Here at Beantown, we have a little nostalgia for the Thermaltake brand. Back in March of 2016, our very first gaming accessories review was none other than the Tt esports Commander Gaming Gear Combo. Seven months later, they introduced their first gaming mouse with a built-in fingerprint sensor. Now it’s 2017 and we’ve spent the better part of a month with this gaming mouse customizing and learning every detail of it. Is it a worthy addition to your Thermaltake gaming rig? Let’s take a closer look in this Tt esports Black FP mouse review.
Key Features of the Tt esports Black FP Gaming Mouse
- Ergonomic FPS/MOBA design with smooth finish and grip
- Four on-the-fly resolution settings up to 5700 DPI
- Avago 9500 laser sensor and Omron switches
- 7 Programmable buttons w/35 programmable macro keys
- 5 Custom tailored profiles
- Adjustable 5-weight system
- Ironveil Tech biometric fingerprint sensor
Per the press release, “The BLACK FP is a FIDO UAF certified fingerprint sensor security mouse that provides strong, safe and secure password protection for your PC. Using the state-of-the-art 256-bit advanced encryption standard (AES), it provides users with a fast and secure passwordless experience to login into their system and web pages with the utmost of ease.”
Tt esports Black FP Mouse Review
Black FP Design and Features
There’s much to like when it comes to the Tt esports FP Black gaming mouse. If you’re familiar with their product line, then you’ll have noticed that this mouse is the current iteration of the Black V2 gaming mouse with a few notable changes. First, the patterned grip on the left side has been removed. Not a biggie, but I would have probably kept it. What’s new is the 256-bit encryption and fingerprint sensor.
The gaming mouse is aesthetically pleasing with its black matte finish, red buttons, and red lighting. The surface is smooth yet has a bit of grip. It’s designed for the right-handed user, which is a drawback for you lefty gamers. Like the Black V2, the FP Black has seven buttons from left and right click, forward and back, DPI and Profile loops, and wheel click. All buttons are preset and make audible sounds.
All buttons fit my thumb and fingers well. Initially, I wasn’t sure how the ring finger would feel in contact with the right side edge, yet surprisingly, there was little-to-no discomfort. What I haven’t figured yet is whether a two- or three-finger top grip is best. I suppose whatever you’re comfortable with is best.
The single greatest feature of the Tt esports Black FP mouse is its fingerprint scanner. Setup was quick and easy. Right after registering my fingerprints, I could easily log into Windows 10. More on this feature in the Performance and Command Center sections.
The DPI resolution and Profile buttons functioned flawlessly. The former cycles through the four DPI settings. Upon hitting either button, a visual indicator appears on your screen. This way you’ll know with certainty what value you’re at. Where your palm meets the mouse, there’s the red Tt esports logo. The scroll wheel is a bit thin for my taste, and it’s in need of more rubber. Both the logo and scroll wheel can have their lighting turned off.
Within the mouse, there are an Avago 9500 laser sensor and Omron primary switches. On the underside, there are four Teflon skates (foot pads) which allow the mouse to glide across any flat surface. The mouse includes an adjustable 5-weight system each weighing 4.5 grams.
Package contents include the mouse with its nicely braided 6′ cord and a multi-language quick installation guide.
Mouse and Sensor Specifications
Per Zachary: This smaller sized mouse allowed for improved control as more of your hand covers it. Until now, I’ve been going back and forth with the Gamdias Zeus eSport Laser and Zeus P1 RGB gaming mice, but something about the Black FP feels right. The lighting isn’t as awe-inspiring as the Zeus P1 RGB, and neither Gamdias mouse has a fingerprint scanner to log into websites and Windows 10 with. Going forward, this will be my primary mouse until something comes by that impresses me more. With the fingerprint scanner, the Black FP stands out from the crowd.
There is one BIG issue with the mouse, and it’s worth mentioning. More than 3/4 of the time upon startup, the following words appear on my Samsung monitor: “One of the USB devices attached to your computer has malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognize it.” This confusion is not okay, nor is it an isolated incident as I know of this happening to another Black FP owner. I’ve never had the USB connection on a mouse fail to be recognized by a computer before. In fact, I’ve never had it happen with a keyboard or headphone either. Unplugging and plugging it back in resolves the issue, but it shouldn’t be occurring in the first place. Without this connection, you don’t have an operational accessory. Enough said.
Tt esports Command Center User Interface
If you’re new to Tt esports, they have a user interface (UI) product that works in tandem with the mouse. It’s called Tt Command Center. Unlike many UI products, this one works quite well, albeit not without incident. Once downloaded and opened, you’ll see the image above.
As you can observe, TtCC is straightforward and easy to maneuver around. It offers much to the gamer like Profiles 1-5 settings, Normal and Battle mode controls, Language, Macro settings, Performance, and Light Options.
Under the Performance button, you have the option to create up to four levels of (DPI) resolution. There’s also the option to have independent or shared X-Y axis values. Resolution is adjustable in increments of 100 starting from 100 all the way up to 5700 on both the X and Y axis. When you press the DPI button on the mouse, wording appears in the lower center of your monitor informing you of the setting value.
Lift-off and polling rate controls are adjustable as well. You can change these settings, store four different DPI’s to switch to on-the-fly and store all of these settings to five different profiles.
Under Light Option, you have the ability to toggle on and off the scroll wheel and logo lights.
Another major part of TtCC is the Macro Setting. In the image below, you can see how macros are created, deleted, copied, imported, and exported.
As mentioned earlier in this review, the single greatest feature of the Tt esports Black FP gaming mouse is its fingerprint scanner. I was skeptical of this feature, but it worked like a charm. Right after registering my fingerprints, I could easily log into Windows 10. Further details and instructions can be found in a 28-page PDF document titled BLACK FP Gaming Mouse with Fingerprint Security on the Tt esports website. This will answer any-and-all of your questions.
Tt eSports Plus+ is an additional software that monitors the stats of the mouse and gives access to a whole community of Thermaltake users.
For $60, this Tt esports Black FP gaming mouse delivers many high-end features at a fair price: up to 5.7K DPI resolution, customizable profiles, adjustable weight system, and 35 programmable macro keys. There is the one issue we encountered, so it would be remiss if we didn’t mention it again. Since many months have passed since this product’s release, we hope the folks at Tt esports have addressed and corrected the issue.
This mouse leans toward the higher-end of the gaming accessories spectrum. If you need a gaming mouse that gets the job done at a reasonable price, then place this one on your short list. There are over a dozen Tt esports gaming mice currently available. I’m sure one or more are worth your time and consideration.
All-in-all, this gaming mouse (and software) earned a 3.75 out of 5-star rating. There are plenty of gaming mice available with a variety of features, so compare away until you find the right mouse for you.
The Tt esports Black FP gaming mouse is available for purchase on Amazon linked here and the Tt esports website.
What do you think of this Tt esports Black FP mouse review? Do you agree or disagree with our verdict? Let us know in the comment section below or via social media. We’re eager to hear your thoughts.
Don’t hesitate to head over to the Tt esports homepage to see their current line-up of products. The Tt esports Black FP gaming mouse comes with a 2-year warranty. Should you need to reach Customer Support, click on this link.
My nephew Zachary co-wrote this review. All photographs are the copyrighted property of Thermaltake or Beantown LLC © 2017.
FTC Disclosure: Tt esports provided Beantown LLC with one (1) Black FP gaming mouse sample for review purposes. These writers opinions are 100% their own, and neither are paid product ambassadors.