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Written by Joey Peng   
Monday, 19 March 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Genius DeathTaker USB Laser Gaming Mouse
Closer Look: Genius DeathTaker
Genius DeathTaker Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Genius DeathTaker Gaming Mouse Review

Manufacturer: Genius
Product Name: DeathTaker
Price As Tested: $79.90 (Genius Press)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Genius.

Taiwan-based Genius may not be a well known brand when compared with other established companies such as Steelseries and Razer, but they have been around for a long time. They were credited for shipping the first mouse with a scroll-wheel, and currently manufacture products for other brand-name companies. The GX Gaming series is their first stab at entering the gaming peripherals market under their own brand. Benchmark Reviews has on its hands the Genius DeathTaker MMO/RTS gaming mouse. We will be testing this premium 9-button, weight-adjustable gaming mouse to see whether this late-comer can take the spotlight.

The GX gaming series in general sports flashy designs and bright lighting. Scorpion is their series logo. The products includes mice, mouse surfaces, keyboards, and audio peripherals. It's interesting that Genius specifically adds MMO/RTS into the DeathTaker description. What they really mean is a fully configurable 9-button mouse suitable for storing macros.

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This mouse will be hitting North American shelves soon with an MSRP of $79.90. Substantially late to the party, most macro-capable gaming mice all have similar functionality by now. At this point most companies are competing on design, usability, and quality. Can Genius pull their own gaming brand off and get a good start in North American markets? Benchmark Reviews will be diving into the details of the Genius DeathTaker.

DeathTaker Features

  • 1.8 meter braided USB cable with gold-played connector
  • X/Y axis adjustment
  • 16 million adjustable RGB color backlight
  • Up to 5700 DPI game core
  • Onboard memory
  • User adjustable weights (6x 4.5g)
  • 5 profiles, up to 55 macros
  • Magic Roller (scroll wheel can be assigned 3 macros)

Specifications

  • MMORPG/RTS Mouse
  • Light System: Scroll wheel/Logo
  • Macros: 5
  • Resolution (DPI): 100-5700 DPI adjustable
  • OS support: Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000
  • Port: Full Speed USB
  • Buttons: 9
  • RGB Colors: up to 16 million RGB colors
  • Weights: 6x 4.5g
  • Dimensions: width=8cm, length=11.5cm, height=3.5cm



 

Comments 

 
# RE: Genius DeathTaker USB Laser Gaming MouseSun Down 2012-03-19 22:23
Agreed, absolutely not enough for it to differentiate itself, though I do love the scorpion logo. Gaming companies should take note: the mice market is already saturated and they need to improve on other areas, like a good quality headset at a very decent price. In fact, I'm bothered that most average-priced headsets these days are limited to 128 kbps quality. Shouldn't as time goes on, the manufacturing process of these audio decoding chips gets cheaper?
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# Looks interestingMergatroid 2012-03-20 18:07
Good review. Interesting mouse but I agree that it's a little weird looking, then again I'm using a RAT 9 so I guess I shouldn't be taking about weird looking mice. This is a really crowded market now, with almost too much to chose from. Looks interesting though.

Just a point, according to Wiki, "The scroll wheel was invented at Microsoft in 1993 by Eric Michelman[2]. The first example of a scrolling mouse is the Genius EasyScroll mouse made by Taiwanese company KYE Systems in 1995, but it was popularized by the Microsoft IntelliMouse in 1996 along with support for the mouse wheel in Microsoft Office 97."

Considering these guys patented assigning a macro to "up and down" on a scroll wheel (I'm amazed that can even be patented considering it's so obvious), you'd think they would also have a patent on the mouse wheel if they invented it.

Sheesh, they'll give out a patent for anything these days.
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# RE: Genius DeathTaker USB Laser Gaming MouseCrokodile 2012-04-02 04:31
Wow, I'm shocked how little you know about mice.

"How powerful is the laser? Well, the mouse can function perfectly fine even when lifted up a couple of millimeters off the surface of a mouse pad."

This was one of the most ridiculous lines.
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