The Level 10 M Hybrid has been a pleasure to work with. Once everything was set to our liking, the software was installed and the firmware update was applied, this mouse was off to the races, and would do anything we asked of it smoothly and accurately. In case you missed it, make sure to grab the firmware update, as without it there is some tracking and LOD issues that the new firmware totally eradicates. The feel is a bit flat; it is easy to get used to, but anyone with small or medium sized hands may find this mouse tough to use. While this mouse is well thought out and designed so well that it is near impossible to take apart, length and button access is a serious consideration.
With as many profiles and buttons as there are in the Level 10 M Hybrid, aside from the basic functions of the mouse, there can be thirty plus other functions applied to this mouse, and all can be stored on the 128KB of onboard memory. Then, of course, profiles can be applied to programs, Macros can be added and edited as they need be, and the custom lighting can be made to go along with the theme of the PC, or whatever color of the RGB scale you wish to try. It is all there.
Speaking of the lighting, there is something to note here. When in wired mode, the lighting stays on full time, and has a breathing pattern to it. You can swap over to battle mode, and with each click of the mouse, the LEDs will then flash. However, when you are in wireless mode, the only time you see LED lighting is when the mouse is first clicked to awaken it from sleep, or when the DPI level is changed, otherwise the LEDs fade out quickly to save on the battery drain.
We saw the specs chart, and they show it takes up to four hours to charge the mouse, and that is true, as our longest charging session was 3.5 hours. Run time is based on constant usage of fifteen continuous hours. Our last charge has lasted us for days with photo editing, writing and editing, surfing the net, and even a bit of gaming here and there. That in itself is great, and this battery does seem to outlast our Logitech, but one thing is sorely missed on this mouse: a battery level indicator. Of course there is an icon in the software, but at the end of the day, who is going to look in software in the middle of a game to see if they have enough charge for another round, or three? To be honest though, this is the only thing we don't see any rhyme or reasoning to, and it is really the only fault to the entire design. And for that, we say "well done" to Thermaltake, their eSports team, and BMW; they are definitely continuing with the legend here in the Level 10 M Hybrid.
The pricing may have seemed a bit high at first to most that read this review, but now once we see everything we get in goodies, software, and with the comfort and ease of use this Level 10 M Hybrid is offering us, we feel they are justified asking over $100; down to the last penny. All of the design features work as intended to set the camber and ride height for your palm, and the usability of the overall design leaves us very little to complain about. This is another great addition to the Thermaltake eSports lineup, and is a product that is definitely up to snuff when it comes to Level 10 M products. The real question at this point is: Why you are still reading when you should be out shopping for one of your very own?
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