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Thermaltake Level 10M review

The BMW of gaming mice, or a bit of a Skoda?

Our Verdict

For

  • Good adjustment options
  • High DPI
  • Floating design

Against

  • Price
  • Very sensitive left mouse button
  • Four-way hat switch placement

Expense. That's the main thing we've taken away from the collaboration between Thermaltake and BMW-owned DesignworksUSA so far. Well, that and one of the worst PC chassis we've ever had overheating our components.

I'm hoping Thermaltake has learned its lessons from the crazily priced Level 10 chassis with this Level 10M mouse.

On the design side of things, it's actually done a pretty good job. The key feature is the configurability of the chassis to complement the way you hold your little rodent on the desktop.

Like the MadCatz R.A.T, which must have inspired the bods at DesignworksUSA in some regard, you can attack the Thermaltake Level 10M with a little Allen key and make incremental adjustments.

The way the main hand rest almost floats above the solid aluminium base means it's highly configurable, though it doesn't offer quite as many options as the aforementioned R.A.T. That said, the two main configurations on offer here - height and tilt - are the ones that will make the most difference to your overall comfort. And isn't that the most important thing?

Mouse trap

Well, as it turns out, no, that's not really the most important thing. Of course it's vital that your mouse doesn't feel like it's bending your fingers back in the wrong direction - I'm looking at you Razer Lachesis - but the way it works in general use is more important.

While I've easily adjusted the orientation and height of my Level 10M so it's sitting comfortably in my sweaty grip (though not too sweaty thanks to the little cut-out airflow holes), I've got a bit of a problem with the buttons.

The forward/back buttons are arranged side by side, which isn't an issue. The issue is the four-way hat switch that also sits under your thumb. It gets in the way of the larger back button, and because itfs raised a little more than the normal buttons, it's really easy to activate one of the directions just by resting your hand on the mouse. Accidentally dropping the DPI setting mid-battle is a sure way to find your virtual self full of more holes than Sam Beckett's Swiss-cheese brain. Oh boy.

The slim design means there's nowhere to rest your thumb or little finger other than the buttons themselves, making mistakes even easier.

Something else that doesn't help matters is the fact that the weighting on the left mouse button is much lighter than the rest of the buttons. It therefore needs less pressure to activate, which means it acts like a hair-trigger. In a shooter that might desirable, but not so much in a strategy game or even in general Windows use. It doesn't need much more pressure than simply resting your finger on it.

From those issues it may sound like I'm not a fan of the Level 10M, but the buttons aside, I really do like the floating, configurable design.

Sadly though, we have to come back to the inevitable price premium added by the BMW endorsement. At £100, it's a vastly overpriced mouse. The R.A.T 7 offers a similar configurable prospect, but comes in at £65, and has proper buttons.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMouse
Number of Total Buttons7
Pointing Device Host InterfaceUSB
Scroller TypeScroll Wheel
ColourIron White
Brand NameTt eSPORTS
Pointing Device Connectivity TechnologyCable
Movement DetectionLaser
Height38.8 mm
Width67.5 mm
Depth147 mm
ManufacturerThermaltake Technology Co., Ltd
Product NameLevel 10 M Gaming Mouse
Device SupportedComputer
Product LineLevel 10 M
Manufacturer Part NumberMO-LTM009DTJ
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.thermaltake.eu
Marketing Information

AIR-THROUGH VENTILATION

This ventilation solution strengthens the possibility of a better air and temperature exchange as a means of passive ventilation. Through the perforated surface, issues such as heavy use of the Level 10 M Mouse and the rise of temperatures of the hand are significantly reduced.

3D STEERING

Level 10 M Mouse is designed with open structure in between top and base segments, and the space in between the mouse also serves to adjust the height and angle via steering axis, greatly enhance user comfort and convenience as well.

Movement Resolution8200 dpi
Weight (Approximate)185 g