Gigabyte have taken a stab at peripherals a number of times over the years with sub brands such as Aivia. Overall the products have been decent, and certainly unique with their K8100 board being a prime example. More recently Gigabyte launched a new brand for gaming peripherals (and laptops). Today we take a look at the Aorus Thunder M7 mouse which is aimed at serious gamers, especially those who play MMO games… and the MASSIVE P3 extended pad which Aorus offer to complement it.
The Aorus Thunder M7 mouse arrives in a reasonably compact box which shows us a nice clear image of the product on the front. We also get a note of its MMO focus with more detailed info elsewhere on the packaging. Inside we find a nice case for our mouse, ideal for travelling and bundled with it a short manual and replacement feet which are a nice touch.
The Aorus Thunder M7 Mouse
The Aorus Thunder M7 mouse uses a two tone plastic finish for the main body of the mouse with the left being black and the right grey. We get a button/window in the centre which has a mesh effect allowing us to see inside the mouse and beside it sits our DPI up and down buttons along with their LED indicator.The front edge of the mouse has two further LEDs, one beneath each mouse button (omron switch, 20million activation durability) which look like headlights and on the left edge of the left mouse button we find two more of the 16 user configurable buttons.
On the left side of the mouse we find a further six buttons which can be actioned by our thumb and then on the right side of the mouse, along with another transparent section providing a look inside the mouse, we find a profile switch which can be actioned by our small finger.
Turning the Aorus Thunder M7 upside down we find three large low friction feet and a our 8200dpi laser sensor. In terms of other specifications the Aorus Thunder M7 has a 1000Hz report rate, frame rate of 12000/s, maximum tracking speed of 150ips and 30g maximum acceleration. The mouse body measures 116x70x44mm (LxWxH) and it weighs approximately 110g. Then extending from the front of the mouse we have a 1.8m braided cable which ends in a gold plated USB connector.
The Aorus Thunder P3 Pad
To accompany the Aorus Thunder M7 there are also a selection of pads, or more specifically one pad in four size options. The Thunder P3 is that pad and it starts at 26.5x21cm before moving up through 35x26cm and 44x30cm until we get to the largest 100x40cm version. That Extended 100x40cm option (yes, A METER) is our pad and it is massive. Other than the size they are all the same though so regardless of our purchase we have a black micro-fabric using a high density weaved pattern. The material used by Aorus is spill resistant and waterproof allowing us to wipe of spills and each of the edges has been rolled and then stitched to prevent fraying. A non-slip rubber base is applied to the Thunder P3 and it is 3mm thick, providing a decent amount of padding for the heel of our hands. Finally, there is a small silver Aorus logo in the top right of each pad.
As with pretty much all gaming mice we get a control panel with the Aorus Thunder M7 and this app is called Macro Engine ( The software can be downloaded from the Aorus site, here. ). We use a standard installer to get it onto our system an on first launch it opens the profile tab. From here we can configure each of the main buttons with a function across five profiles. Those profiles are colour coded and our mouse wheel and insides light up to indicate which is active. In the next screen we can configure our macro commands.
After setting up our profiles and macros the next screen is settings which allows us to configure the Aorus Thunder M7. The first screen in this section offers short cuts to six areas which are profiles, sensitivity (DPI config), scroll settings (how many lines per scroll), report rate (up to 1000Hz), memory (to reset, backup or restore) and head lights (change brightness).
User Experience and Conclusion
We have just looked at the software in the above section, so lets stick with that for the first section of this conclusion while it is fresh in our memory. Essentially we found that the Macro Engine was the weakest aspect of the Aorus Thunder M7. When we first launched the application we felt a little lost, how to move between sections lacks clarity, opening on profiles rather than settings is counter intuitive and the main settings take too many mouse clicks to get to. In fact even the name isn’t great… Macro Engine sounds like an application for configuring macro commands, not for changing DPI, lighting etc. We also noted some odd design decisions such as the Aorus logo on the top bar linking to the website, just like a logo of 2 people on the same area. Why we need two ways to access Aorus.com isn’t clear, just as a logo of two people doesn’t scream “click me for the company site”. That said, once we had spent some time with Macro Engine and learned its quirks it worked fine and offered the functionality we needed. Essentially Aorus should go look at what Razer, Logitech, Roccat, SteelSeries and the like do for their software then copy the best parts for their own… all of these competitors have similar software layouts for a reason, it works well.
Moving on to the Aorus Thunder M7 itself we have a very impressive product. Working best with a palm grip style the mouse felt great in our hand. The thumb cut-away hugs our thumb nicely when not actioning the buttons in this area and the opposite side of the mouse is nicely contoured to allow us to rest our right most fingers. All of the buttons on the Aorus Thunder M7 are well positioned, in easy reach of our fingers and our only small suggestion on these would be for Aorus to make the thumb buttons slightly larger (and therefore easy to press) on any future revisions.
The Aorus Thunder M7 also feels solid in our hand with no flimsy sections or issues with the finish and the weight is decent also. We do like the window sections on the mouse, especially on the top which allows us to see inside to the LED illuminated components and having a braided cable is always good to see. In terms of performance the mouse scores well, very fast and accurate. We did have an incompatibility with our Func surface (hard) which didnt track well but there are other mice which suffer the same fate and on the Aorus we had no issues with other pads or the Thunder P3.
Speaking of the Thunder P3 it is a lovely surface. The Extended version is, in a good way, ridiculously large so most people will likely go smaller. However we can see the value of having a pad which sits under our keyboard, extending out past the mouse and providing a padded wrist rest in front of the keyboard. Like the Aorus Thunder M7, the P3 pad has a nice quality finish and the quality edge stitching mixed with water resistant finish should ensure it offers decent durability.
So that brings us to value where the Aorus Thunder M7 retails for £69.99 and the Extended pad £29.99, falling to £9.99 for the small version. These are very competitive prices and help the Aorus Thunder M7 and P3 win our recommended award.