The Black gaming mouse has a nice, welcoming look to it with the majority of the surface covered in a soft, anti-slip rubber coat. In the middle of the top of the mouse is the typical scroll wheel which features a single middle click, as well as two buttons to adjust DPI on-the-fly (by default at least). The scroll wheel is a translucent plastic that allows for a red LED glow, and also features a thin strip of rigid plastic for better grip with a finger.
The latter half of the top features that bold 'Tt' logo I didn't care so much for on the Challenger Pro, but is more bearable this time around given it is smaller, and also features a breathing glow effect as opposed to a solid. Though the glowing effect is more appealing to me, I know it isn't for everyone. Regretfully you'll have to live with either that or turn it completely off. To the left of this logo is a DPI indicator, which will fill from zero to four red LEDs to show you which level you're currently on.
The right side of the mouse is a smooth piece with no buttons, slightly curved to better match that of your hand. The curve comes to a ridge along the top which is a great pressure point for the ring-finger to hold and help navigate the mouse.
On the left side we see a little more action, with a large, almost two inch, single customizable button. We usually see two buttons here, but in my experience one is either too far down or too far forward to reach with the thumb without repositioning the palm. By creating a larger single button, Thermaltake has guaranteed that this button is located perfectly for any user. Under the button is a textured patch for the thumb to help guarantee control. The patch is somewhat V-shaped, and my thumb just barely catches the corner of the texture.
The bottom of the mouse is equipped with four Teflon feet, two smaller in the front of the mouse and two larger feet surrounding the weight access door. The Philips laser eye is situated a little north of center.