Inside the Gila
After locating five or six screws, I was able to open the Gila. You can see already that there is a lot going on in this little mouse, so let's keep digging and see what is inside.
The pair of side buttons, more specifically the M7 and M8 buttons are controlled with a PCB and switches buried at the top of this image, and talks to the main board via the ribbon cable. The buttons on the top of the mouse hit switches located on the bottom half.
To get to see the lowest layer of PCBs in the Gila, I had to remove this smaller section. This offers three switches for the M5, M6, and the sniper button. It also has an LED on it to illuminate the GX Gaming name on the heel of the mouse.
Now that the PCB is out of the way you can see the lowest layer of controls and the brains of the Gila. The large section at the bottom of this image is a steel plate that has been screwed into the Gila for a basic weighting before you add any additional.
Under the right and left click buttons you will find Omron switches to ensure many clicks and a long life. The two smaller brown switches you can see are used with the M1 and M2 buttons.
Taking control of the laser tracking in the Gila is this Avago ADNS9800 chip with the teal paint on it. The SG Core II micro-processor is just behind it with the orange and yellow dots on it.
Reassembling my Gila, I then powered it up via the USB cable, and the mouse comes to life with the stock settings of the illuminated backlighting. The center of the scroll wheel illuminates, and can be changed to any color you wish, but the DPI selection noted here is always red.
To go along with the bright red accents, red lighting would have been my first choice, but seeing the blue coming from the pair of "tail lights" is a nice mix as well. As with all of the lights, these can be set to all the color options as well.
The "head lights" on the Gila are set default to red, and to be honest it is kind of dim being red. This is making me think I may need to go with another color than my planned all red theme.
This last image was to try to get all the lights I could in one shot. You can see that the tail lights are on, and even the green glow behind the GX Gaming name is a nice addition. The Gila looked slick enough before the lights, but it does look much better with these added lights all around the mouse, I must give them that.
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