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Thermaltake unveils BMW-designed Level 10 M

Thermaltake unveils BMW-designed Level 10 M

Thermaltake's Level 10 M, designed in partnership with BMW's DesignworksUSA, is certainly eye-catching.

Thermaltake has unveiled a new gaming mouse, developed in partnership with BMW subsidiary DesignworksUSA: the Level 10 M.

It's clear to see the influence of a company more used to designing cars, vans and bikes on the peripheral. A solid aluminium base provides a smooth gliding surface with impressive heft, while a vehicle-inspired ventilation system creates a hollow structure for passive ventilation of the hand during use.

Thermaltake has also brought plenty of its own technology to the table, building a mouse divided into top and bottom halves. The result, the company claims, is a system whereby height and angle can be adjusted to a far greater level than previously possible to suit as many hands as possible.

The Level 10 M includes two traditional buttons on the top surface along with an illuminated scroll wheel doubling as a third button, while an additional five keys appear on the side. Thermaltake's software allows for full configuration of eleven of these buttons, with a twelfth 'Z' button providing in-game switching between five stored profiles.

The sensor in the Level 10 M boasts a 8,200 DPI resolution selectable from its maximum down through 5,000, 3,200, 1,600 and 800 DPI steps. A read-out on the top of the mouse provides feedback for its current resolution without having to exit a game to run any software from the desktop.

Three colours have been confirmed for launch: Diamond Black, Iron White and Military Green. Each differs only in its external appearance, and all will be on sale simultaneously.

Currently, Thermaltake is keeping quiet on UK pricing for its peripheral. Given BMW's involvement, albeit at one remove, we can expect this device to sit firmly at the higher end of the market when it launches later in the spring.

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Lance 12th March 2012, 11:58 Quote
This actually looks really cool.

The side profile looks great.

I really want one of these.
suragh 12th March 2012, 12:12 Quote
Looks decent
azrael- 12th March 2012, 12:28 Quote
Reminds me a bit of that R.A.T. mouse thingy...
Lance 12th March 2012, 12:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by azrael-
Reminds me a bit of that R.A.T. mouse thingy...

Yeah I was thinking that aswell.

I do really like the RAT mouse, especially the white one.
Jack_Pepsi 12th March 2012, 12:59 Quote
Far too much time on these companies hands.
Guinevere 12th March 2012, 14:19 Quote
Oh dear. Form over function anyone? Lighting adjustable with 7 modes over 4 different zones!

That's why I can't play FPS professionally! My Steelseries Ikari doesn't have a hex grid of holes, some printed gradients to demonstrate how the mouse can be angled 5 degrees and four frickin' zones of lighting!
M_D_K 12th March 2012, 14:33 Quote
Wont this just bring more ******** to gaming (as its designed by BMW :P).
Floyd 12th March 2012, 14:37 Quote
Looks like it would break in no time to me.
Ill stick to my tried and true G9X for gaming...
misterd77 12th March 2012, 16:45 Quote
proud owner of a genius x scroll, £3.99 on amazon, its got a red laser thingy and two buttons, and a nice rubber scrollwheel....its killed 3,500 tanks on WoT, completed Crysis 2 and Mass Effect1/2, very experienced, open to offers...
fdbh96 12th March 2012, 17:21 Quote
While looking very cool, they don't really look that comfy which really makes the mouse a bit pointless.

I did say the same about the R.A.T. mice and people have said they're great
GeorgeStorm 12th March 2012, 17:26 Quote
For me, mouse has to be comfy, needs two main buttons, scroll wheel, ideally 2 side buttons.

'bout it really, personally not a fan of this.
The_Beast 12th March 2012, 17:36 Quote
Meh, I still like the look of most Logitech mice over these fancy transformer lookalike mice
PingCrosby 12th March 2012, 17:50 Quote
Look good them.
sixfootsideburns 12th March 2012, 17:55 Quote
man... talk about ugly.
kingred 12th March 2012, 19:14 Quote
I'll stick to my rat 7 thanks.
Sloth 12th March 2012, 19:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by fdbh96
While looking very cool, they don't really look that comfy which really makes the mouse a bit pointless.

