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A4Tech Bloody Headshot Gaming Mouse Review

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Last March, we reviewed the Bloody Multi-Core Gun3 V7 gaming mouse, a peripheral that purported to improve accuracy in first-person shooters. Any doubts about the device’s claims were quickly diminished once we putted the mouse to the test. In execution, the Gun3’s accompanying software neutralized a game’s reproduction of recoil- allowing players to fire in precise groupings. Ethics (and accuracy) aside, the problem was having to manually zero each weapon, which left players prone as they were fiddling with ballistic details.

The release of the Bloody Headshot V7 improves upon its predecessor, demonstrating a number of enriching changes to both the hardware and drivers. Most valuable is the addition of game-specific data files, which provide pre-set tuning for APB: Reloaded, Alliance of Valiant Arms, CrossFire, Counterstrike and World of Warcraft. While that’s hardly an exhaustive list of popular PC titles, the ability to download additional weapon files is in place- all A4Tech has to do is collect and assess the quality of player created data. If the manufacturer can accomplish that, the Headshot was the capability of becoming a conquering contender in the peripheral market.

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The Headshot’s other minor shortcoming can be found on its packaging. Although the mouse is securely housed in an attractively windowed box, crucial specifications aren’t listed on the packaging. While A4Tech boasts of click response times, recoil suppression, and durability, specifics such as sensor type, DPI sensitivity, and macro-making ability are absent. Most troubling is the lack of notification surrounding one of the Headshot’s software modes, which is hidden behind a pay wall.

Strangely, the manufacturer neglects to taunt some of the amenities of the mouse, as well. Inside, owners might be surprised to find a quality cleaning cloth. Like its predecessor, the Headshot ships with a Velcro tie, which can reduce the unsightliness of excess cordage, or used to aid transport of the peripheral. The inner flap of the packaging does reference the mouse’s ‘ultra-metal’ feet, which might like an ostentatious point. However, in use, the Headshot’s pink underpads allow the device to glide across a surface with a minimum of resistance. When used with a superior mousepad (see below), the lack of friction is unmistakable, lending precision to ARMA III and well as the Microsoft Office suite. After two solid weeks of vigorous use, the feet showed absolutely no indication of wear. Not that abrasion was expected; our five month-old Gun3 with plastic pads reveals only the faintest of scratches.

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Ergonomically, the Headshot’s wide body- accentuated by a ribbed skirt that matches the contour of peripheral fingers is unremittingly comfortable. Protracted play sessions elicited a minimum of fatigue and discomfort- on par with other premium mice. Button placement is well designed, with the conventional right and left keys complemented by a clickable wheel, a string of three macro keys below, and two programmable buttons on the left side. Regretfully, the latter feature limits the Headshot to right-handed players; A4Tech has made no mention of a left-handed model. One premium attribute that’s missing from the mouse is weight tuning. While the peripheral is heavy enough to not lift off during impassioned sessions, some gamers might appreciate the option to add a bit of additional heft.

In execution, the Headshot’s buttons feel strikingly responsive. Although the manufacturer’s claims of a one millisecond response time couldn’t be substantiated or denied, we hoped to get a better assessment of input lag by collecting average times on the Human Benchmark Reaction Time test. After completing two batches of twenty test trials on three different mice, The Headshot came in first, narrowly besting a Logitech G500 gaming mouse. A4Tech supplies its own Mouse speed test, and while their mouse earned top honors again, the diagnostic app doesn’t divulge raw click response times, only a comparison with another mouse.

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Whereas the Gun3 came with software on a mini-CD, Headshot owners must download the accompanying software, named Bloody3. Once the 17.2 MB file is acquired, installation is uncomplicated, with the application quickly identifying the mouse and installing the proper drivers. Like the Gun3, the Headshot operates in three different modes. Core 1 is intended for RPGs and RTS, permitting players to remap buttons, assign keys, and even assign functions for Microsoft Office. Core 2 maps the Headshot’s underwheel buttons into firing modes, allowing single, double, or 3-burst shots to be easily fired. One owner’s ante up $20 USD, they’ll be able to utilize the device’s third core. Here, gamers can program elaborate macros, while Bloody3’s Headshot component grants access to the recoil suppression feature. What’s more, players may adjust DPI on the fly and tweak the refresh rate of the mouse.

With a bit of tweaking, ARMA III’s M320R Long Range Rifle become especially fearsome, dropping a cluster of foes as quickly as new rounds can be chambered. Likewise, once Battlefield 3’s M16A4 was zeroed in to a specific distance, the Headshot correctly compensated for muzzle lift, allowing bursts to be fired with ruthless precision. Since the Bloody3 software does this by mimicking mouse movement, unless developers start scanning for the Headshot’s drivers, the advantage will go undetected. While we would encourage players to limit the benefit to single player games, undoubtedly a few unscrupulous players will use the feature in competitive advantages. For those of you hoping to swindle the system- know that the Headshot’s advantage is slight. Practice and skill remain the dominating factors of any match.

The Bloody Headshot Gaming Mouse blemishes are slight. Ideally, A4Tech would be forthright about the cost of the third core and they’ll issue additional updates for their recoil suppression feature. That said, the Headshot is an undeniable value- the $40 device outperforms mice that cost twice as much. Coupled with a robust build quality and a commitment to comfort, A4Tech’s peripheral should be considered by gamers who are serious about their leisure activities.

