets and more, which could have significant benefits in games such as Battlefield, where you switch from on-foot to in vehicles a lot.
The mouse comes with a hard-wired cable, which features some high-quality black braiding and a custom moulded USB connector.
The mouse has a nice two-tone design, with a hard rubber grip coating over the top that should provide you with extra control and comfort while gaming. The mouse is littered with control switches that look confusing at first, but they’re laid out ergonomically and in surprisingly easy to manage locations.
Down the left side of the mouse, you’ll find a nice ergonomic curve that acts as a thumb rest. There’s two side buttons for forward and back, with the X-Celerator 1 axis analogue stick above them. Finally, you’ll also notice another control switch near the bottom left side of the mouse; this is set to Shift+ by default.
At the top center of the Tyon, you will find another left and right toggle fin-style switch that is perfect for DPI switching. There’s a recessed scroll wheel with a thick rubber grip coating for easy control and there are four more buttons surrounding the left and right mouse buttons; that’s a lot of buttons!
The Tyon keeps with the usual Roccat styling and the design is fairly similar to their popular Kone gaming mice.
This is a very aggressive looking mouse and the mixture of colour and textures makes it look like a piece of military hardware; it looks very cool.
There’s only two slipmats on the base of the mouse, but they’re both quite large and this should provide the Tyon with a good level of glide on a wide range of gaming surfaces. In the center of the mouse you can see the 8200 DPI Laser Pro-Aim Sensor R3.
ROCCAT is well known for their gaming products and they aren’t shy to try out new things like the ROCCAT Phobo concept that made its debut in 2012 as a gaming keyboard with slot-integrated smartphone. Continuing this, ROCCAT announced the new Ryos Phobo keyboard. The base concept is still the same, combining a good gaming keyboard with smartphone technology connected via two Bluetooth channels. The wireless Ipuri setup allows you to place your phone anywhere on the desktop to suit your setup and preferences. Cherry MX Switch Mechanical keys, two USB ports and a ten-key-less design make the Ryos Phobo a powerful but compact gaming keyboard.
“When concepting Phobo, we knew we had a strong vision,” explains René Korte, CEO and Founder of ROCCAT. “Still, we brought it back to the drawing board to expand and perfect the design.”
Those already interested in the new Ryos Phobo keyboard will have to wait a little while as “we’re looking at a Q3 2015 drop date” for this out of the ordinary keyboard.
ROCCAT is showed off the mechanical keyboard lineup with the Ryos MK FX and, Ryos TKL FX, both with Cherry MX Switches and RGB LEDs. The difference between the two models whether you want the numpad or not, AKA Ten-Keys-Less.
The new Nyth gaming mouse is expected a little bit earlier than the keyboard with a Q2 2015 date. The Nyth is a modular MMO gaming mouse that fluidly transforms into OBA and FPS layouts thanks to custom button placement and interchangeable side-parts. Those lucky enough to own a 3D printer will also be able to print, and create their own parts for the mouse.
“Our growing file library of 3-D printed buttons and side-parts will ensure Nyth users get value out of Nyth years past what anyone else is offering today,” effuses René. “It’s adaptable and great fun to play with. Much like the human fingerprint, almost no Nyth will be the same as another once users bring their creative customizations into the picture.”
The new ROCCAT’s Kave XTD 5.1 Analog headset is the last of the new peripherals showed, and it is also the one that will be available first with a Q1 2015 date. It comes with noise canceling technology and in-cable remote as well as a 25% weight reduction.
Thanks to Roccat for providing us with this information
Roccat always impress us with their new products and here at CES 2015, they certainly didn’t disapoint. Their new mechanical keyboards still feature the same features and style that we’ve come to know and love from thier product range, but keeping with the market trend, they now also feature gorgeous and fully customisable RGB lighting.
The Nyth gaming mouse is crazy, not only does it have 12 buttons down the left side, but you can remove each one and block them off, replace them with larger buttons or even 3D print your own! If you need a very specific button combination, this is the mouse for you.
Roccat has just revealed the latest entry to their popular Ryos range; the Ryos TKL Pro gaming keyboard. The new keyboard has been designed with a focus on the eSports and pro gaming communities. It comes equipped with a tenkeyless design that makes it LAN friendly, as this is easier to transport and it also allows a lot more space on your desk to maneuver your mouse.
