When it comes to testing mice, there isn’t much in the way of synthetic benchmarks we can perform, so it’s mostly subjective. However, rest assured that I’ve probably tested upwards of 50 mice in my time as a reviewer, so I know a good mouse when I see one.
Of course that doesn’t mean I can skip testing, so I took the AVIOR for a spin through a number of different games and usage environments, as well as testing different grips, to see how it holds up.
The most obvious feature of the AVIOR is its ridiculous DPI. When I started testing peripherals seven years ago, everyone was getting excited about a new 2,400 DPI sensor and here I am with a mid-range 7,000 DPI mouse – it’s a huge difference.
Whether you feel the need to be able to cross 3840 pixels of display in about an inch of movement is up to you, but know that however small a movement you want to make and still do a 360 in the latest shooter, the AVIOR will be able to handle it for you. This makes this mouse great for fast paced, twitch gaming and even though it won’t make a massive difference to your skills if you’re already using a sensitive mouse, moving from one of those models I used back in the day to something like this has the potential to ‘up your game’ a bit.
Of course one of the dangers with high sensitivity is accuracy issues, as sometimes developers can cheat and just make the mouse count two pixels as one and thereby ‘double’ its sensitivity. That’s not the case here and AVIOR is as accurate at low DPIs as it is at the higher ones.
That said, there is an adjustment period and some may find that they still can’t quite get the levels of precision they want without the fine tuning you get at lower DPIs. Personally I prefer something around 5,000 for everyday use and then if I want more sensitivity during a fast paced game (say one with a slowly traversing turret) I can up it again.
And all this is customisable due to the AVIOR’s software:
There’s a lot on offer in this software suite, including X and Y fine tuning for DPI settings, pointer distance, lift distance and even a surface analyser tool which will tell you how competent your mouse pad is. Ironically the old Mionix pad I’m using only scored 70 per cent.
All of the mouse’ buttons can be remapped too, which is very easy to do with a selection of drop down options as well as macro recording for true customisation. And you can tweak the LEDs. I reset them to orange myself.
Thanks to the soft plastic shell, long term usage is always comfortable, but the design and shape of the mouse’s body is cleverly designed to cater to different grip types. I am more of a finger gripper myself, but with the recessed buttons and ergonomic rear portion, it means palm grips are also pretty comfortable. Even claw grips can get on with this one as the buttons reach back far enough that you can quite easily click each of them with your finger tips half way down the body.
If I had to nitpick anything, it is that there isn’t a horizontal scroll on the mouse wheel, but I can’t say that is a function I ever really use in day to day browsing or gaming. Likewise, the lack of adjustable weights doesn’t seem that noticeable – and personally always seemed more of a gimmick to me anyway – though if you like a mouse with that, you’ll find it lacking in the AVIOR.
One of the big trends back when I was getting started with this whole review lark, was the introduction of laser mice. They were going to blow optical out of the water and they did for a while, but with the high sensitivity optical sensors we have now, I don’t see what all the fuss was about. This one works just as well as any laser rodent I’ve ever used and there isn’t even risk of me burning my own eyes out.
Ultimately, the AVIOR is a solid mouse, with a ridiculous, unnecessary DPI that covers all the bases, has good accuracy, is comfortable to use and has a fully kitted out software suite. There’s a few missing features if you’re a stickler for something particular and there will be a few people that won’t get on with it.
While the average price for an AVIOR 7000 is £70, which puts it in the higher end of the rodent spectrum, there are some outlets listing them for less than that, some under £60. If you can find it at cheaper still, you’ve got yourself quite a deal.
You can buy direct from Amazon, for £68.35 inc vat, over here.
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- Very high sensitivity – more than most will ever need.
- Comfortable and compatible with all grip types (claw, finger and palm).
- Very customisable through downloadable software.
- Good build quality
- No weight options.
- No horizontal scroll.