Tt eSports Level 10 M Mouse Review: A BMW For Your Hands

Cooling Performance: Useful Or A Gimmick?

The Level 10 M has a very open design. Even the mouse's aluminum top has holes in it. In concept, this is supposed to keep your hands sweat-free. Of course, that was something we wanted to test out for ourselves.

We used a conventional mouse with a plastic top for comparison. We washed our hands with a neutral soap before each gaming session in a 22-degree Celsius room. Measurements were taken with an infrared thermometer.

The Tt eSports Level 10 M feels cooler to the touch than a well-known competitor's flagship, especially at the beginning of our 35-minute sessions. And we did find less sweat on it after more than half an hour of uninterrupted contact between our hand and the mouse. Yes, there was still some sweat, but the aluminum body effectively took body heat and dissipated it out into the environment.

As shown in the photo, the openings in the top of the mouse are situated in such a way that they're not completely covered by your hand. Air is able to get to the bottom of your hand, which helps keep it drier than it would have been otherwise.

When it's all said and done, the battle still leaves its mark on the Level 10 M, which isn't able to alleviate sweating completely. But we've only talked about our subjective observations so far; let's have a look at some real numbers, too.

The following diagram shows why we settled on 35-minute sessions for testing. Temperatures don’t really change any more after this period of time. The aluminum surface of Thermaltake's Tt eSports Level 10 M warms up more quickly in the beginning. We see that this material conducts heat well, which is why it was chosen.

After about 30 minutes, the measured thermal reading reaches and stays about two degrees Celsius lower than the hand's temperature. At that same point, the plastic mouse top feels like a second skin, its temperature pretty much the same as the hand.

The numbers tell us why the mouse is able to keep the hand cooler and less sweaty. The difference certainly isn't a sensational breakthrough in mouse technology, but it’s still noticeable.

There are two ingredients flavoring Thermaltake's secret sauce. First, encouraging a claw and fingertip grip positions the hand in such a way that it doesn't completely blanket the mouse. Second, holes in the top of the mouse are positioned right under the arch created by the way the mouse is held. The material underneath absorbs the warmth of the hand and transfers it to the rest of the frame, where it can dissipate. Both factors together have a noticeable impact. This mouse does keep your hand cooler than more conventional mice, even if its looks don't appeal to everyone.

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    At about $100

    Thanks, but it's kinda expensive...
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  • "The Tt eSports Level 10 M feels cooler to the touch than a well-known competitor's flagship".

    Dangit, which mouse is this? The picture shows too little of it for me to tell!
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  • Quote:
    At about $100

    Thanks, but it's kinda expensive...
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  • lahawzel"The picture shows too little of it for me to tell!
    Razer??
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  • i guess someoen got a good deal on his new BMW after this article....
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  • olaf said:
    i guess someoen got a good deal on his new BMW after this article....
    Wrong, I'm an Audi-Driver :D
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  • FormatC said:
    Wrong, I'm an Audi-Driver :D


    Hah there may be hope for you yet :)
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  • No chance. I had 2 BMWs, never again ;)
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  • For the hand-temperature test, was the competitor's mouse also used with fingertip/claw grip?

    I ask because I use fingertip grip myself, and I am inclined to think that simply keeping the bulk of your hand off the mouse does a lot to reduce sweating. In fact, the only places that get sweaty are where the fingertips go, just like in the picture of the Level 10 M!
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    it’s designed to be used with a combination of a claw and a fingertip grip.

    It was measured the same place (on both mices) where the palm rested really. Take a look at the first and second photo (sweat traces). The second mouse was touched in the same way (I hate the complete palm-grip) :)
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  • Way too many gizmos for me; how do you hold onto it without pressing a button? Does anyone make an ergonomic, durable mouse with adjustable DPI and less than 6 buttons? I have a Logitech G500 with a primary button that wore out after one year, and I had to disable the thumb buttons because they just get in the way. Spent $60, and feel like a fool, since the cheapo OEM Logitech mice last longer. But I need high DPI for my wrist.
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  • So, now we need to worry about our mice overheating?

    /sarcasm
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  • I'd like to see some comparison on thermal performance between this Level 10M mouse and TT Black Element Cyclone. One of them use passive thermal solution in form of holes while the other use active spinning fan. Also, operating noise benchmark would be nice.
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  • not enough side buttons to replace my razer for MMOs (or most other games i play). but i can attest to Thermaltake's build quality. currently using their Meka G1 mechanical keyboard after trying the razer and corsair and sending them back.
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  • and for the record corsair's K60 keyboard also had great build quality. but i felt the cherry black switches on the Meka G1 were better for gaming.
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  • @boletus:
    You can disable every button separately if you dislike the switch :)
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  • is it ambidextrous or not?
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  • Yes, it is.
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  • You could have called a 6 pointed screwdriver what it is...A Torx.
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  • tuluiYou could have called a 6 pointed screwdriver what it is...A Torx.


    Or actually a hex driver, which it appears to be.
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  • tului said:
    You could have called a 6 pointed screwdriver what it is...A Torx.


    Typical translation error - but it insn't a Torx :D


    This is a so-called Inbus design, not Torx (left: Inbus, right: Torx)
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