Thermaltake And BMW DesignworksUSA Show Off The Level 10 M

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅09.01.2012 18:01:09

BMW DesignworksUSA and Thermaltake have been working together for some time on product functionality and aesthetic design. Their first joint release was the Thermaltake Level 10, a case which had a decidedly mixed response. By contrast the Level 10 GT was significantly better received, earning a Vortez Silver Award in the process, the white version of which is the staple of many an all-white build. It has come to light at CES 2012 that TT and DesignworksUSA are in the process of working together towards a new range of gaming peripherals, the first of which will be the Level 10 M mouse.

This first glimpse is certainly striking, but a glimpse is all it is for now. It's good to see adjustable grip and smooth-scrolling wheel as part of the feature set, and it will be interesting to see more in the coming months; at a guess one-the-fly DPI adjustment and macro-able buttons will be a part of the final iteration. The mouse is due in Spring 2012, with other Level 10 gaming peripherals presumably coming soon after. We'll be happy to see just what the DesignworksUSA team can bring to the often stale and conservative peripheral market.


Munich, 9th of January 2012. The collaboration of BMW Group subsidiary DesignworksUSA and Thermaltake has reached the next level. The design consultancy has developed a design concept for an innovative series of gaming accessories of which the first product, the Level 10 M Mouse, will be launched in spring 2012.

As a Think Tank of BMW Group the design consultancy DesignworksUSA works for many industries with only one aim: To transfer design know how between cultures, markets and industries in order to come up with the most innovative, forward thinking and consumer oriented design solutions. In 2009 Thermaltake, the leader and innovator of pro-gaming computer chassis, for the first time partnered with the wholly owned BMW subsidiary. The studio had been tasked with the design concept of the Level 10 high end gaming tower. The result was a chassis which triggered off a lot of praise from the IT and pro-gaming world and many awards for its sheer revolutionary approach to computer housing. Now the collaboration continues with the expansion of the Level 10 experience to a range of gaming peripherals for Thermaltake´s e-sports division.

For the upcoming range of Level 10 accessory products DesignworksUSA challenged Thermaltake with most progressive design concepts. They aim at extending the Level 10 experience of the chassis to products that gamers directly interact with. The first product to be launched out of the new series of gaming peripherals is the Level 10 M Mouse. It will give testimony to the delicate thinking of the designers when applying the Level 10 design language to additional products. For the designers this task meant to extend the Level 10 gaming experience to all the gamers’ senses. Facing the challenge of translating the design language of the expressive geometrical Level 10 chassis onto products which by nature require ergonomic design solutions the design team came up with an array of innovative solutions to provide pro-gamers with products that speak the Level 10 design language but still provide them with the most pleasant and comfortable equipment for heavy use.

Sources:, Press Release

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