ASUS ROG Gladius II
Gaming Mouse (Wireless)
The Republic of Gamers brand is something that we’ve come to associate with excellent performance. The bits of hardware from ASUS that focuses on high-end gaming and looking good along the way. Translation, plenty of futuristic flourishes and RGB lighting. The new ASUS ROG Gladius II Wireless looks to be the premium wireless mouse from the company with this clear focus on gaming. The list of features you’d expect to find are all here – a versatile and responsive high-quality sensor, a fast polling rate, full software support and customisation, a sturdy build.
With a shape that is both comfortable and familiar, where the ROG Gladius II Wireless stands out comes with its dual support for 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth wireless signals. Plus, a few other features. This gives the mouse an edge over some competitors based on the number of devices it can readily connect to, which sits nicely alongside its high-performance capabilities. The only real downside is that there is a noticeable difference between the results you get when switching between the two wireless options.
ROG Balteus Qi
What's better than a wireless gaming mouse like the ROG Gladius II? Well that would be pairing it with the ROG Balteus Qi, a mousepad that doubles as a wireless charger. ASUS were kind enough to send one for testing alongside the Gladius and we have to say the results are impressive. No need to charge ever, and the RGB sync and smooth surface brings out the best of the hardware.
Right, so as mentioned above the look and feel of the Gladius II Wireless is familiar. A shape that supports different grip-styles with comfortable rubberised sides and an overall weight that reminded us of the Razer Mamba Wireless
. There are differences, but truth be told we were hoping for it to feel like the Razer offering – in that the Mamba is one of our go-to mice for wireless gaming. Build quality is also excellent and lives up to the price-tag. Coupled with the gaming-grade PixArt sensor and Omron switches, there is familiarity sure, but also one neat little surprise when it comes to the latter.
In that you’re able to swap out the Omron switches for a different click-feel, extending the already impressive 50-million click lifespan by a few more zeroes. This is a nice touch, that alongside the Bluetooth capabilities of the mouse help in making it stand out. But, as touched upon in the introduction when in Bluetooth mode the Gladius II Wireless is less responsive and doesn’t make full use of its potential – thanks mainly to a slower polling rate.
- Sensor: PixArt PMW3389
- DPI: 16,000 fully customisable
- LED Color: RGB
- Polling Rate: Up to 1000 Hz
- Buttons: Six
- Weight: 130 g
- Cable Length: 2.0 m
The plus side to using the Gladius II in Bluetooth mode, outside of the ease in which you’ll be able to connect it up to a laptop or portable device is the longer battery life – at around 55 hours with RGB lighting disabled. Switching to the better performing 2.4 GHz signal and the battery life drops to around 35 hours or so without lighting. The increased polling rate found here coupled with the excellent performance of the PixArt PMW3389 sensor means that this is really the only way to go when gaming with titles like Borderlands 3, Overwatch, of Rainbow Six Siege.
Compatible with ASUS’s own Armoury II software, this was where we setup the various DPI profiles and settings – in addition to syncing some of the RGB lights. Batteries be damned. Ahem. With several hours spent across the titles mentioned above we didn’t notice any lag or acceleration issues or any wireless problems in general. As a premium gaming mouse, and a wireless one at that, it’s hard to fault the ASUS ROG Gladius II.