Usage & Final Thoughts
I have been using the ROG Gladius for about 2 weeks now and I really do like it. It did not take all that long to get used to either. This is probably because there is not an over abundance of buttons and the shape and grip of the mouse work quite well. While ASUS touts this as an ergonomic mouse made for all play styles, it seems to work best using a claw style. The lower profile and large rubber grip on right side lend you hand to more of a claw style.
All of the buttons are very responsive and of course the two main buttons use OMRON switches that are rated for 20 million clicks. The two side buttons are advertised as ‘slide-to-press’, which means that you can slide your slide your finger over them for them to actuate. I like this design, because too often then not I accidently press these buttons with other mice. These was not a single instance where I hit either of these two buttons by accident. The scroll wheel was very comfortable and I did not have any issues with it at all. The DPI switch button worked flawlessly and as I mentioned ASUS has it set up as more of a sniper button with a lower DPI setting by default when you press it.
Using the mouse at all different DPI levels I did not notice any jitters or issues, it was very smooth all around, not just in gaming, but in desktop use as well. Keep in mind this is an optical sensor though, so it is not going to work as good as say an laser sensor on certain surfaces. The calibration in the software will help on some surfaces though, but if you have a mousepad you will be fine.
ASUS has also packed this mouse with other features that I haven’t seen before. The biggest one is the fact you have the ability to change out the switches. ASUS actually includes two extra OMRON switches. This does really extend the life of the mouse far past anything else that is really out there. Also this is the world’s first mouse to have a 2000 Hz polling rate, although I’m not exactly sure you are going to notice compared to a 1000 Hz mouse. The other thing that was cool about this mouse is that it comes with a removable USB cable, that makes it much easier to take with you to LAN parties.
ASUS has really put together a great mouse not only for FPS gamers, but all-around gamers. It is very comfortable, responsive and packs in some great features. On top of that ASUS gives you extra OMRON switches, mouse feet, and two detachable USB cables. It really is the full package.
Right now you can pick up the ROG Gladius at my favorite online retailer for $69.95. While it is a bit more expensive than other mice in its category the accessories and features do make up for it. Overall ThinkComputers gives the ASUS ROG Gladius Gaming Mouse a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award.
– Simple & Comfortable design
– Replaceable switches
– Two detachable USB cables & carrying case
– 6400 DPI sensor
– Can only switch between two DPI’s on the fly