A4Tech Bloody Headshot Mouse (tech) Review
Posted by Adam Larck on 07.24.2013
We take a look at one of the cheaper gaming mice out there. See how it handles inside.
The A4Tech Bloody Headshot V7 gaming mouse may look familiar to gamers that have checked out other mice in the Bloody series. Thatís because the Headshot is basically identical to the Gun3 V7 mouse, just with a bit of a difference on the bottom of the mouse.
The mouse still fits great into the hand, especially for gamers with bigger hands. It has grooves for the thumb, along with two buttons that can be customized for different uses in games. The ring and pinky fingers also have places to rest, meaning the mouse has comfort for a long gaming session.
The biggest difference between the Gun3 V7 and Headshot V7 are the pads on the bottom. The Gun3 featured plastic pads, while the Headshot has metal pads to allow for smoother moving and quicker aiming in games. Plus, the pads seem to be resistant to scratching and showing wear. Even after long use it still looks like new.
The mouse also comes with software you need to download online called Bloody4. For those that donít want to get into in-depth customization, the software comes with pre-set games you can tune the mouse to for different firing mechanisms and uses, such as World of Warcraft and Counterstrike, with more available to download and put into the profile to change between.
The software also lets the mouse take full advantage of the three cores in the mouse. The first core is set up for non-shooters, such as MMOs or RTS titles. The second core, when turned on, allows for the three middle button modes to be utilized. The regular mode allows for standard fire, the N gives a two-shot burst and 3 gives a three-shot burst. After paying $20, the third core can be unlocked and used, which also unlocks some of the more questionable abilities.
The third core unlocks the recoil suppression feature, meaning guns like the AK-47 become tools of precision with no kickback. It also lets players customize macros of how guns can fire and can compensate for extra muzzle lift or spread. The features for customization are great, but I caution to only use them in single player. While the mouse mimics mouse movements to accomplish the feats, having an uncanny close spread and other features that give an obvious advantage may get some banned on popular shooters.
Unfortunately, one of the features the box claims, a 1 millisecond response time, canít really be confirmed. However, the mouse does allow for shooting with no noticeable lag between the click and the shot.
The mouse also comes with a few nice extra features as well. The mouse doesnít have the usual plastic cord, instead using a nylon cord that is more durable. It also comes with a Velcro tie to keep the cord smaller and a cleaning cloth for the bottom of the mouse.
It should be noted that the mouse does lack some of the features pricier mice may offer, such as weight tuning. For $40, though, the value easily outweighs the missing features.
Buttons: 7 keys + Wheel
Direction of wheel: one way direction
Tracking: Optical engine
Connection: USB (2.0/3.0)
Hardware requirements: PC
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
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
Price is great for gamers.
Mouse has virtually no lag.
Feels great and smooth in hands.
Have to buy extra core.
Can give unfair advantage in games.
May get some banned.
Even without the extra core, the Headshot V7 is a great choice for PC gamers trying to play on a budget. The response time is great and the two cores there give a lot of customization and different ways to use the mouse in different gamers. The mouse is a great investment for any PC gamer.