The ROG Gladius II wireless gaming mouse is ASUS ROG’s latest release in their cursor driver arsenal. It’s a right handed ergonomic mouse that’s made primarily for quick and seamless connection of movement from human to digital output – with the label to effortlessly drive out the competition with it’s form factor and wireless capability; will it really be able to deliver?
Sensor: PixArt PMW3389
Main Switches: Omron D2FC-F-K 50M & Omron D2F-01F
Wheel Encoder: Alps (9 mm height)
Size: 126 mm x 67 mm x 45 mm
Size (inches): 5″ x 2.6″ x 1.8″
Number of Buttons: 6
Weight: 125 g (4.41 oz) without cable
Resolution: 100–16,000 CPI
Polling Rate: 125–1000 Hz
Wireless: 2.4 GHz & Bluetooth
Battery: Built-in, 800 mAH
Cable: 1.8 m long, braided
Software: ROG Armoury
What’s in the box?
The box is what you would expect from a premium brand like ASUS ROG – clear and elegant prints with everything you need to see displayed not too scattered but not also lacking.
Inside the box is the ROG Gladius 2 wireless mouse, the USB wireless receiver, a small pouch, a braided cable about 1 meter long, and the manual with some ROG stickers. Neat packaging and will never fail in protecting your peripheral in harsh handling in transit
If you already have a Gladius II wired version, you will have the “dejavu” moment that’ll hit you in the phase with a feeling of “hey my old friend” the mouse features the exact shadow of the Gladius II in a more wireless and less messy platform.
Here are some difference that I’ve noticed compared to the original Gladius II: they removed the DPI target button which is fine because I think almost all users rarely use this button. For the RGB fans out there though, you will quickly see that ASUS removed the under-glow RGB lighting from the mouse. I see that ASUS ROG is continuing the subtle motif they have been sticking with since late 2018.
The maximum DPI limit is raised up to 16000DPI compared to the earlier wired version of 12000DPI. The weight of the mouse also increased around 15g because of the battery for wireless functionality and wireless charging, but you wont feel the difference with the wired mouse, and for me personally, the wired one feels heavier because of the wire.
The battery can last around 24hrs using 2.4ghz wireless mode and 25hrs with the Bluetooth mode. The performance and latency difference between using the 2.4GHz wireless and Bluetooth mode is not that really noticeable. A plus factor is you can actually use the mouse on other devices like a tablet, mobile phones or laptop that doesn’t have an available USB port. Or maybe there are instances when you misplace the USB wireless dongle as there is a high chance to misplace this such small device if they are not together.
Unfortunately, there is no pocket or compartment on the mouse itself to store the USB dongle safely.
For the software, you need to use the Armory II which can be downloaded from the ASUS website. With this software, you can configure the settings such as; DPI, Macro, Lighting, key bindings and Aura Sync.
The ASUS ROG Gladius II Wireless is the familiar face around the block that came back from his migration to a developed eutopian country in europe probably.
It feels and it is the same mouse you knew but improved for better accessibility in the wireless era. of course integration to a much more complicated category will have the mouse fit in with the rest of the kids with an updated 2019 motif of simplicity and elegance together with some improvements with practicality and common sense in lowering the weight down of a mouse that just received an additional weight through the batteries.
The mouse is a power packed – cursor driver, that carries the glory of an already well performing mouse in to the stars where it could carry on to the future