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Written by Joey Peng   
Sunday, 01 July 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Genius Imperator Pro Gaming Keyboard
Closer Look: Imperator Pro
Imperator Pro Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Genius Imperator Pro Gaming Keyboard

Manufacturer: Genius, KYE Systems Corp
Product Name: GX Gaming Imperator Pro
Model: Imperator Pro
UPC: 091163239123
Price As Tested: $75.61 (Amazon)

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

Genius introduced a strong lineup of gaming peripherals this year and today we will take a look at the GX-Gaming Imperator Pro MMORPG/RTS Gaming Keyboard. This is based on the Imperator baseline model except with extra features that you may want in a premium keyboard. Benchmark Reviews takes a look at this product today to see how well it stands against competition.

The GX series has 2 keyboards, the Imperator normal and pro editions. They are essentially the same keyboard except the Imperator Pro has 2 additional features: USB ports and 16 million color backlighting. They differ by about $40.00, which is a hefty premium to pay for these 2 additional features. I personally feel that's not a great deal, but there's no denying that a keyboard with backlighting looks significantly better.


The Genius Imperator Pro uses classical rubber-dome keys. Mechanical keyboards are in general thought to be better for gaming, but classical rubber dome keyboards are equally good for many games. They also have a much better overall feel for typing and less prone to problems such as registering double-taps or accidental typing. For it's price tag, the Imperator Pro is no doubt an expensive gaming keyboard as you can grab some of the best keyboards made to date for this price. BenchmarkReviews will dive into more detail in this article.

Imperator Pro Features

  • Easy access media keys
  • Macro profiles & quick toggling
  • Backlight Controls
  • Gaming mode
  • Palm rest

Imperator Pro Specifications

USB Port
Media Keys 6
Backlight Key
Profile Keys
Programmable Macro Keys
Size (L x W x H) cm
55 x 20.45 x 3.35



# Meh, Me Too....Mergatroid 2012-07-05 17:07
So many companies seem to think that if they give you a row or two of macro keys and a few profiles that it makes a gaming keyboard. Sorry, there are many gaming keyboards available now, and a lot of them are better than this keyboard.

No mechanical keys, no dedicated gaming keys (just macro keys). Meh, I'll stick with what I have.

I would like a keyboard like the Merc Stealth, only with mechanical switches on ALL the keys, backlights (RGB backlights, with each key programmable for different colours would be best) and add some macro keys as well. I would be willing to pay a couple hundred bucks for a keyboard like that. I love the merc stealth design, but not so much the switches they used. Now I'm using a BW Ultimate and it will do until something better comes along.

I guess this company missed or ignored the trend to mechanical keys on gaming keyboards. Now that I've tried them, I won't go back.
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# media keyszak kemp 2012-07-12 17:22
The volume-control media keys not registering press-and-hold is a driver related issue. If you uninstall the Imperator Pro driver then it will work presing and holding the volume control keys, as well as any other keys that you've programmed to have that function.

When the driver is installed you will also not have the ability to play and pause windows media player with the dedicated play/pause media key. If you press it there will appear a notification in the bottom left corner of your display that the key has registered; however, it simply will have no effect on windows media player. Just like with the volume control keys, this issue will be fixed by unistalling the driver and using the keyboard with no software running in the background. This is more of a work-around than a solution, though, and hopefully Genus can release a driver/firmware update that will resolve this issue.

Apart from this very unfortunate issue, it is a nice keyboard, especially if you pair it with other peripherals that also allow you to change the colour of their LEDs, like the Razer Mamba and Naga Epic.
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# Keyboard SUCKSSilverback784 2013-02-05 10:45
Positive points: Lighting good and media keys ok

NEGATIVE : can not use one side of the macro or any other macro key ( in other words you have to have a button and a button up (only momentary ) never hold on so you cant use TS or any other voice chat. Definitely not what I wanted.
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