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Written by Tom Jaskulka - Edited by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
A4Tech Ultracore3 V7 Gun3 Gaming Mouse
Closer Look: A4Tech V7
A4Tech V7 Detailed Features
A4Tech V7 Test Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

A4Tech V7 Test Results

It is difficult to make it to this point without mentioning the “Ultra Core3” feature of the V7. While it technically isn't included in the price of the mouse (although it can be used for a short trial period), it is heavily marketed across the entire Bloody line of mice. Each Core has slightly different functions. Core1 is a typical setup, allowing you to program each button to multiple functions (keyboard keys, media functions, increase/decrease mouse dpi), as you would expect of any other gaming mouse. The CPI settings seem to remain as you have last set them in each Core mode, which makes the initial setup a little more complicated – but conversely make returning to each mode much simpler, allowing you to return to “the way you left it.” The functions here perform as expected – after installing the driver, it is simple to open the Bloody configuration software and adjust as you see fit. I found myself spending most of my time using this mode, as it performs all of the standard gaming functions and required the least amount of tweaking. The only issue I noticed here was the on-screen CPI display would cause Battlefield 3 to pop out of fullscreen mode and into windowed mode. Simply clearing the checkbox for the onscreen display avoided the issue, but hopefully it is something that will be fixed in the future.

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If you don't want to purchase the Core3 package, you can still use some extra features with the Core2 mode. In this mode, the three buttons located beneath the scroll wheel serve to switch between different burst modes – pressing the top button (labeled with a “1”) switches to normal operation, while pressing the middle (“N”) button switches to a two-shot burst mode (and changes the scroll wheel LED to green). Naturally, the “3” button will switch to a three-shot burst (with a yellow scroll wheel LED to signify the mode). These functions work as described, but not possibly as you would expect. They seem to activate a macro, causing either a single, double, or triple left mouse click – which would be beneficial, except the activated macro cannot be interrupted. Testing this feature in Battlefield 3, it became obvious that merely controlling your mouse clicks was more effective for the fast play style of multiplayer – if you were to round a corner still in 3-shot burst mode, it was impossible to provide the volume of fire you would need at close range without switching to a different mode. Given enough time and a game that didn't already provide different firing modes, Core2 might become more useful – as for me, I found playing without any burst features was much more effective.
Really, if you wanted an advantage, you'd be much more interested in the Core3 features anyway. Here's where it gets interesting (“morally” as well...but that would be better suited for a discussion or an editorial...). You can trial the Core3 features, up to 1,000 clicks from what I understand – and given my experience playing around with it, you may want to take advantage of this trial just to see what it is capable of. I'd be very interested to hear others' opinions of “recoil suppression” and “trajectory adjustment” features in a gaming mouse and their use in a multiplayer game, but for the purposes of testing these claims I jumped onto the first empty BF3 server I could find and set to work dialing in the adjustment tool.

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You may need to spend some time reading through the directions, as it isn't immediately clear how the trajectory adjustment and recoil suppression work. It's actually a pretty slick system though, and works as described – just read the directions! As you can see in the screenshots, I attempted to adjust the trajectory and suppress the recoil of the G3A3 rifle in Battlefield 3 – and it took a couple tries to get it dialed in (read the directions! I spent a couple minutes adjusting the recoil in the wrong direction...). I almost gave up, writing it off as a gimmick - then you can see the groups tighten as I figured out what each adjustment does. The groups in the screenshot below were shot in fully automatic mode from right to left, from an in-game distance of ~50 meters.

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It will vary per weapon, but when you get it dialed in... Notice the final groups, fired fully automatic – each in the same space as the first shot. The software makes this pretty simple to do in-game, with intuitive controls and an easy way to enter/exit the editing mode (double click "N" button to start, click the “N” button to save). Scary stuff, depending on who you ask... It was great to see it work as described though, and this is one of the most “game-changing” features I've seen added to a gaming mouse. With anything, your mileage may vary – after my success with the G3A3, I attempted to adjust the profile for the M60E4 machine gun (can you imagine? 200 rounds of precision placed bullets?), with some success.

