Thermaltake Level 10M Gaming Mouse Review - Test System and Testing Methods

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Test System:

System Specifications

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K
  • Motherboard: MSI X79-GD65(8D)
  • CPU Heatsink: Phanteks PH-TC14PE
  • Heatsink Paste: Noctua NT-H1
  • Memory: 4x4GB G.Skill Ares 2133MHz DDR3
  • Video Card: ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II
  • Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB
  • Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series Gold 1200W
  • Optical Drive: LG Blu-Ray
  • Case: NZXT Switch 810
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

 

Benchmarks:

  • Comfort and Ergonomics
  • Applications (Photoshop, Microsoft Office, Firefox)
  • Gaming (Battlefield 3)

 

 

How Did it Test?

Comfort and Ergonomics

The Thermaltake Level 10M gaming mouse fit the average hand very well, although it is a larger mouse. The design would also fit a larger than average hand but with a smaller hand, it would be difficult to use. The placement of buttons is ideal for a user who uses the palm grip style. The claw grip would also work with the mouse, though there are much better choices for those users. A fingertip grip would be nearly impossible due to the size of the mouse. All the buttons had very good placement and were rubber coated so your fingers did not slip off. Buttons were tactile and were just about impossible to accidentally click except for the joystick on the left side that could have been a bit stiffer. After a couple hours of use, and a few minor tweaks to the adjustable palmrest, I ended up with the most comfortable mouse that I have ever used.

 

Applications

I tested the Level 10M mouse in various applications, including Microsoft Office, Chrome, Firefox, and Photoshop. With its adjustable dpi and easy access to buttons, performance was very good in applications. Browsing in both web browsers worked great using a 1200 dpi setting and having the scroll wheel set to move an entire page when moved. Microsoft Office was easily usable with the same settings used for web browsing. Photoshop, on the other hand, required some tweaking to optimize the experience, I needed to set the lowest dpi setting to 250dpi for finer pixel by pixel work. Having the option for multiple profiles and ability to adjust all settings in the software made this gaming mouse top notch for application use.

 

Gaming

Being a gaming mouse, it worked perfectly for playing FPS games. I tested this gaming mouse with the popular Battlefield 3 in online gameplay. Various sensitivities were used and different game situations were experienced while testing. Some sniping was done using a lower dpi setting, providing me with the proper tools to aim accurately. Driving vehicles was performed using the 1500 dpi setting and flying a jet was done with the dpi maxed out at 8200 dpi. I have to say the high sensitivity was extremely nice for making huge turns in a jet. The Level 10M gaming mouse is versatile for many different gaming situations. Being able to customize the mouse to your desired play style and adjust to in game situations on the fly offers up a nice advantage in faced paced games.

 

 

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