Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS VENTUS X Optical RGB Gaming Mouse

Software

No modern gaming mouse would be a contender in its field without a controller software that augments the hardware with a full suite of software functions. Let’s see how the VENTUS does in this area.

You can follow the link in the instructions to download the Tt eSPORTS software or go to this link:

http://www.ttesports.com/download.aspx

After going to that link scroll down to the second row and select the VENTUS X RGB model and download the Tt eSPORTS Command Center software. While this is listed as a “driver” on their website it is actually the full controller suite.

Once you download the software you want to unzip the file and install it. The install got off to kind of a disappointing start as it took almost 10 minutes to install, this is on a cutting-edge PC that usually installs full size video games in a fraction of that time. Without being able to dig into the code I can’t shed any light on why this takes so long but it is definitely something that we hope to see streamlined in the future. At the end of the install the software will ask you to close all your software and reboot. Having to reboot after installing software is practically a thing of the past these days so this is a little bit disheartening but since it is installing some hardware drivers presumably we will let that one slide.

Now that you have finally gotten the software installed you should be able to open it and you will see a screen like this one.

This screen gives you an overview of the mouse including showing you the two custom RGB zones and providing access to five different profiles (in case you are brave enough to let five different people on your beloved gaming PC). Some of the other features we see on this menu are the macro screen and performance menu, both of which we will show you later.

If you are like a lot of gamers you are probably itching to give the RGB lighting a try so we won’t hold you back any longer. Click on the light option menu and you will see this screen.

This is where you select the style of lighting you want to go with. This mouse only gives you three style options static, pulse, and “spectrum running”. Static is of course the custom solid-color choice that lets you pick any of 16.8 million colors. Pulse also uses a single color but unlike static it fades the color in and out. Spectrum running does not allow you to choose a color but instead cycles through several preset colors. On each screen you can also set the sleep mode timer which is how long the LEDs will shine before shutting down to save power if the mouse isn’t being used. I am rather disappointed with only having these three choices since most RGB mice have a slew of at least 6 or 8 mode options. Let’s hope the rest of the software makes up for this lack of options!

Clicking over to the pulse mode we get to look at the options for color selection.

This is a pretty standard color wheel and custom field color input as seen in most RGB equipment. Here we are putting in the hex code to get the red color we use on our website. You can also see here that you can set the two different lighted zones to different colors and modes if you choose.

Moving on from the RGB section here is a look at the performance tab.

This tab seems to offer more customization and feedback from the VENTUS than a lot of the controller software we review. It is definitely new to me that I can control the polling rate and the button response time. Whether anyone would want to change these whether any human user could tell a difference between 4 and 32 millisecond response time is a different story. These controls seem rather pointless to me but to many users more options means better so it is a nice option that they added this level of customization.

Finally, here is a look at the macros tab where you can change the button mapping and record as many macros as you could want.

While it is hard to tell without using the software yourself it is definitely clear that the Tt eSPORTS development team needs to work a little bit more on the software side of this mouse. From the first time I opened it right up until I was finished using it this software felt buggy. Windows and dialogs didn’t autohide when they should have and sometimes there were strange delays when nothing was saving or opening. I like the overall design and functionality of the software but I feel like something under the hood isn’t quite right yet. Let’s hope the next revision of the software is a little bit smoother because overall this is a killer mouse so far.



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