Design and Workmanship
Visually, the Kova Aimo is indistinguishable from the Kova Pure: It also has an exactly symmetrical layout and is therefore suitable for both left- and right-handed users. In contrast to some other manufacturers, Roccat fortunately implements this approach consistently and also reflects the function keys – these are also all installed on both sides.
In concrete terms, this means two additional buttons on each side, one additional button next to each main button and a DPI button directly behind the mouse wheel. All in all, the mouse has ten buttons, if you count them on the mouse wheel.
The Kova Aimo is completely made of matt black plastic. The contact surfaces have a smooth and very pleasant surface. The lower shell, on the other hand, is supposed to form a contrast and therefore has a rough surface.
Only the underside of the lower shell is smooth – probably to prevent the mouse from getting stuck. Apart from the sensor and five of the usual slide pads, there are no other special features on the underside of the mouse.
The manufacturing quality of the Kova Aimo is praiseworthy throughout: all housing parts are cleanly and stably connected, the choice of material has been successful. The new edition does not need to hide here, even after a few years.
The sensor used in the Kova Aimo is called Pro-Optic Sensor R6 by Roccat. According to the manufacturer, this should offer a resolution of up to 7,000 DPI, but in reality this information should be taken with caution. According to Roccat, the 7,000 DPI for the mouse is achieved by an overdrive, i.e. a software interpolation. Actually, the Pro-Optic R6 is a PixArt PMW3320, which offers a maximum resolution of 3,500 DPI according to the data sheet.
In practice, Roccat’s software interpolation is functional, but it doesn’t deliver as clean results as the sensor itself. The lines drawn by the sensor become somewhat less precise – as was to be expected. This puts the Kova Aimo behind the competition when it comes to sensors, which is not surprising considering the age of the mouse, but of course not very pleasing.
The ergonomics of the mouse are, in view of the two-hand design, quite on a good level: In our eyes the mouse with its low weight and its flat housing shape is particularly suitable for the Claw-Grip. Even the fingertip grip is still possible, but in our eyes the Kova Aimo is simply too small for the Palm grip. It should also be kept in mind that the mouse is pleasant to use, but doesn’t come close to one-hand designs in terms of ergonomics.
However, the Roccat Kova Aimo deserves special praise for the placement of the keys. The two thumb keys are, as usual, easy to reach, but the additional keys next to the main keys are also easy and intuitive to use. The pressure point of the main and additional keys is also consistently at a good level.
In practice, the Kova Aimo delivers a solid picture. The ergonomics are quite successful for a symmetrical design, and the additional keys are well done. Only the sensor should have been updated by Roccat after all these years. For example, a PMW 3360 would have been a good solution to catch up with the competition.