Unfortunately, there is no perfect product, and as stylish the design of the mouse is and how much polish it has, the same cannot be said of the software required to fully take advantage of it. The firmware updater felt like it was still an alpha developer’s build, replete with Chinese text and poor English. The software suite itself feels clunky and dated. Thankfully, it provides most of the functionality one would want, though it is not as obvious to use as it could be.
Choosing the lighting is rather straightforward, but the light is always pulsing, and as far as we can tell, there is no way to keep it on. There is an option on each profile to switch from ‘Normal’ to ‘Battle’ mode, upon which the software informs you will cause the illumination effects to change based upon clicking frequency, providing no further detail. We found that the light continues to pulse as normal until you begin clicking repeatedly, causing the light to solidly stay on, though it begins changing color at will, and going into the color settings in order to change them proves ineffective, as apparently light settings changed in ‘Battle’ mode are not persistent.
There is apparently only one way to change profiles, which is by depressing the analog stick button, and cannot be assigned to any other button, nor can it be disabled, something we found to be mildly annoying. To assign any function to a button or to disable one, the user must be in the profile they want to affect, and then click on the specific button in order to reassign it with one of the options on the right side: T Key, Single Key, Default, Launch Program, Air Through, 3D Axis Movement. However, users will soon discover that only the first four options are legitimate, and clicking on ‘Air Through’ or ‘3D Axis Movement’ will just pop open a short Thermaltake video that briefly explains that feature (‘Air Through’ refers to their air vents on the mouse, and ‘3D Axis Movement’ refers to the adjustability of the mouse height and tilt). We are unsure why those would be put in the same place as the function assignments, as they only serve to confuse the user.
Changing the DPI on the mouse is relatively simple though momentarily confusing, it requires the user to click on the ‘Performance’ tab, and the user can choose one of the four preset DPI settings on the top right of the screen, or manually type in the DPI number they want to use on the bottom left side of the screen, a disconnect that makes it initially confusing.
The sole redeeming feature of the software is the macro creator, which does allow for moderately easy recording and editing of macro functions, allowing the user to use clicks, keypresses, a variety of functions, and assign delays as necessary.
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