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Continuing Trend Of Vented Mice, Thermaltake Intros Ventus Z

Perhaps calling it a “trend” is a bit much, as Thermaltake seems to be the one doing it, but the company announced a second mouse with palm venting, the Ventus Z. (Get it? Vent-us).

The Ventus Z has arguably a cleaner look than the Level 10 M mouse just introduced into the Tt eSports line; the latter has a small vent on the left side of the palm rest, and there are screws visible elsewhere across the top, whereas the Ventus Z has a large vent that spans across most of the palm rest.

It seems that in addition to the funky vent design, Thermaltake had in mind a mouse with extensive programmability. There are ten switches on the Ventus Z, including an extra pair of buttons on the side. (That is, there are two sets of navigational buttons where one would expect only one.) By default, one of the two sets is programmed for Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V.

With 256 KB of onboard storage, the Ventus Z can accommodate up to 5 profiles, and you can toggle through the profiles with the two buttons on top of the mouse. Because all ten buttons are programmable, you can set up to 50 macros. (If you are a person capable of remembering 50 macros in five sets of 10, you have our utmost respect.)

You can program the buttons with the Tt eSports Command Center software, but because they’re stored on the device, you can use the Ventus Z and all your macros on any PC.

For a bit of physical configuration, Thermaltake included three removable 4.5g weights, and there’s RGB lighting (because of course there is) and three lighting zones.

Thermaltake has a penchant for the ostentatious, and although it pulled out all the stops for the Ventus Z, the all-black design with a couple of red accents belies all the features crammed into the mouse. At $60, the Ventus Z sounds like a solid deal on paper.

Thermaltake Ventus Z Gaming Mouse
SensorAvago 9500 laser sensor
ResolutionUp to 11,000 DPI via “Overdrive Mode”
IPS150
Acceleration30g
Polling Rate125, 250, 500, 1,000 Hz
MCUARM-based 32-bit microcontroller with 32KB flash memory
Onboard Storage256 KB (5 gaming profiles)
Buttons10 programmable:-Left and right click-Scroll wheel-Profiles switches (x2)-Forward/back navigation-Extra side buttons (x2)-Sniper button
SwitchesOmron (20 million clicks)
Lighting-RGB, three zones-Static, pulse, spectrum running effects
InterfaceUSB
Cable1.8 m braided
Misc.-Up to 50 onboard macros-Can adjust DPI on the fly-Teflon mouse feet
Dimensions111.0 x 88.5 x 38.89 mm
WeightN/A, three 4.5g removable weights
Software Tt eSports Command Center
Price$59.99

Seth Colaner is the News Director for Tom's Hardware. Follow him on Twitter @SethColaner. Follow us on Facebook, Google+, RSS, Twitter and YouTube.

  • Jeff Fx
    I wonder if these "vents" are just a way to use less plastic. No one should overheat from using a mouse, unless their health is terrible.
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  • Mr5oh
    I wonder if these "vents" are just a way to use less plastic. No one should overheat from using a mouse, unless their health is terrible.

    I'm with you its to use less plastic. If it was to actually cool the hand, wouldn't someone offer one with a fan option? Why not while we are adding ridiculous things to mice in attempt to convince gamers they need a new over priced accessory.
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  • andrewcarp
    I have to say that the "sniper button" looks handy though, and although you may be right about the less plastic gimmick, they didn't overprice it, in my opinion.
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  • ThomasDthe1st
    another
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  • tom10167
    I'd bet the cost of ten of these mice that it's cheaper to not stamp holes in them than it is to do so.
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  • rwinches
    Dead skin, Cheetos crumbs, dust...
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  • awez
    Those vents are fugly :O
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