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Obviously, the software works better for weapons with less “random” recoil, but it did manage to tighten the groups enough (from left to right) to warrant some more attention. For what it's worth, there is a three-shot burst mode in the Core3 profile as well that can be adjusted as well. It is my personal opinion that your skill would increase much more if you spent the time learning the different recoil patterns of each weapon rather than tweaking software to do it for you, but perhaps I'm old fashioned... In any case, the option is there for those that are interested, and it does work – quite well.



 

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# InquiryJP 2012-12-20 22:00
Hi, Benchmark reviews

Is this an ambidextrous shaped mouse? (right/left)
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# RE: InquiryTom Jaskulka 2012-12-23 06:42
Although the "grippy" surfaces are on both sides, the design is meant for right-handed users. The area of the mouse for your ring finger is narrow enough that it wouldn't get in the way if you tried to use it left-handed, but there are other mice in this line that are truly ambidextrous - I'd recommend taking a look at those if that is what you're after.
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# Brilliant ReviewMuneeb Hanif 2012-12-24 03:36
Hi, I have been using this mouse for a about a week now. No regrets what so ever perfectly fits my hand and the accuracy on this thing is spot on. From what i have seen on MS Paint there is no prediction what so ever. Clicks are fast and although i think its too early to call but this mouse has to be the best in its price range.

The whole Core 3 feature just went over my head. Benchmark reviews i would love to hear from you in this regard so when using the recoil suppression feature can you shoot all 30 rounds as you desire with the recoil adjustment provided or do rounds get fired in bursts.

Thanks
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# RE: Brilliant ReviewTom Jaskulka 2012-12-26 19:02
Regarding the Core 3 feature, you can select and adjust different recoil patterns for two firing modes - "normal" and 3-shot burst. The normal mode will fire fully automatic, as long as the weapon in game fires fully automatic. It would be equivalent to holding down the fire button. The 3-shot burst mode is separate from "normal," and acts as you would expect, firing 3 shots every time the fire button is clicked. I can understand your remark regarding the Core 3 feature, as I've never seen anything like it. I was surprised to see it worked, and quite well at that. Hopefully this helps answer your question!
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# ThanksMuneeb Hanif 2012-12-28 22:08
Thanks for the nice explanation i think that has cleared my head somewhat :P....will try using these features...its more trial and error to see what suits what gun best...One last thing by normal you mean the green light right or the red one
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# RE: ThanksTom Jaskulka 2013-02-05 11:00
The red light (scroll wheel) depicts "normal" mode.
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# SoftwareEmer Gencyexitonly 2013-02-05 10:58
Does it work without installing anything! (Use in diferent computers)
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# RE: SoftwareTom Jaskulka 2013-02-05 10:59
It will work just fine without installing anything, although like many other mice with profiles you won't be able to customize any of the button assignments. If you're fine with the defaults, you'll still be able to use them as such. You'll have to install the software driver to change any of the defaults obviously, but once you do those custom settings will be saved onto the mouse - allowing you to use it on many different machines with your custom settings without having to install the drivers again. Keep in mind you won't be able to change between the different Cores without the driver though. Hope this helps!
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# RE: A4Tech Ultracore3 V7 Gun3 Gaming Mouses2korpio 2013-02-05 11:00
Mother of... What? This? Coming from a company that makes cheap to average peripherals?!

Talk about the ultimate price-to-QUALITY ratio!

