bloody logoI’m a Logitech man.  Ever since I got my first MX310 back in highschool, I’ve used an uninterrupted string of Logitech peripherals. My keyboard is a G510, I pilot starfighters with an Attack3, I record the Gaming Trend Podcast on my G930–you get the idea.  So when I was offered the chance to try out the Bloody Headshot I was intrigued, but skeptical it would replace my beloved G400.  Turns out I was wrong.

While it’s aimed squarely at the shooter market, the Headshot is functionally equivalent to a standard 5-button mouse–there are three additional buttons, but we’ll cover them later when we talk about the software.  One of the selling points trumpeted by the makers the responsiveness of the buttons–#1 FASTEST CLICK is splashed all over their website–and the buttons do feel extremely crisp. The Forward and Back buttons are both mounted on the left side of the mouse (sorry all you lefties out there, this one isn’t ambidextrous), and both are easily reached from the “neutral” position.  This is actually a big advantage over the G400 in my eyes, as reaching the Forward button requires a bit of effort on bigger mice.  I especially liked the scroll wheel; it’s nice and grippy thanks to a rubber track down the center and feels stiff enough that you won’t accidentally scroll while clicking the middle button.

Aesthetically, the Headshot is pleasing enough, cramming all the requisite colored lights and backlit logos into a shape that sort of reminds me of a squashed Vic Viper.  It compares well to high-end brands like Razer as far as looks are concerned–though of course your mileage will vary depending on your stylistic preferences.

Now that looks are out of the way, we all know what really matters when it comes to mice: ergonomics. No matter how responsive the buttons or how cool the styling, an uncomfortable mouse makes life a living hell.  This is one of the reasons the G400 is so good–it’s a more-or-less direct copy of the MX518’s legendarily comfortable curves.  In contrast, the Headshot is smaller and more angular, and while none of the edges are sharp enough to be discomforting you’ll definitely notice the size difference.  Gamers with bigger hands are probably going to have trouble with the Headshot–even my small hands feel like they’re dwarfing this mouse.  On the flip side, gamers who use the “claw” grip will probably find this mouse fits comfortably in the hand.

One of the reasons I keep going back to Logitech is that they build their hardware to survive the apocalypse–that first MX310 of mine kept clicking away so long I renamed it “the Little Mouse That Could.”  Whether the Headshot has that kind of longevity remains to be seen, but it definitely seems built to go the distance. It feels solid in the hand, without the plasticky flexing you’ll feel with cheap mice. The feet appear to be made of metal–the box calls it “ULTRA-METAL,” whatever that means–which should hopefully stave off the erosion that plagues plastic- and rubber-footed mice.

I’m going to be honest, and say that I’m nowhere near a big enough fan of shooters to worry about picometer-precise DPI, but I did find the Headshot’s tracking to be accurate and responsive.  I’ve owned mice that had trouble tracking before, and never encountered that particular brand of hell while trying this one.  Gamers who take precise DPI adjustments more seriously can switch between 3 preset sensitivities ranging from 100 to 3200 DPI by double-clicking the “1” button and turning the scroll wheel.  The mouse also came with a huge–and I mean HUGE–mousepad for you to play on. It’s the background for most of the pics of the mouse you’ll see around here.   Moving the device around its natural environment  is pleasingly smooth, with nary a hitch or scratch, but it requires a lot of table space.

This finally brings us to what makes this Bloody Headshot so bloody weird. Three buttons line spine, labeled “1”, “N”, and “3”– I have no idea what happened to “2”.  These three buttons control the “Ultra Core3” features, which will probably only interest dedicated shooter fans. 1 is the default setting, behaving like any normal mouse.  N causes the mouse to automatically double click, resulting in two quick shots instead of automatic fire.  3 does the same thing, but fires three shots.  These are fine and dandy by themselves, but they cause issues when using the Headshot outside of gameplay.  At first the idea struck me as a bit silly, but when I powered up Bad Company 2 and Planetside 2, I did notice that there was noticeably less recoil.  If you’re seriously interested in playing shooters, you might get more use out of that function than I did.  Users like me can remap the buttons to just about any command you can imagine, from media-player controls to copy/paste to custom keyboard macros.

In all honesty, the only significant problem with the Headshot is the software, and more specifically it’s lackluster localization. The makers are based in Taiwan, and it shows–both their website, the documentation that came with the mouse, and the Ultra Core 3 software are riddled broken english.  Strange phrases like “completely improves the suffering of using poor weapons” or “No more notice!” abound. I’m generally pretty easy-going when it comes to language difficulties, but it really does hurt the software.  It seems versatile enough to satisfy the hardest of hardcore FPS fans–allowing custom DPI presets, automated macro generation, and a whole bunch of other bells and whistles–but the bad translations and unclear documentation make it extremely hard to navigate.

Whether or not I can give the Bloody Headshot my full approval is largely going to be dependent upon the price.The Bloody website lists several other mice, but omits mention of the Headshot in both English and Chinese. I assume it’s due for release soon, but no date is listed. The Headshot is a good mouse, but the incomprehensible software means there’s no reason to recommend it over a Razer or Logitech mouse if it costs the same.

That said, I think the Headshot will be significantly cheaper. Based on the price of a similar mouse listed on Amazon, I’d expect to see the Headshot on sale for around the $50 mark.  If it can hit that price point, the Headshot is easy to recommend.  It compares favorably to some of the best mice I’ve ever laid hands on, hitting all the right notes: good ergonomics, responsive buttons, and pleasing aesthetics.  It’s a shame that the damned thing is shrouded in mystery.