Thermaltake unveils BMW-designed Level 10 M
March 12, 2012 | 10:54
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.