IMPRESSIONS AND FEEL
The bloody V8 is structured to be an ambidextrous gaming mouse, but due to have two trigger buttons exclusively on the left-hand side, it favours right-handed gamers slightly. For it to be truly ambidextrous it would need two additional on the right side; however, if you are a left-handed gamer used to left-handed trigger buttons, you will have no problem using the Bloody V8 Headshot.
The soft-grip coating gives the gaming mouse a slick feel, and has excellent clutch even when hands get sweaty. It has a comfortable frame even though it may look a tad ‘pointy’ on the sizes and back-end as the ‘V’ point fits nicely in the middle of the palm area and wrist (the carpal area).
The three programmable buttons are great additions for changing settings and colours on-the-fly, but they are not laser etched; hence they will not glow via the LED (which may be a problem in dark environments), and are additionally susceptible to paint markings wearing-off over time.
Aside from that the micro switches that control all eight buttons are exquisite. The 1ms actuation response time advertised by A4Tech is certainly backed for the time being by the fast tactile feedback of the buttons. In terms of size though, there may be a few problems for those with longer fingers and/or bigger hands.
The trigger buttons on the left are on the smaller side and do not have any covering making them slippery. This is opposite of the middle scroll-wheel, which is big and accentuated, has ‘^’-shaped grooves for extra snag, and has LED strips on either side complementing the lighting.
As for the type of user, the mouse is definitely targeted for those who prefer the ‘palm-grip’ over the ‘claw-grip. The best way to define the shell of the Bloody V8 is ‘streamlined’ as it is made primarily for longer, slender hands. With that said, you can use it for the claw-grip method due to its flat posterior – just remember that it is not natively designed for it and will feel awkward in any designation except the palm-grip style.
Overall, the build quality is exceptional. There were no creaks, rigid buttons/movement, or wobbly components found when using the Bloody V8. It would have been preferred if the lighting was more even throughout the mouse, as the programmable buttons do not light-up, leaving the mouse looking ‘barren’ in the middle portion when it glows. Overall it certainly is a pleasure to use and feels extremely comfortable.
The frame is only one part of the complete picture, as the Ultra Core 3 is what makes the Bloody V8 into a powerhouse gaming peripheral.