BMW-designed Level 10 M gaming mouse launches for $99

By on September 3, 2012, 12:00 PM

First unveiled at the beginning of 2012, the rather unique looking Level 10 Mouse developed in conjunction by Thermaltake and BMW Group subsidiary DesignworksUSA is now finally hitting store shelves.

The Level 10 M mouse features a hollowed-out body that immediately makes it stand out from the current crop of gaming mice. You can adjust its height and angle by turning a screw on the top side of the mouse, changing how the Level 10 M fits under the palm of your hand, while an array of hexagonal cutouts on its surface facilitates better airflow for those sweaty gaming sessions and adds some extra flair to its design.

Besides the regular left and right mouse click buttons and the scroll wheel on top, there are five additional keys to the sides (A, B, C, D, and Z). Each of them is programmable via the included software and four side keys can perform a secondary function when holding down the Z key -- for a total of 11 programmable commands.

During gaming mode this Z key can switch between up to five different profiles, stored in the included 128KB of on board memory, and there’s also a function lock mechanism to prevent accidental key presses. The default DPI settings are setting to 800, 1600, 3200 and 5000 DPI, but the mouse can go all the way up to 8200 DPI. In addition, the Level 10 M can be configured with a choice of seven different lighting-effect colors.

According to a BMW Group press release, the mouse has been available both online and at brick-and-mortar stores in the US, Europe, and Asia since August 27th for a recommended price of "around 99 US Dollar." It hasn't shown up on Amazon or Newegg just yet, but we can probably expect that to change soon.




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1 person liked this | Guest said:

Just dropped 85 bucks for a naga 2012, love it. sorry but this doesn't look very comfortable,

+ it doesn't have the number grid like the naga

Guest said:

So many mice to "choose" from, but really the only option is an MX518 or G400. :p

ETF Soldier ETF Soldier said:

The BMW stamp adds about $40

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Just dropped 85 bucks for a naga 2012, love it. sorry but this doesn't look very comfortable,

+ it doesn't have the number grid like the naga

Agreed, I have the Naga too and it is absolutely brilliant piece of peripheral. Only downside is that the little clickers inside the mouse (well at least the left one) worn out after a year or so. Modded the mouse and its not heavier due to stainless steel modification :P

ramonsterns said:

What is that, some sort of honeycomb cut out?

Do these designers never use mice? All that's gonna do is build up gunk and its going to look ******* terrible.

Lurker101 said:

I'll agree, these mice just look horrible. Car designers just seem willing to prove time and time again that they have no clue outside the automotive industry, and sometimes, even within. Ergonomically, I'd rather use a house brick with a teflon coated base than one of those goofy looking things.

1 person liked this | fimbles fimbles said:

No one intrested in the logitech G600?

I have only heard good things about it. Was considering buying one.

Ranger1st Ranger1st said:

My CM Storm is looking more and more outdated.. need to test out the ergo on it and see if it works as nice as it looks. The OD version looks like it would fit on my C6 rail nicely.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

No one intrested in the logitech G600?

I have only heard good things about it. Was considering buying one.

I'll be buying one of those G600s this month... Got a chance to try one out at a local Fry's and it feels like a better fit than the Naga was for me. Plus, I really like the way they formed the thumb keys to make them easier to find by feel.

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

I actually like it.

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

Thanks for pointing that out fimbles - I was really close to purchasing either a Naga or this Level 10 and now that I've read up on the G600 a bit I'll be picking one up (cheaper at Best Buy than Newegg?) probably tomorrow for $70. I can't figure out if it's too light or too heavy as I'm finding complaints on both sides.

3DCGMODELER 3DCGMODELER said:

I thought it was wireless.. darn it any ways..

Aurora Aurora said:

Just dropped 85 bucks for a naga 2012, love it. sorry but this doesn't look very comfortable,

+ it doesn't have the number grid like the naga

Oh and the Naga is comfortable to use. It gets misserably hot in your pam, Half the buttons you almost have to mash in, and Razer has finally proven that it IS in fact possible to have too many buttons on one mouse.

Aurora Aurora said:

Does anyone own one of these who operates in linux? Ideally once you have programmed the functions with the client/driver, and stored them in on board memory, the mouse should function in Linux as it has been programmed. I am thinking about buying one to replace my Razer Naga with.

The Razer Naga has no onboard memory. It relies on the windows client to translate button presses into assigned keystrokes or macros. This makes it totally useless outside of the windows operating system, where it effectively becomes a mouse with a numberpad glued to the side.

In addition to this it looks much more comfortable then the Naga. I am mostly just looking for a way to streamline my operations in Linux. Once you get use to navigating by mouse shortcuts its just hard to go back..

Guest said:

You don't call a computer mouse mice. Mouse is an acronym which stands for Manually operated user selection equipment therefore its already plural. mice on the other hand only applies to living animals. I just love to troll people.

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