A Closer Look
I’m going to start with the mouse pad first.
To say this mouse pad is huge is an understatement. I believe this is the largest pad I have ever seen. It measures in at just 39 inches; for those who are counting, that’s just over 3 feet long and it is 15 inches deep. For my set up, this covers my entire desk with some left over. In addition, I am able to set my mouse and keyboard on this pad.
The Aorus Thunder P3 is not your typical mouse pad. Taking the sheer size out of the equation, the mouse pad is covered in a micro-fabric cloth that is designed to reduce friction and offer a superior mousing surface. The fabric is also spill resistant. Liquids that are spilled on the surface bead up and are easily wiped off with no lasting effects. The edges of the Thunder P3 are cleanly stitched to ensure long life and prevents fraying to keep this pad looking and performing well for years to come.
The Aorus Thunder M7 mouse features a half rubberized surface to increase friction between the hand and the mouse when in use. This helps prevent slipping during sweaty, heavy-handed gaming sessions. The other half of the mouse feels like plastic. Both sides of the mouse have their own unique texture and feeling. The main row of additional buttons is featured on the left side of the mouse.
Looking from the back of the mouse to the front, a passive vent is featured. This is designed to help keep your hand cool while using the Aorus Thunder M7 in long gaming sessions. The mouse features a nice and comfortable curve as it flows from the back to the front. Before actually using the mouse, I was afraid that the my hand would hit the DPI buttons (+ and -) located at the top of the mouse. However, that wasn’t the case; the curve of the mouse actually kept my palm from actuating the buttons. I really had to try to press the buttons with my palm and I doubt it would occur during regular use.
Moving to the front of the mouse, we get a good look at the two primary mouse buttons. Each of the buttons have a very slight concave indentation that keep your fingers pretty well centered in each of the buttons. The smaller buttons located next to the left click mouse button are very easy to use in game. Accidental activation of these buttons is kept to a minimum as it is extremely easy to find your hand placement thanks to the indentations mentioned above. The two main mouse buttons feature an Omron mechanical switch that is rated at 20 million clicks.
As I mentioned, the main two mouse buttons (left and right click) are Omron mechanical switches. The other switches, I am not so sure about. I couldn’t find any manufactures marks and I didn’t desolder the switches from the PCB. The other switches are mechanical as they make a sharp click sound when pressed .
Taking a look back at the right side of the mouse, we can clearly see the design on the inside of the mouse. Aorus made this look like some sort of CPU for the mouse and it gives it a nice industrial feel. The lone button at the front of the mouse can be programmed for different functions. By default it switches between one of the five profiles.
Back on the left side of the mouse, there are eight separate buttons in addition to the regular left-click mouse button. Every button on this mouse can be customized through the Aorus macro engine software.
Up on top of the mouse are two additional buttons. In the default configuration, these buttons control the DPI setting of the laser. There are four LEDs to the left of the buttons that indicate what level the DPI is currently set.
The mouse wheel on the Aorus Thunder M7 is a plastic wheel that features a rubber center piece. When scrolling the mouse wheel back and forth, a light tactile click can be felt; however, no sound can be heard. The button can also be pressed down for an additional programmable button.
The Aorus Thunder M7 uses the ever popular Avago 9800 Laser sensor. The maximum DPI is 8200 with a speed of 150 IPS (inches per second). Initially there were acceleration complaints with the Avago 9800 sensor and they have since released firmware updates for their sensors but it up to the manufacturer to release the update to the consumers.