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Although i never was much into online MMO games i have tried most of them (out of curiosity mostly) and one of the things that was immediately clear to me from day one was that compared to normal FPS, platform, RTS, simulators and other game types online MMO games require a lot more buttons/keys both on the keyboard and on the mouse. That's mainly because when playing online with dozens of people (or even with thousands in games like PlanetSide 2 one of the very few online games I do enjoy playing) you can't afford to have the same speed/efficiency like you would with a single player game when faced against computer controlled opponents. Now back then it did take some time for gaming peripherals manufacturers to see that gap in the market and start producing gaming keyboards and mice with more buttons on them than usual but now several years later we see more and more such MMO oriented products get introduced quite frequently. The VOLOS MMORPG Gaming Mouse is the latest product designed and manufactured by our friends over at Tt eSPORTS and after roughly one week of testing today we can finally upload our opinion about it.
“Challenge is the game” highlights the philosophy to bring out gamers’ addiction in gaming and the ambition of reaching to the extreme. Tt eSPORTS, a gaming obsessed division from Thermaltake, is uniting gamers from all over the world in a unique & fascinating eSPORTS culture, inherited the spirits of Thermaltake, is an energetic, powerful, bold and intelligent challenger who never says “no” to the extreme competition. We do not only provide gamers the ultimate gaming gears but also fulfills the passion to achieve the ultimate success. Thermaltake has been a well-known brand in the gaming & DIY market for PC Chassis, Coolers and Power Supplies PSU for many years. The brand personality of unique, aggressive, vivid and stylish makes Thermaltake an expert in creating exciting things and fascinating environment for gamers and enthusiasts. Tt eSPORTS inherited the brand personality with unique and creative design by observing users’ behaviors and requirements. The fan cooling design on Tt eSPORTS Challenger keyboard demonstrate the brand spirit. It is the worldwide first keyboard with fan cooling function that could dry your hand sweats and blow tension away during cut-throat competition.
When i first looked at some "beta" marketing material regarding the VOLOS many months ago i can't say that i really liked its design because it reminded me a lot of gaming console controllers and i don't really enjoy consoles in general. Still since at the end of the day our primary goal is to test products in order to see how they perform and not judge their appearance based on our personal opinion (or at least that's a secondary goal) when the VOLOS got officially announced we just had to take it for a spin. So at first glance you will see that the VOLOS MMO Gaming Mouse features a total of 14 programmable buttons and an adjustable weight system placed at the lower rear end. The really impressive part about the VOLOS however lies underneath the enclosure since Tt eSPORTS has given it a 8200DPI laser sensor (configurable via 5 levels), 16.8 million colors LED illumination and a total of 4MB of onboard memory onto which you can store up to 140 programmable buttons via 10 different profiles. Bottom line yes the VOLOS actually seems to be the perfect MMORPG gaming mouse at least in terms of specifications but is it really?