Since 1987, Taiwan-based A4TECH has become an international leader in computer peripheral innovation and value. The company prides itself in creating new technology and offering the best possible experience to their customers. A4TECH creates keyboards, mice, headsets, cameras and the like. Their latest line, Bloody, targets the hardcore PC gaming crowd with unique features, bold designs and a price point that is hard to match. The Bloody Multi-Core Gun3 Gaming Mouse V5 sits pretty in the middle of their product line and brings more to the table than some gaming mice that cost twice as much.
Button No.: 7 keys + Wheel
Direction of wheel: One way direction
Tracking: Optical engine
Mouse connection: USB (2.0/3.0)
Hardware system requirements: Windows
Software system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
Mouse size: 125 x 64 x 39 (mm)
Cable length: 1.8 m
Mouse weight: 155 g
Resolution: 200 Dpi to 3,200Dpi (5 ranges adjustable)
Image processing: 368 mega pixels / sec
Tracking speed: 75 inches / sec
Report rate : 1,000 Hz(4 ranges adjustable)
Key response time: 1ms
160K onboard memory
A4TECH has chosen to integrate metal feet, which gives the mouse slick and easy movement. Paired with its light weight, it can be incredibly agile and works great for competitive FPS gameplay. The mouse has a great mix of matte and glossy black, textured and slick, with red illuminated scroll wheel and bloody hand print logo at the base. The cable is long enough to accommodate even the most complicated arrangement and includes a durable, red-speckled braided wrap.
The Bloody4 software available on the Bloody homepage works with all compatible Bloody V series mice. The program includes settings for individual axis sensitivities, multiple profiles and various tweaks to increase performance. Most users will be drawn to the recoil reduction feature. Rather than letting a game detect the fire button as being held down, the Bloody software separates it into a string of presses with milliseconds in between. This makes the game interpret the held button as individual trigger pulls, reducing spread and increasing the accuracy of each shot. The time between trigger pulls is fully adjustable and profiles can be created for individual games to maximize performance. Spreading of any weapon can be reduced significantly, unfairly so. This is meant more for single player campaigns and adjusting gun performance to the player’s ideal, rather than a cheat device for multiplayer. For first-person shooter players, the program can be worth much more than the $20 price tag. A trial is available for the skeptical.
There is not much to complain about. The V5 is a solid product for its price point, but for a little extra, the addition of weights would have given it a much more substantial feel and add a bit more customizability. The buttons located below the scroll wheel are not programmable. They are used to toggle the three settings for the Bloody4 software. It is a shame for those who love to map more than a few hotkeys to the mouse, and toggling between the different gun profiles during gameplay could have been reduced to a single button. The smooth plastics used on the side grips are slick and the rough vented design does not feel very good to the thumbs. A textured plastic finish or rubber coating would offer a more comfortable fit, but in the moment, the grips were barely noticeable and were more of an aesthetic problem than anything.
The Bloody Multi-Core Gun3 Gaming Mouse V5 is a great mouse for the money. It is perfect for shooter lovers and those looking to tweak their experience to their liking. While not perfect, the low initial cost paired with great performance makes the Bloody Multi-Core Gun3 Gaming Mouse V5 an easy recommendation for PC gamers looking for the best bang for their buck.