About a month before I left for CES 2013, I was given the original Theron from Thermaltake. Back then I was hard pressed to find any issues with the design or the accuracy in which it functioned. The all black theme of the exterior with the bright red LED lighting around it and the pulsating battle dragon logo is something anyone could get used to. In fact, I do believe the only thing that resulted in a loss of points outside comparing against other mice was the fact that the rubberized coating arrived blemished, and is something QC should have caught before the mouse was even boxed. But I digress, because the Theron is still one of my favorite and top rated mice of the large group of samples I have seen over the years.
The main reason we are here today with a mouse of the same name is that the Avago ADNS 9500 sensor that ships inside the original Theron has been replaced. This time around Tt eSPORTS has opted for an infrared optical sensor to do the tracking, but that isn't all. Along with keeping the red LED color scheme, this time around the five buttons on the sides and behind the scroll wheel are also made from red plastic to carry the red on black styling just a bit further. The thought here was to deliver more finite control and accuracy without boasting of huge DPI numbers to sell this product. Here you get 4000 DPI, yet out of an optical sensor things are different, but I am eager to see what this infrared addition has to offer.
Those two features are the only things changed, and I think I can expect to have the same compact sized mouse that feels good in my hands. I don't really have a preference to a sensor type, over the years I have found my comfort zones with optical and laser sensors, but this infrared business intrigues me to say the least.
Since I've now had a week or so of usage with the Theron Infrared, I think I have a much better feel for the mouse and what it has to offer average users, as well as the most discerning gamers. So, stick around and have a look at the new Theron infrared from Thermaltake, as I give you my take on what is being delivered.