Review: The A4Tech Bloody Gun3 V7 Mouse

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The Bloody Gun V7 is the first and hopefully last peripheral to include D.L.C.

A peripheral’s potential growth can often be measured by its manufacturer’s policies towards their customers and gamers in general. One thing that many, if not all gamers, despise is day one D.L.C. By that I mean companies such as EA releasing downloadable content for a game which could have easily been included on the original disk. A4Tech Bloody has included this in their premier “V” gaming mouse line. Before we get all agro on some software, let’s check out the sweet hardware that this software calls to improve.

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Design

The V7 is Bloody’s top-tier gaming mouse. It sports a standard sleek, matte black design with aggressive angles to accentuate its large lit-up scroll wheel and top 3 buttons. Braided red and black chord are finished with a regular red USB port. I was disappointed at the lack of gold plating for the line’s best mouse, but can accept that with its $30-$40 price tag.

The L/R buttons are standard spring resistance with a sharp ending for more umph. Two side buttons accentuate a clear plastic material thumb rest. I was also surprised at the clear plastic material used here rather than rubber which would better hold and support a thumb area with button usage. It’s scroll wheel is quick and reliable with three lighting options depending on your Core settings.

The underside of the mouse includes a laser cover which helps prevent dust from collecting. This is a trend I would like to see more peripherals manufacturers include in top products, if not all products. It’s a good solution to pokes, dust, dirt, liquids, and other assorted hazards.

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The backside of the mouse has a “breathing” bloody hand symbol with a red LED.

Functionality

As a $30 mouse, the V7 performs beautifully. Easily surpassing even a Logitech G500a in scroll speed and DPI variation. The software, which is downloaded free (Not the DLC), provides users with all the functions, macro-ing, acceleration, tracking support, and DPI increments that make this a gaming mouse.

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The L/R buttons along with the scroll wheel click well, and are extremely responsive. The two side thumb buttons on the other hand have lagged on me, are easy to slip off of, feel cheap, and have large holes through which dust and other small objects can get through.

A very solid built piece of hardware and easily survived the 4 foot (Average desk height) drop test without any rattles or scratches. Build quality is a strange mix since the sides weren’t given much love but the L/R buttons along with the scroll wheel are flawless.

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The “Core” options allowed 1000 clicks of improved FPS recoil control, and headshot rate. I tried this out with Battlefield 3 and have to say that while it makes a difference, it isn’t significant enough to warrant the purchase of a mouse. Bundled with the mouse originally and charged at $60 would have been a better option, since many FPS gamers will take all the help they can possibly get.

My headshot rate for 8 games increased by roughly 9%. While it isn’t the biggest difference, I still feel somewhat guilty for using outside software, and it’s just a matter of time before DICE and Activision decide this is comparable to hacks. Since the Bloody2-Ultra core3 software is an unrefundable $20, you won’t be getting your money back.

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Conclusion

A4Tech’s Bloody V7 is overall a solid, awesome, gaming mouse. Without any special features for a $40 mouse, this would receive high marks. But since the Bloody2-Ultra core3 software is highly advertised by Bloody, it must be a mandatory piece to this product which otherwise just blends in with any gaming mouse on the market. As for a $60 mouse, there are top end alternatives such as the Razer DeathAdder Black or better yet the Steelseries Sensei Raw.

Grade : C

Check out Bloody’s “V” Series here.

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