ThermalTake’s Tt eSports range of keyboards and mice has really started to impress us recently. The case-maker may have come out of the gaming peripheral gate a little slow, but it’s made up a lot of distance on the competition this year, with great keyboards like the Meka G-Unit and mice such as the Element Black. Now, ThermalTake’s drilling down into genre-focused mice, with its first mouse designed with high-end RTS gamers in mind, designed by Starcraft 2 super star Softball (is it bad that we’ve not heard of him?).
The Tt eSports Theron is a slick piece of kit right out of the box. As usual, Tt’s thrown in a handy carry bag, a nice nod to the fact that top players will likely be pwning on the road, and the mouse itself is subtly asymmetrical and very attractive. We say subtle, because while it’s clearly made with a right-handed gamer in mind, it would not be out of the question for a lefty to pick up. It’s certainly not uncomfortable, and while some of the keys might out of place, it’s more than useable. In the right-hand, however, it sits wonderfully, with full contact across the palm, if that’s your thing, and just as good if you’re a side-gripper – like me. The rubber coating makes slippage unlikely, and just generally feels all nice and slinky. What?!
Sadly, RTS gaming isn’t really our thing, so we didn’t get quite as much out of the click-frequency sensitive lighting. It works, but when you suck at competitive Starcraft as much as me, you’re not going to see that lighting change much – except when you lose and the clicks stop entirely! But being able to set up up to 45 macros across five different profiles is pretty sweet, and certainly makes for more control while gaming, and the Theron’s onboard memory means once they’re all set via the intuitive Theron GUI, it’s ready to go anywhere. What really impresses us, though, is the mouse is still very good for both day-to-day use, and for other gaming genres. BF3 played wonderfully via the Theron, and we felt no loss of control or precision, and its slidey feet make for smooth movements on any surface.
This is another great addition to the eSports range. It’s very comfortable, fully featured, and quite a reasonable price. It’d be a good for any gamer, really, but for RTS fans it’s almost a cut above any other mouse you could look at.