The Genius DeathTaker Professional Gaming Mouse is a great mouse with adjustable polling rate and customizable buttons through the fully featured program to run your mouse.
Ease of Use, Performance: 22/25
Look & Feel: 22/25
How much I enjoy 22/25
Genius is taking the peripheral field to the next level with a gaming class mouse but they are not just releasing one but two mice for different game types. The Genius DeathTaker is the first of two gaming class mice with one having more features but at a higher price as you would expect.
Genius has been in the peripheral business since 1983 making speakers, mice, keyboards and other peripherals with the distinction of having made the first scroll wheel on a mouse. Genius is based in Taiwan but sales in the United States is over 300 million dollars per year over the last few years so the company is not small.
Entering the market into the gaming field is a move that cannot be taken lightly and Genius is working toward the top end of the field with their two offerings priced at $50 and $80. The Genius DeathTaker is an MMO/RTS or Massive Multiplayer Online and Real Time Simulation mouse while the Genius Maurus is a First Person Shooter and Real Time Simulation mouse.
I really don’t mind receiving the MMO/RTS mouse as it has basically the same features and program as the other mouse but has more buttons and a wider polling rate range. The Genius DeathTaker comes with the mouse along with six 4.5 gram weights that fit into the mouse and a manual for installing and use.
The Genius DeathTaker mouse has a hidden compartment under the scorpion symbol that is held in place with a magnet and a couple of tabs to keep the cover in place. The weights can add just the right amount of feel for gaming and give you the edge you need but the adjustable polling rate helps a lot with gaming.
The DeathTaker has five stages of settings for a saved polling rate using any button along with the speed the mouse cursor as it travels across the screen using four different settings. You can even have the mouse move a different rate for the X and Y axis so the mouse travels faster or slower for either horizontal or vertical movement.
The various adjustments are all part of the advanced settings and really give the user a wide variety of settings to use for a fully customizable mouse. All nine buttons of the mouse are configurable so you can set any button for any keyboard button or any macro you like including the scroll wheel.
The Genius program allows you to set the scroll up and down as a single key press or a macro feature so you can use the scroll wheel as three different inputs instead of scrolling. This is very handy for games that have no scroll feature or if you want to remove the scroll and use it for something that would improve your gaming.
All the settings like the polling rate, sensitivity and macro profiles are stored on the mouse itself in a memory onboard the mouse so you can use the mouse on any system without having to reload the settings. The DeathTaker software allows five profiles so each profile you setup with settings for a particular game or program can be stored and quickly called up using any of the mouse buttons or the program.
The DeathTaker also has taken a feature that gamers love in their gaming mouse with colors for the GX Gaming logo and the scroll wheel being fully adjustable. The color palate of 16 million colors is available for the mouse so you can use any color that Windows does to set your scroll wheel and logo.
You can also turn the lighting on and with various intensities as well as have a steady or pulsating light for a fully customizable lighting to go along with all the other features. The Genius DeathTaker has two large strips of Teflon for feet on the bottom that slides easily across a variety of surfaces and various types of mouse pads.
I have been using the mouse for a variety of gaming including some new favorites like Tropico 4 Modern Times which is a city building simulation and Battlefield 3, a first person shooter. I have also used the mouse with some real time simulations and role playing games that tested all the features of the mouse easily.
The DeathTaker has a really good feel and smooth operation along with great polling for smooth cursor movement regardless of the game and game type. I have been using the mouse for several weeks playing my favorite games and have really liked the DeathTaker and all its features.
Getting the adjustments just right for each game is easy with the various program settings and it is very helpful to use different profiles for various game types. The program works very well and is up to the same standards that other gaming ice use with fully customizable settings.
Genius has hit a home run with the DeathTaker and the mouse really is on a par with other gaming grade mice like those from Razer and Steel Series. I really think Genius has done a fine job with the DeathTaker gaming mouse and can truly give it my recommendation for a gaming grade mouse with all the features you want.