|Genius DeathTaker USB Laser Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Joey Peng|
|Monday, 19 March 2012|
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Testing & Results
This mouse was used as the primary mouse over a period of 3 weeks. In addition to producitivty software and everyday browsing, the mouse was tested in several games: StarCraft 2, League of Legends, and Might & Magic VI.
The Genius DeathTaker doesn't have the great design like the rest of the GX family or its competitors. However its long list of functionalities makes up for some of its weaknesses.
Starting with raw stats, the 5700 DPI laser equipped is accurate and more than sufficient for pro griming. Duo-axis control allows fine tweaking based on user preference. Its slightly on the small size and more suited for finger-tip gripping, while only small hands hold using palm grip. The polling rate can go up to 1000Hz. This is very important for gaming mice, as it determines the responsiveness, and 1000Hz is equivalent to a response time of 1ms. The driver software is one of the most responsive in its class. On the fly profile adjustments are instant.
One interesting feature is the DeathTaker allows profiles to be assigned to a button. There are two profile actions, instant, or set. Instant acts like a shift key that, while holding it down, will temporarily grant you the macros of a different profile. Set profile on the other hand allows you to toggle to another profile. This is one of the most robust and interesting profile and macro setups I've ever seen for a mouse.
The auxiliary buttons on the Genius DeathTaker are one of its key selling points. Its macro recording capability is slightly limiting, but will be fine for most RTS/MMO games. The positioning of these buttons results in only half of them being usable in practice. The easily reachable auxiliary buttons are "x" and scroll-wheel (click, scroll-up, and scroll-down). Together you can bind 4 macros for easy access on your mouse. The "m" macro button is also fairly "sticky" and cannot be used to spam clicks as it often misses and fails to register clicks.
The 5700 DPI laser equipped allows the DeathTaker to be usable on almost any surface, though you will want to avoid reflective surfaces and glass. After couple weeks of usage I have no complaints to its tracking abilities.
While small the DeathTaker does feel fairly comfortable to use for long durations.