Tt eSports Black Element Laser Gaming Mouse Review

By on November 24, 2011

Thermaltake’s flagship mouse goes out guns blazing.

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First Impressions
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Thermaltake has been making huge inroads into the eSports industry with their Tt eSports brand in recent months. They have targeted their PC peripherals with other high-end brands such as Razer and SteelSeries, and with good reason too. Their MEKA G-Unit keyboard received a 4 star rating from us, and their Black Element mouse is set out to do the same.

The Black Element is being targeted as a mouse designed with RTS and MMO games in mind, but I can tell you that it performs exceptionally well in FPS games as well. More on that later, though, for now let’s just look at it. Taking some cues from the MEKA G-Unit, the Black Element has some sharp edges incorporated in the overall design, but there are quite a lot of curves that make it look really unique too.

Of all the mice that I have seen over the years, the Razer Naga was the only one that stood out from the standard shape, and that too because of its 12 button keypad on the left side. As far as regular gaming mice are concerned, they all sort of look the same. I guess the Cyborg RAT, Logitech G9x and Roccat Kone [+] stand out a little, but none of them looks nearly as stylish as the Black Element, so kudos to Thermaltake for designing a high-end mouse that looks just as well as it performs.

The Black Element looks like an ambidextrous mouse, but it has three functional keys on the left side, and only one on the right, making it great for regular folks and a tad bit limited for southpaws. Apart from the 9 buttons on the top, there’s a profile button at the bottom which switches between 5 profiles. There’s also a weight system where the user can plug-in 5 metal buttons weighing 4.5 grams each. Finishing off the looks are the transparent panels on either side of the palm rest, the “Tt” logo itself and the transparent scroll wheel. The “Tt” logo is the only part that pulsates; the other areas have a constant glow.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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