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Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M – just a mouse?

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Everyone has some things in their life that they prefer to use and prioritize. Some people don’t care about a mouse at all, but want an ergonomic keyboard with soft, quiet key travel. Some people want great speakers, and don’t care about the rest. Some people want everything at once. I like quality peripherals, and I can say that after a good mouse and keyboard to sit at a mediocre even on the same computer – “no longer good”, after all, we communicate with the iron through I / O devices, and the main input devices on the PC remain the keyboard and mouse, but not touchscreen and head input.
And in the realm of muscle cases there have been leaders for a long time : Razer, Cyborg, Roccat. Some people like Logitech’s (MX Revolution is Burum’s favorite mouse, for example), A4 Tech with the x7 line shows a good “entry level”. But today I want to talk about a product, not a completely different level, no, this mouse is not powered by a fuel cell and not hovering above the ground in three centimeters, but a very high-class device, which appreciably raised the bar of my “want” in terms of quality of work. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Thermaltake level 10 Mouse.
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M - just a mouse?
In my hands is an engineering sample in a green “military” color (though I’d call it Halo-Style). In a couple of months this mouse will appear on the shelves in three colors (white, black, green), changes in the device itself are not expected, the maximum that will change – the box. I have it small and gray, without any identifying marks, but on gamemir I took a picture of the release one, but unfortunately the memory card failed and I had to drive to the ThermalTake office and take a picture of the release samples there. Thanks to that there are more interesting pics in the post and the mouse is in three colors instead of one.
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M - just a mouse?
Inside the box is the mouse itself, a hex for it (shape adjustment), and the actual polybag. The current version contains the complete set – a handy box, drivers, a “bag” for the mouse, and generally looks nice :
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M - just a mouse?
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M - just a mouse?
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M - just a mouse?
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M - just a mouse?
ThermalTake is positioning this mouse as a gaming one (so you can’t avoid comparing it with maîtres of the field). The design of this mouse was developed by BMW Design Group, and even if the mouse has no colors of Bavarian flag or “nostrils” on it, the style and the quality are excellent. Parallels with other products from the level 10 range are not so numerous, but who knows, maybe we will find a keyboard, a gamepad or a steering wheel in the same style. Although, the steering wheel from BMW Design Group, hopefully, will be in a more BMW’s theme. 😉
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M - just a mouse?
So, as far as looks go, it’s ambiguous to say the least. There are no smooth curves and clever shapes of Razer, and there is no freedom of customization and unusual appearance of Cyborg RAT. Rather, it’s an unusual symbiosis of straight and curved lines, a strict hexagonal grid, and rounded corners. Smoothness and clarity. This kind of stylistic ambiguity has never been seen before, but Level 10 Mouse doesn’t look assembled from random parts, despite the different stylistics of some elements. Rather, there is an organic addition of some features by others.
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M - just a mouse?
It’s hard to describe this design in words – you just HAVE to take the mouse in your hands and understand if it’s “yours” or “not yours”. A neat metal bottom, light contouring “case” supporting your palm, almost straight keys, neat black strip, nice wheel and unusually shaped side keys are carefully gathered in one solid piece.
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M - just a mouse?
You take it in your hand, and you know it’s a thing. The real thing. A nice bonus is the variable geometry of the mouse without the need to change modules – the “slope” of the surface and the “height” of the fulcrum is regulated by the hexagonal screw. That’s why the kit comes with a “wrench”.
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M - just a mouse?
And this is how the geometry changes :
1) Left-Right :
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M - just a mouse?
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M - just a mouse?
2) Up and down :
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M - just a mouse?
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M - just a mouse?
Two mice on “opposite” settings :
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M - just a mouse?
The configuration of the mouse is quite standard. Relatively symmetric case allows to use the mouse both for left- and right-handed people, but the priority is given to right-handed users, as most: the LKM is a bit bigger than the PKM, and on the left side, besides two additional keys (performing the forward-backward function) there is a mini joystick, responsible (by default) for switching profiles and dynamic DPI adjustments on each of the profiles.
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M - just a mouse?
The right side is poorer – it has only 2 buttons (analog of “forward-backward”), responsible for opening the configurator and running a macro. Not the most convenient location for the “right-handed” user, so this is rather a way to make the mouse “two-handed” and the ability to hang on these buttons “forward” and “backward”. In fact, I don’t see the point in describing the appearance in more detail – there are a million pictures in the post and everything is visible, and what is not obvious enough – has already been described. You can go straight to the most important part of the mouse – the work.
