It would be fair to say we all know ASUS make great motherboard and graphics cards, right? Or that most of you know they have a highly regarded set of audio products? Great, well recently they launched a mouse which is designed to go the extra mile… or many extra clicks in fact. Today we check it out in our ASUS Gladius Review.
ASUS Gladius Review – Packaging and Bundle
The Gladius is part of the ASUS Republic of Gamers brand and so it arrives in a box with styling which matches other products in the range. We get a nice clear image of the mouse and some key features on the front. The surface opens up to reveal the mouse encased in plastic along with more details on the features. Inside our bundle starts with a thorough manual and continues on through case stickers, extra/replacement mouse feet, a travel pouch and then two cables. One braided, one ruberised so that we can go with the feel we prefer… or so that we have a spare if one develops a fault.
Speaking of developing a fault. ASUS also provide the above items with the Gladius. Although the default D2FC-F-7N mouse buttons on this device are designed to last 20million clicks, we have spares. These are Omron switches with different resistance (D2F-01F)but also with 20m click lifespan, giving us 40million clicks in total. How do we replace them? We peel off the mouse feet, unscrew the base, pull out the faulty switch and then push these in before closing. Nice and simple. ASUS also note that we can go with alternate switches to change the feel with the full support list being:
-Omron D2F Series switches: D2F, D2F-F, D2F-01, D2F-01F
-Omron D2FC Series switches: D2FC-3M, D2FC-F-7N, D2FC-F-7N(10M), D2FC-F-7N(20M)
ASUS Gladius Review – The Mouse
The Gladius is shown above and it uses a plastic body, split so that the main mouse buttons are seperate to the palm area. ASUS go with a steel grey colour and add a little extra style via a red LED scroll wheel and ROG logo on the palm area. A further LED is found behind the Alps based scroll wheel and tell us via on/off if what the DPI switch button next to it is set to. Basically low DPI or high DPI. Looking at the front view, the USB port us almost hidden and in terms of dimensions the Gladius measures 126x67x45mm with a weight of 116g.
Turning round to the left side we find a curved thumb area which is rubberised and features a Mayan pattern. There are two buttons here which ASUS have designed to action as we slide our thumb along. Then over at the right the have a similar rubber section, though no buttons. This is very much a right handed mouse.
Turning the Gladius upside down we see that there are four low friction feet and a product information sticker. A small switch sits towards the front edge and locks the cable in place then in the centre we have our 6400dpi optical sensor. In terms of other key specifications we have 200ips, 50g acceleration, 1000Hz polling and a lift off distance of 1.5mm.
ASUS Gladius Review – Software
ASUS call their ROG Gladius software, Armoury and upon launching it (we can update firmware in a stand alone app, first) the screen which is displayed allows us to manage profiles, launch the macro editor or configure each of the six buttons on the mouse. Moving to the Performance tab we find our two DPI settings which can be assigned to the top switch, our acceleration, angle snapping and polling rate. (NOTE: ASUS state 1000Hz polling however 2000Hz is available)
Next up is our Lighting tabs which allow us to set the LEDs constant or breathing and control whether the scroll wheel, DPI LED and logo are on/off. Finally we have the Calibration tab which allows us to configure the sensor for the surface it will be used on. We can do this manually (as well as tweak lift off) or select from pre-set options which ASUS have provided for the likes of wood, plastic, cloth and so on.
ASUS Gladius Review – User Experience and Conclusion
As we often do, we didn’t read much about the product before starting this review. Yes we knew some of the basics but going in with minimal information always gives a closer experience to the one consumers will have. In that way, the Gladius immediately impresses thanks to a thorough bundle. The manual is well written, the extra feet are always appreciated and the travel pouch a nice touch. Then of course we find two cables, great… even if we would prefer both were 2m rather than the rubber one being shorter (1m) and then of course there is the additional mouse switches. Thats a great idea from ASUS.
Overall that concept of easy to replace switches is a good one, both for those who want a different feel but also for those who may find their mouse develops a button fault. Our only criticism in this are is that the screws to open the mouse should not be beneath the low friction feet. They should be visible and easy to access without that step.
So far so good then, and when we consider the price point of the Gladius (£65) in the UK we certainly have a competitively priced model. Especially with the extras/configuration options.
In terms of performance we had no issues with the Gladius. It tracks well on various surfaces and at high DPI is sufficiently fast. The software is intuitive and responsive however we feel the default DPI is a little sluggish. That could be set higher at the factory to give a better out of box experience. Changes to settings are applied quickly and angle snapping works as it should, as do tweaks to lift off distance. We don’t really get the slide to action statements which ASUS note on their product info, certainly we just used the thumb buttons as we would any other mouse… but the main left and right feel great and are nice and responsive.
Summary: Some great functionality, decent software and a comfortable shape. All backed by high level performance wins the Gladius that very award.
The Asus Gladius is available from Overclockers.