Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Roughly four years ago, we were introduced to the first collaboration between Thermaltake and BMW in peripheral designs when they introduced the Level 10 M gaming mice. A lot has changed since then, however, and we thought that when we got our hands-on the second iteration of that idea, when they released the Level 10 M Hybrid, that maybe the Tt eSPORTS crew had hit the pinnacle of design, as not much had changed between the two designs. The major design move in that take on the original was that it was offered wired or wireless but done in the same device, as to take advantage of both world's at once. One thing we are sure of, though, is that while they were expensive to obtain, they were products we enjoyed using.
With what we have in hand now, we realized that Tt eSPORTS seem to have just been getting started. While they could have just painted this with a new color option, changed a couple of minor things, and released it under a slightly different name, the Thermaltake eSPORTS team did much, much more than that. For those of you who have seen, or had the pleasure in using any of the Level 10M mice, even at first glance it is easy to see something new is afoot here. With updates to the components, a slightly redefined design and aesthetic appeal this time, and along with the software suite, Tt eSPORTS has taken the looks, the feel, and this mouse's capabilities and brought it into a more advanced state.
That explains the naming behind the newest of these designs, the Level 10 M Advanced gaming mouse. Keeping most of the appeal to the original designs to keep things familiar, while still offering more as far as performance, stability, and customizability, where most companies would be happy with a simple refresh, Tt eSPORTS has an entirely different approach. That being said, we should get right to the specifications and features and see what makes the Level 10 M Advanced gaming mouse worth your attention.
From the chart that Tt eSPORTS provided, we see that the Level 10 M Advanced mouse comes in only one color option at this time, and this black mouse is ergonomically designed for right-hand use, but we do not recommend it for left handed gamers. It is 130.37mm long, 87.35mm wide, and stands 40.53mm in height, and in those confines, we find two side buttons plus a 5-axis button behind them, aerodynamic flow through ventilation, a DPI indication, an LED Dragon logo, everything that made previous Level 10M mice a success.
The number of buttons is now ten, and with five programmable profiles, you are given potentially fifty commands under one hand. Another feature that goes along with all of this control is that there is 256KB of onboard memory, to store all of these various settings. We also see in this chart, that the mouse ships with a 1.8-meter cable terminating in a gold plated USB 2.0 connection, the Omron switches used are rated for 50 million clicks, and that they followed the current market and offered this version with RGB LED zones.
Thermaltake also covers the sensor and what it is capable of. In this section, we see they have chosen to use the Avago ADNS 9800 sensor, but via software, they are delivering 16,000 DPI in this mouse. This is, of course, a laser sensor, and it can be adjusted in 100DPI segments. Tt eSPORTS keeps the settings civilized at 400, 800, 1600, and 3200 DPI as the default settings for the four levels the Level 10 M Advanced can cycle through. This sensor will track movements as fast as 150 inches per second, at an astounding fifty G's of acceleration too. Of course, just as most gaming mice offer today, this sensor also affords users an adjustable polling rate, down to 1ms, as to not miss a single click or even the slightest twitch of the wrist.
The biggest downer for most users out there who had plans to grab either the original Level 10 M or the Level 10 M Hybrid, upon release, we were asked to dig deep in our pockets. Both designs came out demanding at or slightly above $100, but this is one thing that did not carry on from the previous models. We are happy to tell you that Tt eSPORTS has set the MSRP at $69.99, and at Amazon, the one location we did find it, they are sticking to the MSRP. While still at the higher-end of gaming mouse pricing, Tt eSPORTS does offer quite a bit more in their latest take on the Level 10 M. We feel that they are justified in asking near $70 for a peripheral as well designed and feature rich as what they are delivering in their Level 10 M Advanced gaming mouse.
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