Value and Conclusion
Overall, we found the Level 10 M to be exceptionally well built and designed from a hardware standpoint. The ergonomics can be adjusted to the user, and the feel and responsiveness is wonderful, though the button placement may not be for everyone. The futuristic, skeletonized aesthetic looks exceptional, and the choice of building components makes it extremely durable and solid, conveying a sense of pure quality. However, as mentioned above, the same cannot be said of the software that supports it. It feels dated, tacky, and confusing.
The mouse has an MSRP of $99.99, putting it near the top pricing tier for gaming mice. Whether that price tag is worth it is highly dependent on the needs of the user. If the user can overlook the software shortcomings and simply wants a mouse built with exceptional quality with an impressive design, then the Level 10 M is definitely worth it. To others, it may be more economical to check out some cheaper mice with similar features such as the Roccat Kone XTD or Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Advance II. Others yet may want to hold out for the possibility that Thermaltake will seriously upgrade the software to make it more capable and user friendly, at which point the Level 10 M would be worth every penny. In conclusion, we commend Thermaltake and BMW DesignworksUSA on the Level 10 M, but we wish they had spent just as much time and effort on the software as they did on the hardware.
After some deliberation, we have decided to award the Thermaltake Tt eSports Level 10 M gaming mouse with the Prosumer/Enthusiast Innovation Award
for its unique and stylish design as well as their choice to craft the mouse almost entirely out of aluminum. Due to the shortcomings of the software, we felt it did not warrant an Editor's Choice Award, but we sincerely hope that Thermaltake continues to update the software to the point that it matches or exceeds the hardware in design and functionality.
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