The number of gamers looking for an edge against competitors has grown exponentially as gaming has gone from a niche hobby to a multi-billion dollar industry. It’s fair to wonder what distinguishes something as a “gaming” peripheral, because so many companies slap the label on a product hoping to hook customers.
That certainly doesn’t seem to be what A4 Tech sought out to achieve with their Bloody Gun3 V7 Gaming Mouse.
The first thing to note is that it doesn’t look or feel like a generic mouse. A half-matte, half-gloss casing rests comfortably in your hand without sacrificing an ounce of style. Lights glow on the mouse wheel and the Bloody line’s handprint logo, pairing nicely with the sturdy red and black fiber-wire USB cord.
The V7 comes packaged with a handful of goodies, including a cleaning cloth for the mouse and a few stickers to show off the Bloody brand in other spaces. More important to getting your new toy up and running is the driver installation disc. Fear not messy gamers; if you misplace your disc the drivers are readily available on the Bloody website.
Once the installation process is complete, the software presents an easy to understand guide for the different cores of the mouse.
Core One claims to be for “Role-Playing and Real-Time Strategy games”, so Age of Empires II seemed like the perfect place to stress test. After ramping up the report rate to 1000 Hz, off went man and mouse to conquer the world!
Even on this most basic setting, the V7 performed noticeably smoother than similarly-priced, generic offerings from companies like Logitech. Every flick of the wrist felt precise as archers were put into position to bombard ancient Spaniards.
Although, guiding an army isn’t the combat situation you need a high-response mouse for. When you’re just a lonely soldier on the field of battle as opposed to an omnipotent general, every second counts. On to Cores Two and Three, and the locales of Battlefield 3.
High octane FPS gameplay really allowed the V7 to shine. Core Two used the mouse’s middle buttons nicely, but the star of the show is always going to be the Ultra-Core 3, which promised to make headshots easier and reduce recoil. It absolutely did both of those things, giving merit to the claim that the mouse will boost your stats and help you stand apart from the pack. Switching back to a “normal” mouse to see if it was a placebo, it was obvious right away that the effects were quite real. Enemies who were being dropped moments before were now overtaking my soldier.
Unfortunately the Ultra-Core 3 comes with a catch: a $20 price-tag. After offering a 1000 click trial, you’re forced to pay for the ability or miss out on one of the device’s main features. It’s a dilemma that should not exist, and is the equivalent of charging for DLC that would complete a game’s story. No doubt, this is partly to bring down the initial asking price for the V7, which retails at around $45. A market filled with overpriced peripherals needs reasonable alternatives, a niche that this little number fills wonderfully.
In the end, your opinion of this mouse will likely come down to how much the recoil suppression and trajectory adjustment promised to you by the Multi-Core 3 factor into your purchase. For most PC gamers though, that extra $20 could fetch a nice haul of games with the various bundles and sales that populate the marketplace.
There’s a lot to love with the A4 Tech Bloody Gun3 V7 Gaming Mouse aesthetically, and the performance is worthy of writing home over. But when the price for the full package reaches $65, it is fair to wonder whether your money would be better spent elsewhere on mice that could boast better specs.
For this gamer, the $45 version is a great addition that has improved gaming and browsing on a daily basis. The unique hole-less underside of the mouse is impressively smooth, and the contour is a beautiful fit for the hand. If you’re looking for improved performance at a reasonable price, you’ve got a match in this black and red beauty.
A4 Tech Bloody Gun3 V7 Gaming Mouse Specs
- Multi-core system
- Button No.: 7 keys + Wheel
- Direction of wheel: one way direction
- Tracking: Optical engine
- Type: Wired
- Mouse connection: USB (2.0/3.0)
- Hardware system requirements: Windows
- Software system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
- Mouse size: 125 x 64 x 39 (mm)
- Cable length: 1.8 m
- Mouse weight: 155 g
- Resolution: 200 Dpi to 3,200Dpi (5 ranges adjustable)
- Image processing: 368 mega pixels / sec
- Acceleration: 30g
- Tracking speed: 75 inches / sec
- Report rate : 1,000 Hz(4 ranges adjustable)
- Key response time: 1ms
- 160K onboard memory
The reviewer received a complimentary review unit of the Bloody Gun3 V7 for the purposes of this analysis
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