Gigabyte AORUS M5 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Sep 16, 2021 at 09:56 am
Gigabyte AORUS M5 Picture
7.0
Office/Multimedia
7.3
Video Games (FPS)
7.2
Video Games (MMO)
5.9
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.2
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Gigabyte AORUS M5 is a wired-only gaming mouse with a right-handed shape. It feels well-built, and it's suitable with any grip type for most hand sizes, although people with small hands may struggle to use a claw and fingertip grip. It's a very heavy mouse that comes with five 2.5g weights to adjust the weight and its distribution. Performance-wise, it has a low lift-off distance and a CPI you can adjust in increments of 50 within a broad range. The click latency should be good enough for most gamers, but if you mostly play reaction-based games or fast-paced FPS games, you may prefer something more responsive-feeling. Unfortunately, it has a cheap-feeling rubber cable that isn't very flexible.

Our Verdict

7.0 Office/Multimedia

The Gigabyte AORUS M5 is decent for office use, but it isn't for this use. It lacks helpful features for office work, like wireless connectivity, L/R tilt buttons on its scroll wheel, and free-scrolling mode. That said, it feels well-built, and it has a right-handed shape that's suitable for any grip type for most hand sizes. You can program all of its buttons, but you can't program the scroll up/down inputs.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes with any grip type.
Cons
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and free-scrolling.
  • Wired-only.
7.3 Video Games (FPS)

The Gigabyte AORUS M5 is decent for FPS gaming. The click latency should be good enough for most gamers, but if you mostly play fast-paced FPS games, you may prefer something more responsive-feeling. Also, it's very heavy, even without its extra weights, so fans of light mice may be disappointed. Also, the rubber cable feels cheap and isn't very flexible. That said, it feels well-built and has a right-handed shape that's suitable for most hand sizes using any grip type. It has a low lift-off distance, and you can adjust the set CPI in increments of 50 within a wide range.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes with any grip type.
  • Adjustable CPI within a wide range.
Cons
  • Click latency is somewhat high.
  • Very heavy.
  • Rubber cable isn't very flexible.
7.2 Video Games (MMO)

The Gigabyte AORUS M5 is satisfactory for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have nearly as many buttons as dedicated MMO mice. That said, it feels comfortable, and its right-handed shape is suitable for most hand sizes using any grip type. The build quality feels good, and it has smooth-gliding mouse feet. You can adjust the set CPI in increments of 50 within a wide range, and its lift-off distance is low. The click latency should be good enough for most gamers, although you may prefer a lower option if you also play fast-paced games often. Unfortunately, the rubber cable feels cheap and isn't very flexible.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes with any grip type.
  • Adjustable CPI within a wide range.
Cons
  • Click latency is somewhat high.
  • Doesn't have as many buttons as MMO mice.
  • Rubber cable isn't very flexible.
5.9 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Gigabyte AORUS M5 is an inadequate ultra-light gaming mouse since it's very heavy, even without the extra weights installed. Also, the rubber cable feels cheap and isn't very flexible. That said, the mouse feels well-built and has good quality mouse feet that provide a smooth gliding experience. Its right-handed shape is suitable for any grip type for most hand sizes, although people with small hands may struggle with a claw or fingertip grip. The click latency should be good enough for most gamers, but if you mostly play fast-paced games, you may prefer something more responsive-feeling.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes with any grip type.
  • Adjustable CPI within a wide range.
Cons
  • Click latency is somewhat high.
  • Very heavy.
  • Rubber cable isn't very flexible.
5.2 Travel

The Gigabyte AORUS M5 is inadequate for travel since it's bulky and may not fit most laptop cases. Also, it's a wired-only mouse, which isn't ideal in small spaces like buses, trains, or planes. On the bright side, it has onboard memory, so you can keep your settings when you move to a computer without the software installed.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes with any grip type.
Cons
  • Very heavy.
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • Wired-only.
  • 7.0 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.3 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.2 Video Games (MMO)
  • 5.9 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.2 Travel
  1. Updated Sep 16, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 13, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB
Design
Shape
Length 4.9" (126 mm)
Height 1.7" (42 mm)
Width 2.8" (70 mm)
Grip Width
68 mm
5.5
Design
Portability
Volume
22.76 in³ (373 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
162 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
132 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
120 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
Yes

The Gigabyte AORUS M5 comes with five 2.5g weights that you can add to the underside of the mouse to adjust the weight and distribution.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Gigabyte AORUS M5 feels well-built, but the scroll wheel wobbles and the mouse rattles when shook. Also, the bottom plate flexes a bit if you apply pressure when no weights are installed, but this is unlikely to affect normal usage.

