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.
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”.
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.