Product Spotlight – Roccat

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Good afternoon all, hopefully the week’s been kind to you so far, but if it hasn’t there’s always the fact that it’s Thursday and nearly the end of the week to cheer you up. For those of you who are new, once a week we do a Product Spotlight post to tell you guys about something someone from the Komplett.ie office really likes. It’s nice and easy, like a staff picks column 😉

Anyway, this week’s product spotlight is going to deviate from the norm a little in that we’re kind of publicising a few different things by one company, because they’re a fairly big name elsewhere, but it looks like nobody else in the country carries any of their stuff, so people aren’t too familiar with them.

Click through to see our product page for the Roccat Kone :)

Click through to see our product page for the Roccat Kone 🙂

Roccat, for those who haven’t encountered it before, makes a lot of gaming hardware. We’ve already done a piece up about its prized gaming mouse, which we absolutely love to pieces. If you’re at all interested, it’s somewhere between Razer’s Deathadder and Mamba, but with a body shaped to accommodate the thumb a little more.

It’s an excellent mouse at a mid-range price point, which is always hard to complain about. You can check out our blog post on the Kone here or the product page for the mouse itself here if you’re intrigued enough to consider ordering it. At €65 it sits between the lower end gaming mice and the high end, a spot that’s sadly under-populated.

Roccat Valo:

Similarly, they offer a gaming keyboard called the Roccat Valo that’s a fairly elegant piece of kit. It’s a heavy duty device (nice and thick, for those who worry about their keyboard surviving the trips to LAN parties) and the whole thing is backlit, meaning that those of us who’ve learned to type by accelerating the usual “hunt and peck” process (believe me, there are more of us than you’d think) can make it around a keyboard in a dark room.

Valo

Click through to see our product page for the Roccat Valo 🙂

It’s also got its own LCD and support for bundles of customisable macros, for those of you who are so into an RPG that you can’t manage to actually press the keys yourself (I kid, I kid). Moreover, you can edit those macros without leaving a game, if you’re so inclined. For those who might lose their own hotkeys in a moment of panic, it also comes with some keys in different colours that you can pop on in important spaces.

Anyway, it’s one of the nicer keyboards out there, all things considered. It’s well worth a look for the more dedicated gamers out there. The Valo is €99, which puts it €20 more than Razer’s Lycosa. The Lycosa is a gorgeous device, but frankly for those of us with bigger hands the Valo is worth the extra.

You can check out our page for the Roccat Valo here for more information.

Roccat Kave:

One of the things we heard most hotly debated while we were out with the folks from LANParty.ie for their 48 hour LAN event were gaming headsets. Opinion seems to be split fairly down the line on whether or not it’s worth people’s time to go with a designated gaming headset or to go for something from the likes of Sennheiser, with a long history good audio reproduction.

Kave

Click through to see our page for the Roccat Kave 🙂

In our experience, you’re going to get solid sound regardless, but the fact is that gaming headsets will typically come with all the bells and whistles you’ll find you actually need if you’re playing games relatively regularly. With the Kave it’s all about the little things, like the included remote, which is really excellent.

Since the Kave is a full 5.1 surround headset, you might imagine that you’ll have some tweaking to actually get everything going just the way you’d like. Fortunately, the remote itself opens, revealing sliders that allow you to individually adjust the volume to different speakers. It’s a simple addition, but a welcome one.

If you’d like to check out a review of Roccat’s Kave headset, this one goes into a fair amount of detail on the hardware and presentation sides of things. We won’t harp on it anymore, Roccat’s Kave headset will set you back to the tune of €85, which means it’s not for the faint-hearted, but it’s a solid headset. Needless to say, at that price you’ll get good sound and a solid mic into the bargain… and some LEDs. Roccat loves LEDs.

If you’re at all interested, you can check out the Roccat Kave product page.

Closing:

That’s about it from us for this one, except to say that we’re pretty happy to be able to bring Roccat to Ireland, since it seems that their kit is fairly hard to get over here. It’s a solid name and one that’s won more than its fair share of awards, so we’re happy to see the folks at Roccat doing well for themselves.

Oh, and they also offer a wide range of mousemats, for those of you who are really into your nice looking mousemats.

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One Response to “Product Spotlight – Roccat”

  1. henry Says:

    amazing products!

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