The variety of gaming peripherals can only be envied. Each manufacturer releases and gradually modernizes mice of all possible form factors. In the updated flagship ASUS ROG, Gladius III Wireless improved the asymmetric shape, updated the hardware, and most importantly, retained many of the trademark features of the Republic of Gamers.
- Number of buttons: 6 + Bluetooth pairing button + profile switch.
- Sensor: Pixart PAW3370 optical.
- Sampling rate: 1000 Hz.
- Sensor resolution: up to 19,000 DPI.
- Speed: 400 inches / s.
- Switches: Mechanical ROG Micro Switches or Optical Omron D2FP-FN.
- Body materials: hard plastic.
- Backlighting: logo, wheel area, and sidewall, RGB.
- Connection: wireless via USB transmitter or Bluetooth, wired via USB.
- Cable: Detachable USB Type-C in a cloth braid, 2 meters.
- Dimensions: 126 × 67 × 45 mm.
- Weight without cable: 89 grams.
- Power supply: built-in lithium battery.
Appearance and ergonomics
The shape of the ASUS ROG Gladius III is classic in every sense. It is a large, asymmetrical mouse with a noticeable bulge in the middle part, on which the right-hand rests completely. There are prominent thumb and pinky depressions on the sides. The notches additionally contribute to grip. That is, they solve the issue of slipping in a wet palm. Earlier, I scolded the mouse for the lack of rubberized pads, but it is not at all difficult to hold such a manipulator. At your discretion, you can use the universal anti-slip stickers.
The body is made of hard plastic with no texture. The material quickly becomes covered with fingerprints; regular cleaning with microfiber and a special liquid is required. There is a minimum of glossy details: one of the additional buttons and recesses for the USB transmitter and cable. Pay attention to the inserts at the scroll wheel. Usually, they are easily soiled glossy, but here practical diagonal notches are made. Among other things, they help you navigate while scrolling.
The weight of 89 grams is fully consistent with the dimensions, especially considering the wireless connection and the built-in battery. A wired version of the ROG Gladius III weighs only 79 grams – not much for a large asymmetric paddle.
The novelty departed from the translucent style, returning to the black classic with three lighting zones. In addition to the wheel and the logo – this is a distinctive feature.
Iron and performance
In the new generation of mice, ASUS relies on its own mechanical switches ROG Micro Switches with a resource of 70 million clicks. They are installed by default—distinctive features: soft stroke and muffled click. Spring-loaded hinges eliminate backlash before actuation. There is also no free play afterward. Both main keys have horizontal backlash, which does not affect the actual use in any way.
It’s a good tradition in the Republic of Gamers to provide alternatives. In this case, the kit includes Omron D2FP-FN optical switches with white flags. They differ in a slightly more pressing force and a sonorous click. The advantage of optics is the absence of contact bounce delay, which gives the best performance. In practice, the difference is not critical. The very fact that there is a choice between mechanics and optics is encouraging.
The wheel has a stepped stroke without extraneous noise during fast scrolling. The effort required is comparable to other buttons. Additional keys are distinguished by unusual kinematics – no backlash before actuation and free play after. Kailh manufactures the wheel encoder and side button switches. Another center button that changes DPI is a regular microswitch with a tight short stroke.
In terms of sensors, the company continues to focus on Pixart. This time, the PAW3370 optical sensor is selected with a native resolution of 19,000 DPI and software overclocking up to 26,000 DPI. In every sense, this is a flagship solution with maximum accuracy, the complete absence of disruptions, and other harmful phenomena. A blinking backlight accompanies the change of resolution by the central button.
Four Teflon feet are responsible for sliding, and the kit contains a replacement that can be re-glued as it wears out.
Connection and autonomy
As noted above, we have before us a wireless version of ROG Gladius III with three connection methods. The main thing is its own USB receiver, hidden in a tray with a magnetic lock at the bottom of the case. The radio channel is inferior to the wire either in quality or functionality: the connection is stable, the polling frequency is up to 1000 Hz. When paired with a laptop, it is convenient to use Bluetooth 5.1 with a limited to 125 Hz sensor polling rate. Exit from sleep is the same instant as via USB.
A lithium battery is installed inside. With the backlight turned off, the battery life reaches 55 hours when connected via a USB receiver and 89 hours when using Bluetooth. In two weeks of real testing, assuming 2-3 hours of daily use, the battery level dropped from 100% to 25%. The backlight brightness was set to 50%, and the polling rate was set to 1000 Hz.
A flashing red backlight indicates a low battery level. A discharged mouse can be connected to a computer using a wire – this is the third connection method. Hidden in the front of the case is USB-C, which allows the use of third-party wires.
Included is an excellent 2m Paracord fabric braided cable. Reusable Velcro clamp available. The same wire paired with an adapter can be used as an extension cord to bring the receiver to the table closer to the mouse.
Armory Crate Utility
Management of all ASUS peripherals is concentrated in one utility; ROG Gladius III is fully supported. The primary function is to reassign all keys except the LMB. Among the possible actions and the standard set, there is a double click and automatic input of arbitrary text.
The sensor settings deserve special attention. The utility allows you to set four DPI presets. For everyone who uses a mouse to work, I advise you to enable angular snapping, which helps to draw absolutely straight lines. Among other things, the top mouse offers two levels of lift-off distance and calibration for a specific mat.
The next screen displays the charge indicator, configures the sleep mode timeout, and the level at which the backlight starts blinking to notify about the imminent discharge.
All sections are accessible when using Bluetooth. A couple of settings are missing – the sampling rate of the sensor and the synchronization of the ASUS AURA backlight.
All settings are stored in the internal memory for five profiles. A separate button for changing profiles is located on the base of the housing next to the sensor.
To maintain the background work of Armory Crate, a dozen processes are running in the background with a total consumption of 50 MB of RAM. There are two complaints about the utility: a reboot requirement after a firmware update and an error in Russification displaying “row_194” in the power section.
Feedback after two weeks of use
Before us is the case when, after lengthy testing, the shortcomings did not surface, ROG Gladius III Wireless – this is in every sense a top item that justifies the price of 10,000 rubles. The sides are made of plastic, and the top cover is soiled – rather nitpicking. Compared to the previous generation of Gladius and other Republic of Gamers mice, the hardware has been updated, and the old nuances have been corrected. First of all, I mean the availability of the utility and the speed of waking up when using Bluetooth. Among other things, the collapsible design with the ability to replace switches and Teflon pads pleases. These elements are primarily susceptible to wear and tear, and by replacing them, you can significantly increase the resource of the mouse.
- large asymmetrical shape;
- two wireless interfaces at once;
- access to the utility and instant exit from sleep via Bluetooth;
- the ability to choose between mechanical and optical switches;
- advanced sensor with native resolution of 19,000 DPI and overclocking up to 26,000 DPI;
- USB Type-C on the case;
- handy utility Armory Crate.
May not like:
- hard plastic on the sides;
- soiled top cover.