With the Asus Republic of Gamers series becoming the de facto choice for gamers who want premium hardware, it’s a no brainer that Asus would expand the ROG line-up with an extensive line up of peripherals. Ranging from low-end budget options to premium high-end products, you can find a host of Asus peripherals to suit your needs while hunting for hardware in Sri Lanka. With that being said, let’s cover the Asus ROG Gaming Mouse Lineup first in this two part series of articles.
Starting off with the budget option, we have the Asus Cerberus Mouse. Don’t be fooled by its price tag though, the Cerberus offers plenty of value even though it’s a budget mouse. At a glance, the design of the Cerberus is symmetrical, making it a good choice for both left and right hand use. However, the side buttons are on the left of the mouse, thus not making it fully ambidextrous.
In terms of sensitivity, the Cerberus has a maximum DPI of 2500 DPI. Which, to be fair is a decent range for most gamers. The DPI is adjustable in four stages: 500, 1000, 1500 and 2500 DPI, with 1000 DPI being the default setting. This is easily done by the designated DPI button. While there is no on screen indication, it’s pretty cool how the mouse uses its RGB logo to indicate the DPI, with 4 distinct colours for each stage. The braided cable and gold plated USB connecter are much welcomed features, especially at this price point, making sure the mouse is as durable as its high end competition. In terms of size, the mouse is on the smaller side when compared to other gaming mice, making it a good travel option. It has the following dimensions: 124.86 mm in length, 68.72 mm in width and 40.11 mm in height. The mouse is also light, weighing only 155 grams. All things considered, the Asus Cerberus is quite the bang for buck!
ROG Strix Impact Mouse
Next up on our list is the Asus ROG Strix Impact. Slightly more expensive than the Cerberus, the ROG Strix Impact is another budget mouse targeted at the FPS crowd. The Impact itself has quite a minimalistic design, making one of the most low-key mice and can easily be used in a professional environment. It is also an ambidextrous mouse, and it is thus perfectly symmetrical in design. It has the following dimensions: 115 mm in length, 62 mm in width and 39 mm in height. The mouse is even lighter than the Cerberus, weighing only 112 grams. As the mouse is both ambidextrous and a budget option, the sides of the mouse are bare, with no side buttons at all. The sides also have the trademark ROG detailing that we’ve seen on other products.
While many might consider the lack of the side buttons a deal breaker, Asus does offer a better alternative. The ROG Strix Impact uses a Pixart PMW 3310 sensor with fine tracking and a maximum DPI of 5000 DPI. Easily capable of getting you those 360 no scopes. As with the Cerberus, The ROG Strix Impact uses its RGB logo to indicate the DPI, but also comes with more features. Compared to the Cerberus, the ROG Strix Impact’s RGB lighting itself is very good, with a vibrant and nearly endless spectrum of colours lighting up the ROG logo. The ROG Strix Impact also supports Aura-sync technology, allowing you to synchronise the RGB lighting across different ASUS and ROG products. By using the ROG Armoury software, you can easily configure the lighting effect. Choosing between static lighting, breathing and colour cycle. The ROG Armoury also has an onscreen indicator when you adjust the DPI. The cable is made up of a specialized soft-rubber coating to reduce cable friction and snagging, and the cable attachment point is angled for minimal drag. The gold plated USB connector also gives you added durability. With Omron mouse switches, the ROG Strix Impact has a durability of up to 50 million clicks and is built to last.
ROG Strix Evolve Mouse
Out of all the mice we’ve seen so far from Asus, the ROG Strix Evolve has to be the most intriguing mice to date. Thing with gaming mice is that you have to physically get a hold of the mouse, to see if it’s the perfect fit. Maybe you use the palm grip, the finger grip or the claw grip. But with the ROG Strix Evolve, it doesn’t matter. The versatile nature of the ROG Strix Evolve lies in its design. With the ability to change shape thanks to removable top panels, the ROG Strix Evolve can be tailored to your specific needs – whether you want an ergonomic right-handed, ergonomic left-handed or ambidextrous mouse, the Strix Evolve has you covered. With 4 distinctly shaped panels, the ROG Strix Evolve has 4 combinations for its shape. The removable panels are easy to use and simply clip on the mouse body. Even out of the box, the ROG Strix Evolve is purely ambidextrous, with buttons available symmetrically. The mouse measures 125mm in length, 65mm in width and 41 mm in height, roughly the standard dimensions for a mouse and weighs 128g. The finish is dark grey in colour, minimalistic and slick. The sides have a texturized rubber finish to help you maintain grip on the side during quick flicks. The cable is braided with a length of 2m and has gold plated USB connecter, both for added durability. The Omron mouse switches have a durability of up to 50 million clicks and is built to last. The ROG Strix Evolve has 4 PTFE glide pads coupled with the Pixart PMW 3310 optical sensor for fine tracking and a maximum DPI of 7200 DPI, 150 IPS and 30g of acceleration. As the aesthetic of the mouse is minimalistic, the mouse has a small LED strip running along the middle. The RGB lighting is quite subtle and emits good colours, suitable for those looking for a minimalistic mouse, less flashy than most. The ROG Armoury software controls the RGB lighting and users can choose between static, breathing, colour cycling or reactive effects. The RBG lighting is also Aura-sync compatible.
At the top of our list, the ROG Pugio is a high end gaming mouse targeted at both left and right handed gamers and does so with modular design. Just out of the box you can tell that the ROG Pugio is a premium mouse. Not only do you get the mouse and standard documents, but you also get a pouch for carrying the mouse and an accessory case with two Japanese-made Omron switches and two side button covers. The modular design of the ROG Pugio lies in its customisable nature. The configurable magnetic side buttons on both sides of the mouse make the ROG Pugio a genuinely ambidextrous gaming mouse. By simply swapping the buttons out and replacing them with the side button covers that are bundled, you can use four, two, or no side buttons. Genius, isn’t it? While the mouse does feature Omron switches that last 50 million clicks, the ROG Pugio is easily modifiable. With a simple to disassemble design and an exclusive push-fit switch socket design, you can easily replace or upgrade the mouse switches to those of your liking. The ROG Pugio also has a separate button design. This lowers the actuation force and travel distance required for each click, so you’ll enjoy faster and more tactile button responses than most mice on the market. At 120mm in length, 68mm in width and 38 mm in height, the ROG Pugio is a medium sized mouse. The cable is braided with a length of 2m and has gold plated USB connecter, both for added durability. The ROG Pugio has the same sensor as the ROG Strix Evolve, a Pixart PMW 3310 optical sensor with a maximum DPI of 7200 DPI, 150 IPS and 30g of acceleration for accuracy and precision. The ROG Pugios sensor can also be automatically calibrated to be more effective on the surface it’s on, giving you more fine-tuned experience. As for aesthetics, the ROG Pugio is quite flashy and has notorious RGB lighting.
As with all Asus mice, The ROG Armoury software controls the RGB lighting and users can choose between 6 different effects! Static, breathing, colour cycling, wave, comet or reactive effects.
The RBG lighting is also Aura-sync compatible.