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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

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

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.

Test System

  • Processor Intel i7-920
  • Video Card: Nvidia GTX 285
  • RAM: 16GB DDR3
  • Monitor resolution: 1920x1080 pixels

Test Software

  • StarCraft II
  • League of Legends
  • Might & Magic VI
  • Lunia
  • MouseRate

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Results

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.
In conclusion the Genius DeathTaker is a solid performing mouse. There are definitely some quirks to be fixed and refined. The problem is at $79.90, we were really expecting it to have close to no quirks.



 

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# 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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