Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Gear: Bloody Ultra Gaming Gear - V7MA Ultra Core3 Gaming Mouse

A4Tech's Bloody Ultra Gaming Gear - V7MA Ultra Core3 Gaming Mouse -- even if it says "Bloody Headshot" on the unit itself -- is a mouthful to the point where I actually needed to consult the company rep to get the name right.

But what's in a name?

The Bloody Ultra Gaming Gear - V7MA Ultra Core3 Gaming Mouse's main selling feature is its "recoil suppression" and "trajectory adjustment."

Taken literally, this is a ridiculous claim. Recoil suppression? Did the manufacturer miss the fact it's a mouse and not a gun? And that it's not some kind of Call of Duty perk?

The recoil suppression refers to the on-the-fly ability to adjust firing (i.e. click rates) and the mouse's ability to make adjustments to in-game recoil. (The mouse itself does not kick.) There's also the ability to get dirty with actually programming the mouse, at least within the confines of using the mouse for your games, via the Oscar Macro Editing software.

The official website's description of the Oscar Macro Editing software: "“Change the Time Delay between commands”, “ Control cursor absolute / relative displacements”, “Mouse simulation”, “Keyboard simulation”, “Record the keyboard & mouse continuous actions” all in aid of reducing "finger fatigue."
For a first-person shooter aficionado, this is an invaluable tool and from my experience it does tend to make a difference, but I spent a great deal of time playing the Saints Row IV preview version, Wargame: AirLand Battle, and Company of Heroes 2, action and strategy games that require some quick mouse work to be sure but not the same level of accuracy demanded of Call of Duty or Battlefield. For these games (and other uses for a mouse) the V7MA does a great job with those tasks as well.

Finger fatigue being a prime concern of the V7MA, the unit slides easily and all four buttons (two on the thumb rest; the left and right mouse buttons) are responsive with that great clicking noise... And it does feel pretty darn comfortable... Okay, those are ridiculous things to say about a freakin' mouse; that stuff is just supposed to work!

The only other buttons are the numbered ones just under the wheel mouse, which are essentially shortcut keys to modify firing rates.

A little disturbing touch to the mouse is the small bloody hand print on the palm rest, that pulses on and off. Like a heartbeat... It's eerie! But I will admit that it looks kinda cool. There's also some cool tech in the V7MA and for that just skip down to the tech specs below.

The V7MA Ultra Core3 Gaming Mouse is widely available online for about $39.99US and for what you get -- a solid gaming mouse without going friggin' crazy with extra buttons, weird angular bits, and unnecessary light sources -- it's a good purchase for a gamer on a budget. Long name, solid performance!

- Aaron Simmer

Basic Parameters:

  • Multi-core system
  • Button No.: 7 keys + Wheel
  • Direction of wheel: one way direction
  • Tracking: Optical engine
  • Type: Wired
  • Mouse connection: USB (2.0/3.0)
  • Hardware system requirements: Windows 
  • Software system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 
  • Mouse size: 125 x 64 x 39 (mm)
  • Cable length: 1.8 m
  • Mouse weight: 155 g

Technical Parameters:

  • Resolution: 200 Dpi to 3,200Dpi (5 ranges adjustable)
  • Image processing: 368 mega pixels / sec
  • Acceleration: 30g
  • Tracking speed: 75 inches / sec
  • Report rate : 1,000 Hz(4 ranges adjustable)
  • Key response time: 1ms
  • 160K onboard memory