|Thermaltake Level 10M Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Sunday, 09 December 2012|
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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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
The right side of the mouse has two more buttons, which are labeled "C" and "D". These buttons have no default function.
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.
Let's take a look at Thermaltake's supporting software in the next section.