Review: Genius Gila (Mouse)
In a previous review, we mentioned how impressed we were with the Genius Cavimanus, despite some slight missteps. Genius was kind enough to provide us with another product from their GX series, which is designed to target PC gamers. This visually impressive product is the Genius Gila.
Genius is a leading international brand in computer peripherals. Established by KYE Systems Corp. in 1983, Genius offers PC products including computer mice, keyboards, web and security cameras, speakers, gaming peripherals, remote controls, headphones, digital cameras, digital camcorders and digital photo frames. The Genius consumer electronics range includes mobile phone accessories, Bluetooth headsets and portable speakers. For six consecutive years, beginning in 2005, Genius was recognized as one of Taiwan’s Top 20 Global Brands. For more information, you can visit the Genius website at www.geniusnet.com. Also, you can view the Genius company profile on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyaWkIDodxI.
Packaging and Product Design
First impressions always make or break a product for me. A universal mistake that manufacturers usually make with packaging is making it visually appealing with almost no substance (listed features). Most of the time the packaging is also either far too easy to open, or ridiculously patched up to the point where it’s incredibly annoying to open. The Genius Gila features stimulating packaging that covers the whole suite of features on each side. Users can fold open the packaging like a book, which has the mouse displayed on the right side, with a list of key features on the left; with a graphic of the mouse. It’s not complicated packaging, and it lists everything a potential buyer might want to know, while including a visual spark that will hook them into picking it up in the first place. What I truly appreciate about the packaging is that nothing is hidden from the consumer. It’s apparent that Genius is very proud of the product they have and really want the consumer to know everything they can about the mouse, even including an International CES award sticker. Unfortunately there’s one slight negative with the packaging. The folded side does become distorted a bit, which could annoy some people interested in collecting the packaging. To be honest though, this complaint is rather minor when compared to how well put together everything is. The packaging is visually appealing, consumer friendly, and wastes no space. Color us impressed.
The software is provided tucked away in the packaging, though people interested in the product will obviously want to get the updated software off of the Genius site. I’ve yet to see product software that blows the competition out of the water, and the software for the Gila is no different. Installing the software is a breeze, and the first screen on boot-up is called ‘Assign Buttons’. This allows you to customize each of the 12 buttons available though realistically most users will be customizing only 9 of them. Assigning buttons is rather simple, since the software provides a list of functions through a drop-down menu, however I feel that the options could have been extended. In particular the ‘Mouse Functions’ drop-down could have provided additional functions. It was nice of Genius to provide some of media functions for the mouse, as some of the options aren’t restricted to just gaming, making it a more versatile mouse from a functionality standpoint. The next screen of importance is ‘Advanced Setting’, which allows you to customize Mouse Speed, Sensitivity, Polling Rate, Double Click Speed, Scroll Speed, and DPI Setting. Each of these values can be augmented using a slider with the lowest value being 1 and the highest 10. It will take a bit of tweaking to get these settings to work for your type of style, however the software overall does a good job of allowing you to tweak them to your heart’s content.
The last tab on the software allows you to change the colors. Like the SteelSeries MLG mouse we reviewed around a month or so ago, the mouse allows you to individually colorize different parts of the mouse with over 16 million color options. In comparison to the MLG mouse, I actually prefer the placement of the LED’s on the mouse. There’s one located at the very front of the mouse, which aesthetically makes it look similar to headlights on a car. The other two places can be found on the mouse wheel/GX logo (those are combined into one option), and the very back where an LED is placed inside the curves. We did come across an issue with the firmware while testing this out, which caused the inability to change the colors from the software. A public relation official for Genius was able to provide us with an update to the firmware which solves the issue, and I’m told it will become available to consumers within the next couple of weeks.
I’m a huge fan of the design. The mouse fits comfortably for most hand sizes, and the sharp curves on the side of the mouse are perfect for resting your thumbs. The sides are also rubberized so it’s unlikely your thumb will be slipping off. The button placement is fantastic, with 2 buttons being found right above the curves, and 2 respectively next to the left and right mouse button. There’s also a DPI switch in the middle of the mouse, along with two other buttons that can be customized in the software to function in any way you desire. Below the M1 and M2 buttons is a DPI LED that allows you to track the level of your DPI settings. Once switched a graphic will pop-up on your monitor that shows you the current level of your DPI settings. Even after some extended use, the mouse continues to impress us. On the bottom of the mouse is a hatch that allows you to put additional weights into the mouse, a feature that was missing from the SteelSeries MLG mouse. If hands could melt they certainly would when holding this mouse. It’s extremely comfortable, and has one of the most visually appealing looks to it, a product that rivals most of the Razer products we’ve seen. Another minor complaint has to do with the brightness of the LED’s on the mouse. Even on the highest settings, the lights seem a bit dim. While it’s minor, it’s still worth mentioning.
Genius has crafted yet another product worthy of your attention, and is going pound for pound against some of the best manufacturers in the world, by providing slick design, robust features, and consumer friendly pricing. If you haven’t already checked out the Genius Gila, seriously, do yourself a favor, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
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|Metal||4.5g x 6|
|OS Support||Windows® 7/Vista/XP|
|Target Game Category||MMO/RTS|
|RGB Colors||16 million RGB|
|Port||gold-plated USB connector|
|Light System||Scroll wheel/ Logo|
|Buttons||12(left, right, middle button with scroll, DPI level/eight Macros)|
- Windows® 7/Vista/XP
- Available USB Port
- Intel/AMD CPU 1GHz and above
- RAM size: 2G and above