Today we have the Tesoro Thyrsus laser gaming mouse in the lab to be tested! Now the Thyrsus is actually supposed to be a staff that belongs to the greek god Dionysus, a.k.a the god of grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness, fertility, theatre and religious ecstasy that is usually covered in vines and topped with a pinecone. Rest assured that this piece of hardware is nothing of the sort and shall be fairly useful on the desk...... lets just cut to the chase this time and get to unboxing!
The Tesoro Thyrsus retails for about RM134 to RM150 in the local market.
The Thyrsus comes in a deep purple box overall with an image of the actual mouse right at the front facia.
At the back is where you will find some feature highlights in English and a multitude of other languages.
The bottom flap, shows you the package contents and system requirement along with more logo and name of the product.
The front cover flips up to reveal a short story of the Greek god Dionysus and for buyers to have a full view of the Thyrsus mouse in the plastic shell.
Hmm.... somewhat different from what we got up at the beginning... anyone care to enlighten us?
Opening up the box, you'll have a quick start guide, a product catalogue and the mouse itself.
Starting with the USB connector. it is gold-plated.
And the lengthy cable is braided but it's not the softest type one would have on a mouse. A ferrite core is also present so that interference to the signal is minimized
The top of the Thyrsus is plastic treated with soft-touch material that actually feels nice and scratch-proof. The scroll wheel and the logo on the palm rest will glow when plugged in.
The right side of the mouse is curved to accommodate the hand for a comfortable grip, note that it is glossy on the front part so yes, it is a fingerprint magnet.
On the left is where the arsenal of buttons are located where you have six programmable buttons on the thumb area. Each button is curved which added some comfort to the grip while making the buttons recognisable without having to look at it all the time. The surface here is glossy as well but it's less troublesome as the thumb will mostly be resting on the buttons.
The two main buttons are a separate piece from the body of the mouse but is quite solid without any rattle. Scroll wheel is slightly textured and is actually quite smooth with a little tactile feedback.
The bottom of the mouse is where the laser sensor is located along with the glides. While the glides at the back is somewhat sizeable, I feel that Tesoro could have made them a little larger as there are lots of space available to do so.
The grip is comfortable for those who palm the mouse but a claw grip style will be okay.
To access more functions of the Thyrsus, one would have to first download and install the driver software from Tesoro's website,
The first screen shown is a basic config where one could change the button functions, adjust the report rate, DPI level as well as the lighting of the scroll wheel and logo. The Assignment of the buttons is pretty straightforward and is rich with features until it is hard to decide what you would want each button to actually do, this is a good thing.
The dissapointment here would be the lighting control, even though it is an RGB mouse, it is not the full-spectrum lighting system that one would get but instead the selection here allows you to cycle between red, green and blue. To get other colors, you'd need to 'mix' them in combinations of the colors somewhat that it's not accurate and not user friendly.
In the advance config tab, more options are available for cursor, vertical scrolling and double click speeds. Macro settings takes half of the window but the process is less obvious here.
You will need to click on the Macro List section and give it a name, clicking 'edit' will start the macro recording.
Macro recording screen will then pop-out and from here onwards, every key you press will be recorded as macro until you move the cursor to click on the ok button. Strangely enough for the Thyrsus mouse itself, not all of the buttons can be captured as macro and this limits the functionality somewhat.
We've tested the Tesoro Thyrsus on one of our favorite FPS game, namely Battlefield 4 and here's what we think about it:
- Glide: The Tesoro Thyrsus glides smoothly on both cloth and hard mat alike, no issues at all
- Grip: It is ergnomically comfortable to palm and supprisingly easy to pick up even though the sides are glossy.
- DPI Button: The DPI toggle button is right in the middle of the mouse that minimizes the chance of it being acidentally actuated but it's also not that easy to reach for fast paced DPI switching.
- Weight: At 103g, it's a very light mouse. Wityhout the weight adjustment system it may be a deal breaker for some of you
- Profiles and Macros: You could set 5 different profiles for the Thyrsus but the software is somewhat a huge letdown as one actually had to feel their way around to get a good sense of how it actually works especially when it comes to the macro functionality.
Overall, the Tesoro Thyrsus is a solid mouse, good matte finishing on the main body, braided cables and gold-plated USB plug. It is also fairly comfortable to use with the button placements in the right places and a good feeling scroll wheel that made it a worthwhile contender at the RM130 to RM150 price range.
The software however leaves a lot to be desired. It's an executable file that will need user permissions whenever it is launched and worse, user profiles are stored where the software is launched. It is also not very intuitive as we actually have to do some guessworks to change the LED lighting and setting macros.
- Solid build
- Comfortable to the touch and grips
- Tracks well on both cloth and hard mat
- Lots of configurable buttons
- Software is not intuitive
- Not all mouse buttons can be recorded as Macro