“I’m in it to win it, so you’ll never see us put gear in our eSports team’s hands that don’t give them an edge. Team ROCCAT uses the Ryos TKL in competition because it optimizes their play. They have to demonstrate the talent, we have to provide the quality tested gear to help them show that talent. From HyuN to our League of Legends Jungler Jankos and the rest of our amazing team, the Ryos TKL gives them that tool, and now our fans can have it too.” – Says René Korte, CEO and founder of ROCCAT Studios.
Equipped with Cherry MX switches, Roccat Talk, a 32-Bit ARM Cortex processors, 2MB of flash memory, per-key illuminations and Lighting Engine 2.0; the Ryos TKL Pro is incredibly well equipped.
The new Ryos TKL Pro is launching immediately and will already be in most major retailers both online and offline from today. Prices should be in the region of 139.90 EUR.
Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.
Roccat are back once again with yet another feature packed gaming mouse, the Roccat Tyon. No stranger to innovation, the new laser gaming mouse is packed full of features that aim to set it apart from the competition; such as 16 programmable buttons, with 31 distinct functions thanks to the Roccat Easy-Shift[+] button. The mouse looks very well designed, borrowing heavily from their popular Kone series in terms of style, but packing a lot more controls into its revised ergonomic shape to cater to the demands of modern gamers.
The Roccat Tyon features their new X-Celerator, a two-way analogue stick, which Roccat say can be used for features such as throttling, sprinting, controlling tank turrets and more; breaking some of the features we commonly find on the keyboard and putting them right at your finger tips. It also features Dorsal Fin, a two click button set behind the mouse wheel, which can be toggled side to side; this means you can hit these buttons without adjusting your fingers away from the LMB and RMB switches. The Tyon also features 576kb of onboard memory, which is a huge amount of storage for a mouse; more than enough to handle a wide selection of macros and shortcut settings, it also means that the Tyon will be tournament friendly.
Equipped with an 8200 DPI Pro-Aim Laser Sensor, dual lighting options with RGBY illumination and a whole lot more, this is quickly shaping up to be Roccat’s greatest mouse yet. The Tyon is available at most major retailers for around £85 and will be available in both black and white editions.
ROCCAT Tyon TechSpecs
8200 DPI PRO AIM (R3) LASER SENSOR: for precision gaming at its best
X-CELERATOR THUMB PADDLE: for unrivaled command capabilities
DORSAL FIN SWITCH: for rapid and instinctive control
ROCCAT has launched a new demo site and announced three new products. When loading the site you’re presented with a demo reading: “We’ve Innovated. We’ve improved on the industry concepts, and made out mark. Now it’s time for ROCCAT to blaze a brand new trail. We are ROCCAT Studios, and we are future ready”
Scrolling down the site we’re presented with a bunch of slogans: “ROCCAT’s new design philosophy are the definition of adaptability. From the foundational superstructure that encases our technology, to the ergonomic human layer that tactilely connects gamers with out peripherals, adaptive functionality is out first priority. That is what future ready means.” But after all that, we get to the good stuff.
The first new product they introduce to us is the ROCCAT Nyth MMO Gaming mouse. The Nyth is not the typical MMO mouse with just the usual high amount of programmable buttons needed for MMO gaming. All those buttons are fully modular and can not only be changed around to your liking but can also be custom designed and printed by yourself using a 3D printer.
The second product announced via the mini site is a new keyboard, the ROCCAT Skeltr. A gaming keyboard with complete smart device integration, promised to fit all sizes. The rail and smartphone holster at the back allow for position adjustment and rotation, to fit every need. The keyboard also offers the by now defaults of customized back-lighting, a bunch of macro keys you can assign to your likings, USB ports and audio jacks.
The Skeltr keyboard has build-in Bluetooth technology to connect directly to your phone. With the dedicated call button and use of the build-in headset connectors, there won’t be any need to remove the phone from the holster to make calls. Even for chatting and texting there won’t be any need to remove it, as the keyboard can take over and do that too.
The third and last product introduced is a smartphone app and driver system called ROCCAT Swarm. A unified driver compatible across all gaming-relevant platforms, or so it promises, that keeps track of your ROCCAT products and giving you instant access to their settings via the phone display. Since it’s also running on your PC, it knows what programs and apps you use and can provide feature specific options to those as well.
