[section_title title=”Performance”] Performance

Starting with the mouse itself, or more specifically how it handles, the Theron is quite a pleasant mouse to handle and use. The elongated nature allows a nice and relaxed grip even when gaming and gives a sensation of minimal effort to track. The LMB and RMB are extremely responsive. They only need minimal force to the accentuate and the response isn’t latent at all which works great with the Theron’s ability to control double-click speed. The mouse buttons on the sides are placed quite well, especially on the left-hand side and only need a flex of your thumb either way to click. What isn’t great, however, is the (default) location of the DPI buttons. The Theron isn’t the first mouse to place them centre-top of the mouse but it just isn’t an ideal or respectable place to put them considering they’re likely to be used quite a bit during a gaming session – you can almost feel the strain building in your hand as you move your index finger down to adjust the DPI.

Moving onto the things that matter, games, the Theron is a superb FPS mouse without a doubt, much like the Black I reviewed before it. The mouse is fast to track and as mentioned up above feedback is fast and tactile. Playing Battlefield 4 I never felt I was the victim of spongy feedback either from my knife not registering (scroll wheel click) or grenades not being thrown when I pressed the back button. Sensor pick-up wasn’t an issue either and trying to zero in on an area was quick. Thermal take position the Theron as an RTS but i’m not sure how much better it is this role versus FPS. Starting with League of Legends, albeit a MOBA rather than RTS, there buttons on the mouse provide ample coverage for items and wards. I assigned the newly introduced ‘trinket’ item slot to the right-sided function button and it made placing that ward a lot easier and also helped me get used to the new system introduced by Riot; so my game had improved certainly on that alone. League of Legends also provided a good exercise of the Theron’s tracking abilities and lift-off due to the need to constantly move, click and then pan for a skillshot – all of which performed admirably with the Theron.

What is unfortunate in terms of the Theron’s customisation is that there is no way to readily assign a profile switch button to a button of your choosing. To switch profiles in-game or just without venturing into the software, you had to click the profile button that’s locate don the underside of the mouse. I’m not sure how this approach to on-the-fly switching was ever deemed worthwhile or appropriate. In mice where the DPI buttons aren’t in the ideal place I like to assign a profile switch function to an easy to access button instead and yet the Theron robs you of this ability meaning you have to put up with the terrible placement of the DPI buttons. Sticking with software, the macro functions worked fine. I tested out my usual enemy callouts for League of Legends and all executed fine and were easy to setup, configure and save. I’m not convinced on the explicit RTS slating Thermaltake have afforded the Theron, but the macro capability is there for such purposes.


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