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Gigabyte Force M7 Thor Gaming Mouse Review

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Gigabyte Force M7 Thor Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

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.

Test Software

  • Battlefield 3
  • Battlefield 4 beta
  • Diablo III
  • Smite
  • Google Chrome
  • Adobe Photoshop

Test System

  • 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

Gigabyte Force M7 Thor Laser Gaming Mouse

Results

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.

Gigabyte Force M7 Thor Laser Gaming Mouse

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.”


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2 comments

  1. Jamie Hampton

    Comparing the scores given with the reviewers comments of praise seems to be quite different from what I expected. I think the scores might be more accurate assessment, but don’t correspond to verbal praise.
    In my experience a number rating system is usually not as accurate as personal descriptive rating. For example: the Air Force performance rating was from 1 to 9 each year. No one got less than an 8, (unless they were getting ready to boot you), most got a nine or it was next to impossible to get promoted otherwise. So the descriptive narratives is where the reporting officials would make you shine above others who did the same job as you.
    How did the rating system becomes so bad I do not know. A “5″ was suppose to be your normal Joe. 6 being better, 7 even better, 8 excellent, 9 outstanding. As I said most got 9 and so all became outstanding. To give an 8 the person must have did something that couldn’t be whitewashed or hidden from public(military review). If given a 7 you were not even doing your job so you were not wanted and was a way to keep you from getting promoted or able to re-enlist. 1 through 6 never existed unless you really pissed off your reporting supervisor or his supervisor.
    My hardest job was being forced to write a performance review on someone I never met and have only the people who have work with them and their views of his/her work. And any other paper trails available to read.
    What am I saying? That verbal reviews are more descriptive than numbers and I find more useful. Number ratings can be more accurate if used properly. Both if use, should coincide. Don’t give high praise then give a low number rating. It looks stupid.

  2. Jeremy Miller

    Thanks for your input Jamie! I understand your thoughts, however I personally do not see an 8.3 overall score being a “low number rating.” I think anything over an 8 is very, very good! The mouse IS very good, and I have used it a lot. Is it better than more expensive, high quality built gaming mice? Absolutely not. However given its price point, it is an excellent value for a very capable gaming mouse. Thanks again, and your input is noted on the number scale :)

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