Thermaltake Ventus X Plus Mouse keeps track of its user

Mice are a critical component of most gaming PCs. I would venture to say a portion of the TR audience would accept furry mice into their kitchens rather than give up the plastic rodent attached to their entertainment or productivity computer. Thermaltake's Ventus X Plus is made for the type of heavy user that would take that deal. The Ventus X Plus couples an Avago 9500 laser sensor with a Bluetooth module that allows stats-obsessed gamers to track performance figures like total distance, actions per minute, and number of lift-offs. The stats can be inspected using Thermaltake's Tt eSports Plus+ app for Android, iOS, and Windows.

The Ventus X Plus has a standard right-handed gaming mouse layout with two buttons on the left side and a DPI button behind the scroll wheel. The area where the user's palm rests is riddled with hexagon-shaped holes to provide ventilation for sweaty hands and a view of the illuminated Thermaltake logo inside the mouse body. The Ventus X Plus lacks the RGB LED lighting the company seems to be so fond of, relying instead on two red LEDs. The mouse comes with three optional 4.5 g weights, though Thermaltake didn't say how much the rodent itself weighs.

The Ventus X Plus' Avago 9500 laser sensor has 400, 800, 1600, and 3200 DPI presets and the ability to track at up to an advertised 10,000 DPI. Thermaltake touts the mouse's Japanese-branded Omron switches and their 20-million-click lifespan. Photographs displaying the mouse's innards reveal that the switches are Chinese-manufactured.

Thermaltake says the mouse is an IoT device, though I think that moniker's reserved for gear that has internet connectivity via Ethernet or Wi-Fi like some of Thermaltake's Riing RGB fans. Semantics aside, the mouse uses an onboard ARM SoC and a Bluetooth module to track usage and transmit that data to a paired smartphone or Windows PC.

There's no official pricing info for the Ventus X Plus yet, but one Amazon Marketplace seller is already listing it for $50. The manufacturer backs the mouse with a two-year warranty.

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    • Neutronbeam
    • 3 years ago

    Congrats on The Verge picking up this story from TR…
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    • Sargent Duck
    • 3 years ago

    Hmmm…if any furry critter wants to scamper across my kitchen…I do say, better run, my 3 cats always enjoy the challenge of the chase.

    Well, 2 of them anyways. The third isn’t really all that interested in chasing mice (it interrupts her napping), but the other two will start playing a game of hockey with it.

    • EndlessWaves
    • 3 years ago

    I was worried there for a while, it was looking like Thermaltake actually expected people to take it’s stuff seriously.

    Welcome back Thermaltake, the gaming market is in sore need of your unique over the top nonsense to remind up just how silly it all is.

    This might just be my next mouse, although that grille is crying out for a fan behind it.

    • synthtel2
    • 3 years ago

    What kind of user cares about all this stuff but doesn’t care about, y’know, actually having a halfway decent sensor?

      • Kretschmer
      • 3 years ago

      The same people who want RGB on everything. Who cares if it works as long as it’s 1337?

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      People that buy Thermaltake stuff…. duh.

      • Anovoca
      • 3 years ago

      Someone has to carry the mantle now that Madcatz has kicked the bucket.

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