Asus ROG Spatha is their flagship mouse, which helps them fight off rivals like SteelSeries Rival 700 and Razer DeathAdder Elite. Important to notice, beauty costs more than those, with the price of Asus ROG Spatha going up to $160. To be honest, that’s double the price, but is it worth it? It will be up to you to decide. What’s really good about it – it offers both wired and wireless performance for us gamers, and it helps us so, so much. You can both play from a couch or go on an adrenaline chase from your desk.
Where ergonomics and design are concerned, we can say with certainty – it’s very comfortable. It does look big and chunky when you look at it, but once you hold it, the feeling disappears. The finish is completely matte, and just so classic. It’s also heavy, with around 175g, so it isn’t for everyone. Some of its competitors have taken the weight off, and are easier to use. But there’s a justification around there. Not one of those has 12 programmable buttons for you to use! That’s right, this one is designed with MMO and MMORPG gamers in mind. You usually have to use a plethora of buttons and key binds to achieve your maximum.
Next up, just like Corsair Glaive RGB, Asus ROG Spatha features an RGB lighting feature, and in three zones. Everything will shine brightly even in darkness, and you’ll actually get to see those buttons. Especially the six on the side, and two below the scroll wheel, which are used to change DPI. They all have lighting to look awesome. What we’re on a fence about are the shapes of those buttons. They do come in different sizes and shapes, which on one hand makes them easy to differentiate. But on the other, some are easier or harder to reach and press due to shapes being different.
In the end, you’ll be the one to decide if that’s worth the price. But before you go, wait to hear what else it has to offer you. Yes, it’ll shine on both scroll wheel, its logo and side buttons, but what about sensitivity and precision? Well, like its many competitors, it comes with plenty DPI. But it does not go up to 16000 like they do, and costs double the price. That could prove to be a problem, theoretically, as it offers only 8200 DPI. But in reality, rarely anyone uses more than, let’s say 4000 DPI to achieve comfort. And you really don’t need more, so it’s perfect.
Next up – those Omron switches we mentioned. Their main function is to change click resistance to achieve the best feeling possible. You’ll decide what feels good to you, whether light touch-click or exchanging them with some harder-to-press. You even get a star-tip screwdriver in the box, to help you change them effortlessly. Finally, as it’s both wireless and wired, you’ll need a charging dock to charge it. It goes into a USB slot, and it’s magnetic, and in our review of Asus ROG Spatha, it just can’t fall off, it’s a pretty strong hold. What we really liked – you get a carrying case in the box too, making it easy to carry around on your journeys, and who knows – a gaming tournament maybe?
|Release Date||May, 2016|
|Dimensions||89 x 137 x 45mm (mouse) / 81 x 141 x 22mm (dock)|
|Weight||178.5 g without cable|
|Connectivity Technology||Wired / Wireles|
|Wireless Receiver||USB wireless receiver|
|Mouse Features||Tracking Speed: 150 IPS, Tracking Acceleration: 30g, Polling rate: 2000 Hz (wireless), 1000Hz (wired), Omron switches|
|Cable Type||Braided and Rubber cable|
|Cable Length||2m (braided), 1m (rubber)|
|Capacity||N/A, but it comes with a charging dock|
|OS Required||Works on every OS|
|Hardware Requirements||USB port|