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Six Peripherals From Tt eSports, Tested And Reviewed

Tt eSports Theron Infrared: Hands-On Review

Packaging and In The Box

Once the Tt eSports Theron IR’s package, with its flap and large window, is opened, you're presented with some extras in addition to the mouse itself. There’s a driver CD, a short manual, two stickers, and a well-padded fabric bag for storage.

Design and Construction

The Theron Infrared’s body consists of a plastic that feels like hard rubber, allowing sweat to be wiped off easily. The Omron switches are precise, and clicking is a joy due to the mouse’s ergonomics, which are optimized for mid-sized hands. Consequently, this mouse accommodates a wide variety of finger lengths and hand widths. A protruding rim prevents your fingers from sliding off, though it requires a bit of getting used to.

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Again, we're dealing with a fabric-wrapped cable that comes in on the short side at 1.80 m. It could also be a bit more flexible. A permanently-attached tie that holds the cable together for transport is a nice touch.

The mouse wheel doesn’t offer much resistance, but does have steps to it. Its sensitivity can be adjusted via the mouse’s software.

The bottom of the mouse features its infrared sensor and a switch to lock the configuration buttons. You can change the Theron's polling rate with one of them, for example (though this setting is also accessible through bundled software, and really only makes sense to mess with if you're in-game already). Switching profiles with another button is also nice, though that's not a mandatory capability either.

Weight distribution is a mixed bag. The linear positioning of the weights, which are held by a rubber frame, doesn’t leave much room for precise changes to the mouse’s center of gravity, and the absence of different weights isn’t ideal either. The Teflon feet are familiar fare from this category of mouse, and they allow the Theron Infrared to slide over a pad with ease.

Hands-On with the Tt eSports Theron Infrared

The infrared sensor is supposed to be better than the previous-gen laser sensor. A resolution of up to 4000 DPI enables precise movement, though the mouse software's free DPI adjustment isn't something we'd recommend using. When the utility is forced to interpolate because you set some odd fraction of the sensor's native resolution, you never know what you're going to get, regardless of marketing's claim that you can tweak in 100 DPI increments. It's nice to experiment, but some settings suffer from a massive precision loss. At least the option to save multiple profiles cuts down on the amount of tuning you'll need to do between games.

If you do opt to brave the mouse's interpolation, you'll discover that its X and Y axes cannot be configured independently. The infrared sensor does perform well on suboptimal surfaces. And it's also nice that angle snapping is deactivated by default to avoid the overcompensation needed to keep a line in Microsoft Paint straight after your tenth cup of coffee.

We can recommend this mouse to anyone able to live with its 4000 DPI, who values good tracking, wants to be in charge of their movements without automatic angle snapping, and owns a nice large mouse pad. The Theron Infrared’s chassis provides a nice grip, houses an adjustable wheel, sports a ton of additional buttons, and is complemented by a mature configuration software with profile support. Weight adjustment is acceptable at this price point, and the fabric-clad cable loses its initial stiffness after a few days of use. The infrared version of this mouse sells for $60, which is $10 less than the older, laser-based version. 

  • wiinippongamer
    Unnecesarily hideous looking crap
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  • namtrooper
    Aimed at the teenage crowd
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  • FormatC
    Right... ;)
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  • Metalrenok
    Wouldn't even bother to buy these :s
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  • Divyanshu Sah
    Truly nice products . Worth the purchase .
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  • therogerwilco
    The colors are no good. The hardware looks like all the other hardware available.
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  • g-unit1111
    No Level 10 products? I have the Level 10 Mouse and it's one of the best I've ever used.
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  • Yuka
    Lackluster features... Specially the headphones. Why invest in LEDs instead of using better speakers?!

    Makes no friggin' sense to me. Who is calling the shots for the quality and features of these pieces of crap?

    Cheers!
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  • FormatC
    No Level 10 products? I have the Level 10 Mouse and it's one of the best I've ever used.

    I've tested it long times ago and I'm using both by myself :)

    Level 10 Mouse:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/level-10-m-mouse-review,3298.html

    Level 10 Headset:
    http://www.tomshardware.de/thermaltake-level-10m-headset-bmw-design-usa-review,testberichte-241398.html
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  • Zorgon
    "Even before we question Tt eSports' color choice, the decision to use it on the F-keys, Enter, Shift, Alt, and Ctrl over WASD is perplexing."

    Perhaps you should do some research on who the target market is for this keyboard. I didn't see a single mention of the Prime *TEAM* anywhere in your review of the G1, rather you just kept calling it "The Prime". I mean, it even shows them on the box.
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