Working effectively is all about having the right tools for the job at hand. While building a deck onto the back of a house you certainly would not want to use a Phillips head screwdriver and a hand saw. It would be much more effective and efficient to use a circular saw or chop box for cutting and several drills for predrilling and screwing down the boards. Similarly, having equipment that is ergonomic and fits your hands is important. For this reason we find that many tools are adjustable to fit the needs of the job or even the user.
In computing terms, we have software tools as well as hardware tools. The hardware that we use all the time consists of our mouse and keyboard. There has been a lot of focus on mechanical keyboards to optimize the experience of gaming and typing on a machine, but what about the mouse? Many people jump on getting a quality keyboard first, but the mouse is just as important. Finding the right fit for your hand size, grip style, and the aesthetic look that you prefer can be a challenging experience. One thing seems to hold true for mouse designers, customizability is a key feature.
The Thermaltake Level 10M gaming mouse is designed as a partnership with DesignWorksUSA, a subsidiary of the BMW Group and Thermaltake. The idea behind the Level 10 series of components is to instill a sense of power from both the looks and functionality. Thermaltake added the Level 10M gaming mouse to the series, focusing on enthusiasts and e-sports. The Level 10M gaming mouse features an eye pleasing non-slip rubberized finish in Diamond Black, Iron White, Military Green, and Blazing Red. It has a total of seven buttons with a total of 11 programmable macros. Lighting effects are present with seven color choices to fit your mood. The Lvl 10M is built using a high sensitivity laser sensor that can have the sensitivity adjusted up to 8200dpi. The buttons, dpi settings, and lighting effects are all customizable using the included software.
|Model Name||Thermaltake Lvl 10 Gaming Mouse|
|Color||Military Green/Diamond Black/Iron White/Blazing Red|
|No. of Macro Keys||11|
|Polling Rate||1000 Hz / 1 ms|
|DPI||Up to 8200|
Cable length - 1.8m 147 x 67.5 x 38.8 mm
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.
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.
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.
Provided by: Thermaltake
No compensation was received for review of this product.
Price: MSRP $99.00 USD
Class: Enthusiast Gamer
With a price point of $99.00 USD, the Thermaltake Lvl 10 M Mouse is in the Enthusiast Gamer category of mice.
The performance of the Thermaltake Level 10M gaming mouse was unbeatable. The feel and responsiveness, coupled with being able to tweak it to your liking and comfort make it ideal for any gamer or computer user, for that matter. Gaming was pleasurable with it, and application use performed well, although desktop use at 8200dpi was far too sensitive.
The Thermaltake Level 10M took the form and shape of the average mouse, but it differentiated itself with the quality and thought that went into the design. The rubberized coating, aluminum base, quality switches, and airflow to keep the palm cool makes this the best gaming mouse that I have laid my hands on. The laser sensor tracked very well on multiple surfaces, including the SteelSeries QCK, ROCCAT Sense, and a smooth desk surface. Hard and soft surfaces of varying colors did not affect the performance of the sensor in any way.
Gaming with the mouse for several hours proved that it was comfortable and kept the palm cool. The non-slip surface was very comfortable and helped to keep the hand firmly in place. Being able to adjust the tilt and height of the palmrest made it even more comfortable for long term use. Adjustment can be made using the included tool or a standard allen wrench, if the tool cannot be found. The quality tactile switches on the buttons made it even easier to use for long periods of time, confirming that the button was indeed clicked. Weight wise, the Thermaltake level 10M felt like it was a fairly ideal weight and was not too heavy to be cumbersome, but at the same time it was not so light that it just flopped around on the desk.
Performing a lift test with the mouse indicated that it has a lift distance of approximately 1mm before it stops sensing movement. The default lift distance is considered to be at the professional level and is adjustable using the included software if you want the mouse to continue sensing for a longer period of time. Many other settings can be customized including the lighting and the function of every button. The four “quick select” sensitivity levels can be altered to meet a user’s preferences or needs. The lighting on the mouse can be changed to seven colors and has three zones that can be set independently. Two LED modes are also available where the LEDs are on all the time and a battle mode where the flashing intensity changes with the clicking intensity.
Overall the Thermaltake level 10M gaming mouse is an amazing piece of hardware, but at $99.00 is geared for the enthusiast or professional gamer. The quality of the design and build are immaculate. The design features a fully customizable design, including the ergonomics of the mouse. All the features worked flawlessly and no problems were experienced with the software. The Thermaltake Level 10M gaming mouse earns the HiTechLegion Editor’s Choice Award for its thoughtful design, features, software, quality, and awesome aesthetics.