Author: Nik Parenti
A Closer Look
One the Level 10 M Gaming Mouse is laid out on the table you can get an immediate idea of all the design elements that went into making this work of art. The Level 10 M is unlike any mouse I’ve seen before. In overall size it’s much larger than the majority of mice that we see at ThinkComputers but for a person with bigger hands I don’t see a down side to that.
On the top of the mouse you’ll see a small Allen screw. This screw is used as a vertical adjustment for the back of the mouse. This is the first time I’ve ever seen the availability to make such an adjustment for a major part of the mouse. The R.A.T. Series mice from Madcatz have the ability to change several things in association to the sides of the mice but I’m pretty sure you can’t adjust the height of the rear of the mouse. On the left side of the mouse towards the bottom chassis plate you’ll find another screw. This screw is used to adjust the left and right pitch of the mouse. The is unique in the idea if you had the intention to use this mouse left handed you could “roll” the mouse more towards the left side to give it a more natural feel.
The front of the mouse has one of the nicest features I’ve seen in a long time when it comes to design. Not only does the mouse have a built in strain relief but it also includes an aluminum extension that’s part of the chassis to relieve stress on the cable.
Toward the middle of the mouse you can start to see where some of the major design elements came into play with the Level 10 M. The vent under where the left most part of your hand is designed as a vent to avoid sweaty palms. The openness of the mouse allows this vent to be fully functional and allows light from an LED placed below to shine through.
The left and right sides of the mouse are fundamentally the same with the exception of a few things. Both sides have 2 buttons, one large and one small. The left side of the mouse has an additional button where your thumb would normally lay that’s used by default as a DPI selector. I’m not sure how smart this was to place the DPI selector so close to where your thumb would normally rest but with the software you can change the functionality of the button. With a forwards or backwards motion your DPI changes. With a full suppression the programmed profile changes. And with the availability to program 2 more functions (up and down) the silver button of the left side of the mouse has some serious customization to it.
From the bottom you can see how solid this mouse is. One continuous piece of solid aluminum makes up the chassis for the Level 10 M Gaming Mouse. I gave the Corsair K60 extremely high marks for the same thing and Tt eSPORTS left no stone unturned when it came to the construction of the Level 10 M. The side pads on the bottom are rather small for a mouse this size but the last time I burned through a set of slide pads I was playing games on a desk with no mouse-pad.
The sensor on the bottom is labeled ‘Laser M8 Turbine’ and I don’t know what that means technically but it does function as a super precise 8200 DPI monster.
The cable for the Level 10 M is just another testament to the sound construction we’ve found all over the mouse. The cable is a good length, nothing too long, nothing to short and it comes tightly braided. The USB connector on the end has a plastic cap that’s attached to the cable. This is nice to have if you do plan on taking this mouse anywhere. Also the USB connector on the end also has a built in strain relief beyond the stand type we see on every connector. The connector is also of a normal size. This allows no inference when plugging the cable in. Nothing angers me more when I plug in an oversized USB connector and it eliminates the plug next to it because of how big it is.