Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Volos MMO Gaming Mouse Review

BluePanda - 2013-09-22 13:18:21 in Input Devices
Category: Input Devices
Reviewed by: BluePanda   
Reviewed on: January 21, 2014
Price: $69.99

Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Volos MMO Gaming Mouse Introduction:

It's time we take a look at another Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS member. We last played with the Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Gaming Headset and Tt eSPORTS Battle Dragon Bag, today (or tonight, depending on where you live) we shall take a look at the Tt eSPORTS Volos MMO Gaming Mouse. Specifically designed for you MMORPG players, it has additional buttons on the left for extra in game macros, but this time in the fashion of what couldn't be called anything but a mix of Xbox colored buttons with PlayStation symbols. I guess that takes the copyright or plausible lawsuit away from it and plays to both Xbox and PlayStation fans without really taking sides. Whatever the rational may be, there are four controller-like buttons mounted to the upper portion on the left side of the mouse. A set of A and B buttons reside on the lower portion below the four pattern buttons. This leaves no room for a forward and back, but use your imagination and use those Nintendo A and B buttons.

Anyway, let's not get into too much detail about this mouse before you get to see it. Let's just think of the Tt eSPORTS Volos MMO Gaming Mouse as a "want to be combination" of a console controller and mouse. Now read on to see if this combo ends up working out or not.

 

Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Volos MMO Gaming Mouse Closer Look:

The Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Volos MMO Gaming Mouse comes in, what is now about the standard, glamorous Tt eSPORTS packaging. You're guaranteed to see the black and red color scheme followed up with near true, if not true, images of the product in full color right on the box. For the Volos, there is a lovely color whirl behind the mouse, perhaps as a reference to the full RGB color spectrum options it has for lighting things up. The front of the box stabs at the fact that it's been designed with MMORPG players in mind, 8200 DPI, and 4MB of on-board memory to take your profiles on the go.

On the back of the box, in 15 different languages, a single phrase: "Professional gaming mouse, for more product info please go to: www.ttesports.com". That seems to be a simple enough solution to get everyone able to read and find out more via the almighty Internet. The back of the box also shows off a little of the software that you can, and probably will, download. Not only can you set personalized button configurations, DPI settings, user specific options, but also that snazzy color to match or clash with the rest of your gear. We'll cover that in more detail later. If nothing else, this box is a glorified version of the mouse and to think we haven't even held it yet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the box hadn't given enough hints about the mouse already, the front opens right up to get a glimpse of the mouse itself. Held closed with two rounds of Velcro it isn't hard to open, but it keeps it closed in shipping and on the shelves. The inside flap points out more key features of the mouse and gives an even closer look at the mouse so you have a real chance to judge it in pictures before buying it at your local hardware store (not to be confused with your nuts and bolts hardware store). And if pictures weren't enough, there's a full formed plastic window that allows you to actually get somewhat of a feel for the mouse grip in your own hand. Sure, it's not perfect and you won't quite understand the weight with the box, but hey, it's cool! I don't know about you, but I buy a lot of my hardware online for the prices and often don't get to play with things. But I guess that's why reviews exist.

Now it's time for that moment, when I finally shut up about the box it came in, and show you the product itself. The Tt eSPORTS Volos comes tightly packed in the box along with a nicely bundled Velcro cable, a file of quick start information and warranty deals, and an awesome little cloth bag to zip up your goods on the go. All of them sport the Tt eSPORTS chicken, well technically it's a dragon, but I like to call it a chicken. Either way, it comes out to be a nice looking kit.

 

Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Volos MMO Gaming Mouse Closer Look:

Starting off with the traditional top down shot of the mouse you can see quite a bit of what the mouse has to offer. There is an Tt eSPORTS dragon logo, which indeed lights up, just in the center of where your palm rests. There is a set of arrow buttons below the scroll wheel (that also lights up), which allow you to toggle DPI or whatever you choose to set them up as. There is a button that sits just above the gap between your thumb and pointer finger that, by default, allows you to cycle profiles. Once you have the software installed you will also appreciate the onscreen display to remind you what the button you are pressing is set to do. From first glance it's a pretty simple looking mouse, though I know you are about to say, what about the buttons?? We will get there. The left click button also features a circle that sits beneath your fire finger that lights up with one of the many RGB color options.

