Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
For those who actually recall the original Level 10 M mouse from Thermaltake, they may also remember all the acclaim and praise the combined efforts of Thermaltake and BMW were very worthy of. The only issue for some users is that the Level 10 M needed to be constantly connected to your PC via the USB cable. So, either a mass amount of emails came in asking for this, or Thermaltake figured they could take on the likes of Logitech and many others that already offer very good wireless mice. Either way, it is a win-win situation for users; we now have more options in this slightly redesigned Level 10 M mouse.
In the last year or so, Thermaltake has really been stepping up in the peripherals market. Thermaltake has been following trends like making game themed devices, and they also are hard at work trying to produce original things as well. As we just saw with the Poseidon Z, Thermaltake isn't afraid to break the mold a touch just to stand out from the crowd on their own two feet. With this hybrid, they are sort of following other companies with the main idea, but this is yet another instance where Thermaltake goes above and beyond. The idea here is that if you are going to bother attempting such a device, and you want to sell them, you better do it right from the beginning, or don't even bother trying.
Today we are taking a look at the Thermaltake Level 10 M Hybrid. This mouse offers the options to run the mouse wirelessly if desired, or by using the provided cable, it can be used as a wired device as well. While using a lot of the features and benefits from the original Level 10 M, there are a few changes that have been made to make the Level 10 M Hybrid its own design. For those that liked the original, this will be right up your alley; for those not too familiar with that design, pay close attention as this may be the newest mouse to grace your desk.
The chart shows us that this mouse only comes in what is called Diamond Black, and is based on the 8200 DPI Avago ADNS A9800 laser sensor. It is designed to fit all of your gaming needs, and even can store 128KB of profiles, Macros, and lighting configurations. Built into this design, we get nine buttons to use over five profiles, and full on RGB color options for the pair of LEDs that offer effects when powered.
There is a 1.8 meter long cable to use to charge the mouse or use it in wired mode, but there is also a 1.8 meter USB extension cable included as well. If you plan to run this mouse in 5.8G wireless mode, it boasts a range of ten meters, so even use in an HTPC environment is covered. What is also nice is that there is fifteen hours of straight run time in wireless mode, and it only takes up to four hours to charge the Lithium Ion battery inside.
We do wish they would at least mention the switch types, or maybe even give us an idea of the sensors used, but in reality, all we can do is guess. The reason is that, even more so than the Level 10 M, the new Level 10 M Hybrid is a much tougher nut to crack. Fearing damage to the components, as well as the frame, from the little bit of disassembly we could do, we found we got nowhere close to the guts, and are not able to get images to verify the components used in this device. Judging by feel, they are close to the feel of Omron switches, but knowing Thermaltake like we do, they are likely Kailh switches. Even without exact details, that won't stop us from forming an opinion.
As we hunt for pricing and availability, we see that only a few locations are stocking this mouse currently, but it is still fairly fresh to the market as well. As we were on the Thermaltake eSports page, we find that they have set the MSRP at $109.99, and considering what we already know of this mouse, that pricing is on point against others in the market. We do suggest you do spend some time shopping around though, as we have seen them listed much cheaper than that too. So, great deals can already be had on the Level 10 M Hybrid, and deals always makes people smile when grabbing products that are fresh to the market.