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Aorus Thunder M7 Mouse Review

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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.

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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.

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