titleOne of the latest introductions to the Genius Traveler series is the Traveler 9010LS Wireless Laser Mouse. The 9010LS is a small, mobile sized, mouse that is that is ready to travel with you and your notebook.

The mouse is features a lightweight design, a visually aesthetic grip, adjustable DPI, a powerful 'Darkeye' laser for operation on glass, cloth, or other surfaces. This is one of my first interactions with Genius brand products, so I am interested to see how this product will perform. Let's go ahead and take a look at the Traveler 9010LS.


Product Name: Genius Traveler 9010LS Wireless Laser Mouse

Review Sample Provided by: Genius

Review by: Ryan

Pictures by: Ryan

 

Specifications

 

Part No.

3133008710

Resolution (DPI)

1600 DPI

Buttons

4

Port

USB

OS Support

Windows® 7/Vista/XP, Mac OSX 10.4+ or above

Battery Support

AA or AAA battery

Both Handed

Yes

Stick-N-Go

YES



 

 

Packaging

The Genius Traveler 9010LS comes in a clear plastic package, with a full color insert that has a glossy metallic look. The front of the box shows a top-down view of the mouse and its tiny USB receiver that is included. Also on the front you are shown that this is a 2.4Ghz wireless laser mouse. You get a first glance at the features of the Darkeye Laser Engine. Which will allow the mouse to work on some surfaces that you may not expect (nor ever tried), like marble, carpet, your couch sofa, or even glass. You will also see that the mouse works for Windows® (A Windows® 7 logo is shown) or Mac.

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On the right side you will see a trimmed down version of the info that is on the front side. Over on the left side you will see a list of the system requirements.

 

-        Windows® 7/Vista/XP

-        Mac OS X 10.4 or Later

-        Available USB Port

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On this same panel you will find a list of the package contents.

 

-       Wireless Mouse

-       USB Pico receiver

-       Stick–N-Go mount

-       AA alkaline battery

-       Multi-language user manual

 

On the back you will see another image of the mouse and a series of smaller images showing a longer list of the many features on this mouse.

Which includes:

Darkeye

Laser tracks on surfaces like clear glass and lacquered desks so it works whenever you go

2.4 Ghz Technology

Anti-interference and power saving

Adjustable DPI

Adjust the speed and precision of your mouse from 800/1200/1600 dpi

Two-in-One slot

Storage for the Pico receiver and the Stick-N-Go mount 

Stick-N-Go

Allows you to clip your mouse onto your notebook for secure travel

Battery

Convenient battery compartment design for an AA or AAA battery

Other Features:

Works on Glass Surfaces

Magic Roller – Lets you click the Mouse roller to glide up and down web pages and documents.

 

 

 

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Performance and Layout

 

The first thing I notice about the 9010LS is its weight. The mouse itself is very lightweight, which is a great thing for a mobile mouse to start with. The contoured double injection grip is extremely functional, not to mention it looks great. On the top you will notice your normal your normal left and right mouse buttons, the scroll wheel/Magic Roller, and the Dpi selection button. There is a small and stylish looking Genius logo near the bottom of the mouse.

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As you flip to the bottom of the mouse you will notice a on and off switch located near the bottom - which is always a great idea for a mobile mouse. 

You will also see the battery compartment door, which will allow for an AA or AAA battery to be used, which is another thoughtful feature from the folks at Genius. Near the top there is a section for clipping on the Clip-N-Go mount, as well as storing the Pico receiver. You can also store the Pico receiver in the battery compartment.

Additionally you will see the Darkeye laser area of the mouse. After installing the battery you will notice that this does not have a ‘light’ like optical mice or some other laser mice do. This could be an argument for the reason to call the laser engine “Darkeye”.ss 11

No drivers are needed for the mouse; however you can download a programmable driver from the Genius website at https://www.geniusnet.com.

I tested the mouse on a number of surfaces including plastic, a recliner chair arm, a couch, an ottoman, metal, and glass. On most surfaces the mouse worked remarkably well as long as it was a flat and stable surface. If you are trying to use it one a puffy cloth surface you may encounter some issues, which I did when trying to use it on a very fluffy recliner arm. However, if the surface was stable and mostly flat, I was able to glide around effortlessly. The ability to use glass for a surface is very nice as most mice are unable to detect movement without a reflection from an opaque surface.

The DPI (dots per inch) settings are a nice touch, as sometimes if you are going from a larger screen to a smaller screen. The DPI is set with a button, positioned underneath the screen wheel, near the middle of the mouse. When setting the mouse to its lowest setting (800 DPI), you will see 4 slow green blinks. Pressing the button again will show you 8 faster blinks, enabling 1200 DPI. A third press will show you 10 fast blinks, which cranks the mouse up to 1600 DPI.

Although not directly designed for gaming, I could see some light gaming on the go, especially with the higher DPI selections. At 1600 DPI this mouse effortlessly flies around the screen. However for most operations, I find that the 1200 DPI has the best compensation of speed and accuracy. 

 

 

 

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Overall

When I first took a look at the Traveler 90010LS, I was instantly intrigued at the sound of using the mouse anywhere. I have encountered other ‘notebook’ style mice in the past that insisted to be on certain surfaces. So the thought of a mouse that could provide a solution to that issue is a great idea.  I have to say that Genius did not disappoint me, as the mouse really works on all the surfaces that the company advertises. If you are the type of user that still likes to use a mouse with a notebook on the go than this mouse, should be welcomed to any road warrior’s bag. Also you can use the Stick-N-go mount and clip right to your notebook, if you so like. The Magic roller is a nice feature for easy scrolling. But I feel that one of the greatest benefits is the ability to grab either AA or AAA battery when you are on the go and get the Traveler 9010LS up and running.

My only fear of the Traveler 9010LS is for its long-term durability. Especially for the ones of us who may be hard on our gear.  For weight purposes the mouse is made of a very light weight plastic, which does give me some concerns, if the mouse gets dropped a few times or receives too much abuse. 

 

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Myndmelt replied the topic: #28510 28 Nov 2012 18:45
My first review!
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Wingless92 replied the topic: #28511 28 Nov 2012 20:25
Nice little mouse for sure. The only complaint that I have about it is that its wireless. I hate having to buy/look/recharge battery's. I wish they made a wired version. Nice that it works on a bunch of different surfaces though.
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Dreyvas replied the topic: #28512 28 Nov 2012 21:04

Wingless92 wrote: Nice little mouse for sure. The only complaint that I have about it is that its wireless. I hate having to buy/look/recharge battery's. I wish they made a wired version. Nice that it works on a bunch of different surfaces though.


I usually have the same issue, but the batteries in these things last AGES. Like, six months to a year, usually. So it's not too bad.
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Myndmelt replied the topic: #28552 06 Dec 2012 19:28
Yeah I think the key is to remember the on/off switch on it and save some battery life :laugh:
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Wooderson replied the topic: #28554 06 Dec 2012 20:35
Congrats on the review, Its a good read.

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