Genius Gila MMO/RTS Professional Gaming Mouse

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Product: Genius Gila MMO/RTS Professional Gaming Mouse
Provided By: Genius
Price: ~$82.99 Online at time of publication

 

Introduction:

Today I have a great item from Genius to take a look at. I will be checking out the Genius Gila mouse. These guys have been around since 1983 and company growth has seemed steady over the years. I was fortunate to meet up with the Genius team at CES 2014 and these guys were really excited about the new products being developed. I've only heard positive feedback about their products thus far. Never having experienced any Genius products, I'm pretty excited to test the Gila out today. I'll be expecting some serious performance from Genius. You can check out all their products on their website here.

The Genius Gila is a performance gaming mouse with a lot of features. The sensitivity ranges from 200-8200 DPI.  The Gila boasts macro settings for up to 72 keys with the advanced settings. Genius also uses the Scorpion interface for all button assignments, profiles, sensitivity adjustments, and custom LED lighting.

In the next section we'll get right into the Genius Gila with some show and tell. 

Genius Gila Box

 

Closer Look:

The Gila comes packaged, as most mice do, in a color-graphic printed box that contains a plastic clamshell for added protection.  Detailed specs are also present to let you know exactly what you are getting. 

Gila Side 1 Gila Side 2

 

As you can see, the Gila has some nice looks. It is a fair amount smaller than other mice I've used in the past, but I was able to adjust to the size difference within a couple minutes using it.

It has 12 buttons including the scroll wheel click. This is easily expanded to 72 assignable functions through 6 different profiles. This is really great if you play a few different games or use a variety of programs. 

 

Gila Front Gila Top

 

I found the weight system pretty nice.  I like how the weights, when installed, were located where your palm goes.  It seems to add better control whether it is for browsing, graphics editing, or just shooting it up in a game. Genius gives you 27g in 4.5g increments, to adjust the weight to ones liking.

Weight Box Weights In Box Weights

 

The cable that connects the Gila is braided, and has a gold-plated USB connector. The cable is also 1.8m, giving you ample length for routing around tricky systems. 

Braided Cable

 

On the next page we’ll take a look at the software features of the Genius Gila as we continue.


Software & Setup:

The button assignment for the Gila was very easy to use. Not only can you pick from a long list of standard functions, there is also the ability to pick from a host of preset functions, as well as the ability to make your own macros. I found this really easy to use since any assignment I might need to change was right there.

Driver

 

All your macros are recorded here. This was also really easy to use and making complicated macros was a breeze.

Driver

 

The advanced setting tab gives you some options for fine tuning. Whether it be x and y axis sensitivity, polling rate, or even pointer speed, you can find it here.

Driver

 

 

This is where all the lighting setup happens. The Gila doesn’t really have an elaborate lighting system, but it does boast a modest lighting package. There are 3 zones that can be customized to your liking. The LEDs all support 16 million colors with 3 intensity levels.  Also, you can adjust the light effect to pulse at three speeds or stay steady.  Finally, all your profiles along the bottom can be given different lighting setups to help differentiate them from one another.

Driver

 

Specifications:

 

On the next page we'll quickly cover installation, jump into testing and share our final thoughts.


Installation:

Installation was a snap for the Genius Gila. All I had to do was plug it in and install the driver. Once installed it was a matter of configuring everything to my preference. 

 

Testing:

I definitely tested the performance aspect of the Genius. I used this for close to three months rigorously putting it through its paces. I play a few different games, graphic editing, and 3D modeling and I found the Gila performed well. I definitely made use of the macro functions for a new space SIM I've been playing. There were some complicated flight procedures I was able to program in that made routine functions a snap.

Three months of mercilessly pounding this mouse with ARMA 3 has definitely put the Gila to the test. It relies heavily on multiple mouse functions with keyboard modifiers and the Gila doesn’t even bat an eye.

Genius Gila Profile

 

Conclusion:

All being said, the Genius Gila performed well. It really shines when it comes to functionality. The Gila looks good and performed flawlessly regardless of how rigorously I used it.

It is a great mouse and I would recommend it to anyone enjoys having a lot of functionality right at their fingertips. At ~82$ (from TigerDirect) this would be a decent buy. Solid gaming mice like the Gila, rarely sells for much less. 

 

Pros:

  • Profiles allow up to 72 custom key assignments
  • Nice looks
  • Solid ergonomic design
  • Many sensitivity options

 

Cons:

  • None

 

I'd like to thank Genius for sending this mouse our way to review. Although they don't have the brand recognition of other companies, the truth is that this is a very solid mouse that is capable of long hours and months of gaming. Take a look and see why we gave it our Gold award.

 

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