You know, when you switch from a cheap device to a higher level gadget, you don’t want to go back. If you switched from the usual “nooneym” junk “for 200 rubles” at least to A4Tech x7 Series you don’t want to go back to an ordinary mouse. If you switch from “aFoTech” to “Razer”, it becomes really hard to understand how you lived before. I have the Mamba (love that mouse, to be honest), but I’m now completely baffled. The flagship product of last year and the year before seems like some sort of “aFoTech”. A completely different level of performance. All the cursor movements are so predictable and accurate that you just don’t want to give up the mouse.
I get the impression that I have a scalpel in my hand now, and before that I used a kitchen knife at best. Ordinary mice are dull stone axes of Neanderthals. I can’t put into words (though I really want to) the feeling of transferring hand movement into cursor movement. Gone is some contrived process, if before (as I thought) using a mouse was brought to the utmost automatism, now I just don’t feel the difference between thinking “cursor here” and acting. This mouse was supposed to be presented by Steve Jobs, with his Awesome-Amazing-New Experience-Unbelievable-Really Efficient and the appropriate charisma. Meet The new iPhone 5 Level 10 Mouse.
According to the promo material, the mouse is equipped with a sensor that can work at 8200DPI. I don’t know why we need such high values, but apparently, the sensor is really good. Personally, I don’t use it more than 4200, despite my 27″ monitor with 2560×1440 resolution and slow cursor in Windows. It may be easier for someone to move mouse by couple centimeters and move cursor from one monitor’s edge to the opposite edge of the other, but how to get in between with such sensitivity is a mystery. I found another use for such a high resolution sensor: to set up minimal comfortable movement speed programmatically (in Windows or games if they override system settings) and pick up maximum comfortable cursor movement speed by adjusting DPI on the mouse itself. This little trick allows to achieve a good balance between speed of cursor movement and accuracy of its positioning without suffering neither from “mad cursor” syndrome, nor from inability to move cursor literally by 1-2-3 or how many pixels it takes to hit the exact target or precisely move the ruler in Photoshop.
The mouse comes with a proprietary driver that allows you to create macros and edit the built-in profiles (up to five of them). Each profile can have its own backlight color (there are seven of them), its own DPI step settings and its own macros on the additional buttons. Actually, this is the end of the software possibilities. Oh, I almost forgot, there is also a built in promo videos which are opened in the system video viewer, and 2/3 of the video takes unnecessary screen savers. The same ones. The description of features in promo-rolls very questionable quality, this part (video), I would remove from the software completely.
Okay, we’ve talked about beautiful things, now we need to add some tar to this tub of honey.
1) The software is crooked. No, it’s not that it works badly, it performs its functions. But the look and intuitiveness of the interface leaves a lot to be desired, not that it’s better but to fire the designer and UX-specialist. I would like to see the mouse settings screen on the same level as the Razer ones (or better – also native and handy, but that’s on the developers conscience).
2) The location of the “forward” button, in my opinion, a little too far from the comfortable values. But the “back” button is constantly accidentally hit, until you get used to it.
3) Impossibility to reassign the functions of the “joystick”. Not such a strong disadvantage, but one would like to control its functions.
4) The mouse does not turn on the backlight when the computer goes to sleep. It helps to restart the software or reconnect the mouse to the USB port, which is not good. Reported, promised to fix it, new firmware came out, bug fixed.
What do we have in the dry residue?
1) The quality of the work is excellent. It is a pleasure to use, and it is a pleasure to use. It’s hard to explain but it’s instantly apparent as soon as you pick it up. No accidental presses (either through thoughtfulness or inattention). Very clear operation of the buttons and their preloading.
2) Mouse Wheel. Excellent, crisp, dry and 100% informative divisions. The “Mamba” wheel feels like semolina smeared on a plate. Very nice tactile feedback and surface feel;
3) Adjustment by tilt angle (left-right) and height of the fulcrum (under the base of the palm). No change of parts or pads. Simple, reliable, modern and stylish;
4) Pleasant appearance. Some will like the white one, some will like the black one, I like the green one best, although the others are very nice looking;
5) The accuracy of the cursor is amazing. This is just something indescribable, you have to try it once. Really, then you will want to throw away your current mouse for “clumsiness” and “jumping”;
6) Customizable backlighting – one of six colors or “combat mode” (color change depending on the intensity of interaction with the rodent). The nice thing is that you can choose one of the popular colors, to match the color of the backlighting of the keyboard or the system unit;
7) Great cable in a tight braided sheath. Just a nice little thing;
8) So-so software (reported a huge roll to the developers, hope they take note);
9) The position of the side buttons takes some getting used to or retraining after other mice (cures with time).
Conclusion? The conclusion is up to everyone, but so far this is one of the best mice I’ve come in contact with. Many thanks to Tt eSports and specifically Dedal For a nice watch with this delightful device. Will definitely be buying one of these for myself.
p.s.: By the way, the mouse has a “virgin sticker, ” so if you bought one and it doesn’t work, check the bottom. 😉
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M - just a mouse?

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