AOC has built a reputation in the PC community for their quality gaming monitors, but did you know they’ve been branching out into peripherals too? One of the newest additions to their “Tournament Grade” lineup is the AGM700 gaming mouse. AOC sent us one of these to test out so we could let you know if AOC has got the chops to make a splash in the peripherals market.
Zoom In: Specs
- Style: Wired
- Pixart 3389 sensor with up to 16,000 DPI
- Omron Switches
- Adjustable weight (up to 173 g)
- Software: G-Tools
- Price: $39.99
Unboxing and Build Quality
There are exactly two things in the AOC AGM700 box: the mouse and the user manual. Really, what else do you need?
The mouse has a matte black body with an illuminated Agon symbol on the palm. The right and left mouse buttons are made of plastic, but have a brushed aluminum finish that gives the mouse a cool, industrial look. The sides have a rubberized texture that makes it easy to keep your grip. It has a braided cable with a red and black pattern and a USB Type-A connection. There are eight buttons in total: left click, right click, middle click (scroll wheel), a DPI shift button and two programmable buttons on the right side, a mode switch button, and a DPI cycle button. There’s also a light on the side to let you know which profile you’re in.
One of the nicer features that sets the AGM700 apart from other mice in this category is that there are five removable discs in a panel under the mouse that can be removed to adjust the weight. It isn’t particularly heavy, though, even with all five weights installed. Their location towards the back of the mouse also feels slightly off balance.
AOC’s Tournament Grade Makes the Grade
Gaming performance was good. I forgot that it was there most of the time, which is probably the highest compliment I can pay a mouse. There is a small amount of play in the right and left click buttons, but not enough to be distracting and nowhere near enough to disrupt performance. There were never any issues with drift or latency either. Having the DPI shift button is really nice for getting that quick DPI slow-down which is useful for things like headshots in-game.
Giving You the G-Tools for Success
The AOC G-Tools software has a few nice features. You can use it to change the macros on any of the buttons on the mouse, you can adjust DPI setting, polling rate, double click speed, Windows pointer speed, scroll speed, and calibration.
You can also use it for lighting effects, though these are fairly limited. They only affect the Agon logo and scroll wheel. The profile light and Mode Switch buttons remain red. There are also only three lighting types: static, breathing, and blink.
A New Market for AOC?
The $40 price point puts the AOC AGM700 in competition with mice like the Logitech G203 and the Razer Viper Mini. Both of these have their own strengths, but the AOC AGM700 distinguishes itself with its weight adjustability and the addition of the DPI shift button. Its design is a little basic and the red accents make some of the limited lighting options less attractive, but it isn’t lacking in terms of raw performance.
Zoom Out: Verdict
The AOC AGM700 is an excellent mid-tier mouse which performs well and has a few features above its price category. There is some play in the buttons however and aesthetic customization options are lacking.
- Adjustable weight
- Fine DPI control and DPI shift
- Precise movement with zero-lag or drift
- Max weight could be heavier
- Some play in the right and left click buttons
- RGB control doesn’t change all lights and software control is limited