Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Review

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅15-10-12
Performance

General Use

Tt eSPORTS are a gaming brand, but Thermaltake don't just want to market this mouse to frugal gamers. The high-concept design and build quality are also targeted at office professionals with an eye for durable personalised peripheral hardware in their working life. If that idea floats your boat, you'll want to know how well it works in general use.

Left and right buttons should not be cause for complaint in the Level 10 M. The LMB's actuation is quite light with a fairly quiet click, absolutely ideal for communal workspaces; by contrast the RMB is a little heavier and louder, making mis-clicks rare.

As with the Theron, the scroll wheel is is a little more mixed when it comes to a quality feel. Each notch is very prominent - great for gaming but a little less easy to live with for content creation and browsing - and the wheel wobbles an almost imperceptible amount if it undergoes lateral force. Our sample never missed activation in any particular notch, which is very important from a precision aspect, but some may prefer a smooth wheel action in day-to-day use. No left/right lean buttons on the wheel may also disappoint some, although the mouse otherwise offers a large number of accessible options.

Thumb buttons require a little more force than may be strictly necessary to press, especially with regards to the more further forward 'A'. The use for the DPI/Profile selector in an office environment is a little unknowable, but it remains a very functional feature that takes a little while to get used to.

Ergonomically speaking, the mouse offers plenty of palm support which as we have noted is adjustable, but comfort will very much depend on the size of ones palm. Notably absent is any form of thumb, ring-finger and little finger support, but the impact that will have varies very much on a person-to-person basis. We should note that when lifting the mouse with one hand the natural gripping points are the side button locations, and can cause unwanted activation.

Finally, we should mention the weight: the Level10M is quite heavy at 185g and there are no means to lighten it. It also doesn't have the excuse of a battery pack weighting it down, unlike wireless mice. The very slick Teflon feet will compensate significantly, as will high-quality mousing surfaces, but it pays to be aware if you're used to lighter mainly-plastic mice.


Gaming Performance

In gaming, the Level10M begins to come into its own, especially in the RTS genre where fast and extremely precise clicking is a must. Setting the mouse up for Starcraft 2 is simple and the variability in macro's can aid casual players significantly. With side buttons situated lower than the shoulder of the mouse body, claw grips are less necessary and many gamers will find longer sessions more comfortable.

Visual indications of both DPI level set and profile selected are excellent, a criticism which Richard had of the Theron last month. Being able to independently set all four DPI levels per profile is also great given that the high end of the DPI range will be irrelevant to many FPS gamers. It would be nice to be able to bind a specific DPI level selection to a macro, but here we may be getting a little greedy. The only shortfalls to some would be the lack of a low-DPI toggle switch for sniping and slightly awkward positioning of RHS buttons, although use of these buttons would be occasional at best.

Whilst not featuring the most extreme mouse adaptations for their genre of choice, MMO/MOBA players will enjoy the fact that all the buttons can be bound individually to macros and that at least 5 of the typically 'extra' are within easy reach and have quick activation. Those who play tanks and healers in that particular genre will benefit most from the available functionality, whereas characters which rely on more complex button/keybinds would happily step up to this mouse, but wouldn't benefit by stepping down from a more complex design. The most advanced players may feel the lack of thumb button array, but the vast majority will find the more standard functionality preferable.

In general, our experience with the Level10M was very good, despite a few software hiccups due to user error on our part. It does require a little more perseverance to adapt, but those who stick with it should enjoy it.


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