For around 3 years now, I have had the same mouse sit, steadfast and un-usurped, as my personal crowned favorite gaming mouse. It’s not that there weren’t others. Oh, no, I had many a steamy affair with other technological temptresses —bear claw grip, 20 button affairs. But no matter how many times I roamed, I always came back to my lawful wife, my Logitech G500.
Now, it isn’t that there haven’t been other gaming mice made with more impressive specs. In fact, the Logitech G500 has been defeated many of times in the pissing contest that is DPI. But, still, it was my mouse and as such, unassailable. I honestly couldn’t find anything I liked better overall.
No longer. The simple and elegant Avior 7000 by Mionix has edged out over the G500 for a hard won win.
The Avior 7000 was designed to be ambidextrous, making itself accessible to people who prefer, or have no choice, but to use their left hand. As such, the mouse has a symmetry to it that is aesthetically pleasing without sacrificing anything in regards to ergonomics. Along both sides of the mouse, which is treated with 4 layers of a “soft touch” rubber grip, the mouse dips in to cozily accommodate even the most obnoxiously large of thumbs. From that dip, two buttons are easily accessible above the thumb. Since the mouse is ambidextrous, these buttons mirror one another, and lose some functionality as half of them can only be pressed by the user’s pinky. The effect is an awkward, imprecise stretch that leaves me wondering if I’m even supposed to be using those buttons at all—buttons that are included in the advertised “9 fully programmable buttons,” mind you.
The software for the mouse comes with a program called S.Q.A.T, which allegedly stands for Surface Quality Analyzer Tool. Unwieldy acronyms aside, the program tests the surface that the mouse is placed on to measure how much precision is lost. In optimal conditions, the mouse should be operating with 7000DPI and a tracking speed of at least 5.45m/sec. Unless you’re playing on a glossy magazine or a glass table, the mouse will feel smooth and accurate, able to satisfy even the pickiest of FPS players.
In terms of software, there are options to adjust the polling rate of the device, the lift-off distance, and the color of the LEDs. Once customized, preferences can be saved to one of the five profiles available in the mouse’s onboard 128kb memory.
The in-game DPI adjustment controls that have become standard are present in the Avior 7000, as well, and come in 3 different increments. Out of the box, the jumps in DPI are too dramatic to be conveniently utilized, but the values for these steps are easily altered in the free software available online.
Overall, the Avior 7000 isn’t breaking any new ground and, in some ways, won’t live up to the demands of some gamers. 9 buttons, 2 of which aren’t easily employed, isn’t many, and the onboard processing advertised (and factored into the price) doesn’t offer any noticeable, real-world benefits. But for $79.99, the Avior 7000 is serviceable as a quality, mid-range mouse that is all at once comfortable, reliable, and sleek.