Thunder M7 Mouse
There are a few things that become quickly apparent with the AORUS Thunder M7. First, it is exclusively a right-handed mouse; it is definitely not ambidextrous nor symettrically identical on each side like some mice we see on the market. In terms of size, the M7 is actually rather small compared to most mice we’ve seen, so if you have large hands you might find it undersized..
Second, the overall design is a significant depature from the minimalist mice we often we. The Thunder M7 is a decidedly “busy” design, with many buttons and things happening along the surface. It is rather aggressive looking though, with angular lines contrasted against the profile curvature of the mouse.
That said, the lines of the mouse do flow rather fluidly flow from the front to the back at the palm, culminating near the horizontal slotted grooves.
Toward the front of the M7, we see the rubberized wheel itself is smooth, not grooved, is well constructed, and tracks very smoothly without any noise. It does have some textural feedback when rolling (a “notched” effect), but is thankfully silent without any clicking on rotation.
The bottom of the M7 features foot pads which are long and angular as well, reasonably sized, and track well both on cloth (slow) and polymer-based (fast) mousepads. I prefer a control pad, but for those that like a speed surface, the M7 handles it beautfully as well, gliding across with no hiccups.
The M7 uses the popular Avago ADNS 9800 laser sensor for its engine, capable of 8200 DPI, which should be plenty for the most demanding gamers out there. It’s mid-centrally located, thankfully avoiding any weird rotational issues for a few other mice we’ve seen which have an offset sensor.
Moving to the side of the M7, the MMO influence is evident, with most of the buttons clustered here. The M7 has a total of 14 actual programmable buttons (though they are crafty by classifying Back and Forward scroll as 2 additional buttons), and couple with profiles and macros, it’s clear the MMO gamers will have a haven with this setup.
The lightly textured matte finishes contrast with the glossy smooth textures of the mouse. It’s designed to help prevent a sweaty and slippery surface, but it does feel just slightly unusual at first.
The DPI adjustment buttons are located near the transparent “window” near the centre of the mouse, along with a DPI indicator. It makes for an awkward grasp since they’re not easily reached from a normal hand setup. Admittedly, though, this is perhaps a bit more of an issue for FPS gamers than MMO players.
Much of the Thunder M7 lights us, and it’s quite a nice overall effect. The M7 also comes with the ability to change the lighting scheme, as the wheel and “headlights” at the front light up. The transparent window gives an interesting view into the LED internals, though we suspect the novelty of that will quickly wear off. And if you want to completely turn off the LEDs, you’re out of luck.