The demo page ends with the slogan “and we’re only getting started”, hinting more exiting new products in the future. You can head over to future-ready.roccat.org and check out the demo site yourself, to get the full experience.
Thank you ROCCAT for providing us with this information
The Roccat Kone XTD has long been one of my favourite gaming mice, I’ll even go so far as saying it’s the best mouse I’ve ever tested here at eTeknix. A while ago the hardware team at Roccat started fitting their Kone gaming mouse with a superb optical sensor (our review), but my only issue was that the mouse was too small for my hand compared to the XTD. Roccat have finally put together the mouse I’ve wanted for a very long time, the larger ergonomics of the Kone XTD, with the ultra-precise 6400 DPI Pro-Optic (R5) optical sensor.
The mouse comes equipped with Roccats Adjustable Distance Control Unit, and all the usual bells and whistles that make the Kone series so popular. The only bad news is that the mouse is currently only available as a “limited run”, but it is unclear how “limited” it will be, so if you want to get your hands on one, it might not be a good idea to put it off until next year.
“We wanted to make this a special gift to our fans,” says René Korte, CEO and founder of ROCCAT Studios. “The Kone XTD Optical is a unique mouse with a lot under the hood, that maintains all of the expectations gamers that love ROCCAT products have come to expect from the Kone family of gaming mice. We’re proud to bring it to gamers.”
The mouse is available in Europe and Asia for 89,99 Euro and will be available in the US by the end of next month.
Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.
As a brand, ROCCAT are very well-known for their innovative designs and also the high level of German engineering that goes into each and every product that they have in their catalogue. Earlier in the year we even saw first hand during a tour of their design studios just how much effort goes into the creation of a new product, from the very moment that a pen is put to paper, through the first mock-ups and then on to the testing and final quality control before mass production. It’s safe to say that we were more than impressed with the effort that they put into staying one step ahead of the consumer, predicting what their needs may be and additionally by responding to their feedback by the means of new and improved products.
Suffice to say, their latest creation, the Sova Wireless Gaming Keyboard, has already proved to be a massive hit – and it is not even out of its development stages yet. During E3 which finished only a few weeks ago, ROCCAT revealed the Sova as a development concept, asking for feedback and response from the fans themselves to see what they thought of the idea and what they feel should be included.
Following on from the reveal, ROCCAT are taking the Sova down a different path of development that none of their previous products have had, by taking the users through the development phase with them via the means of an online blog (which can be found here) and a dedicated website which will give all the information that you may want on the product and how it is moving along (which can be found here)
In a statement regarding the development of the Sova, ROCCAT CEO René Korte says
“We are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response we have received for the Sova. We realize that now is not the time to sit back and wait, but to give fans what they want as quickly as possible. We’re ready to go full speed into our refinement process, and want our fans to see the hard work that goes into moving a ROCCAT product from its development phase, into what you see at retail. The Sova is coming, it is going to be an amazing piece of gaming hardware, and you’ll get to follow every step on that journey in our newly launched Sova Development Blog.”
“We are a company that has always lived by integrated product development, where our entire internal team has input on the creation of our peripherals,” adds René. “We are taking things a step further by inviting our fans to participate in this process. The Blog will have surveys and comment sections, allowing them to help guide the process by which we bring the final Sova to the masses.”
“We believe our fans will develop an even deeper appreciation for what goes into making a ROCCAT product when they follow along with these excellent vlogs, and interact with the ROCCAT Team. We plan on making them exciting, engaging, informational, and fun. Very few companies in our business open up to the public quite like this, and we hope to set a precedent in that regard now, and for years to come.”
Naturally we will be keeping an eye ourselves on the progress of this radically different approach to wireless peripherals for gaming users and we will be sure to get our hands on one of the boards ourselves as soon as we can to see first hand what the Sova is like to own and use.
Gaming on the go is becoming big business, sure there are many of us who would rather be sat at our desks while gaming, or even in front of the big screen, but there are many more options out there. These days we’re gaming on or phones, tablets, hand-held games consoles, laptops and more these days, so having a headset that’s as mobile as your gaming device can be very important. Not to mention lugging all your gear to a LAN event can be hard work, so having compact and easy to transport can literally lighten the load.
