Thermaltake Level 10 Mouse ReviewBluePanda - January 22, 2013
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Thermaltake's Level 10 M gaming mouse was subjected to over a week of use and testing. During this time it was used for everyday applications, surfing the internet, photoshopping and of course gaming. As a mouse is personal to each and every individual, how it responds in these various tasks is important in different ways to everyone. This rather subjective review is best to provide you the feedback from use rather than assigning made up numbers trying to compare one mouse to another. It's easy to distinguish the likes and dislikes of a mouse through words rather than leaving it to you to decide what a 7 or 8 really means. No guessing game this time; here's what I liked, and here's what I hated.
- Processor: Core i7 2600K @ 4.4 GHz 100 x 44
- CPU Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z68AP-D3
- Memory: Mushkin 991996 Redline PC3-17000 9-11-10-28 8 GB
- Video Card: XFX HD 7970 Black Edition
- PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750
- Hard Drives: OCZ Agility 3 120 GB, 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 RAID 1
- Optical Drive: N/A
- OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit SP1
A mouse is the key connection between you and your computer in everyday use. It gets you to the internet, your mail, your programs etc. The point is a mouse is an essential link for functionality. The Level 10 M provides nice day-to-day usability and the settings make it easy to attain the perfect speed, movement, and clicking. It's fairly easy to navigate through day-to-day work without any major issues. One thing I did seem to have a small issue with was the slight elevation change beneath my mouse pad. I have an L-shaped desk so there is a slight change in height from one piece to the next. The mouse likes allowing this slight change to cause my cursor to jump around the screen. The Level 10 M is probably the first mouse that has been sensitive to this change and is a little odd. It doesn't it always do it, and could easily be fixed by me placing something perfectly flat under the pad. However, I thought it was unique in the sense that I haven't had trouble with any other mice. Either this sensor is super sensitive or just crazy. I'll go with sensitive.
Overall for everyday use, it's not bad. Perhaps it's a little overkill but it gets the job done. The comfort is really the only thing that one would have to get used to, because even with all the adjustments the mouse just seems "weird" under your hand and not "normal" or natural. With that being said, you can adjust to about anything as far as mice and keyboards go.
Gaming with the Level 10 M wasn't bad at all. As always, being able to change DPI on the fly makes it nice to adjust to the in game settings that often make a mouse jumpy or drag compared to the usual OS settings. The different profiles allow you to set up the mouse for both your OS and specific games, so you don't have to make changes other than a profile change, giving you more killing time!
The hat button does add a little challenge to game play with it being so easy to bump by accident. You often end up cycling between DPI settings and profile settings unintentionally which may prevent you from a headshot, but trust me when I say you will learn to avoid it – it just takes time. I'm not sure I enjoyed learning, nor do my combat buddies, but it'll do.
Working with the Level 10 M was a bit frustrating. I didn't find the same control over the mouse as I do with my usual M60 mouse from Corsair. I'm not sure if it was because I was not able to find the right setup or just the lack of comfort with the mouse. I felt I couldn't do the same working tasks quite as fast as normal. I blame part of that to the simple adjustment to the mouse. In the end, it really shouldn't have that much of a learning curve in my opinion. I should be able to use a mouse, change a couple settings to perfect it and go. There is no need for more adjustments.
Overall the mouse is alright. It didn't live up to the expectations I may have had with all the hype I'd read and seen about it. The hat button probably made it the most awkward and difficult to use. Comfort was never really nailed down even with the adjustments. Shifting the angle left and right almost made it worse from time to time. From the settings in the software to the adjustments on the mouse itself, there is a lot to play with here. With a lot of time and patience I think this mouse could be great. It's just not the mouse for me. The sensitivity to my little bump in the desk and the constant unintentional button pressing turn this mouse off for me. However, that doesn't mean it can't be right for you (I'm sure you have more patience than I do).