Thermaltake’s eSPORTS brand, Tt eSPORTS has created some powerful competition with gaming grade peripherals for a reasonable price. I have had the pleasure of testing out their keyboards, mice, and headsets all with RGB and quality parts. The one thing that stands them apart is the software. In this review, we will be looking at the Ventus Z. This is the bigger brother of the Ventus X and offers additional functionality making it a very close analysis between the two. With all the “Gaming” grade peripherals on the market, what can Thermaltake offer to make its products stand apart? Let’s see what the Ventus Z has to offer compared to a crowded market of gaming-grade peripherals.
The specifications are as follows:
|SHAPE||ERGONOMIC SHAPE DESIGNED|
|NO. OF BUTTONS||10|
|NO. OF MACRO KEYS||50|
|NO. OF GAME PROFILES||5|
|USB CABLE LENGTH||1.8M|
|OMRON SWITCHES||RATED FOR 20 MILLION CLICKS|
|WEIGHT-IN DESIGN||4.5G*3 WEIGHTS (REMOVABLE)|
|GRAPHICAL UI||TT ESPORTS COMMAND CENTER|
|DIMENSION||111.0 X 88.5 X 38.89 MM|
|LED COLOR OPTIONS||16.8 MILLION RGB COLORS|
|LIGHTING EFFECT||STATIC , PULSE , SPECTRUM RUNNING|
The Ventus Z packaging really shows off its 4 main features well. The logo gives off a zombie feel to it and tends to go the black/red route for the product packaging color. Thermaltake has created the eSPORTS peripheral line and calls it Tt eSPORTS. The typical Thermaltake logo isn’t displayed on their gaming products. You can still find that on custom cases and coolers, but the eSPORTS is what they feel will drive sales for their peripheral market.
The accessories included are as follows:
- Ventus Z Gaming mouse
- Thermaltake eSPORTS dragon logo stickers
- Warranty Policy
- Multi-language guide
The Ventus Z is a right hand ONLY mouse and has an AVAGO 9500 1000 DPI laser sensor, RGB color illumination, and 10 programmable buttons. The feeling of the mouse is balanced between rigid, soft, and light. Thermaltake uses the term “Aerodynamically Engineered”, making the Ventus Z a flagship device among their other mouse peripherals. The Aerodynamic term comes from the air-through ventilation system displayed on the back of the mouse in the picture above.
The honeycomb design was designed to keep your hand cool while gaming. The design allows more ventilation to your hand while increasing comfort over long periods of game sessions.
The Ventus Z is not a simplistic mouse by any means. Breaking it down we find a complex system of parts that add to the value of the product.
The Ventus Z has a ton of customization options. It offers 10 programmable buttons, 5 profiles, and 50 programmable macro keys. The mouse also has a sniper button specifically designed to slow your DPI down quickly when requiring high accuracy in games.
The weight system is adjustable allowing you to create the perfect balance and feel for your mouse. You also have onboard memory with 256K allowing you to save your favorite settings up to 5 individual profiles.
Ventus Z components:
- ALPS scroll wheel
- Air-through ventilation system
- AVAGO 9500 laser sensor
- Weight system
- Omron switches
- ARM Cortex microcontroller (ST-STM32F103t6)
The AVAGO 9500 sensor is adjustable up to 11000 DPI and allows you to game with on-the-fly precision.
The AVAGO 9500 sensor specifications:
|SENSOR NAME||AVAGO 9500|
|DPI||UP TO 11000 DPI VIA OVERDRIVE MODE|
|DEFAULT DPI||400, 800, 1600, 3200|
|POLLING RATE||1000HZ, 500HZ, 250HZ, OR 125HZ (1MS, 2MS, 4MS OR 8MS).|
The Ventus Z features a 32-bit microcontroller designed for performance and handling all the complex tasks of the mouse like mouse profiles and the 10 programmable buttons.
