Genius Gila Gaming Mouse Final Thought
If you’re anything like me, input devices are decisions that I agonize over. Okay, I’m probably being a little dramatic, but these are difficult decisions nonetheless. A gaming mouse is certainly not a “one size fits all” proposition, but Genius made a run at it with the Gila. Think about the features: ambidextrous, 12-buttons, DPI ranging from 200 to 8200, 72 macro capability, adjustable weighting system… it certainly seems as if this mouse should appeal to the masses.
Is this mouse for everyone? Probably not. The off-centered laser alone will prevent some individuals from buying the Genius Gila gaming mouse. However, Genius did design a comfortable, visually appealing, versatile, and high-performing mouse, which will attract a customer base. I think the Gila is a feather in Genius’ cap and will help to solidify its position as a real player in the gaming peripheral market.
Genius Gila Gaming Mouse Conclusion
Armed with the NXP LPC11U14 microcontroller, the Genius Gila is able to produce a DPI range from 200 to 8200 and is rumored to be approximately eight times faster than the garden variety gaming mouse. It is also capable of delivering a 1000Hz polling rate. While testing it, I found the Gila to be as good as advertised. So, from a performance standpoint, the Gila is a solid performer.
The best description I can give regarding the Genius Gila gaming mouse is that it resembles a sports car, and not just because it has what appears to be headlights and taillights. The shape in conjunction with red-on-black paint job make it look like it should be going 100mph rather than just sitting dormant on a desk. And, you’d think that a mouse with these kinds of lines would only have a few buttons. That’s not the case here. Genius incorporated 12 buttons into this sleek design without adding unsightly humps and bumps on the device. The buttons just flow into the mouse, yet remain extremely easy to manipulate… more about that later.
There’s nothing out of the ordinary in terms of the construction of the mouse. No, it doesn’t have an aluminum frame… it consists of plastic and molded rubber pieces; which is pretty standard in the industry. However, it does maintain a solid feel. You will not find anything shaking or rattling on this device.
As I alluded to above, the 12-button design of the Genius Gila gaming mouse was well thought out. The buttons are well-positioned, yet flow into the frame. The only issue I had was that, for buttons right next to each other, there is really no separation between the two. This makes it difficult to distinguish between adjacent buttons. The Scorpion UI makes the Gila very customizable by providing six different profiles and up to 72 macros.
As of February 2013, the current retail price of the Genius Gila Gaming mouse is $99.99 (NewEgg / Amazon), which puts it at the high-end price point for wired gaming mice. Considering the features, the performance it delivers and the quality of its construction, it belongs there. I’ve paid more for much less, as have many of you out there.
+ Sleek design
+ 12-buttons easy to access
+ 1000Hz polling rate
+ 200-8200 DPI range
+ 72 macros / 6 profiles
+ 32KB of on-board storage for macros
– Priced as high-end wired gaming mouse
– may make your hand sweat
– little separation between adjacent buttons
Final Score: 9.05 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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