|A4Tech Ultracore3 V7 Gun3 Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Tom Jaskulka - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 18 December 2012|
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Closer Look: A4Tech V7
It's immediately apparent where some of the inspiration for the packaging for the A4Tech Ultracore3 V7 gaming mouse comes from. Change that red to a bright green, and...well, some of the “fruitier” companies would probably find some way to find an infringing copyright somewhere. The packaging conveys the message that this mouse is built for a specific purpose, and it protects the product simply and effectively. Other than some similarities to other brands, there are no surprises here.
When you open the box, the game changes slightly. Extracting the mouse is simple, but the avalanche of included extras was quite a pleasant surprise. Along with a mini driver disc, the A4Tech V7 comes with a lint-free cloth to wipe off that Holeless Engine (more on this later), a quick start manual, and a package that contains 3 (!!!) extra sets of mouse feet. Three sets!!! They seem to be the same PTFE / Teflon material as other gaming mouse feet, and aren't paper thin either. While everyone has a different definition of “avalanche of extras,” the package of accessories included with the V7 were far beyond what I am accustomed to in this price range.
Taking a closer look, the value just gets better and better. I've had zero experience with any A4Tech products previously, but I have had experience with “cheap” gaming mice. With a price point of $40, I was not expecting the same premium feel as other, more expensive mice. I was pleasantly surprised (again) to find this was not the case. Without rendering the rest of the article (and summary) irrelevant...this mouse just feels good. It is sturdy, the surfaces feel good on your fingertips, it has a decent weight, isn't awkward to hold, the primary mouse buttons are wonderfully clicky – so far it is checking all of the right boxes.
Small touches such as the “chevron” angles on the main body of the mouse matching the primary mouse button(s) seam, as well as the dpi/Core switching buttons on top of the mouse...to the bi-color braided cord (with included velcro cord wrap) and colored USB connector show that there were some consistent decisions made while designing this mouse. None of these should affect performance, but those “attention-to-detail” touches tell me there was some thought behind the design rather than just slapping a plastic shell on a sensor and calling it a day. This is a sharp looking peripheral, and based solely on appearance I'd say A4Tech wants to earn your business. The “Bloody” hand logo and red LED lights may not appeal to the professional crowd, but if you pick this mouse after seeing the packaging and still think it's a mouse you can use at work that would be your fault.
On the surface it looks great, let's take a look and see how the V7 performs.