I did say the same about the R.A.T. mice and people have said they're great
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Originally Posted by kingred
I'll stick to my rat 7 thanks.
As another RAT owner I'm skeptical of this mouse. I question the ergonomics of it. The thumb side in particular looks like a cluster. From my understanding of the article those are three side buttons? They all look awkwardly low set, and the silver one set too far back. The two main buttons I also question, not a fan of the buttons sloping off to the sides. It looks cheap and provides little support for your fingers. The only thing that really catches my eye is the aluminum frame. I've really come to love the heft and feel of such a design.
Picarro 12th March 2012, 20:56 Quote
The next thing is gonna be the new "Philips Ambilight Mouse" - now with added LED's to reflect whatevers on your screen -.-'
Grimloon 12th March 2012, 21:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article
The Level 10 M includes two traditional buttons on the top surface along with an illuminated scroll wheel doubling as a third button, while an additional five keys appear on the side. Thermaltake's software allows for full configuration of eleven of these buttons, with a twelfth 'Z' button providing in-game switching between five stored profiles

2 + 1 + 5 = 11 + 1 = 12 Huh? Have they managed to fundamentally alter the laws of mathematics? :?

The jumps in DPI settings also seem a touch odd, there don't appear to be enough of them unless you can rejig them in the software. Reckon I'll stick with the Imperator for now.
russ555 12th March 2012, 22:15 Quote
Sounds interesting but since it involves BMW it will more than likely make you an inconsiderate ****
Landy_Ed 12th March 2012, 22:26 Quote
LOL@Russ, though I think you're being a bit unfair - all those inconsiderate ****s that used to drive BMW are now either in Audis or Nissan Qashqais
The_Crapman 12th March 2012, 22:49 Quote
I'm shocked some people think they look good. I didn't want to judge too harshly from just the one pic, but hate them even more now i've looked at it from some different angles. They look cheap, uncomfortable and soooooooooo fugly.
Is that meant to be a fascimile of a towbar at the front? For "a vehicle-inspired ventilation system", read "homer simpson style speed holes'. Be they're unconfortable too. If they wanted to do something about sweaty palms, they could have given it an alcantara covering.
Thermaltake already make the worst looking cases around with looks that scream 'trying too hard'. now they want to dominate the 'retard with too much money' segment of the mouse market too. Everyone in their design office needs "Simplicity is Beauty" tattoo'd on their retinas.
Neogumbercules 12th March 2012, 23:26 Quote
I've yet to find a mouse that is a worthwhile upgrade over my tried and true Razer Diamondback.
nepenthes 12th March 2012, 23:45 Quote
I think it looks nice. But then again, I thought Razer's tron mice looked pretty cool too.
The_Crapman 13th March 2012, 00:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Neogumbercules
I've yet to find a mouse that is a worthwhile upgrade over my tried and true Razer Diamondback.

I'm sporting a logitech g5. Very comfortable and great adjustability. Not the prettiest no, but not ugly.
thehippoz 13th March 2012, 07:13 Quote
have to say.. they look good =] like the buttons

have a g5 crap.. pretty good mouse too- a lot of gamers like the naga for all the buttons on the side
urobulos 13th March 2012, 08:23 Quote
Can't make a reliable judgement on peripherals without holding them in hand really, but on pictures alone these are awful. Actually that makes them go very well with that monstrosity of a case.
The_Crapman 13th March 2012, 13:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by thehippoz
have to say.. they look good =] like the buttons

have a g5 crap.. pretty good mouse too- a lot of gamers like the naga for all the buttons on the side

I can see their use in mmo's, but I'm an fps guy so 2 side buttons is plenty. I only use the rear one!
Tyinsar 13th March 2012, 16:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article
... a system whereby height and angle can be adjusted to a far greater level than previously possible to suit as many hands as possible.
But right hands only :( :(
Whindog 14th March 2012, 00:53 Quote
8200dpi.....overkill much.

I use the most sensitive setting on my deathadder at 6500dpi....and nobody else can use it as its "too sensitive" they say.

I cant fathum any need for 8200dpi on a mouse. Seems more like marketing gobbledygoob than an actual feature.

Pretty sweet looking mouse tho. ld never have one myself, but i can see the appeal.
Star*Dagger 14th March 2012, 03:20 Quote
I'm getting 10 of these, 2 to use 8 to sell when they are worth more, its BMW!!
Jasio 14th March 2012, 09:35 Quote
Cool mouse, could be worth buying if the price is reasonable. But knowing Thermaltake and the BMW branding this will be more than $100 - and I'm finding it very hard to find a good reason to replace my Logitech G5 which has served me without fail for so many years and still looks great.
Eldorado 15th March 2012, 21:32 Quote
Good as it look's, I'll stick to my £5.99 Trust gxt14, the most comfortable mouse (for my hobbit hand's) I have ever used.
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