The bottom of the mouse, much like most, isn't very exciting at all. There are some awesomely large skates on the bottom guaranteeing you good movement. There is a little switch down here above the door for the weight system. Above it, you can read "lock" and "unlock", these buttons are here to prevent accidental macro use. Unfortunately, all the buttons you are about to see on the left of the mouse are considered macros. So if you have forward and back setup there for browser action, you'll lose them if you enable the lock. Honestly, as a hint now, I'd say there's not a real reason for the lock as all the macro buttons are quite hard to access with any normal sized hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The right side of the mouse has a few buttons for macros or what have you. They are labeled C, D, and E, though I'm not sure it matters for more than figuring out which ones to set up with in the software. You won't be able to see them when using it unless you have a new mousing style I've yet to see. In my hand I find it relatively easy to reach the furthest forward button (E) with my ring finger, while the other two remain a guessing game for which one you are actually pressing. If you straddle the mouse a little with your fire finger on the right click you can get a better feel at all three of them with your middle finger. But as far as a normal position goes, you will have to have some crazy hands to work with this set-up.

The left of the mouse doesn't provide a lot of promise either. Although the looks of it seem pretty awesome with controller-like buttons and seem exciting, don't get your hopes up. The same issue persists on this side, though I may be wrong for calling it an issue, I'll let you decide. The gamer buttons up front require a huge shift of the hand and a near claw grip style. The A and B buttons require the opposite and a real far back palm grip to use, leaving the left and right click almost unreachable. However, depending on how you play, you may like this. But from most MMO players I know, they hate the idea of moving their hand about to reach buttons. Most I asked said they'd rather use a keyboard. Yes, I did ask some friends as I'm not big on MMO style games, at least not ones that require this many extra buttons. So from my perspective as well as some others, this layout is perplexing.

 

 

Let's take a step back, away from the buttons, and look at the rest of the mouse. Looking from its rear it's a bit of a fat mouse. It will definitely give your hand the wide stance feel as your palm settles to rest on the Tt eSPORTS dragon. With all the weights in, the word fat is even more fitting, as it is almost a bit heavy. Thankfully you can adjust just how heavy you want this little piggy to be.

The front of the mouse gives you a little peek at both macro button sets (left and right) and you can also grab a good look at that white smoked scroll wheel. I will tell you now that this really diffuses the color well from the LEDs. It lights up real nice when plugged in and set to your favorite color. A couple more shots of the mouse provide you with an overall look of the mouse. It is good looking, well built, just in kind words…different.

 

 

 

Getting back to my point of the little piggy joke, there are five 4.5g weights inside the mouse for a total addition of 22.5 grams. For me it was a little heavy, so I dropped one at a time until it was an okay weight for me. It is like any other mouse, you have to take some time to get used to it and get settings adjusted for the user.

 

 

The Tt eSPORTS Volos comes with a nice braided cable of nearly two meters in length. A Velcro strap is sewn inline so you can bundle up your cable and take it to the LAN party without getting a tangled mess. The end also comes with the awesome Tt eSPORTS USB capped end. It always looks super fancy and if you truly are taking it on the go it will keep stuff from getting jammed in the little USB plug. If nothing else, it looks cool, though you'll be plugging it in the back of your case and never look at it again, at least not for a while.

 

 

I decided to take a couple shots with the mouse plugged in so you can see a bit of the lighting. Even in a well lit room the colors are vibrant and easy to see. The Tt eSPORTS dragon and circle drawn beneath your fire finger seem to light up as if it was just a part of the mouse. The color is rather even except on the furthest outskirts of the dragon, but it's hard to notice. You can even make the scroll wheel a different color, if you choose, using the software. Really you can have set up each of the four colors to whatever your heart desires. The colors are full RGB so you can indeed try to match your other peripherals if you want, it just may take some time/practice to find the right color.

