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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

Level 10M Mouse Final Thoughts

A pointing device is the most personal choice you can make in your computer hardware, given the options available. Since there's no "perfect pointing device", it follows that there's no one device that everyone will like.

The Thermaltake Level 10M Mouse is part of Thermaltake's "Tt eSports" lineup, which includes a mechanical keyboard, a headset, mouse pad, and other accessories. Like the original Level 10 case, it's the product of a design collaboration with BMW, and like the Level 10 case, it sacrifices some functionality on the altar of design. Most gaming mice have adopted a design wherein the top of the mouse bulges up to support your palm, and the sides of the mouse are contoured for your fingers and especially your thumb. The Level 10M mouse uses a slimmer, more "classical" design typically seen in non-gaming mice, and this simply didn't work as well for me as the more common gaming design.

The mouse is beautifully made, tracks perfectly, and you can feel the precision and quality with every button click. However, the placement of the buttons on the left side renders them too vulnerable to unintentional clicks, and the software suffers from a number of usability and documentation issues. The concept of storing the macro definitions in the mouse has its advantages, but having to manually switch macro profiles does not, especially when all you see on the screen is an uninformative "P3" (profile 3) when switching, instead of the name of the profile. After reviewing gaming keyboards whose drivers automatically load the macro definitions for a game when the game is launched, I wonder why I have to do this.

On the other hand, if you don't routinely play more than five games at any one time, you'll probably remember the macro definitions for your profiles.

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Level 10M Gaming Mouse Conclusion

This is only the fourth product that Thermaltake has graced with the "Level 10" appellation. The first was the $800 Level 10 case, and the second two were lower-end (although still expensive) "Level 10 GT" cases. At an MSRP of $100, the Thermaltake Level 10M Gaming Mouse is very expensive for a wired mouse, especially considering that you can get the same tracking precision, macro features, and lighting effects in mice that cost $40 less, such as the ROCCAT Kone Pure Gaming Mouse. What you're paying for here are the BMW design and the very heavy duty construction.

Performance? With up to 8200DPI, perfect tracking, and high quality switches, the performance of the Level 10M mouse couldn't be any better...mechanically. It seems, though, that with the utility software, appearance was more important than function and documentation. I don't see why a software manual couldn't be included on the driver CD of a $100 mouse.

Appearance is a big win. While not as dramatic as the Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. mice, the Level 10M has the same sleek Bauhaus aesthetic as Thermaltake's Level 10 case. It will definitely stand out on your desk.

With a thick aluminum base, integrated strain relief, rubberized top deck, and some adjustability, the construction quality of this mouse is excellent.

Functionally, the mouse is hobbled by poorly-placed left side buttons and unintuitive software. With much less expensive competing mice offering the same features, I think Thermaltake could improve their product significantly with some software upgrading.

As for value: well, you're paying for that "Designed in Germany by BMW" thing. For $94.99 (Amazon / Newegg), this is a very expensive mouse, especially for a wired mouse. Granted, it's a lovely piece of kit, but since you can get functionally equivalent rodents for much less money, the value proposition here isn't good.

At the end of the day, this mouse sells on style and quality rather than function and value. If it's the kind of thing that gives you a special feeling when you see it sitting on your desk, or when you use it, then it might be worth it for you.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Seal of Approval

+ Beautiful BMW design
+ Heavy aluminum base, adjustable lighting effects
+ Integrated cable strain relief
+ Adjustable mouse body

Cons:

- Poor left side button placement
- Unintuitive and poorly-documented software
- Similar features and functionality available in much less expensive mice

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.50
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 9.75
  • Functionality: 8.25
  • Value: 7.00

Final Score: 8.70 out of 10.

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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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