Before I start introducing the product and company, allow me to draw your attention to the product review category this is under first: Couch Gaming. We here at TechPowerUp have decided that the PC is more than just a work/gamestation at a desk, confined to a room. With aesthetics being as important a criterion to a custom build as any other, there are many PCs that look just as much at home in the living room, and even here we have the choice to build a box that would fit right into a console station as well. Regardless of what route you go, having an HTPC means having to think more about your peripheral choices. It is here where companies are now trying their best to grab some market share, and we have created this category accordingly for the large-screen couch gamers. As such, an older review (Corsair LAPDOG) has been added to the category as well, and today, we take a look at a new entry from Roccat, the Sova MK.
While I was getting familiar with the product, a quote from a Roccat rep felt appropriate as a quick introduction to what Roccat is aiming for here:
PC Gaming is great until you grow tired of sitting at your desk and long for the luxury that console players have: sitting on the couch or bed. The ROCCAT Sova is a simple solution for a dilemma that has plagued PC gamers for ages. The Sova gaming board lets PC gamers move the action to the couch. Its highly ergonomic shape and perfectly placed wrist rest replaces the desk, and creates a flawlessly interconnected gaming environment.Marketing talk aside, we see that the Roccat Sova MK is a similar product to the Corsair LAPDOG in that both aim to provide a base for a keyboard and a mousepad to the right, for the mouse of your choice. Both are also wired solutions, meaning you have to deal with a long cable eventually. What makes the Sova different is that it comes with a keyboard built-in, and it also takes up less room and has a wrist rest. Oh, there is also a membrane keyboard version of the Sova but, as the name suggests, Roccat sent us the mechanical keyboard version with the MK moniker here. So thanks again to Roccat for providing the review sample, and we begin the review with the specifications below.
|Roccat Sova MK|
|Layout:||75% form factor, modified US ANSI layout with mousepad attached|
|Material:||ABS plastic case panel and keycaps|
|Weight:||2.35 kg / 5.18 lbs.|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-Key rollover USB|
|Media Keys:||Available as a secondary function|
|Dimensions:||280 (L) x 646 (W) x 37 (H) mm|
|Cable(s) Length:||13.1 ft / 4 m|
|Switch Type:||TTC Brown mechanical switch|
|Backlighting:||Yes, single color (Blue)|
|Mousepad Surface:||Textured hard plastic|
|Mousepad Dimensions:||275 (L) x 240 (W) mm|