 

Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Volos MMO Gaming Mouse Closer Look:

The software for the Tt eSPORTS Volos is one of the simpler setups I have seen in a while. It isn't overly glamorous and you don’t have tons of fancy tabs to figure out what you are changing. It has ten profiles to select and change individually nearly all from one view point. The upper right lists the profiles in two sets of five. Click on one and you can change most of the settings for it right there. The normal selection allows you to set up the mouse for "normal" use while the battle option just adds some effects with the lighting when you are gaming based on how fast you click. Basically it changes colors while you are under rapid fire. You can change every button on the mouse to about anything you want like launching applications, keyboard strokes, and even mouse functions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you go to assign a key you will have a small window pop-up. Don't worry, it's not confusing. You can select whether you want it to be a single key press, a macro (T key), sensitivity adjuster, program launcher, or you can disable it completely. If you select to have a mouse function over a keyboard function you will get another list of things to choose from. All which are what you would normally associate with a mouse: click, right button, scroll button, double click, backward, forward, scroll up, and scroll down. It's pretty simple. You can also setup more macros in the extra macro setting tab on the main page, this is pretty standard.

 

 

Closing the little window gets you back to the main page where you started. If you click on Performance on the right hand side, you can set the different levels of DPI settings on the mouse. For example, you can tell it you only want a single DPI setting to scroll through in a profile or as many as five as shown below. You can then set them individually to allow you to pick the right one for your current application. Here you can also set lift-off and polling rate controls.

Last but not least are the color controls. There are full RGB settings for the color ring, profile selector button, scroll wheel, and of course the Tt eSPORTS dragon. Unfortunately, all you have to work with is a color splotch and a good eye. You will be able to see if you are lighter or darker than your last setting as it gives you a before and after comparison. You will, however, not be able to set the 0-255 color settings you may be used to. It isn't the end of the world, but it is a little harder to get that exact color you want.

 

Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Volos MMO Gaming Mouse Specifications:

Color:
Black
Sensor Type:
Laser
NO. of Buttons:
14
Game Genre:
MOBA/MMORPG
Memory Size:
512KB
NO. of Macro Keys:
140
NO. of Gaming Profiles:
10
Lighting Effect:
YES
Pause-Break Effect:
YES
Color Options:
16.8 Million
USB Cable Length:
1.8 Braided
Weight-In Design:
YES
Graphical UI:
YES
Industrial Rubber-Coating:
YES
Polished Finishing:
NO
Gold-Platted USB:
YES
Dimension:
129 x 79 x 43 mm

 

 

Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Volos MMO Gaming Mouse Features:

 

 

 

Information courtesy of: http://www.ttesports.com/productPage.aspx?p=116&g=ftr#.Uq-87PRDswA

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.

 

Testing Setup:

 

 

Everyday Use:

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.

 

Working:

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.

 

Gaming:

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.

Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Volos MMO Gaming Mouse Conclusion:

The Tt eSPORTS Volos gaming mouse is a mess of a gaming mouse if I've ever had one. It is literally a kluged piece of work that smashes an Xbox controller with one from PlayStation and births a reject even to Darwin's standards. You can't hold it like a controller, though the buttons are placed like you should just pick it up off your desk and attempt to do so. It's like it wants you to not only have two thumbs, but an extra small or ring finger as well. Finding the buttons while still trying to click and shoot, or even just look around, is like trying to actually do your homework while playing Warframe; it's just not going to happen.

The mouse isn't a complete fail, however. If you can pick a set of buttons to play with that don't require you to move your hand, it can be possible, but then why am I paying for the others? When I used the claw style grip at the front of the mouse, it gave me access to the Xbox-like buttons while mandating somewhat stable control over the mouse with full access to the left/right click buttons and scroll wheel. It wasn't really comfortable, but at least I could use the extra set of buttons. Getting to the others wasn't even an option from there.

I really don't know how to wrap up this mouse. It looks really neat and has a great concept of bringing the console gamer to the PC world, but I think most of them will scoff and wonder even more why we want them to play on PC. Ultimately, as wonderful as it looks and sounds, save your pennies for the next pony ride.

 

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