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The Crazy Fighter Gaming Mousepad

Still using that flimsy promotional mouse pad? A4Tech’s Crazy Fighter will change your mind. Available in three sizes, this premium accessory creates an ideal surface for frantic firefights. On the bottom, gamers will find a texturized rubber matting that keeps the pad secure. On top, the Crazy Fighters offer a smooth as silk fabric coating that not only accommodates optical or laser mice, but stubbornly repels liquids. With a red and black design that complements the Headshot, you’ll want to bundle this in with your new acquisition. Nicely, the pad rolls up neatly for transit.

Basic Parameters

Multi-core system
Buttons: 7 keys + Wheel
Direction of wheel: one way direction
Tracking: Optical engine
Type: Wired
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

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

Last March, we reviewed the Bloody Multi-Core Gun3 V7 gaming mouse, a peripheral that purported to improve accuracy in first-person shooters. Any doubts about the device’s claims were quickly diminished once we putted the mouse to the test. In execution, the Gun3’s accompanying software neutralized a game’s reproduction of recoil- allowing players to fire in precise groupings. Ethics (and accuracy) aside, the problem was having to manually zero each weapon, which left players prone as they were fiddling with ballistic details. The release of the Bloody Headshot V7 improves upon its predecessor, demonstrating a number of enriching changes to both…

Review Overview

Build Quality - 90%
Functionality - 85%
Design aesthetics - 80%
Performance - 90%
Value - 80%

85%

Very Good

Summary : Even when the price for the Core 3 purchase is factored in, A4Tech’s Bloody Headshot is one of the better mice in the $75 and under market.

User Rating: 4.44 ( 5 votes)

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert ‘DesertEagle’ Allen is Tech-Gaming’s resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.

31 comments

  1. Is it me or does this one look almost exactly like the old one (The Gun3)?

    • I was just thinking the same thing, it looks very similar.

      • It looks like Batman’s mouse of choice when he’s playing Arkham City.

        • The distinguishing characteristic is the feet. On the Gun3 they were plastic, with the Headshot they are pink ‘ultra-metal’.

          Since I didn’t have any major issues with the design of the Gun3, I’m glad A4Tech didn’t change things. I would like it if the ‘1’,’N’, and ‘3″ buttons below the mousewheel let light pass through instead of being painted on, but that’s a very minor, cosmetic detail.

          • Best not to mess with success. Most brands almost nail it, then screw things up with needless ‘improvements’.

  2. Is there a hack to get the Core 3 for free? Then this might be worth it.

  3. I bought the older mouse (Gun3 V7 Super Duper Mouse) and really liked it. Well worth the $40, even without cheat mode enabled.

    I’m waiting for a third-party to come up with an freeware app that adds more features. That would be amazing.

  4. Kind of wicked that the advertise features on the box and then make you pay for them.

    Good review, thanks for keeping consumers first.

  5. I can’t say I’m crazy about the name, but glad to hear it’s a quality gaming mouse that’s not too expensive.

  6. “Image processing: 368 mega pixels / sec”

    No way, I’m not buying anything that’s less than 400 MP/Sec. 😉

    If that’s the type of specs you want to see on the box, it’s all Latin to me.

  7. I’m glad to see all the equipment reviews recently. Getting back to your roots?

  8. Cheater will use this because no one can ‘see’ that they’re using the device. If you ask me, that’s not cool. But if A4Tech didn’t think it up, someone else would have.

  9. So the only reason to upgrade is the feet on the bottom?

    • No, the software got an upgrade to. Now you can share the game macros.

      Good review, hopefully A4tech will listen to your suggestions. If they have a bunch of downloadanle macros, I’d buy this.

  10. Thanks Robert. Another good hardware write-up.

  11. Good review and all but for me, a mouse is a mouse. I dont see the difference between them.

    • To me it is extremely valuable to be able to access information regarding hardware performance, I believe it is not the same having to spend $ once than wasting time and perhaps even more money into something I’d need. Nothing aggravates me more than buying something that just breaks in a week or is not user friendly – I can’t stand when it happens in the middle of week from hell or a big project, then I’ve got to stop everything just to hunt down something I already bought. What a pain, lol.

      • So true. Theres a lot of cheap junk that looks good but fails these days.

      • Tell me about it.

        I’ve bought two portable hard drives the past year. Both have crapped out after less than 3 months. I’m careful with them, but use them daily.

        I check online and a TON of other people have had problems with them. Moral: reviews you can trust can save you money in the end.

  12. The big question is do I by some cheap mouse that I use for a year and throw away, then buy another. Or do I buy a $40 mouse that offers better performance, but might last two years.

    Personally, I follow the second style, but I know plenty of people who like the first just fine.

  13. I like your grouping shot, Deagle. 😉

  14. BTW- Diablo 3 and Wow fans might want to check out these mouse pads. Regularly $30, they’re on sale for $5.

    http://1saleaday.com/steelseries-mouse-pads/?CID=255763

  15. Why is the mouse pad called the crazy fighter if you never use a mouse for fighting games.

  16. Never heard of the brand. Sounds decent enough though.

  17. FYI All: Blood Firmware V4 is live: http://www.bloody.tw/software/download.html

    Looks like it makes a few improvements:

    1. Optimizes firmware to make cursor-control more smoothly.
    2. Improves overall mouse performance.
    3. Fine-tunes 5-way gun adjustments to enhance shooting accuracy.
    4. Strengthens wireless transmission power for better wireless transmission reliability.

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