Genius Wireless Grandias 12V Mouse review

Everybody's hands are different

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Our Verdict

Not one for anybody who is serious about gaming or even those who are not

For

  • Wireless

Against

  • Too large
  • Poorly designed
  • Poor D-pad

Everybody's hands are different and yet so many gamepads still manage to feel comfortable to hold for many different people. The Grandias, though, is certainly not one of them.

The instant you pick it up you can feel the lack of quality; reaching the thumbsticks stretches your opposable digits to their limits making small movements an unreasonably tricky thing. The tiny, slippy nubbins on the end of the sticks do nothing to help in the heat of the game either.

Switching to the D-pad isn't going to help, as that feels about as responsive as using your mouse on a baking tray full of custard. Lazy analogy I know, but hardly as lazy as the design attempts that went into making the Grandias.

For the same amount of money you can pick up one of the official Xbox 360 controllers, a far superior pad in so many ways. For another tenner you can buy one of the excellent, fully wireless Xbox 360 controllers, complete with wilreless receiver.

About the only positive thing I can say about the Grandias is that the buttons aren't hideously unresponsive and the wireless connection works.

I pity the poor folk whose loved ones, tasked with buying them a wireless pad for a birthday, get lumbered with one of these. That's the only way these will get sold: by mistake.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeGaming Pad
USBYes
Connectivity TechnologyWireless
Brand NameGenius
Platform SupportedPC, PlayStation 3
ManufacturerGenius, KYE Systems Corp
Product Model31610023100
Product NameMaxFire 31610023100 Grandias Game Pad
Product LineMaxFire
Manufacturer Part Number31610023100
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.geniusnet.co.uk
Marketing Information

With 2.4GHz wireless technology, the Genius Wireless Grandias 12V is the best of the Grandias family for playing PC games with the freedom of movement. Just like the Grandias Commander, Wireless Grandias12V has an 8-way D-pad and 12 action buttons including four side buttons and analog stick button. It also provides three levels of Turbo and Macro functions and is great for gamers who like to play action, fighting, or FPS games.

Package Contents
  • 31610023100 MaxFire Grandias 12V Game Pad
  • USB Dongle Receiver
  • Driver CD
  • Multi-language User's Manual
  • AA Batteries
Buttons & Controls12 x Action Button, 2 x Analog Control, 8-way D-pad