Roccat is highly regarded by the gaming community for their high quality peripherals, and they’re also the creators of some of the finest gaming headsets on the market, such as the Roccat Kave. With that in mind, the Syva headset has a lot to live up to, so I’ll be looking for that same high-end performance, premium build quality and attention to detail that Roccat is renowned for.
Top class audio – with deep bass and crisp trebles
Ultra low in weight – easy to wear for extended periods
In-cable microphone – for voice chat with enhanced clarity
Premium comfort – thanks to three ergonomic ear tip sizes
In-cable remote – for on-the-fly control over your audio
The Syva pretty straight forward, and while they’re not packed with features they are well specced. Featuring powerful 32 ohm drivers and a good quality microphone, changeable ear tips with extra sizes included, a high quality flat rubber cable and more.
Driver Units Technical Specification
Frequency response: 20~20,000Hz
Sensitivity at 1kHz: 96dB/1mW
Max. input power: 10mW
Drive diameter: Ø10mm
Microphone Technical Specifications
Sensitivity at 1kHz: -40±3dB
The packaging is nicely designed, keeping in theme with other Roccat products. There are a few details on the front about the features, including the call/play button, lightweight design, VoIP+ MP3 compatibility and the 3.5mm jack plug connection.
Around the back is a more detailed run-down of the features, but we’ll be taking a close look at those in a moment.
The box is held shut by a small magnet on the right side, allowing you to open it up like a display case where you’ll find the headset neatly laid out in some protective plastic moulding.
The Roccat Kave XTD has been one of my most anticipated headset ever. Not only was the original Kave 5.1 headset was nothing short of incredible, but the new one promises to improve on many aspects of the previous model. I first got hands on with this headset at CES 2014 last January, and I’ve been wanting to really put it through its paces ever since. With Roccat having a rock solid reputation for making some of the best performing, feature packed and stylish gaming products the PC market has ever seen, I have very high expectations of the Kave XTD.
The Kave XTD 5.1 headset really stands out from the crowd, mostly because it is a true surround headset in a sea of headsets that offer virtual surround technology. There are barely a few great headsets out there that can do an above average job of virtual surround. To my ears, virtual surround is a tacked on software gimmick to what is still just a stereo headset. The difference between a true surround headset and a virtual one can be profound and it will be great to hear if Roccat has gotten it right with their 5.1 configuration. This is achieved by having three drivers in each ear cup, that’s two 40mm drivers and a 30mm vibrational driver. That last part is the most exciting, and well get to why very soon.
“Nobody does it like ROCCAT. With two 40mm driver units and one 30mm vibration unit per ear cup, a fully immersive, genuine surround sound experience with pitch-perfect crisp and clear audio is ensured. The Kave XTD 5.1 Digital’s three high-end driver units are aligned precisely at a 12° angle, matching the natural form of your ear. This alignment provides a real – not virtual – 5.1 surround environment in which you can pinpoint enemy locations easily, giving you the edge over your opponents.” read the Roccat website.
Roccat is well-known for their extensive feature sets and the Kave XTD is no exception. Aside from real 5.1 audio, the XTD also features a high quality multi-channel sound card, USB connection, Bluetooth smartphone pairing, a desktop remote and a noise cancelling microphone. Aside from the extra features, the core hardware is pretty robust too, with powerful drivers, a very good quality microphone and a lightweight 335gr design.
The packaging is really nicely designed, there is a side window that gives you a sneaky peak at the headsets design and there are a few details of the features scattered around the box.
Around the back we have a more detailed run down of the extra features, as well as another side window on the box, giving you a view of the desktop remote / sound card unit.
Roccat are cooking up something big for Computex 2014 with the launch of a teaser website called Own The Couch. With the Computex event set to take play next week (eTeknix will be there!) Roccat look set to make a “contribution to your living room experience” when they make their full announcement on June 10th.
What could this be? We’ll I think it is a safe bet that it will be a peripheral, or range of peripherals that are best suited to big screen gaming. My first guess would be a new controller, something the company hasn’t done yet. However it could also be a living room friendly mouse and keyboard combo, who knows.
This is a pretty big deal though, especially since Roccat are one of the best in the business for creating high-quality, high-performance gaming products, so I’ve no doubt that whatever it is, it will be awesome.
