|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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A4Tech V7 Final Thoughts
If products were evaluated purely on where they sit on the price/performance curve, this mouse should be at the top of your list. It is well made, functions perfectly mechanically, has a great feel, great ergonomics, attractive, and "just feels good." It even includes some innovations that I haven't seen on other mice, and make quite a bit of sense.
The Holeless Engine really solves the problem that mice with high-precision laser sensors struggle with (should I track the surface or the dust/hair/fibers that get stuck in the sensor "hole"?), and it does so in a simple and effective way. The sensor has performed admirably (it worked just fine on the transparent glass surface of my desk!) and didn't skip a beat throughout.
To say I was pleasantly surprised testing this product would be accurate - I've been accustomed to spending at least twice as much as this product to get something that "feels right." I love the tactile feedback of the main mouse buttons, and while some of the surfaces could use less glossy black and more matte finishes for grip overall this is a solid product that should offers quite a bit over the competition at its price point.
A4Tech V7 Conclusion
You really have to keep in mind while using this mouse the price category it is in. If you do that, you are going to begin wondering why you would need to spend more. As of late December 2012, the A4Tech USB Wired Ultracore3 V7 3200 DPI Bloody Gaming Mouse sold for $39.99 (Newegg / Amazon).
The attention to detail really impressed me, especially (once again) given the price point of this product. Mice are incredibly subjective in the first place, and trying to rate appearance is like...trying to do something that's really hard. I think the A4Tech V7 is an eye-catcher, and happen to like the design. Others may not, but they already know what they like (hopefully), so don't get too wrapped up over a number.
Construction is less subjective – you can feel the difference between something thin and rattly or solid and well-built. The V7 is well-built, with nary a weird seam or creaky wheel. This mouse feels great in hand with a solid, substantial quality that is impressive given its all plastic construction. Each button actuates as you would expect, and the primary mouse buttons and scroll wheel all have a great tactile feel and response. So often your primary mouse button becomes a trigger to a weapon – all the better if that trigger has a finely tuned feel.
The V7 has all the functionality one could expect from a gaming mouse, and then some. The additions of the multiple “Cores” and their respective settings add functionality that you wouldn't expect from a gaming mouse. This is a mouse that isn't shy about its purpose, and unless you need more buttons you'll get more functionality here than in the majority of products out there.
The value is astronomical. It would be a fair option if it were just a well-built, solid performer with some lights. Add in the software, programmable buttons, optional upgrades for additional functionality, included accessories and overall build quality, and the price is incredibly competitive and reflects a value that is more than enough to forgive the relatively few faults. I would not hesitate to recommend this product to anyone that was looking for a great gaming peripheral. If this mouse is any indication of the rest of A4Tech's lineup, I'm excited to see what else is in store.
+ Unbelievable value
- Some English translations could use a little tweaking, not really a con if it doesn't bother you...
Final Score: 9.6 out of 10.
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