For about the last week, I have change out my normal mouse for the new Bloody ML160 Commander Laser Gaming Mouse from Bloody. These types of reviews always take a little longer than a game review, since really for the first day or two you are just getting used to the configuration and the feel of the new mouse. So, putting my Roccat Lua into the drawer of my desk, I connected the ML160 to my desktop and took it for a spin through a week of normal computer use, that featured some MMORPGs, FPS, and normal PC use such as web browsing and writing.
The ML160 has a nice set of features. The obvious feature right out of the box is the replacement of the right mouse button for a 9-key number pad for mmo games. Out of all the features, this was the one that I had to work my brain around since I have never used a mouse like this before. The 5 key acts as your right mouse for everyday use, but when played in an mmo game, the number pad really shines. The key response for all the mouse buttons, not just the number pad, is measured at less then .2 ms. Truth be told, I could really feel that response speed when clicking the buttons. Games felt much more responsive when using the ML160 versus my old Roccat.
Other features of the Bloody ML160 include 17 buttons overall that perform different actions (two on the side, left mouse, middle mouse wheel, 9 key pad buttons, and 4 profile buttons), metal pro mouse boots for smoother gliding on the desktop, an infrared mouse wheel, adjustable resolution, and 4 weapon profiles. After my adjustment time with the ML160, I have to say it is the most responsive mouse I have ever used. I never felt any type of delay between the button press on the mouse and the action in game.
The ML160 has a nice aesthetic to it. The mouse is large enough to fit in my hands and I never feel like I struggle with the over all design of the mouse. The only design issue I had is with the lack of a right mouse button for every day computer use. Even as I type this and need to make corrections, my brain has to register where my finger is on the number pad. What would have been idealistic would have been a slightly more raised 5 key, or some sort of nodule on the 5 key for finger placement.
The ML160’s buttons are backlit in red, which really makes the Bloody hand print logo show up nicely on the mouse. The mouse wheel is also red when using the first weapon profile, then will switch to green, yellow or blue depending on the next profile you use. Through the software, you can adjust these colors if you like. The cord for the mouse is a nice braided cord that is a great length when connecting the mouse to the back of your computer. I never feel like I have less cord then I need.
Performance and Specifications
The ML160 performed fantastically during my week of using it for all of my gaming and computing needs. Overlooking the right mouse button I mentioned earlier, the 9 key pad set up was great for running my mmo games. I was able to use abilities without key strokes, and the abilities would fire off almost immediately. Bringing my middle finger back to the 5 key as the home position was still problematic in high stress situations, but one I can live with.
The weapon profiles were fun to play with. Each profile is designed to be used with a particular style of gun, so if you have a 3-burst weapon you would want to set your mouse to profile 3. This feature will help keep your shots accurate and on target. The ML160 also had 6 sniper modes that also helps increase your accuracy by adjusting your mouse movements and sensitivity to your weapon. I have no idea if the ML160 made me a better gamer in my fps games, but it felt better to play these games. I felt that I had the drop on people when we would meet due to the responsiveness of the ML160.
|Sensor||AVAGO A9800 Laser|
|Connector||USB 2.0 / 3.0|
|Cable length||1.8 meters|
|Size||126 x 81 x 40 mm|
|System requirements||Windows (all versions)|
The Bloody ML160 is a great gaming mouse, not only for mmorpgs but also for fps games. Excluding the minor issue of finding the home key on the number pad quickly when needed, the ML160 feels superior when it comes to responsiveness and accuracy for my game playing. I found the ML160 light in my hands while I played and easy to move around the desk. The mouse felt great and comfortable while I played, and even with just every day computer use. If you solely play fps style games, then the ML160 may not be the perfect fit, but if you have any mmorpgs in your game rotation, then I highly recommend the Bloody ML160 as a great gaming mouse. The Bloody ML160 is available now for $79.99.