Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Theron Infrared Gaming Mouse ReviewBluePanda - February 14, 2014
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Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Theron Infrared Gaming Mouse Closer Look:
Out of the packaging and main photo shots taken care of, my first instinct is to play with the mouse a little in my hand to get a feel for how it fits, how it feels, and get an idea of the overall quality of the mouse. Although in this top down shot below you might think that the mouse is coated in the lovely soft plastic rubber that you've become accustom to in many mice/keyboard products, but this one is eye trickery. It has the matte finish and has some thin coating on it, but it feels nothing like that of the standard rubber coatings I've seen recently. It does provide a nice dry/natural feel, but still stands out to me as "different"; smoother and not quite as much grip. Overall the mouse feels a bit plastic-y and perhaps just up to par – not shooting past it. I'm a bit disappointed at this point, but not defeated yet.
The mouse itself does not look too bad. The mouse wheel has some horseshoe shapes, or fancy sideways C's depending on how you look at it (actually almost reminds me of the Level 10). The two buttons below the wheel make you look at them in their glossy red color. You may also note the forward and back buttons on the left (the back being slightly longer in size) and the extra button on the right. A battle dragon image is cut into the palm, where we can assume lighting will appear once plugged in.
The bottom of this mouse seems to be the new selling point. Although I did not own or test the previous Theron, I can safely say I know how a laser mouse tracks/works – though different sensors and quality can affect how each performs, in general laser is laser. The Infrared Optical Engine from Tt eSPORTS claims to "increase the performance of the mouse" and "enable a more consistent and accurate tracking". We could have an argument here all day about which one is the better sensor; half of you will argue the laser is better (duh, put them on sharks) and the other half of you will say IR (just because). So we'll leave it at that and just say we're happy when the mouse works at the end of the day.
Looking a little more closely you may have noticed the obvious door at the bottom of the mouse. However, you may have also notice the two buttons and slider option just above that. There is a function lock slider that moves from unlock to lock. This appears to put your mouse in 90s mode. It only allows you to click left, click right, scroll, and middle click. It takes away any use of the macro buttons you bought the mouse for (so you might not ever move this one). The other buttons down here allow you to adjust the polling rate and profile (1-5) on the fly – in game or not.
But back to the reason we are really looking under the mouse - the weights. There are a total of five weights included at 4.5g each, giving you a plus or minus of 22.5g to the entire mouse. I found the mouse to be just right with all the weights included, but for those of you that prefer a lighter mouse – the option is there. If you really want a heavier mouse, this probably isn't it; though I suppose you could always get custom weights made of plutonium if you can handle the radiation. Jokes aside the weights are neatly packed in some solid rubber, which keeps them from making any sort of noise.
Looking again at some more profile shots of the mouse, the right side of the mouse shows us it does have some personality over there. There is a slight bump out and an extra button for your ring finger. The bump appears to give you somewhere to place your ring finger, but does not really support it. The button I found myself forgetting was there and made me feel less in control of the mouse when I did attempt to use it (or constantly clicking it by accident). You can see the white space at the bottom edge of the mouse – this is where the red LED lighting appears when plugged in (skip to the end if you really want to see it in action). The left side of the mouse has two buttons, which I like to call forward and back buttons. The back supports a larger size giving you less reach for smaller hands while still accommodating larger hands, as this is probably the most commonly used button for multi-button mice. The forward button isn't far from reach and even with my small hands is less than a stretch. Again, the opening for lighting shows white/gray at the bottom edge of the mouse.
From the sides of the mouse you may have also noticed the braided cable connected to the front of the mouse via a nice rubbery connector. This keeps it from detaching from the mouse even under the most aggressive gaming styles. From the front here, you may also notice how symmetrical the mouse is. There is no curvature left to right of the mouse and the buttons are about as straight on as it gets. I found this to be frustrating for my hand at first. My hand, along with many newer mice, has a tendency to tilt slightly to the right, with my left click being higher, and fingers skewed right a little. This mouse almost doesn't fit because of its unusual nature. It took me a great deal of getting used to before I could comfortably use the mouse. It was definitely an odd change to feel/use. The rear of the mouse also has little to fill your palm and is relatively short in length. It's not quite a claw grip mouse, but it's far from a palm fitter either.
The cable is a standard USB plug with a decorative casing. It has the Tt logo printed in a red on black palate and looks quite nice. As I've mentioned before, the cable is fully braided making for nice frictionless play and comes neatly packed with an attached Velcro wrap. You can't/won't lose it and makes it store rather nicely on the go.
Overall the mouse is alright. The fit is a bit of a struggle at first with some shapes you may not be used to. You can likely get used to it if you want to; for me, I think I'll be switching to something else after this review. The fit is just too different for me. The extra buttons are always a plus as not having at least forward and back buttons these days is almost a sin in the mousing world. The lighting, as you can see from the image below, isn't too exciting, but is a nice subtle effect. Ultimately, the overall quality doesn't have the feel that the images and looks make it appear to have. I can't say that I am disappointed, but I'm surely not impressed.