|Genius DeathTaker USB Laser Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Joey Peng|
|Monday, 19 March 2012|
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Genius DeathTaker Detailed Features
Benchmark Reviews will now take a closer look at the details of the Genius DeathTaker MMO/RTS Gaming Mouse
The Genius DeathTaker has a hidden compartment to store weights. The weights are shoved into a rubber holder and then placed into a compartment. The cover is magnetic, but well designed so that it is very difficult to take off unless you intend to.
Regardless of what people say, having an adjustable weight system is a definite plus for gaming mice. Everyone's muscle strength is different, so this gives users a way to optimize for what they feel is most comfortable. Unfortunately Genius did not include any way to store these weights. The $50 Microsoft Sidewinder comes with more weight options as well as a stylishly rubberized travel-size box to store weights. While not necessary, for $79.90 I wouldn't mind having a couple of extra freebies.
Next we can take a closer look at the drivers and customizability.
Other than the "Left click button", every other button/scroll can be used to define a macro, up to 5 profiles. Profiles can be exported and saved as a file as backup or for easy setup with other computers. The DeathTaker has 2 unique profile functionalities that make it stand out, instant profile and set profile. Instant effectively acts as a "shift key" allowing you to temporarily use the macros of a separate profile, while "set" toggles to a separate profile all together.
Macro manager is very similar to all existing macros editers. You can record keystrokes and mouse clicks then assign them to a macro button. However the DeathTaker can only remember a maximum of 40 sequence operations, and 1-key stroke (press and release) counts as 2 operations. For most games this should be fine, though this might be limiting for using this for more complicated button mashing games or storing instant messages.
The maximum aside, there is a bug where if you type in keystrokes fast (For example I was recording a combo for Lunia), the software bugged out because there are always 2 keyboard buttons pressed simultaneously (arrow keys and action keys), and it will NOT let you end the recording without the key sequence ending with all key presses released. This is annoying because I constantly hold a direction button, and I have to remember to release it BEFORE I hit the recording limit otherwise it will discard the entire recording automatically.
For mouse sensitivity and other advanced settings, the DeathTaker drivers has everything you need. You can exclusively use the driver and ignore control panel. For easy DPI toggling, up to 5 settings can be specified.
One of the most beautiful yet elusive features of the Genius DeathTaker is the 16 million color lighting system. So first of all, the lighting system does exactly as promised. It's awesome to have a mouse that can match any lighting system, whether another keyboard, your desktop, or even the LED color on your monitor. However in practice the lighting does very little to make the mouse look good. The biggest problem is the existing exterior design. The center is a red coated button and even worse, the Profile indicator's light is not adjustable and is ALWAYS red! So if you do not find a color that complements the existing colors (red, white, grey, and black), the new color just adds to the appearance's mess. Also given that the driver UI shows a color pallet, you would think that you can click and drag your mouse to see the different colors. But instead if you click and move the mouse, it drags the entire driver UI. So to make fine adjustments to the colors you need to enter RGB numbers or click the mouse around the same area many times.
The Genius DeathTaker has decent drivers with great response times. Unlike many other drivers, settings are applied fast. Most of the functionalities seem to work fairly well. In the next session Benchmark Reviews will go through detailed breakdown on usage and testing results.