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Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Advanced Gaming Mouse Review

Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Advanced Gaming Mouse Review

Tt eSPORTS' Level 10 M Advanced gaming mouse is the most advanced in the Level 10 M series so far, and also comes with a reasonable asking price.

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Chad Sebring
Published Thu, Jun 16 2016 11:14 AM CDT   |   Updated Thu, Jul 30 2020 4:20 PM CDT
Rating: 97%Manufacturer: Tt eSPORTS

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

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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.

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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.

Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications

Packaging, Accessories, and Documentation

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In the typical black packaging and bold red accent stripe, the Level 10 M Advanced is also shipped. Along with a first look at the new design off to the left, the mentions of RGB illumination, 16,000 DPI, ten programmable buttons, aerodynamic efficiency, and its ergonomic design with a rest plate, are all things that should interest you.

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Opening the front panel exposes the Level 10 M Advanced behind a layer of clear plastic, and we can also see a hex tool comes with it. On the inside of the front panel, Tt eSPORTS points out all of the features and buttons, both above and below the much wider base plate.

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The right side offers the continuation of the red stripe at the top with the company name and logo. Under the image of the mouse that is vertically oriented, we find addresses for the Tt forums, their YouTube channel, the main site address, and a QR code to gain more information on this mouse.

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The stripe at the top of this panel offers the naming again, but the main section gets right to the heart of things. They start by showing the lighting portion of the software, and the tri-zone RGB LED setup. It then moves into the design appointments, covers both the laser and the main switches, and tells us at the bottom that this is a professional gaming mouse.

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The last panel does not offer much, but we do see that the main image is oriented correctly this time and that along the bottom, they show the Level 10 M Advanced in a few colors of the 16.8 million options.

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Inside of the box, we found the Level 10 M Advance securely held in place between two layers of plastic. The lower layer offers most of the structural integrity of the inner packaging, to protect the mouse and keep the box from deforming in transit. It is then the clear layer on top that holds in into place and keeps dust and scratches at bay.

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Under the inner packaging, Tt eSPORTS drops in the manual and warranty information for the two-year term. We also see that, just like in many other instances of opening Tt eSPORTS peripherals, there is a white and a black sticker to put on anything you see fit to tag with it.

Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Advanced Gaming Mouse

Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Gaming Mouse

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At first glance, the left side of this Level 10M may seem very familiar, but we see two significant changes so far. First of all, there is a wing at the bottom that adds width and more stability to this design. We also see that the 5-axis button with the lightning bolt icon is much smaller than its predecessors.

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The heel of the mouse keeps a lot of the original design. The plate at the bottom is nearly as wide at the top section, in which they kept the off-centered stripe that runs the length of the mouse. They have changed the coating, though, this time opting away from smooth, and giving us this textured look.

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The bulbous rear end, the red exposed wiring, and the top edge leading to the front of the mouse is mostly the same as before, even down to the 2D ADJ painted on near the back. Changing things a bit more, this time, we are offered a finger rest that also affords more grip to the right side of the mouse.

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From the front, we see that the nose is blunt, yet offers a curve along the top to fit the hand better. We can also see the rectangular LED on the left click button as one of the LED zones, and we can tell that the scroll wheel is slightly right of center, placed inside of the accent stripe.

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The scroll wheel is rubberized with horseshoe designed grips on it, and the center is clear and is backlit for LED zone two. On top of the right click button, we see the DLI level indicator LEDS, marked one at the top and four at the bottom.

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At the top, as the curve drops off at the heel, there is an adjustment screw. Using the provided tool, counter-clockwise turns on the screw raise the heel of the mouse, and clockwise turns will lower it to the default height.

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If you compare this to the first image from this page, you can easily see that more space has been provided, at the back, between the lower section and the top cover. This will benefit some hand grip styles, where the lowest setting is better with a relaxed grip.

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Under the Level 10 M Advanced, we can see the bulk that the new base adds to the mouse. Four feet deliver an effortless glide to this mouse. The eye is centered in the main body of the mouse, and most notably, the base is plastic, not metal this time.

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The 1.8 meters of cable that is provided has been covered in braided cloth and is kept tidy for traveling with the wire tie strap sporting the battle dragon logo. It terminates in a gold-plated connection, but the end is red and black to spot it easily in the rear I/O, and even comes with a cover to protect it when traveling as well.

Inside the Level 10 M Advanced

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We got further into the Level 10 M Advanced then we ever did before, but still one section stumped us. The top requires many screws to be removed, as well as feet and the stickers, voiding your warranty, but we were able to remove the top to dig into the main section of this mouse.

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The PCB is not easily removed, so we could not verify the maker of the white switches for the page forward and page back buttons. The 5-axis switch uses a flatter pad style switch, and again the name is out of view.

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On the main PCB, we found the laser sensor in charge of all movements and being doubled via software; this 8200 DPI sensor now produces 16,000 DPI. We have seen the Avago ADNS 9800 many times, and only a few times now has it been rated this fast.

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This design also boasts a 32-bit ARM processor in control of everything this mouse does, and how that corresponds to the PC it is connected to. For those who need to know, we found the Sonin SN32F248FG MCU used, and again, we have seen this offered in other high-end mice, and it is quite capable.

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We could not open the front section of the top portion of the mouse, and thus, could not verify the 50-million click version of Omron switches, but they surely feel like Omron switches, no doubt there. So we put everything back together, and once we powered it on, all of the LED zones are illuminated red by default. Keep in mind, all of the LEDs, except those in the DPI indicators, can all be changed via software to any color you can come up with.

Software

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After installing the software and taking a firmware update in the process, this is what you find when opening it. Across the top are five profiles to choose from, where you can configure all settings in this suite. The main section shows the default functions of all the main buttons on the left, and the 5-axis button functions are listed to the right. The far right side then offers other options to select.