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No
Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No
7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.2 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Rubber
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB
7.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Ok
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
Yes
Design
In The Box

  • Gigabyte AORUS M5
  • 5x 2.5g weights
  • Replacement mouse feet
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PMW3389
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
50 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
7%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The Gigabyte AORUS M5 has many polling rate options: 125Hz, 142Hz, 188Hz, 200Hz, 250Hz, 333Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. During testing, we had some issues where the sensor wasn't tracking properly when using the mouse directly on a desk or a notepad. However, after calibrating the mouse in the Aorus Engine software, the performance was better.

6.9
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
7
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
7
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can program all buttons on the Gigabyte AORUS M5, but you can't reprogram the scroll up/down inputs. Also, the software requires you to have one button assigned to the left-click functionality at all times. You can cycle between four custom CPI settings using the + and - buttons below the scroll wheel, and the four lights in front of the side buttons change depending on which CPI setting you're on.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel
Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
7.8
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
15.5 ms
Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Aorus Engine
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes
10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Gigabyte AORUS M5 we tested is black, and there are no other color variants. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Gigabyte AORUS M5 is the more premium entry in the AORUS lineup, and it has a much higher CPI range than the other mice in this series. It has a similar right-handed shape to the Razer DeathAdder V2, but it has an RGB strip with ten independent zones down each side of its body, which is pretty uncommon. Unfortunately, it has a cheap-feeling rubber cable that isn't very flexible, which is unusual since most other mice in its price range use a braided or paracord-like cable.

For more options, see our recommendations for the best gaming mouse, the best wired mouse, and the best FPS gaming mouse.

BenQ ZOWIE EC2

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 and the Gigabyte AORUS M5 are both wired gaming mice. The BenQ has lower click latency and a more consistent sensor, and it weighs much less. On the other hand, the Gigabyte feels better built, and it comes with customization software, which some people may prefer. It has an adjustable CPI within a much wider range, programmable buttons, and five 2.5g weights to adjust the weight and its distribution. Both mice are suitable with any grip type for most hand sizes, but people with medium hands using a fingertip grip may feel more comfortable with the Gigabyte.

BenQ ZOWIE S2

The BenQ ZOWIE S2 and the Gigabyte AORUS M5 are both wired gaming mice. The BenQ has a straightforward design, with no RGB or customization software, which some people may prefer. It has a lighter weight, a sturdier-feeling build, smoother-gliding mouse feet, and a lower click latency. You can only cycle between four CPI presets using a button on the underside. On the other hand, the Gigabyte has a wider CPI range, and you can adjust the CPI precisely in increments of 50. You can program all its buttons and customize the RGB lighting using the companion software available on Windows.

SteelSeries Sensei 310

The SteelSeries Sensei 310 and the Gigabyte AORUS M5 are wired-only gaming mice. The SteelSeries weighs much less, feels better built, and has more programmable buttons. It has an ambidextrous shape with a pair of buttons on each side, making it suitable for left-handed users. On the other hand, the Gigabyte has a wider CPI range with a more precisely adjustable CPI and a slightly more consistent sensor. Also, it has a right-handed shape and is better suited for larger hands using a palm grip and medium hands using a fingertip grip.

ASUS ROG Chakram Core

The ASUS ROG Chakram Core and the Gigabyte AORUS M5 are both wired gaming mice. The ASUS is much lighter and feels better built. Also, it has much lower latency, and it has a unique thumb joystick that you can use in a precise analog mode or a four-direction D-pad mode. On the other hand, you can adjust the set CPI more precisely on the Gigabyte than you can on the ASUS. Also, the Gigabyte has two CPI switching buttons below the scroll wheel that let you cycle between four custom CPI settings.

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