I've been meaning to find a mouse with great attention given to its clicking feedback, and the one company that does this is the one that's been known as boring... I have to say this is a wonderful thing :)

Shame on Logitech. Years of experience and they never seem to evolve beyond the concept of "more is better".
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# RE: RE: A4Tech Ultracore3 V7 Gun3 Gaming MouseJan Horak 2013-02-05 11:02
Hi, i would buy this mouse, but i have one question. Is need to buy Core3 or other program for this mouse to get all function of this mouse?

thanks all
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# RE: RE: RE: A4Tech Ultracore3 V7 Gun3 Gaming Mousemsa502 2013-02-05 11:02
He means the Ultra-Core3 software to activate the recoil suppresion. From of what I heard in this review, and take a look at the bloody's site, that Ultra-Core3 software has a trial mode for 1000 clicks, and then you'd have to buy the software to use it again ( listed here: bloody.tw/en/core3/core.asp?MachineCode= ). Imo, this review should add that Ultra-Core3 price to the mouse price as you can't really get the full function of the mouse if you won't buy the software (yes you get the trial mode, but 1000 clicks will be going in no time in fps games).
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# Brand ManagerDemetri Newson-Thompson 2013-03-09 11:38
We have two seperate models of the V7, we have the pro model and the basic model. The pro model does come with the Ultra-Core3 already activated, while the basic does not. We initially offered the software seperately, but we understood the need to bundle them together. So we have.
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# RE: Brand ManagerOlin Coles 2013-03-09 14:39
That fact that an A4Tech representative must comment on a review to explain your product speaks volumes. The lack of forethought in this product and it's many confusing names is astounding. Not only is the product name a complete mess because the website, packaging, and product are each branded with a different name, but your software lacks a real-world trial period. Be lucky that I wasn't the person to review this product, or it would have been rated much lower.
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# Could you post your settings for G3A3?Muneeb Hanif 2013-02-05 11:03
Hi, benchmark reviews can you please post the settings on the dial you used to counter recoil of the g3a3 rifle. I cant seem to counter recoil of more then 15 bullets(full-auto) after which the gun starts to aim downwards automatically and i am unable to control it. THANKS!!!
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# Great mouse!jarmart 2013-02-05 11:04
Great mouse, tracking is flawless, click are super responsive, the ring finger rest is nice but has kind of a abrupt edge to it that can be uncomfortable for long sessions. The modes (or core's as the call them) are nice. One major issue in mode 1 (core 1) you get 1,N, and 3 middle buttons as extra programmable buttons. But in that mode you can't use profiles that load by starting a program/game. So if you want to auto assign "z" to mouse4 when you start Skyrim, can't do it in mode 1. Load mode 2 (core2) you can but you have 3 less buttons since the middle buttons are pre-assigned to recoil suppression. Not a major issue if you play FPS but can be a in RPG. All in all one of the better mice I've used.
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# Brand Manager A4TechDemetri Newson-Thompson 2013-03-09 11:42
We understood this issue also... So for that reason. We have developed specific MMO and RPG mice for our new Bloody Series. We will be unveiling them around M3. Our booth will have them on display.
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# braveone69David Glasgow 2013-02-13 07:54
its a mouse well worth the money, its just an excellent mouse...(Period)
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# RE: A4Tech Ultracore3 V7 Gun3 Gaming MouseSkidmarks 2013-02-14 06:09
For 40 bucks you really can't complain
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# Mac osAlex 2013-03-02 08:51
I would like to buy this mouse but I have a mac, do you know how it works on MAC OS? Thanks ;)
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# RE: Mac osDavid Ramsey 2013-03-02 09:25
As noted on the first page of the reviews, in the Specifications table, the mouse hardware will work fine on a Mac, but the supplied software is only for Windows.

So you can connect the mouse to a Mac and get basic mouse functions, but not the enhanced features provided by the software and drivers.
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# that softwareWaleed 2013-05-30 17:29
im planning to buy this mouse but i'm not interested in that feature ( it will kill your gaming skills and is probably cheating/hacking, cheating is cheating if done by software or hardware ) anyways i wanted to ask if Using this mouse without that Recoil cancel stuff features, will it be good for FPS games then?

im talking about grip and 3200 dpi is more then enough, the mouse looks awesome though,

and if im not using that core feature, what buttons can get keyboard shortcuts?
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