CES 2014, here we are at the Roccat suite to take a look at their brand new range of peripherals that will be hitting the market in 2014. First up we have their two new compact keyboards the Ryos TLK and the Ryos TKL Pro. The Pro model features an extremely advanced LED backlighting engine that can give off some dazzeling light shows, while the regular model doesn’t feature a backlight system to help keep the RRP lower.
The two keyboards are fully mechanical just like their big brother, the Ryos MK. The ones on display were both fitted with Cherry MX Black.
Both keyboards look the same (apart from the LED lighting system) and are effectively just the RYOS MK without the number pad, making them a lot more compact, lighter and more suitable for smaller desk spaces, as the original Ryos is a very big keyboard indeed thanks to the over sides chassis and built in wrist rest.
Next up we have the Roccat Kone Pure Optical, easily one of the best mice I’ve ever used, albeit one that was just a little too small for my hands. Roccat must have read the part of my review that said they need to make an XTD edition, because here it is! We can’t wait to review this one, the ideal of the Kone XTD being fitted with an even better sensor sounds too good to be true.
Much like the Kone XTD the new optical model can still be customised with add-in weights.
The Kone Pure is already a great product and is a good seller for Roccat, so rather than replace the product they’ve given it a cool new paint job with the Kone Pre Military editions. It features a 5,000dpi optical sensor with TDCU, it will be available in Desert Strike, Naval Storm and Camo Charge, and Roccat plan to release the Kave XTD 5.1 Analogue headset and a mousepad available in the same design for a bundle deal.
Their Kave XTD 5.1 Analog is the latest model based on the original Kave 5.1. Running from separate 5.1 jacks and a single USB (for extra power) the headset is ideal for those that want a real surround sound experience from their headset. The addition of a multi-channel volume controller, Zero Noise technology and an incredible durable design make it one of the hottest headset at CES 2014.
The Kave XTD Stereo offers the same build and design, but featuring two powerful drivers, a detachable microphone and great build quality.
The Kave XTD 5.1 Digital is their flagship model, featuring a built in 5.1 sound card and the ability to pair the headset with your smartphone via Bluetooth.
One thing that all these big headsets have in common is incredible build quality. Roccat we’re keen to let us try and twist them out of shape, but they still worked perfectly and didn’t break in the slightest.
Finally we have their great in-ear headphones which feature flat cables, a durable design, perfect for those who need something extremely portable and compact.
That’s everything from the Roccat suite today, but we’ve already got some reviews on the way for you, so stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks when we put them to the test.
Roccat make some of the most feature packed gaming peripherals on the market, their range of keyboards, mice and headsets are tailored to the needs of casual and hardcore gamers alike. Roccat are well-known to pack in extensive customisation into their gaming devices, including some of the best macro functions in the business thanks to their comprehensive software library and innovative Roccat Talk functionality that allows you to map keyboard commands to the mouse and vice versa, or macros that combine both.
The Ryos is the latest keyboard from Roccat and it borrows heavily from the design of their current range, of this much I am certain since I user their Roccat ISKU FX keyboard on my main rig and the Ryos bears a striking resemblance, albeit missing a few features and adding a few of its own. The Ryos MK Pro features fully mechanical keyboard in a choice of switches, however the model we are reviewing today features the most popular option, Cherry MX Red. These are super fast, low resistance keys and feature a stunning programmable blue LED back lighting.
As you can see from the specifications below, the keyboard is brimming with features such as per-key lighting, full anti-ghosting and n-key rollover, thumbster keys, dedicated programmable macro keys, a super low response time and it even acts as a hub for audio connections and USB 2.0 ports.
Per-key illuminated mechanical keyboard with 113 keys
Advanced anti-ghosting with N-key rollover
Choice of four CHERRY MX key switches
3 programmable thumbster keys (T1 – T3)
5 programmable macro keys (M1 – M5)
94 other programmable keys
1000 hz polling rate, 1 ms response time
1.8 m rear-exit braided cable
1 x audio in, 1 x audio out, 2 x USB 2.0 ports
The box is very well designed, something we’ve seen across the whole of the Roccat range. It features a nicely detailed image of the keyboard and a run down of all the major specifications and features (see above).
