Peripherals specialist Genius has announced its plans to take on the likes of Razer in the lucrative gaming mouse market, launching the DeathTaker mouse in the US.
Designed for players of massively multi-player online (MMO) and real-time strategy (RTS) games, the DeathTaker is a surprising departure from the company's usual bog-standard office equipment fare.
The DeathTaker features an aggressive and sharply-detailed design with the all-important backlight, customisable through an entire 16 million colour palette. Bundled software, the Scorpion UI, allows gamers to customise five profiles with up to 55 macros for storage into the device's in-built memory. As well as allowing easy transfer to a different PC, Genius claims the in-built memory and CPU in the mouse prevents the macros being detected and blocked by games.
Those macros make use of the nine buttons spread out across the device's surface, each rated to a claimed 8 million clicks. Wired with a 1.8 metre braided cable for reliability, the mouse even includes a gold-plated USB connection for the difference that's likely to make.
Genius has also included what it claims is an 'in-built over-clocking SCGii engine
,' which allows the sensitivity across the X and Y axes to be independently adjusted from 100dpi to 5,700dpi. The heft of the mouse is also adjustable, with six 4.5g metal weights included in the package.
Sadly, the company has yet to confirm UK pricing for the device. In the US the DeathTaker is set to cost $79.80, or around £50 before tax. More details are available on the official product page
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