Gaming mice are primarily aimed to do one thing: enhancing the player’s control of the game they’re enjoying. Most of them get the job done and make competent replacement for stock pointers, while others take things a few steps further to handle any and every game possible. In the case of Genius’ Maurus RTS/FPS GX Gaming Mouse the company proves that even a hardcore gamer on the tightest budget can still make do with the barest of essentials to gain an edge.
The Maurus doesn’t skip a beat when it comes to looking like a proper hardcore mouse with symmetrical angles and a braided 5’10” USB cord. The top portion includes the right/left buttons, which are glossed over in black plastic, while soft touch matte plastic make up the contoured sides for extra grip. For added accessibility macro shift keys flank each side and the scroll wheel comes from silicon rubber that’s almost transparent, and a gray scorpion inset with a transparent GX Gaming logo illuminate (along with the scroll wheel) when connected. Few things scream ‘HARDCORE’ more than a scorpion, so props to Genius for that.
Putting the Maurus through its rounds we noticed how lightweight and comfortable it felt, which usually translates to quicker movements and reduced wrist fatigue, thanks to its rather low profile. After admiring the feel we tested some Real-Time Strategy (RTS) and First-Person Shooters (FPS) to get an idea of how this mouse really handles, and for the most part it’s an adequate upgrade if you ignore the superficial illuminated aesthetics.
Whether you’re poppin’ headshots in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 or trying to survive a Zerg blitz in StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, the last thing you want is to have your pointer fail (and flail) on you, which wasn’t a problem with the Maurus. Believe me, pointer frustration happens more than you’d think, especially in bargain-bin ‘gaming’ mice, so making sure any replacement passes the test is critical.
For most gamers the adjustable dpi resolution (450/900/1800/3500) is appreciated but roughly middle-of-the road as far as gaming mice go, however most casual-to-moderate PC enthusiasts probably won’t notice the difference. Another issue is the weight, which feels lighter than it’s bulky angler body suggests, and we’d have preferred removable tuning weights for better personal customization. Hardly a deal-breaker by any means but it’s not exactly enthusiast-grade, either.
For the visual advantages such as the side macro buttons the included software is a necessary install in order to take full advantage of the Maurus. The options are fairly garden variety stuff with the usual clicking and scroll wheel sensitivity settings, but it’s the macro key options that’s the real worth of the software. From here preset or customizable macro keys can be assigned to match your frequently used keyboard shortcuts for that added buton-boost when it really counts. Other options involve dimming or turning off that annoying pulsating backlight (thank goodness). This is gaming, not a disco.
Genius’ Maurus RTS/FPS GX Gaming Mouse is a capable gaming accessory that adds most of the enhancements you’d expect from a budget-priced gaming mouse and little else, making it an affordable alternative for gamers on a budget. This is especially true for those into first-person shooter marathons or real-time strategy epics as its adjustable dpi and extra button-mapping options are good enough for most competition-grade gaming. While we’ve seen better offerings that don’t skimp on features and offer better personal customization (especially with weighting), Genius’ mouse is still an acceptable choice for anyone who wants an affordable, accurate gaming-centric pointer without compromising where it really counts – precision.[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_tabs][vc_tab title=”Manufacturer” tab_id=””][vc_column_text]
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