Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Volos MMO Gaming Mouse ReviewBluePanda - January 21, 2014
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Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Volos MMO Gaming Mouse Testing:
The Thermaltake Volos MMO Gaming Mouse was defiantly put through over a week of use and testing. During this time it was used in everyday use, surfing the Internet, photo-shopping, and of course some 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 pretty easy to distinguish the likes and dislikes of a mouse through words rather than leaving it to you to decide what a seven or eight really means. No guessing game – here's what I liked and here's what I hated.
- Processor: Intel Fourth Generation Core i7 4770K
- CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H100
- Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming
- Memory: Patriot Viper 3 Series 2x8GB DDR3-2400
- Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 770
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Smart 750W
- Hard Drive: Corsair Force GT 240GB SSD
- Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
In everyday use I feel it hard to distinguish many mice from one another. The only things that really seem to stand out when I'm surfing the net and reading emails is my preference for forward and back navigation buttons. In this case I set the A and B buttons to act as such. The buttons, as I've already mentioned, are awkward to get to. Even with only one task in mind, surfing the Internet and using the forward and back buttons, I found my thumb reaching back rather far and struggling to find either button without an awkward finger stance. It wasn't too bad when it was all I was trying to do, but I still wouldn't call it normal. I didn't really find myself using any of the other macros other than simply playing with them to launch an application or double click purely for fun. As an everyday mouse it isn't bad – it definitely isn't worth the extra coin if this is your only intention of use.
My work involves nothing more than a keyboard, but I try to use the mouse a bit to get a feel for what work would be like with it. I navigate around with it and often fire up Photoshop to really test out the precision and power of the mouse. I will say the added weight of the mouse did make some things seem a little smoother in motion; though across three monitors while multitasking on a lower DPI setting requires picking up that heavy thing a bit ever so often. That was easily fixed by bumping up the toggle buttons I had set for DPI increase/decrease. It was nice to be able to drop or increase the settings for different tasks. Lower for more precision work and higher for quick tasks. I wouldn't say this is a unique feature to this mouse alone as many mice are coming with profile selectors and DPI cycles on about every level of the market. I didn't find much use for any of the macro buttons, but I didn't really expect to either.
Finally the category that this mouse was seemingly made for. Well at least you had hoped it was going to be the perfect MMO mouse you've been dreaming of. Combining all the features of the controllers you have grown up with on consoles, you'd think this mouse would handle it well. Unfortunately, I found this mouse a mess in games. You can't really use all the buttons like you may think. I couldn't possibly reach all of them from a normal firing/looking around stance. I used the Xbox buttons to fight melee and for some special moves, but I felt bad ignoring all the other buttons the mouse has.
I just saw the mouse as having three different positions and gaming button sets. One allows you to play from up tight like a claw hold with the Xbox buttons and maintain control for firing and scrolling through items. The second position is what I call the side straddle: you hold the mouse off to the right with your pointer finger on the right click and toggle the C, D, and E buttons with your middle finger and ring finger. I found this not very useful. The last position is riding the back of the horse (really the mouse) and handling the A and B buttons with your thumb. The clicker buttons and scroll wheel, at that point, were about out of reach.
Ultimately I ended up giving up on trying to use the extra buttons and used it as a standard mouse – not so exciting after all.