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Written by David Ramsey   
Sunday, 09 December 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Thermaltake Level 10M Gaming Mouse
Closer Look: Level 10M Gaming Mouse
Gaming Mouse Software
Mouse Software Continued
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Level 10M Gaming Mouse

The Level 10M Gaming Mouse box assures us that the product was "Designed in Germany" and "Delivering the best user experience with aesthetics, functionality, and innovation".

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The accessories include three post cards (presumably to inform your friends about your cool new mouse), a small hex wrench for adjusting the mouse, a warranty booklet (two years), a driver CD, and a drawstring pouch for carrying the mouse.

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The Level 10M mouse itself sports a thick aluminum base with an integrated cable strain relief, a rubberized top surface, and a nylon mesh sleeved cord whose USB connector has a cap with holder. The mouse is available in black, camo green, red, and white; our sample was black.

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You can adjust the height of the rear of the mouse by using the included hex wrench to turn the screw on the top of the mouse. The screw on the side of the mouse adjusts the sideways tilt of the mouse up to five degrees in either direction. In case you were wondering, this is what Thermaltake means when they say the mouse has "3D Steering". Since the open body of the mouse reveals wires normally hidden, Thermaltake has sheathed them in glistening red as you can see in this image.

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Since the Thermaltake Level 10M Gaming Mouse is "designed to be seen", you can control the LED lighting of three different areas: the scroll wheel, a rectangular outline on the left button, and a dragon logo under the ventilation holes on the left side of the mouse. Each of these areas may be set to one of seven different shades, or turned off entirely. A four-bar indicator on the right mouse button shows the current resolution, with one light for minimum resolution and all four lights for maximum resolution (you can set the resolution of each step using the included utility software). Thermaltake claims the holes on the left side of the mouse provide "ventilation", but since there's nothing pushing air through the holes, they're mainly cosmetic.

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The left side of the mouse has three buttons, labeled "A", "B", and "Lightning bolt". The default functions for the black buttons are "browser forward" (A) and "browser backward" (B). The silver button with the lightning bolt emblem is actually both a button and a four-way rocker switch. Rocking the button backwards and forwards increases and decreases the mouse resolution, respectively; while rocking it up and down invokes a macro function. Pressing the button inwards cycles among the five macro profiles the mouse can hold. Changing the resolution or profile invokes a brief on-screen display of the new selection, i.e. "800DPI" or "P2" for "Profile 2".

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The right side of the mouse has two more buttons, which are labeled "C" and "D". These buttons have no default function.

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The bottom of the mouse shows the centrally-located laser sensor-- a position I prefer to the forward mounting many new mice seem to have-- and the serial number.

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Let's take a look at Thermaltake's supporting software in the next section.



 

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# RE: Thermaltake Level 10M Gaming MouseAdam 2012-12-09 13:57
Got myself one of these a few days ago, managed to buy it for 46 which was a bargain considering the RRP (Ebay, someone had bought 2 and liked the white more then the black apparently).

Got to agree on the software, it's pretty rough around the edges. Full of spelling errors and dubious UI issues. A rather bizarre Easter egg of sorts I found is that if you click the '3d axis movement' button it opens your media player and starts up an odd track which was included with the drivers.

My main gripe with the mouse are those side buttons though, they're crap. The small ones are annoying to push due to their size and angled shape whilst the large one on the left is too close to the stick. Due to the constant risk of accidentally pressing said stick I've only used it for forward/back functions whilst browsing the net.

Also the '3d steering' thing I'm fairly sure refers to the way the mouse has a bit of wobble to it, as in if you press down on the left or right hand side it moves with you a small amount, outside of the whole adjustable tilt action.
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# Great reviewRoy 2012-12-14 04:46
> Interestingly, you can define independent sensitivities for each
> axis of movement, although I'm not sure what use that would be.

1. Place the heel of your palm at the edge of your mousepad.
2. Keep the heel of your palm anchored, do not move it.
3. Move your hand side to side to a comportable extend and watch the cursor.
4. Move your fingers open and closed a bit, watch the cursor.

You need up and down to be much more sensitive than side to side (unless your a "Palm Dragger"; relative to the "Knuckle Dragger").


We would have liked to know how well the Macros actually worked on your favorite game.

Could you set the Macros up to click on 'Build something' / 'Go somewhere' / 'Do Whatever' and get accurate (and very fast) repeatable results for your favorite things you do ?
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# RE: Thermaltake Level 10M Gaming MouseSkidmarks 2013-02-05 10:28
I tested this thing for 2 weeks late last year & to be honest I absolutely hated it. Obviously this is subjective. My son absolutely loved it.
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