Thermaltake Level 10M Mouse Review

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Thermaltake Level 10M Mouse Review

Today we’re going to review the BMW Designed Thermaltake Level 10M.  You’re probably thinking,”Not another review on this very awkward looking mouse!”, but hear me out on this one.  This mouse is 100% worth trying out.  I once thought the same thing and thought it to be the most awkward looking mouse ever created, that was until I got it in my hand.  Thermaltake and BMW Design must have really put some thought into this mouse.  Everything from where your hand lays, to the aesthetics of this beautifully designed gaming mouse.  Lets take a closer look so I can explain.

Thermaltake Level 10M Specifications:

  • Sensor type : Laser
  • Size : 8.5 x 6.5 x 3 inches
  • Weight : 6.6 ounce fixed weight (non-adjustable)
  • Cable length : 1.8m / 5.9 ft
  • Buttons : 7
  • Programmable Macros : 11
  • Ambidextrous : Yes
  • Average price : $89

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On the left hand side of the Thermaltake Level 10M you have three separate buttons, the A,B, and Z buttons.    The “A” button is a standard programmable button like the “B” button however the “B” button provides a default back functionality for use in browsers.  The “Z” button provides you the ability to change to one of the five user profiles stored on the fly, and adjusts your DPI settings by rocking it forward or back.  Once you click the “Z” button, the color of the mouse changes so you are able to simply identify which profile you are using.   The Thermaltake Level 10M also comes equipped with 7 different color options that can be changed on the fly, and through the software provided with the mouse.   Also pictured above, on the top center portion of the mouse, is the up/down adjustment that can only be done using the provided tool.

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On the right hand side of the Thermaltake Level10M, we have 2 more programmable buttons “C” and “D”.  I’m honestly not sure how someone can manage to press these buttons, perhaps this is geared towards left-handed gamers, as attempting to use my ring finger to press the “C” button is incredibly difficult and the “D” button is virtually impossible.  Should you somehow manage to reach across the mouse to use these buttons, I suppose you could assign functions to these keys however it would take some practice to get used to them.  Also pictured is the adjustment knob used to tilt the mouse 5 degrees left or right.  This I feel is an important innovation to the gaming mice provided today.  Not many people have ever tried, or even considered the option of tilting their mouse, and that may make all the difference in your performance in-game.

 

Reviewer information:

Grip style : Fingertip Grip/Palm Grip

Gaming style : First person shooters

Games Tested : Battlfield 3, Minecraft, Counter Strike Source

Personal Overview:

While using this mouse, you’ll never notice it has an open design as both your palm and your fingers fit perfectly on this mouse.  It feels incredibly good in my hand, this is likely due to the longer body of the mouse and my oversized hands.  However, if you’re familiar with a mouse similar to the Logitech G5 this one is a good fit.  I was able to pick up the Thermaltake Level 10M immediately after using my Logitech G5 for 6 years, and no other mouse has ever felt that comfortable so quickly.  Aiming in Battlefield 3 and CSS was still a bit awkward at first, but after a few days and some sensitivity adjustments, I’ve really began to feel like the Thermaltake Level 10M may be a solid replacement to my beloved G5.

As with most mice, I found the “B” button was too easily hit during game play, however I never had it programmed for anything in-game so it wasn’t an issue for me.  On the other hand, the “Z” button has been my biggest pain.  It’s not that I accidentally hit it during gameplay, it’s that its incredibly difficult to rock the stick during gameplay.   Overtime, I’ve gotten better at pressing it when required but if you’re one who heavily relies on changing DPI between weapons or situations, you will definitely need to consider how your hand will fit on the Thermaltake Level 10M.  If you happen to have smaller hands, or use a different grip style, you may have a better experience pressing the “Z” button.  Additionally, if you’re left-handed, adjusting the DPI with your pinkie could be incredibly difficult.  With those issues aside, the rest of the buttons are easily accessible and given some time I’ve started to get the hang of adjusting the DPI with my right thumb while gaming.

Overall, I was very impressed with the Thermaltake Level 10m, or should I call it the Ttesports level 10m since it does carry the  Ttesport logo rather than the Thermaltake logo.  Either way, with the exception of the “Z” button being slightly too far back for my liking, this mouse is incredibly solid.  Even with a fixed weight and high dollar price tag, I’d feel better spending $89 on the Thermaltake Level 10M then any other intended replacement mouse I’ve purchased.

  • Cosmetics – A sleek mouse that keeps it’s gaming look while still remaining attractive to the average PC user.
  • Durability – Crated from Aluminum, this mouse is destined to outlast nearly every mouse out there.  For those with anger issues, this may be the mouse for you.
  • Special Features –  7 Individual lightning options, adjustable height and tilt, and a unique analog stick type DPI adjustment.
  • Wireless/Cabled – Cabled, with a unique tension controlling mechanism on the front to reduce cable breaks, and reduce cable snagging.
  • Programmable Buttons – 11 programmable buttons.
  • Personal review – 9/10
  • Connector type – USB
  • Storage- 128 KB on mouse storage
  • Software – Custom software.  However it doesn’t appear to be well put together.
  • DPI Settings – 800, 1600, 3200, 5000, and 8200.  4 Settings can be set to change on fly.

To view the mouse color options and more, check out the Thermaltake Level 10m page on TTesports website.

  • Interface: USB
  • Number of Buttons: 7
  • Number of Macro Keys: 11
  • Number of Game Profiles: 5
  • Sensor Type: Laser
  • $59.99
  • Current Price: $61.61

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