In the large catalogue of computer and console peripherals, there’s always been a wide number marketed exclusively for the hardcore gamer. Such devices claim to increase one’s abilities, guaranteeing victory over their foes if only they would use this mouse or controller. They tend have fanciful LED lights, multiple new and configurable buttons, and high sensitivity levels. And while some may offer tangible benefits, at the end of the day player skill generally wins out over a player’s peripheral. A4Tech intends to change that with their Bloody Multi-Core line of gaming mice, advertising that their products actually do what others don’t — for better or worse — by improving aim through its “multi-core” system and “auto recoil suppression” and “trajectory adjustment” features. It’s a bold statement, and one that left me not a little suspicious and skeptical. But after spending a week with their Gun3 V7 wired mouse, it was a device that ultimately left me surprised.
The packaging, however, did little to alleviate that initial skepticism. It’s doesn’t necessarily look cheap, but it doesn’t look professional, either. Each side features a bloody handprint motif, with more blood dripping off text and borders. Its main features are all prominently listed and described, with the usual bravado about faster response times and improved accuracy, though unfortunately they’re written in somewhat broken English. “Let you defeat enemy and win the games effortlessly!” and “Let you log in on-line games freely and enjoy all the gaming stunts!” may not sell the product to everyone, certainly not to me.
Thankfully, its contents fare much better. Inside is the usual assortment of goods, plus a few extras – a small usage guide, the driver installation disc, stickers, a cleaning cloth and extra teflon mouse feet. And of course there’s the mouse itself, which looks and feels of a higher caliber than its price.
Comparitvely, it shares similar ergonomics to Logitech’s quality gaming mice, such as the G700, with their sloping thumb rests. It’s a comfortable general design that I love with my G500, and I’m glad to see it reproduced here. The Gun3 V7 goes a step further, however, by adding what feels like soft rubber to the entire top length of the mouse and a portruding pinky wrest on the right. The latter felt extremely awkward for the first day of use, to the point of me utterly disliking holding the mouse, but my hand adjusted and now it’s hard to imagine it not being there.
The underside is a little different, as well. Instead of a recessed laser, the Gun3’s hole is completely flat. This prevents dust or hair from clogging it up. The included cleaning cloth may not even be necessary. The overall design is also notably sleeker than the Logitech mice I’ve been comparing it to. Its sharper lines are attractive and scream for attention. In addition, the lights illuminating the scroll wheel and a throbbing, bloody handprint on its lower half — in stark contrast to the black of the mouse — make it hard not to look at.
But it’s not without its share of blemishes. There are only two programmable buttons on the thumb side of the mouse, and they feel a little cheap. The other three added buttons, which change functionality based the selected “core” — more on that later in the review — are in a vertical column directly below the scroll wheel. It’s an awkward position for use as regular, programmable buttons.
The Gun3 V7 does offer the ability to change sensitivity levels with a double tap of one button and the flick of the wheel, but sadly there’s no indicator on the mouse itself. Lastly, the right mouse button was a little loose on the one supplied to us, making audible clangs whenever I would tap or lift my finger off it. While it wasn’t enough to make me not want to use it, the noise was distracting.