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ASUS ROG SPATHA Review

ASUS ROG SPATHA Review

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In recent times, ASUS have become quite expert at moving into new product areas. From the core business of motherboards years ago, they expanded intelligently into various markets, creating excellent products like the Transformer tablet range, their own soundcards and more recently peripherals. Today’s review is a mouse from that range while also being part of the Republic of Gamers brand. Welcome to our ASUS ROG SPATHA Review.

ASUS ROG SPATHA Review – Packaging and Bundle

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source ASUS package the Spatha in a big chunky box and inside we find a set of product documentation, the mouse suspended in high-quality foam, and a hard case containing the various extras.

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Those extras are the dock, a couple of USB cables 1m/2m (one for the mouse, one for the dock ), ROG stickers, replacement mouse buttons (yay!) and a screwdriver to assist with that task. There are also a couple of items which allow us to mount the dock close to vertical if we wish.

ASUS ROG SPATHA Review – The Mouse

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http://www.lakecharlesclinicaltrials.com/homework-help-on-report-of-michigan-state/ The Spatha (it is super hard not to write Sparta… why ASUS…why!!!?) is a right-handed mouse which uses a magnesium allow chassis, mixing textured and smooth finishes. Looking down the front of the mouse we find the USB cable port and above it left/right click (Omron), illuminated scroll wheel (Alps, clickable), an extra button to the rear of that and two extra buttons along the side of the left click.

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Down the right-hand side of the mouse, we have a panel which allows us to rest our ring finger and beneath that a textured rubber surface which we can rest our smallest finger on. The left side has its own rubber area which provides grip for our thumb and also located here are six thumb buttons.

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enter site Flipping the Spatha over we find four screw covers which are easily removed to take the mouse apart. Around the edges ar four low-friction feet  and towards the middle, two pins for charging from the dock, a pairing button, and power button. Then in the centre, we have the sensor, an 8200 DPI, 150 IPS unit with 30g acceleration.

ASUS ROG SPATHA Review – Software

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get We manage and configure the Spatha using the ASUS Armoury software and our experience with that starts with setting a profile. From there we can configure the 12 buttons to our needs before moving to control of the mouse performance. Setting options such as polling up to 2000Hz and angle snapping. Lighting is up next, allowing us to set colours and effects such as breathing on the thumb area, wheel and palm area logo.

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The Spatha also includes the ability to tailor performance for various surfaces, some pre-set with the ability to enable manual configuration too. Next up is our battery/power configuration which allows us to set warnings and power saving modes before we end on the Macro screen. Also available is a settings screen which allows us to check and if necessary, update the firmware on the mouse and dock.

ASUS ROG SPATHA Review – Conclusion

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ASUS have done very well at creating an overall package which impresses from the moment you start to unbox the device. The box is made well, the mouse presented nicely inside and the inclusion of a hard case is always appreciated. As far as bundled extras go, ASUS have things almost spot on. The only thing missing is a set of replacement feet but the inclusion of a second USB cable does see ASUS take things a little further than most of the competition.

As far as the mouse design goes, there is a lot of personal preference involved (for example we’d prefer a more rubberised coating) however, for the most part, ASUS have created an impressive product. The Spatha is a comfortable mouse to hold in palm or claw grip and we like that the switches can be replaced adding some potential for an alternate feel and enhancing the long-term durability of the mouse. As with other mice which can be taken apart, we think it is odd that ASUS go with a non-standard screw for this process as anyone who loses the tiny bundled screwdriver can’t just reach into a nearby drawer for another, but that is a minor issue overall. If there was one thing we would change about the design it would be a slight tweak to the thumb button area. ASUS have packed six buttons in there which is great but there isn’t a lot of room for applying pressure to the body, using our thumb, to help move the mouse. The buttons do have decent resistance but we are pressing against one to move the mouse… maybe having one less button, or splitting another and having the bottom button be a panel to rest on would have been a solution to this.

On the performance front, we have no complaints. The mouse tracks very well, glides smoothly and with the ability to switch between two DPI profiles quickly we can move this mouse into the FPS arena easily, as well as using it for the more MMO orientated tasks it is designed for. 8200 DPI is more than enough for the vast majority of gamers, 2000hz polling is at the cutting edge of the market and ASUS provide plenty of profiles (and Macro space) to tailor the mouse as we see fit. Something which is very easy using their Armoury software. It is a responsive, feature packed application which is very intuitive.

Summary: A few minor design quibbles which are more about personal preference than anything else.  Overall a very impressive mouse, from the moment it is unboxed right through the gaming experience.

 

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