With the Iris Optical RGB, Thermaltake’s Tt eSPORTS has launched a mouse specifically designed for gaming. What the Iris Optical RGB can do and if it really works in gaming for only 30 Euro, we have tested for you.
Design and Workmanship
The design of the Iris RGB is simple. The RGB logo on the back of the mouse and the RGB strip, which runs completely from left to right, catch the eye directly. The left and right mouse buttons are not connected to the back of the mouse, resulting in an angular design. Also the rubberized mouse wheel and an additional button behind it are clearly separated from each other. The sides were not rubberized, but provided with a hexagonal pattern to provide the necessary grip. On the left side there are two thumb buttons that adapt to the rest of the design.
The workmanship of this gaming mouse from Tt eSPORTS is almost flawless. It looks high-quality, even if unfortunately hardly rubberized surfaces are present. In addition, the transitions between the individual surfaces are not all on the same plane. But it’s not really disturbing.
|DPI||up to 5000|
|query rate||2000 Hz|
|Number of keystrokes||6|
|switch||Gaming Grade Switch (20 million clicks)|
|Cable length||1.8 m|
|Lighting||2 zones RGB|
|Price||€ 43.94 *|
Equipment and Operation
The two gaming grade switches are equipped for 20 million clicks. These are therefore not as persistent as with high-priced mice, but with a price of 30 euros they are absolutely reasonable. They have a good pressure point and are easy to use. The two thumb buttons are easy to reach and easy to operate. The fifth button behind the mouse wheel is ideally positioned so you can quickly switch the DPI. Pixart’s optical sensor, the PWM 3325, offers up to 5000 DPI. Compared to other mice, that’s very little. The fact is, however, that more is not needed at all. The 1.8 meter long cable is of sufficient length, but unfortunately not sleeved.
As far as ergonomics are concerned, the Iris RGB is designed for right-handed users. Although the feeling varies from person to person, it can be predicted that it is not intended for big hands. I don’t have big hands as the tester, but the mouse didn’t lie well in my hand and after a long time it became a little exhausting to hold the mouse. Ergonomics is therefore the biggest weak point of the Iris RGB for me. This doesn’t have to be the case with you, just try it out.
The Command Center Pro software allows you to customize the functions of the mouse. For each of the five profiles, all buttons can be set as required. However, even the software makes sure that it remains operable, so the left mouse button cannot be changed without assigning this function to another key. However, the individual functions are very nested. If you do not know what you are looking for, it can take some time until the desired function is assigned. Of course, macros can also be placed on the keys.
You can also program your own macros in a special tab. In addition to the key assignments, the RGB lighting can also be adjusted almost at will. There are various effects and you can adjust both the speed and the brightness in three levels. In the last tab you can set the DPI. In steps of 100 DPI you can choose between 100 and 5000 as you wish and store up to four steps per profile. Except for the assignment the software is designed very simple and you find your way around well.
Conclusion on the Tt eSPORTS Iris RGB Review
The Iris RGB by Tt eSPORTS is a gaming mouse, which is quite affordable for a price of 30 Euro. Of course, the highest quality switches and sensors cannot be used for such a price, Thermaltake has therefore found a very good middle way. It is not the best gaming mouse, but it is a good and cheap alternative. But the biggest problem for me was ergonomics. Since this depends strongly on one’s own sensation, I do not regard this as a full negative point.
In conclusion, anyone looking for a gaming mouse without spending the same amount of money should take a closer look at the Tt eSPORTS Iris RGB. When it’s in your hands, there’s nothing to stand in the way of a successful gaming session.