Author: Greg Baden
The included software for the Black Element is similar to that of other Tt eSPORTS products. The software allows you store up to five profiles on your mouse. Each profile can easily be swapped on the program or on the mouse itself. You have the ability to change each mouse button to a set of standard actions: macro key, click, button off, right button, double click, backward, forward, scroll button, launch, sensitivity up, sensitivity down, cut, paste, undo, all, find, new, print and save. Each button is labeled nicely in the software so you know exactly what button/function you’ll be changing. Towards the bottom of the screen is an image of a gear. Clicking this will bring up the performance adjust menu which allows you to adjust each of the DPI levels on the mouse. It’s definitely one of the most detailed adjustment screens I’ve seen before.
Some of the other buttons in the software include saving/loading to/from a computer, configuring your macro key(s). Additionally there is an LED button, which will bring up a new menu allowing you to adjust the colors of the mouse from red, light blue, blue, green or pink. You also have the ability to turn on/off the scroll wheel, light pipes (on the sides), or the Tt logo. Here’s how they look:
Switching to a new mouse can sometimes take some time, but I found my adjustments to the Black Element to be very quick. It’s very form fitting to your hand in all aspects, not just the top, but the sides as well. I didn’t feel it was necessary to adjust the weights of the mouse, as I like a heavier mouse, but it was nice knowing the option was available to me.
While this mouse is designed for MMORPG and RTS gamers, I found the mouse to work very well for FPS games. Since I don’t own any of the games it was designed for, I couldn’t really test it for those.
The default settings on the mouse were the slowest setting, I had to quickly adjust my setting. The defaults range from 800 DPI, 1600 DPI, 3200 DPI, and finally 6500 DPI; I found 3200 DPI to be perfect for my liking. I tried using 6500 DPI for a while, but it was VERY fast. It was hard to keep up in a normal operating system environment, but was a little easier to handle while gaming. I can see how the 6500DPI would be beneficial for RTS games, especially for how fast-paced they can get.
What I found to be a nice additional feature of the mouse were the on-screen visuals that pop-up when you use some of the mouse buttons. For instance, changing the DPI using the DPI buttons will show up on the screen, even showing you the DPI and the level you’re at. Other buttons I’ve found to show up on screen were the forward/back buttons.