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Exotic Looks, Good Ergonomics, And Nice Build Quality

Tt eSports Level 10 M Mouse Review: A BMW For Your Hands
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After spending quality time with the Tt eSports Level 10 M, we found it to be a lot more practical than we thought it'd be. We were dubious when we got a good look at its eccentric shape, but we still think the mouse is cool, and our doubts about its usability are gone. A lot of people will look at the Level 10 M’s design with envy (Ed.: Igor, here in the U.S. we call those people haters). But beyond its striking aesthetics, you end up with good ergonomics, software loaded with the options you need to customize your mousing experience, and materials of high-enough quality to keep you happy with your investment for a long time.

If you're looking for a mouse you can grip with your palm, keep looking. Thermaltake's Tt eSports Level 10 M is intended to be moved by fingers on each of its sides, and it doesn't need much vertical pressure. Other mice, from Thermaltake or other vendors, are better for those accustomed to a palm grip.

The Level 10 M manages to reduce sweating somewhat through a combination of design, claw and fingertip grip, and materials. But take this with a grain of salt. You'll still probably sweat over long periods of time. Our measurements do show that there's something to Thermaltake's claims, though.

A sensor with a maximum sensitivity of 8200 DPI is impressive, even if, practically speaking, it isn't necessary.

Gamers used to lightweight mice that move with very little effort might not like the fact that this solution weighs 185 grams. It's somewhat similar to a wireless mouse with a battery. But the slight heft is welcome, in our opinion.

The bundled software includes all of the features we'd expect, and it runs stably in version 1.0. Thermaltake could have left out the advertisement videos, since anyone with the utility installed already owns the mouse. That effort could have gone into providing a better experience in languages other than English.

Purchase Recommendation

If you like exotic hardware sporting a cool design that just so happens to be surprisingly usable in day-to-day operation, then this might be the mouse for you.

Others’ envy is included in the price. At about $100, you aren’t likely to see many peers with this mouse. In spite of its high price, though, we chose to give Thermaltake's Tt eSports Level 10 M a purchase recommendation. We haven’t seen any competition sporting such an interesting design. But more important, particularly for a mouse, is that the Level 10 M is comfortable to use over long periods of time. The combination of good looks and practicality make this a good buy for anyone with deep-enough pockets.

Some will love this mouse and some will hate it, but everybody will take a second look. And that alone is worth something.

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    amuffin , October 1, 2012 4:27 AM
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    At about $100

    Thanks, but it's kinda expensive...
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    lahawzel , October 1, 2012 4:26 AM
    "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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    amuffin , October 1, 2012 4:27 AM
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    At about $100

    Thanks, but it's kinda expensive...
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    ricardok , October 1, 2012 4:45 AM
    lahawzel"The picture shows too little of it for me to tell!
    Razer??
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    olaf , October 1, 2012 4:53 AM
    i guess someoen got a good deal on his new BMW after this article....
  • 9 Hide
    FormatC , October 1, 2012 4:59 AM
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    i guess someoen got a good deal on his new BMW after this article....
    Wrong, I'm an Audi-Driver :D 
  • 5 Hide
    olaf , October 1, 2012 5:32 AM
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    Wrong, I'm an Audi-Driver :D 


    Hah there may be hope for you yet :) 
  • 0 Hide
    FormatC , October 1, 2012 5:47 AM
    No chance. I had 2 BMWs, never again ;) 
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    designasaurus , October 1, 2012 5:53 AM
    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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    FormatC , October 1, 2012 6:05 AM
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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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    boletus , October 1, 2012 6:29 AM
    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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    echondo , October 1, 2012 6:34 AM
    So, now we need to worry about our mice overheating?

    /sarcasm
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    sixdegree , October 1, 2012 6:47 AM
    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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    ryedizzel , October 1, 2012 8:07 AM
    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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    ryedizzel , October 1, 2012 8:09 AM
    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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    FormatC , October 1, 2012 9:19 AM
    @boletus:
    You can disable every button separately if you dislike the switch :) 
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    Jax69 , October 1, 2012 9:27 AM
    is it ambidextrous or not?
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    FormatC , October 1, 2012 9:34 AM
    Yes, it is.
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    tului , October 1, 2012 9:35 AM
    You could have called a 6 pointed screwdriver what it is...A Torx.
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    tului , October 1, 2012 9:40 AM
    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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    FormatC , October 1, 2012 9:51 AM
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    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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