It’s funny to think that prior to the last few months, I was perfectly happy doing my day to day work and gaming with the cheapo mouse that came stock with my computer. I mean, a mouse is a mouse, right? How much better can the $100 mouse really be over the $15 one?
After I got some sense slapped into me, I suddenly became a mouse fanatic…almost a hoarder. I love mice. I have so many now that it’s not even funny. It’s very clear to me that the old Tony was naive and ignorant. There is a difference in the quality and price of a mouse…a BIG one.
My daily “mouse” of choice is a Logictech Windows 8 touchpad. My gaming mouse was just a simple plug-in mouse with a few extra buttons, and to be honest, it got the job done. I didn’t really have any complaints about it, and as far as I was concerned, my gaming didn’t really suffer at all.
The first time I plugged in the GX Gaming Gila gaming mouse, I was shocked. It just felt…good. While having a weighted mouse is nothing new in the world of PC gaming peripherals, something about the overall shape and weight of the Gila just felt right; at least for me. It has rubberized sides to improve grip, extra glide pads that you can stick underneath to make movements even more smooth, and a design where the bottom half of the mouse sticks out on both sides, giving your thumb a nice resting spot.
[quote_right]There are many mice out there that are a lot more expensive and have a billion buttons, but for the price, the GX Gila is just about the best gaming mouse I have ever used.[/quote_right]There are many mice out there that are a lot more expensive and have a billion buttons, but for the price, the GX Gila is just about the best gaming mouse I have ever used. The list of specs for this mouse is impressive, as the Gila is best used with RTS or MMORPGs. With the SG Core II, it can be overclocked from 100 dpi all the way up to 8200 dpi (which by the way, just for fun, I decided to try with normal daily desktop functions…don’t try it). With this degree of movement, snapping around or moving the map around in games has never been easier, even if the effect is slightly vertigo-inducing at first.
While we’re on the subject of dpi, there’s a button where you can switch between six preset dpi stages (all customizable, of course). This makes switching the sensitivity of the mouse on the fly during a game a breeze. No more pausing to do it manually or having a bunch of profiles for different games. Now, just do it when you feel like it. The dpi customization even goes so far as to allow users to adjust the X and Y axis dpi independent of each other. In addition, one of the cooler features is Sniper Mode, where you can program one of the buttons to knock the dpi down as low as possible during sniper missions, something that will improve accuracy tremendously.
The Gila also comes with onboard memory to prevent game block. A full speed CPU prevents macros from game block and gives gamers 1-ms (8x quicker) in response time. I’m not one to play around with macros too often, but for the purpose of this review, I programmed a few and decided to give it a shot. The response time was flawless and I experience no lag at all. It made life a lot easier, and I can see myself getting use to this feature.
[quote_left]The Gila also comes with 6 x 4.5 kg weights that can be added or removed depending on how light or heavy you like for your mouse to be. [/quote_left]As far as appearances and comfort goes, I already mentioned how comfy this mouse is to use. Its ergonomic design offers an extended thumb rest, and the middle of the mouse (when viewing it from the front, back, or sides) is indented slightly, giving your hand the impression of actually “gripping” something. The Gila also comes with 6 x 4.5 kg weights that can be added or removed depending on how light or heavy you like for your mouse to be. It’s a very nice feature since I prefer my mouse of choice to be a little on the heavier side.
Rounding out the features is a gold plated USB connector, a 1.8 meter braided cable, tangle free, and three backlight areas where you have the full RGB scale to create any color combo you want. I’ve used mice before where you can select from a few colors, but I was floored when I saw the full RGB scale to choose from. In addition, you can also set the intensity of the light and the speed of the pulsation. It seems that the Gila leaves no stone unturned.
The last thing I want to touch on is the Scorpion Gaming UI software that comes packaged with the mouse. All the customizable features that are allowed with Gila aren’t possible without the right software package supporting it, and the Scorpion UI simplifies things as much as possible, while also offering a huge degree of obsessive “nitpickiness” should you so choose.
The Scorpion UI has options for button assignments (where you can save a number of separate game profiles), advanced settings (where you can set things like mouse speed, double click speed, scroll speed, sensitivity, dpi setting, etc.), manage macro (where you can create and save macros), and light options (where you can play around with all the backlight settings). I think I can claim with a great degree of confidence that there should not be anything where you would sit back and think to yourself “Man, I wish I can do _______”
The GX Gaming Gila mouse is one of the best I have ever used. It’s comfortable, well built, awesome to look at, and incredibly functional. It also gives gamers a huge degree of customization…something we all love as PC gamers. $100 may be somewhat pricey, but you definitely get what you pay for, and it shows in every millimeter of the Gila. Considering that many other gaming mice retail for around the same price and offer far less features, the Gila is a great, GREAT buy.