I have previously reviewed the AZIO Retro Classic Bluetooth Mechanical Keyboard which is the most unique and well-built keyboards I have ever used. While the typing experience wasn’t particularly for me, it was a very impressive keyboard.
Azio makes other peripherals, and this includes the recently released Aventa gaming mouse.
From their site:
The innovative AZIO Aventa gaming mouse combines unmistakably bold design with the newest technology in optical sensors. Fused with a robust alloy exoskeletal frame, metallic anodised mesh, and dynamic cut lines, the AZIO Aventa is a work of art inspired by aeronautics and auto sports. The AZIO Aventa is an emotion accelerator, activator, and enforcer. Its refined designs are created with one goal at heart – to instil confidence and elevate performance.
- Industry first zinc alloy exoskeletal frame
- Anodized mesh plates for exquisite detail
- Gaming-grade 50 million life cycle microswitch
- 7 High-precision control buttons
- Backlit mouse wheel & 3D logo w/individual light control of 8 colours
- Ergonomically sculpted body for most comfortable control experience
- CPI/DPI button to select: 400 / 800 / 1200 / 1600 / 2400 / 3200 / 6400 dpi
- Colour Modes: Static, Breathing, RGB Cycling, Stealth
- Colour Options: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue, Magenta, White
- Polling Rate: 1000Hz
- Sensor: Pixart PMW3360 Optical Sensor
- Micro-switch: 50 million life cycle
- Tracking Method: Optical
- Cable: 6 ft. / 1.8 m / Braided
Build and Design
The first thing that is immediately noticeable with the Aventa is the overall build quality, similar to the Retro Classic keyboard; this mouse feels exceptional, it is robust, weighty and has striking good looks as far as a mouse can go.
Azio claims it to be the first mouse with a zinc alloy exoskeletal, and as far as I am aware they are not lying, I can’t think of any mouse I have used in the past that uses metal for its primary construction. Azio has incorporated 2 RGB features into the mouse that will appeal to many gamers, but at the same time, they have done it subtle enough not to be too obnoxious.
Its weighty nature may mean it is not suited to some gamers, Logitech makes a point of making some of their mice as light as possible, and if that is your preference, this probably won't appeal. For comparison the Logitech Pro weighs 83g and the Dream Machines DM1 Pro S weighs 85g, the AZIO Aventa weighs 158g!
The design of the mouse is in typical gamer fashion too, with sharp lines and a slightly aggressive look to it. This isn’t just form over function though, it is physically quite large for a mouse but the design fits comfortably into my hand. I use a fingertip grip, but the mouse feels ergonomic enough to cater for both a claw and palm grip too. My thumb fits naturally on the groove below the thumb buttons, with the buttons are being slightly recessed while still easy to click.
There is also an additional button in front of where your thumb sits. By default, this doesn’t appear to do anything, and the Azio does not come with any software so there is no easy way to bind it to anything. It seems to be a bit of a strange addition, but I suspect it will be made use of in the future.
With the mouse wheel, it has a granular clicky effect rather than a smooth, free rolling experience. I have no preference either way, but this tactile feedback may be important to some.
The DPI button works as expected, and due to the lack of software, it is the only way to control the DPI. There are quite a lot of settings so you should be able to find one that suits you. Azio has made the process a little more user-friendly by making the LEDs light up a specific colour based on the DPI when you switch. You can check what the colour represents with the colour coded strip on the base of the mouse.
Moving from a Logitech gaming mouse does take a little getting used to, the weight is nice, but provides quite a different experience.
In terms of gaming and office work I found this performed well. I am not a competitive FPS player, so the additional weight of the mouse isn’t really an issue for me. Everything works as it should, it was responsive, with easy mouse clicks and the smooth glide pads make it comfortable and responsive to move around on multiple surface types.
Overall, I have found this mouse a pleasure to use, the build quality feels exceptional, and it works well for both gaming and general office work.
Most gaming mice I have used recently come with additional software allowing you to customise various aspects. It would have been nice if Azio offered this, and I suspect they might do in the future.
It is priced at $79.99 which works out at about £62 and puts it in the middle ground of pricing for gaming mice. I would say, based on the build quality and materials used it is worth it, but at the same time there are a lot of other good options at this price point. It is hard to compare it against other brands because most other options lean towards lightweight plastic builds, while Azio has gone the opposite direction completely.
If you are based in the UK, it is likely that you will get stung with an import duty too, so if this mouse is of interest to you, I would be tempted to wait and see if Amazon UK lists it. If you buy it from Amazon US you will pay an extra $23.37/£18.
AZIO Aventa Gaming Mouse Review
Product Name: AZIO Aventa Gaming Mouse
- Build quality and design - 95%95%
- Performance - 80%80%
- Price - 75%75%