Final words and conclusion
Final words and conclusion
Right, it is time to wrap things up, first we'll talk a bit about the M3 mouse, followed by the K7 keyboard.
The Aorus M3 mouse
The unit is once again a nice addition to Gigabyte's gaming mice, the mouse itself really is not an evolutionary upgrade or anything, it's a good, nicely weighted and precise mouse with proper 6400 DPI value. The overall feel of the mouse is as good as it is comfortable. The hardware of the mouse I cannot complain about either. You get a mouse with nice software options, though the software suite is rough around the edges and I for one do not like that bright orange interface whatsoever. But you likely set up the mouse just once and then never again, right? We did not experience lag or input issues. The M3 has a good build quality, we get to have the 6400 DPI engine, on-board memory, multiple profiles selectable by a button, hardware DPI selection and configuration software along with a bit of LED bling as well. The mouse does not feel cheap and is simply downright comfortable to use. Priced at 39 USD, you just cannot complain really.
The Aorus K7 Cherry Red RGB Mechanical Keyboard
The K7 keys surprised me, the keyboard was way better than I expected, it feels good and works properly as well as we have to weigh in that it looks amazing. The difference, obviously, is that RGB implementation and the combination of the fact that your keyboard is programmable, but if the programmable software blows, then you are already one step behind. And here again, Gigabyte's software suite did not satisfy me. Now again, it will get the job done but the software side of things could have been much better. The hardware though, that I cannot complain about even a slight bit. I do miss having a few more dedicated programmable keys on the side though, like what Corsair does with their G-keys. I also would have liked a dedicated knob for audio. You can still manage volume with a function key combo, but that is not very practical.
Software comments aside, I feel that Gigabyte offers nice gear on the hardware side of things. The M3 mouse is very responsive, programmable and has a nice fit in my hand. Expect the price to hover at roughly 40 USD. For that money you receive a complete and well designed gaming mouse with a (hopefully) evolving software suite that goes along with it. The Aorus K7 however I like very much, it is priced at 129 USD and you do get a very complete product with proper build quality, good hardware and rocking looks. The Aorus K7 indeed brings that premium feel that Aorus is all about. Honestly, it is impressive to work with, feels great, comes with swappable WASD keys, albeit with blank key-caps. Much like any Cherry MX based set of keys, the Aorus K7 will take getting used to a little. Please do give yourself a few days with the keyboard to fully understand it and get a feel for it. Really, if you come from a dome based keyboard then using a mechy definitely is different. Combined with all the lights etc. it is a lot to digest and get used to for the first day or so. If you use the keyboard for productivity (typing letters etc.) then noise might become a factor to consider. Mechanical keyboards are simply more noisy when you type on them. The icing on the cake obviously is the advanced RGB LED system, which is amazing to look at.
For the gamers and Gigabyte aficionados the Aorus K7 is simply a lovely looking and properly functional product that comes recommended. We would like to see more advanced control software though as currently the competition is miles ahead. But this is a great keyboard to game on and will draw attention as well due to its nice looks. In the end I find the M3 mouse good, but it remains a run of the mill gaming mouse like many others. The Aorus K7 however makes a difference. Both come recommended.