Review: Tt eSPORTS Level-10M Gaming Mouse
By: Christopher “Synther” Wilson
Let’s imagine for a moment that BMW made a luxury motorcycle. The type of bike that had all the options: a heated leather seat that was adjustable up and down for the rider’s comfort, custom gauges and lighting to the owner’s preference, Bluetooth wireless stereo surround sound to the rider’s matching helmet, and horsepower with handling that would make a crotch rocket blush. Makes you hot, doesn’t it? Oh wait…they probably do actually make that. Then just imagine that a similar kind of luxury could be found in a PC gaming mouse, also designed by BMW. Thanks to ThermalTake’s Tt eSPORTS, they make that too.
I’m not going to lie, I’ve wanted to get my hands…err…hand on one of these mice since I first heard about it last year and saw the early prototype design pictures. I literally wrung my hands and drooled at the prospects of this mouse. And I’ll be honest; I’ve read some of the other reviews out there. “People expect the Level-10M to be the end all of mice," says Shannon Robb of Tt eSPORTS. "But that's really not the case. You're either going to love this mouse or you're not. There is no in between." This is pretty evident in all of the other reviews I’ve seen. Knowing this ahead of time, I opted to plug the mouse in and use it extensively for a few days before writing this review so that I could get and give an accurate feel of what the average end-user is going to deal with.
The Level-10M is designed with a completely open body. You might think that this would look strange or awkward, but the reality is that it just looks plain sick (in an OMG that’s freaking awesome kind of way). The top palm portion of the mouse is designed with an hexagonal grid of holes that serve two purposes: 1.) It allows air to pass through the open frame of the mouse and thus keeps your hand from being overly sweaty and 2.) To show off the LED Tt eSPORTS Battle Dragon logo underneath that calmly pulses with life.
Similar to Shannon Robb’s completely humble attitude towards such a product, when looking on Newegg, or even the box, I found that Tt eSPORTS seriously sold themselves short on showcasing some of the more pertinent features of this mouse. Continuing with my aesthetic motif of the mouse, let’s be sure to let you know that it includes three separate multi-color LED lights. Not one. Three. And each can be set to a different color. The Battle Dragon logo can be set to one color, while the standard left click button can be set to another color, and the mouse wheel can be set to yet another color. Go crazy. I did. While this may not be a huge selling point, I think that they have highly underestimated the fact that the gaming community, at the least, prefers this kind
customization. Say it loud and
proud! Do I hear it? No?
Ok…let’s move on.
All kidding aside, the first couple of hours that I actually used this mouse for gaming, my brain was so focused on making the mouse physically comfortable that I forgot what buttons did what. As per my standard gaming usage, I’ve coupled the Level-10M with the Tt eSPORTS Gaming Glove (a review of which can be found here.). One game that I absolutely love is Mechwarrior Online. I found that my aim went up using the Level-10M. I suck at Mechwarrior Online; I make no boasts of being an excellent pilot. I have a 25-ton Commando that I’ve decked out with literally everything available. I die a lot. But with the Level-10M, I was able to kill a 100-ton Atlas Assault mech on three separate occasions. Maybe I was just having a good night or maybe it’s because this mouse is freaking sweet. I then tested the mouse out in my other highly regular game, Dungeons & Dragons Online. I immediately took a huge shine to the macro keys with my Rogue of the larcenous persuasion.
As a side note: At 184.8 gram total weight, not including the cable, I did not feel the need to “adjust” the weight of this mouse during gaming. There was never a need to add more weight, nor take any away. And the habit of lifting the front end of the mouse is almost alleviated completely (what remains is habit and will be easily remedied). Personally, for weight, it’s exactly perfect. Casual users may find the mouse to be heavy, but I find it to be exactly right.
As I stated, the mouse actually has five profiles onboard. To test this out, I setup my personal five profiles, complete with custom DPI, LED lighting, and even gaming buttons. For the Default Profile, I’ve selected Copy to the D button (back right side button) and Paste to the C button (front right side button). I then unplugged the mouse, grabbed the Hex-key, and plugged it into my 62 year old left handed mother’s computer. As expected, the profiles remained completely intact, even though her computer did not have the driver software installed.
To be fair, I know that she is a palm grip and left handed, so I set the mouse for that position. Like me, she found it uncomfortable. Her small hands had a hard time reaching buttons and her thumb could not reach the back/forward buttons. Switching it to a “right hand” configuration and lowering the palm a bit allowed her to fully use the mouse and reach all of the buttons. “Wow…this is really comfortable! It’s so nice! I love the colors! How much does one of these run?” I told her what the Diamond Black model was going for on Newegg. “This is like getting a brand new car! I’d need a couple of days to mess around with it to get it comfortable.”
The last two options on the software, Air Through and 3D Axis Movement, are completely pointless and should be omitted from the software entirely. They’re nothing but videos showing me how great the mouse is. I already own the mouse; you don’t have to keep proving to me how fantastic it is! As Fry would say, “Shut up and take my money!” Except you already took my money…so, stop. And the driver would likely not be so large of a download, either. Wait…the mouse isn’t going to get hammered into my hand, is it? Does that cost extra? Shut up and take my money!
So, we now come down to the rub of it. Should you go out and burn a hundred bones on this mouse? That’s why you’re reading this review, right? I’m giving the Tt eSPORTS Level-10M a solid 9 out of 10. So, yes, you should go get one. If they tweaked the software just a bit, they’d get a solid 10/10 from me. I’ve been using computers for almost 35 years and this is, without a doubt, the best and most comfortable mouse I’ve ever used. If you’re on the fence, you should go get one.And yes…it did get me chicks.