Now let’s take a look at the mouse itself. The Theron is a rather attractive looking mouse, as its namesake would suggest, with a curiously pointed exterior that reminds me a bit of the Batmobile.
On the top of the mouse we have the normal left and right mouse buttons with a metallic scroll wheel in the middle. There are also two arrow shaped buttons embedded below where you’d rest your fingers, which are used to control the mouse’s sensitivity.
On the left side of the mouse, we’ve got two standard buttons, mapped to back and forward by default. The placement here is good, and the buttons are long and wide to allow for a good variance in grip size and styles. The left side also contains an LED indicator which allows you to know which profile is being used.
On the right hand side we’ve got a single button, set to be a macro key by default. This can easily be changed to a secondary function, which is great to see.
On the bottom, we’ve got a good range of buttons here too for controlling various settings. The buttons include a profile switch button, a function lock button (which disables the side buttons) and a polling rate button. You’ll also find the removable weight compartment here, where you can remove up to five weights for a total weight loss of 22.5 grams.
The Theron’s cable looks to be of high quality, with a gold-plated USB connector, a braided cable and a little Velcro strap to keep things tidy.
Finally, we’ve got the lighting systems. There are LEDS that light the mouse button, the TT eSports dragon logo on the back, as well as three underglow lighting strips that give a rather cool look. Each of these lighting systems can be set independently to one of seven colours, although the dragon cannot be turned on fully – instead, it will constantly light and dim.
The Theron software package is near identical to that of the Saphira mouse I looked at last year. All of the functionality that you’d expect is here – you can assign each mouse button a custom binding, whether that be a macro or a keyboard key. You can switch between the five mouse profiles. You can change what each DPI setting is. All standard stuff – except for the light options.
These options are much more comprehensive than I’ve seen on any other mouse. Instead of merely being able to choose a single colour for the LEDs, you can individually control each one. With five LEDs in total, you can go for a pretty multi-faceted display, although generally I preferred a more uniform look. The colours available are quite nice, although I would have preferred a wider spread to having three different shades of blue.
Battle Mode replaces your custom light settings with a range of colours reflective of your current actions per minute. All seven colours are represented here, so by rapid mouse and keyboard spamming you can change between them. While this isn’t something that’ll help you as the gamer, I guess it could be interesting for any spectators you might have.
Interestingly, I ran into a rather strange bug when I was using the Theron software. Each time the software runs, the Windows performance option ‘Show window contents while dragging’ is silently disabled. It’s this setting that determines whether, when a window is dragged, whether or not it turns into a transparent outline instead of what it previously contained. I found this unwanted change to be highly annoying; enough so that I uninstalled the Theron software for the bulk of testing.
This also stops the software from showing a red arrow on the screen whenever the back or forward mouse buttons were pressed. All in all, it’s very disappointing that these options cannot be disabled in the software.