Around the back we have even more details on the features, including the Easy-Shift[+] technology, mechanical switches and the very cool Roccat Talk software (downloadable from the Roccat site).
The keyboard came nicely packaged in the box, with blue peel-off strips covering all the sensitive surfaces.
Earlier in the year, Andy and the team here at eTeknix headed over to Germany to get coverage on one of the years major gaming events in Europe – Gamescom. After the show had finished and the exhibition halls closed to the press and public for the last time, eTeknix had a couple of additional things planned and one of these included going to see one of Germany’s fastest growing peripherals vendor: Roccat.
Roccat – headed up by René Korte – are passionate about bringing the mixture of gaming expertise and German engineering together through a sweet medley of gaming peripherals and software packages to tie them together and this is exactly what René was keen to talk to us about.
In our interview with Roccat, René was more than willing to talk to Andy about the history of Roccat and how they got their name. Following a sit-down interview, we are invited to take a tour around the Hamburg offices and the stages of design and testing that the enthusiastic and skilled team go through to create a new product.
We would like to thank René and his team at Roccat for welcoming us into their offices and taking some of their time out to talk with us and share their knowledge on how a product at Roccat comes together.
Today we’re taking a quick look at the recently relaunched Roccat Sense mousepad. The mousepad was actually released back in 2008 and has proved a popular product for Roccat, so they’ve given it a new design and put it back on the market alongside their newly launch Roccat Kone Pure Optical gaming mouse. The reissue comes with a brand new Meteor Blue design, and all the original features that made it so popular are still intact.
Having the right surface can really make or break your gaming experience. Not only can the right surface improve your comfort during long gaming sessions, but having the right surface for your mouse can also improve your accuracy and it can change how well your mouse glides over the surface. All of which are important to get right, but also all are very subjective and different for each user, mouse, or in some cases each game.
Priced at around 20 Euros the Sense is on par with many similar options on the market and this re-release will no doubt please fans of the original who are eager to purchase again the surface after all these years. So let’s get right to it and see what this surface has to offer.
The packaging is nicely designed and on par with what we usually see from Roccat. They’ve added two sample cuts of the material on the side of the box, one with the top surface and one with the grip base to give you a good indication of the texture.
The side of the box says that it has been tested with a wide range of gaming mice from Razer, Roccat, SteelSeries and Microsoft and has been field-tested for gaming mice with resolutions of up to 16800 DPI.
A Closer Look
The new design is pretty striking and a lot more colourful than we usually see from a gaming surface, it is also quite shiny and has a lightly textured vinyl feel to it. The micro-crystalline coating provides a low friction surface and this will be great for people who want more glide from their mouse. The surface area is 400 x 280 mm x 2mm and this will be more than enough for low DPI settings that require the extra manoeuvring space.
The edges aren’t rolled and there may be a little curling here with months of heavy usage, but it does feel well put together so should hold up pretty well.
The grip texture is an almost sticky feeling rubber, this will not slide on a glass desk what so ever and will hold pretty firm on wood too.
The glide is pretty slick and if you’re used to cloth or softer surfaces then you’ll certainly find this to be a lot faster and easier to move your mouse around on.
A few quick tests with laser and optical mice (Kone XTD, Kone Pure Optial, Razer DeathAdder and a cheap Trust mouse) threw up zero issues at a range of DPI settings and I have no doubt that it will be suitable for any kind of mouse on the market.
Overall I think this is a pretty cool surface to use, its glossy feel may not be to everyone’s liking but the ease of movement was great for low DPI accuracy when playing Battlefield 3. It looks pretty cool with that shocking blue design, although I do admit it may be a little loud in terms of colour for some people’s desktop.
The build quality feels great and the top coating will withstand a fair few scrapes and scratches without any sign of wear.
Most important aspect I found is that the new Roccat Kone Pure Optical didn’t glide well on soft or cloth surfaces, this surface really balances that out nicely and its lower DPI optical sensor really benefited from the large surface area. If you’re on the market for a fast and accurate tracking mouse mat then the Sense is well worth your attention.
Edges not rolled and could be easily damaged over time
“I really like this surface, it stays firmly in place, looks fantastic and performs as well as Roccat promised it would, and it makes the perfect companion for the Kone Pure Optical“