Coming out of the gate as blunt as I can, the Volos is large, wide-bodied and heavy - there is no way to get around those obvious traits - but the Volos still stands tall as Tt eSPORTS and Thermaltake also designed it to overcome these factors. While large, it is very comfortable to use and fits the hand very well. The slight concave section of the left side to accept the thumb, the gentle slope to the right that leave unused fingers comfortable on the right side, and the rubberized section to assure that grip is always there, even when in the heat of battle. Being wide bodied makes the Volos very tough to lift with any dexterity, as your fingers tend to slide up the right side of the mouse. This is easily overcome with the ability of the Avago laser sensor and the 8200 DPI potential.
While I do test the full scale, and still cannot control a mouse accurately at 8200 DPI, I found 3200 DPI to about 5600 DPI to be very controllable and left me with no need to lift the mouse in games. With a mouse as large as the Volos, weight is definitely a factor too, but keep in mind that a very light mouse with this sensor onboard will likely jitter at higher DPI settings, and not be as accurate to use. While it does offer 31.5 grams of adjustable and removable weighting, the mouse without them is still weighty enough that things do not easily get out of control.
With the console buttons and the A through E buttons on the mouse, plus the DPI selection buttons that can also be programmed, you can have ten profiles and the potential for 128 different functionality or Macros. Making this even better is the ability of the Volos and the 4MB of onboard storage, is that you can keep up to 140 Macros across the ten profiles all on the mouse. This means that once you master configuring the Volos software, it is essentially no longer needed, and if you take this mouse to a friend's house, you can plug and play with all of your favorite settings in place. I found that the feel of the mouse is great, and all of the button placements are pretty good, but I did find my hand position needing to shift to reach some of them on the left. In order to have a good feel at the front of the mouse for normal browsing and gaming, you have easy access to the console buttons near the front. Since the Volos is this big, you then have to shift off the back of the Volos to access buttons A and B. Nothing detrimental, but that could make or break timing if you have to search blindly for them.
It did take me a week or so to get completely used to the Volos, and get the buttons set up for my needs, but once I got associated with everything and it was set up to speed up my productivity for work as well as setting up things for the various games I play, and tying in certain profiles and settings to load in the Volos when the game starts, is something I really love about the Volos. Every time you change the profiles or swap the DPI, the scroll wheel will change colors to designate which of them you are currently on, and once you stay there, after about five seconds the light then changes to the defined color associated with the profile you are currently in. There is also an on-screen display at the center of the bottom of the screen that will show DPI adjustments and button presses in real-time, so you have a visual reference to anything you may have accidentally pressed.
When considering everything I have seen, and my time using the Volos, I think the near $70 pricing may be a bit high for some, but nonetheless, the Volos laser gaming mouse is worth every penny to me. Thermaltake has blurred the lines a bit between consoles and PC, delivering a mouse that is more than capable of dominating your game play in MOBA and MMORPGs, but it is even great at desktop level, in FPS, and even the accuracy needed for photo editing. Thermaltake and the Tt eSPORTS crew have broken outside of the box with this design, but still deliver a product that anyone would likely enjoy having on their desk.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [TT eSPORTS Volos Laser Gaming Mouse]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Inside of the Volos]
- Page 7 [Inside the Volos Continued]
- Page 8 [Software]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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