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Gigabyte AORUS M4 and M4 Gaming Mice Review
Review By @ 04:28pm 20/09/19

Products: Gigabyte AORUS M2 and M4
Type: Gaming Mouse (Wired)
Price: $39.00 (AORUS M2) and $59 (AORUS M4)
Availability: Out Now

Having reviewed and tested several gaming mice over the years it’s always great to check in at the Ground Level. And by that we mean looking at a pair of more affordable or budget conscious devices that you can buy with this one-two look at the Gigabyte AORUS M2 and Gigabyte AORUS M4. Two peripherals that although look and feel a little different from one another - share similar goals.

Performance and accuracy designed with gaming in mind and a low cost of entry. And it’s this lower price point, in addition to build quality and features, that make either the M2 or M4 a great entry-level choice for someone who isn’t obsessed with esports-grade accuracy and precision.

Grip It

AORUS M2 Specs
  • Sensor: Optical Sensor (Pixart 3327)
  • DPI: 6200 DPI
  • LED Color: RGB
  • Polling Rate: 1000 Hz
  • Weight: 75g
  • Cable: USB 2.0/braided

Both the AORUS M2 and the M4 feature ambidextrous designs, with the M2 adopting a smaller lightweight build compared to the M4’s larger or more ‘standard’ size. The M4 is also the only one of the two that includes rubberised grips, which are a nice to have and a surprise to find in such affordable packages. This size also then plays into the weight of each mouse, and potential uses. The M2 falls into the sort of lightweight and compact category one might consider when looking for a take-on-the-go gaming mouse to match a gaming laptop. Comparatively the AORUS M4 looks and feels right at home next to a desktop rig thanks to its larger form factor and more pronounced logo.

That said both the M2 and M4 sport similar and surprisingly robust plastic builds and matte black finishes that are comfortable to grip and use for extended gaming sessions. As cheaper alternatives to the Gigabyte AORUS M5 – which we reviewed here – you can see where the differences lie in the overall designs. Fewer flourishes in the form of RGB lighting strips, a single plastic shell-piece to cover the underlying hardware. And, what looks to be a cost-cutting measure by going for a single-button DPI switch. In a way the M2 and M4 cements the AORUS gaming peripheral range as one that grows in quality and features alongside their respective cost of entry – but also one that begins at a respectable level.


AORUS M4 Specs
  • Sensor: Optical Sensor (Pixart 3988)
  • DPI: 6400 DPI
  • LED Color: RGB
  • Polling Rate: 1000 Hz
  • Weight: 95g
  • Cable: USB 2.0/braided

Outside of the noticeable different physical shapes and Pixart sensors, the M2 and M4 have the same great feel across the grip, the 50-million-click Omron switches, and scroll wheels. And so, the key difference between the AORUS M2 and the AORUS M4 comes with the different Pixart sensors found within. Both are gaming grade, but they do differ in that the M2’s tops out at 6200 DPI compared to the M4’s 6400, alongside acceleration varying with 30G versus 50G. It’s worth noting that in the realm of Pixart sensors, the 3327 and 3988 are more budget conscious efforts and on that front true DPI performance may not be exactly 3200 or 3600 – if that’s your setting. A minor issue, and certainly not a deal-breaker.

“The M2 and M4 cements the AORUS gaming peripheral range as one that grows in quality and features alongside their respective cost of entry – but also one that begins at a respectacle level.”

Testing both the M2 and the M4 across our regular suite of first-person games – Overwatch, DOOM (2016), and recently with Borderlands 3 – we were impressed. It’s always great when you have to do a double-take when looking at prices. The AORUS M2, as a compact mouse is one we’d recommend in a heart-beat, especially when you factor in that both of these offerings are compatible with the AORUS Engine software letting you tweak DPI settings and even customise the RGB lighting featured on the AORUS logo.

For a lightweight and compact gaming mouse, one that comes with software integration that lets you switch easily between gaming and day-to-day application usage then the M2 might be, err, for you. The flip-side to this, the AORUS M4, comes packed with a slightly better Pixart sensor, a larger form-factor and grip-size, and a nice little bonus in the form of rubberised grips. In the end, the Gigabyte AORUS M2 and M4 offer similar results with the difference coming down to personal preference and usage. Neither will stand-up next to some of the high-end gaming mice available today, but that’s not the intention. We didn’t discover any outright failure in our testing, so the base-line quality you get with AORUS is good - no matter the price. Budget peripherals can often be a gamble, but that’s not the case here.
What we liked
Switchable DPI settings and software integration
Lightweight form-factors
Pixart sensors and reliable Omron switches
Decent build quality for the price points
What we didn't like
Single DPI button
Non-braided USB-cables
Accuracy does vary
Minor overlapping in plastic shells
We gave it: