Gigabyte Force M7 Thor Testing & Results
The Gigabyte Force M7 Thor is squarely aimed at hardcore PC gamers. Since the target audience is the gamers, the best test we could do to the mouse is play some games! I used it in other applications as well, and will recount my experiences with you out of the gaming environment as well.
- Battlefield 3
- Battlefield 4 beta
- Diablo III
- Google Chrome
- Adobe Photoshop
Motherboard: Gigabyte H67MA-USB3-B3
System Memory: 12 Gb Kingston DDR3 1333 Mhz
Processor: Intel i3 2100 3.10 Ghz
Audio: Realtek High Definition
Video: 2x AMD HD 6870 1 Gb
Disk Drive 1: Seagate 1 TB 7,200 RPM 64 Mb cache
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer
Enclosure: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition
PSU: Apevia ATX-AS680W-BL 680W
Monitor: Sony 98078 24” 3D LED monitor
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Gaming: I gave the Gigabyte Force M7 Thor a real workout in a variety of games. I wanted to really test its limits, and it passed with flying colors! Other than a few quirky missteps the mouse was very fun to use. The mouse features a very smooth glide thanks to the gaming grade pads, and the laser is super responsive. Never once did I have as much as a stutter or hiccup.
In FPS games, I bound the reload key to the back thumb button and the melee to the front thumb button. This made reloading and knifing pesky snipers a breeze. The amazing laser sensor was nearly flawless, improving my accuracy and cutting down on the lost one on one gun battles. There was one minor drawback that needs to be noted. The scroll wheel tends to stop in between notches at times, causing it to slip into another slot when you are not expecting it. This only happened a handful of times, but was a bit annoying. Other than that, I have absolutely no complaints!
In Diablo III and Smite the mouse performed admirably again. With the laser still going strong and steady, my accuracy in Smite with a ranged class character (Cupid) was outstanding. It is definitely a great mouse for nailing those skill shots that set the great players apart from the rest. Diablo III gameplay was good as well, with the left and right clicks having a very tactile feel and nice click as well. Spamming the buttons lets out a symphony of gaming awesomeness.
Desktop Applications: In using the mouse everyday for over a month, it was definitely more of a friend than enemy in my day to day tasks. With the smooth scrolling action, the tactile clicks, and useful thumb buttons, the Force M7 Thor worked admirably for surfing the internet.
Browsing the internet was not the only thing that the mouse excelled at. It was an extremely good performer in Adobe Photoshop. I currently use CS6, and I couldn’t be happier with the performance. The smoothness and precision of the laser helps this mouse be an adequate choice for graphic designers and web developers as well.
Comfort: This is the area that it usually takes awhile to get right. The Force M7 Thor felt tiny in my hand compared to my mouse of choice (Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer), but after a few days my hands settled in nicely and I was back in the game. My scores improved and I felt like I was my old self again. The rubber grips on the sides of the mouse provide an excellent feel, and the smooth scroll wheel works much better than I anticipated. The thumb buttons are placed very well, and I never felt I was reaching to engage them. Overall the comfort of the mouse is outstanding after the initial “breaking in.”