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When clicking on one of the buttons in the main menu, you are given this smaller window to work in. The top drop-down menu sets the type of command or allows it to be disabled. The next choice is to use another mouse function there, and they can all be selected here. The lowest option is to add keyboard commands to the mouse if desired. At the bottom, you can click in the Assign box when in keyboard mode.

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Next, we opened the Macro Manager and found it to be everything one would need. Importing, exporting, making them new, and with delay options, the basic Macros are covered. To the right side of the window is an editor, though, and this will allow you to fine tune elaborate Macros, or change them after they are saved.

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There is also a Performance section on the main page, and here you control all the essentials of the sensor. You can turn the sensor off so you can clean it, and there are four preset DPI levels. These can all be set from 100 to 16,000 DPI, and you can separate the X and Y axis. There are also LOD control, angle snapping, polling rate, and response time adjustments that can be made.

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The last page of the software is for lighting control. If you are clicked on the battle dragon logo, you can set brightness, speediness, and sleep mode, where the other two zones do not offer a speed option. All sections provide the LED duration slider at the top for the mode options along the top. With either a click on the middle bar at the bottom, and fine-tuning the choice at the left, or by using an RGB code, you can set all three zones individually.

Tt eSPORTS Dasher 2016 Extended Gaming Mouse Pad

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Tt eSPORTS also sent us this Dasher 2016 gaming mouse pad to try out. Of the three options, we received the extended version, measuring 900mm by 400mm, with a semi-coarse texture on top and a non-slip rubber bottom. There is also a cut out to allow a feel of the pad inside.

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Flipping the box over, we are told this is a professional gaming mouse pad and are also delivered all of the information on how to connect with Tt eSPORTS online.

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Upon attempting to remove the mouse pad from the box, we found there was also a warranty insert added into the box. This helps to explain what is covered in the one-year term that their mouse pads come with.

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The Dasher 2016 Extended Edition is massive. This will cover most desks, and afford users the ability never to run out of room for the mouse, and also have their keyboard sitting on it at the same time.

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The top is textured more than we typically see, and with a mouse with a sensor set as high as the Level 10 M Advanced offers, this pad should provide us accuracy and precision that slicker mouse pads could not deliver.

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In both of the last two images, we see that the edges of the 4mm thick foam mat are sewn shut. This will keep the top cloth from lifting around the edges. We also see that under the pad, the typical chevron pattern is used to give the pad many tiny feet to grab onto the desk.

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As we always do when showing off a mouse pad, we like to add some perspective to its overall size. With the Level 10M Advanced, which is a very large mouse, being dwarfed in this image, you can see just what sort of room you have to play with on this Dasher 2016 Extended Edition gaming mouse pad.

Final Thoughts

The Level 10 M Advanced has shed some of its weight because this design does do away with the thick metal base of the predecessors, but the stability was significantly increased at the same time. Using a relaxed grip most of the time, the heel of the mouse was set to its lowest setting, allowing fingers to reach the buttons better. Our medium sized hands needed every advantage we could get, as this is a large mouse which would suit larger-handed users much better. When it came to switching out grip style, we did end up raising the back end and found it helped quite a bit with orienting your hand in the right location to take the best advantage of what the Level 10 M Advanced has to offer.

We also like that the 5-axis button was reduced in size, as we did not find ourselves accidentally swapping profiles or DPI levels when using the other two buttons on the left side. We also enjoyed the feel of the right side finger rest that has been added in, this time, that along with the new texture offered on the surfaces, gripping, lifting, and all movements felt great in our hands. We also like the aesthetics offered this time, with a more traditional color theme of charcoal gray and black, and with the multi-zone RGB LED lighting; it does spruce up an old idea to a new level.

The sensor and its 16,000 DPI are things you have to work into. We typically use a few different pads with each mouse we test, and using smooth pads did leave us with some difficulty at higher DPI levels. We found our lines to be smoothed out, rather than reading the fine movements, but once we put the Dasher 2016 down, we did find a sweet spot. When creeping up to that maximum DPI, the Dasher was easier for this sensor to read, and our movements felt more accurate and precise. While we do not doubt that many users out there can use this range of DPI and be successful while gaming, but our comfort zone left us moving between 5600 and 7000 DPI most of the time.

Everything about the design is solid, and confirming what we could, we saw nothing but top tier components and workmanship in this design. Once you add in the software, the sky is the limit. Not only are the LED options and modes worth playing around with and admiring, with ten buttons, five profiles, fifty potential commands under one hand, but the accompanying software also offers the utmost in adjustments and control.

Where most will see this design and want it just because of the RGB LED aspect, Thermaltake has done a great job in redesigning what we knew as the Level 10 M mouse. With their latest Level 10 M Advanced, they removed unneeded heft, added stabilization, and better hand support all around. The adjustable heel in conjunction with a slight tilt, delivering a very ergonomic feel, and all of this while still keeping their air pass-through design, left us gaming for ours with no discomfort to speak of. While the Level 10M Advanced is the most feature rich of the bunch, with just minor tweaks to material choices, Tt eSPORTS is also able to offer these at a very affordable price point. At just $69.99, Thermaltake has a great product to offer and is a mouse that we want to find a permanent home for, to replace one of our aging favorites from days gone by.

Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications

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Performance97%
Quality including Design and Build99%
General Features100%
Bundle and Packaging94%
Value for Money95%
Overall97%

The Bottom Line: A great mouse for fair value! Tt eSPORTS could have taken the easy route, but when it came time to design the new Level 10 M Advanced, they came out swinging! Control, stability, lighter weight, and all the bells and whistles anyone will need.

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After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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