The Japanese Omron switches are engineered for 20 million clicks for the lifetime of the mouse. You can expect crisp and clean clicks every time. Omron switches have become the industry standard for meaning “quality” parts and a longer lasting product over the lifetime of your product. With all the fast clicks a gamer needs to perform, Omron switches have been the most reliable over time.
The Ventus Z offer RGB illumination up to 16.8 million colors. This is my favorite part of this mouse allowing you to customize your look and feel to set the mood. The two regions are the scroll wheel and the battle dragon logo. You can set the colors to change on DPI, or by profiles. The battle dragon can have a pulse lighting pattern and can all be controlled by the Ventus Z software. You can control these two areas independently if desired.
Inspecting the mouse physically we find the cord is nice and braided and offers Velcro tie for easy cable management. The Tt logo displayed at the end of the USB plug and on the Velcro tie. The mouse’s ergonomic design allows comfort and the mouse has a matte finished feel. Thermaltake calls this “Advanced Matte Coating” and should offer improved comfort and durability.
Testing mice and keyboards can be kind of difficult because they are parts that require one to interact with personally. There also isn’t a ton of software to test these devices against. However, the Tt eSPORTS line of peripherals offer software that I will go over, and I will test the mouse rate using a rate checking tool.
My test bench is as follows:
- ViewSonic XG2703-GS Monitor
- Motherboard- EVGA Z170 Classified K
- CPU: Intel Core I7 6700K
- Network Card- Netgear AC 1200 USB
- Cooler- Thermaltake 3.0 Water Extreme S with TT Premium Riing RGB Fans
- Memory- Avexir DDR4 3000 MHz
- Video Card: Nvidia GTX 1060
- Storage- Zotac Sonix 480GB (Boot Drive) / Toshiba VX500 512GB / Seagate 3TB
- Power Supply- Corsair RM650X / Sleeved CableMod red/black cables
- OS: Windows 10 x64 Pro
- Headphones- Creative H7
The software suite for most Tt eSPORTS products has not been its strong suit and has not performed that well. The products themselves are great but the software feels clunky and slow and actually make the peripheral feel worse. In order to change colors for each device, it is required though and for the Ventus Z can be found here.
The software has all the functionality that is important but doesn’t feel intuitive or snappy. It’s hard to explain about the responsiveness of it, but as you use the software you will see what I’m referring to.
The Command Center software does offer support for changing the RGB colors and creating up to 5 profiles for your favorite settings. Each color can vary from 0 to 255, with 0 indicating minimum intensity. You can manage the software to produce awesome colors taking advantage of the microcontroller. Given the 256 different color shades, you can create a ton of possible colors and effects for your mouse.
The Mouse rate checker tool on Zowie’s website is a quick and reliable tool for checking mouse rates and responsiveness. The Ventus Z has a decent rate considering its high DPI setting and is in accordance with other gaming mice on that level.
This chart shows the Ventus Z compared to the Logitech PRO mouse which is also geared towards eSPORTS. The GG403 wireless mouse is Logitech’s high-end gaming mouse offering the least amount of lag for a wireless mouse on the market. The Ventus Z is ver close to the Logitech PRO and offers very minimal differences.
The Ventus Z is a very capable mouse for a very reasonable price tag. The biggest drawback is the responsiveness to the software but makes up for performance with a powerful 11000 DPI laser, 16.8 million RGB color illumination, programmable buttons, and customization options. This small mouse packs a ton of features on a budget.
My favorite button on the mouse is the sniper button. I found this really useful when trying to perform quick skilled shots in Overwatch with Black Widow.
If you’re looking for an excellent gaming mouse with quality parts but don’t want to spend over $100 dollars, then the Ventus Z gaming mouse is an excellent choice. I highly recommend you pick one up with a price tag of only $60.00, this mouse performs equal to mice that exceed $100 dollars. You can buy one right now on Amazon (Tt eSPORTS Ventus Z Ergonomic Laser Gaming Mouse with 2-Zone RGB Illumination, 10 Programmable Buttons, 11000 DPI Sensor, Omron Switch, Graphical Configuration Interface).