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,Introduction

,The ASUS mouse range has always been a bit of an anomaly in their vast range of products. As we’re sure you’re aware ASUS have a product that covers every possible thing you could ever associate with PCs, from cases to monitors and everything in between.,When it comes to their peripherals, even the ROG ones, they are more fine enough than anything particularly earth-shattering. With the exception of a couple of mice, nearly all of them are following the market trends rather than setting them. It might seem like a small thing but when you consider how much of modern PC hardware has been designed by ASUS and copied by others it means you’re left with the impression that their peripheral department is the red-headed stepchild of their setup. It’s not to say they’re bad per se, just that they are things we’ve seen before but with an ASUS logo.,The Gladius III is the third model in the ASUS ROG Gladius range, and with a beefy sensor and some excellent lighting it promises much, particularly if you’re the type of gamer who wants a light weight mouse without resorting to having holes cut into the chassis. Let’s take a closer look.,

Technical Specifications

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Up Close

,In keeping with the revamped box design that the Republic Of Gamers arm underwent a couple of years ago, the Gladius III is a mainly black box with red accents and clear product imagery.,unnamed file 2964
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As befits a ROG product you get a good selection of bits and bobs within the box. There is the quick start guide, some alternative microswitches and a pair of tweezers to remove the current ones, as well as new feet and some stickers to show off your brand loyalty.,
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,The top view gives a good look at the shape of the Gladius III. Whilst it’s listed as a right-handed mouse we think the curve is subtle enough that those of you left-handed people who are used to putting up with a right-handed rodent won’t have any difficulties using the Gladius.,
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,On the underside we have four large low friction feet, replaceable should you wear them out as you saw above. Below the sensor are the two covers for the screws which free the top if you want to swap out the microswitches, and between them is the profile cycle button. We’ve no idea why ASUS insist on putting the profile swap button on the underside. Clearly this was designed by someone who doesn’t use that feature.,
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,The left hand side has the standard pair of side buttons that have so long been the default setup for mice since they first appeared on the Microsoft Intellimouse all those years ago. You can also get a closer look at the ROG Gladius branded lighting on the side, which has been also shown off at the top of this page and in two pages time.,
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Lastly the right hand side is coated with a high-grip ridged surface to keep the Gladius III under your control during even the most frenetic gaming sessions.,
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Software,The ROG Gladius III is, like much of the ASUS range these days, controlled via the Armoury Crate software. It’s still rough around the edges and bloated, but it’s a great improvement on ASUS software of old. It’s got a way to go yet but at least it’s heading towards the class-leading iCUE software, instead of being down amongst the ‘shoestring budget’ software you get with certain brands. You even get most of the ASUS mouse mats as default options in the surface calibration setup.,unnamed file 2981
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Lighting,

As you would expect from an ASUS product the lighting is clear in colour and subtle in brightness. Often we’ve had mice that dazzled us, which is fine for showing it off in photographs or videos but distracting in daily use. Given the unique nature of the Gladius text on the side it’s a bit of a shame that it’s placed on the undercut of the thumb side and thus hidden most of the time.,unnamed file 2991
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Conclusion,The first thing that strikes you about the Gladius III, although by no means it’s main feature, is the weight. Or, rather, the lack of weight. Many mice have recently been appeared with sub 80g weights and it’s something we can definitely get on board with. Whilst some mice go down the adjustable weight route, a light mouse is perfect for those marathon sessions. Weight equals inertia after all, so the lighter it can be the less your wrist has to do to move it and thus the longer you can play without fatigue. Sure if you’re 20ish you’ll wonder why that’s a big issue, but as someone who has been moving mice for the best part of 35 years, eventually your wrists will cry enough and you will be grateful for a lighter model. It’s rated, and indeed weighs, at 79g, but it definitely feels lighter in the hand than that, partly due to it’s compact dimensions.,Similarly the coating is excellent with a matte feel and heavily textured side panel that keeps what little weight there is well under control. It’s very slightly right-handed, but the curve is so gentle that lefties who’ve practised on gently curved rodents will find nothing to quibble about. The side buttons are both large and well placed. We’ve seen a few mice come through the office that take minimalism on the side buttons to the extreme, perhaps forgetting that we need to be able to press them at the speed of thought whilst smiting our enemies. Although whilst we’re on the subject of designers doing odd things the profile switch button on the Gladius III is on the underside. A truly bizarre placement. Sure many people set their mice up to work in everything and never change a thing once it’s to their taste, but if you’re going to give us the ability to move profiles on the fly at least let us do it without lifting the mouse up and hunting for a tiny button.,Speaking of buttons the Gladius III has a crisp pair within the body but you also get a spare pair in the box. Whether you want to use them for the microscopic differences there might be between them, or just have them so that once you hit the multi-million click limit you can switch to a fresh pair is entirely up to you. We very much enjoyed it in “out of the box” spec and left well enough alone. He who breaks a thing to see how it can be improved has stepped onto the road to madness.,The lighting is excellent as you would expect from ASUS. The colour reproduction is excellent and even on 100% brightness it’s subtle enough to not keep catching your attention out of the corner of your eye. Although the side panel text is covered up by your thumb – and even if you play claw it’s tough to see when not looking at it horizontally – we really like it. It’s a nice touch and certainly unique to the Gladius III. However, everyone is here for the sensor. ASUS offer some software interpolation in the Armoury Crate to take it up to 26000 DPI if you so wish, but we will always take hardware tracking over any software option and with 19000 DPI @ 400 IPS you can have no cause for complaints. It’s fantastically accurate as all optical sensors are, tracks well with no inertia on those microfine motions nor unwanted angle snapping. It’s very much the star of the Gladius III show.,There is a wireless model available but we can only speak about the wired model we tested, although we can’t imagine how the wireless one will be any less impressive. With a light weight, outstanding sensor, crisp buttons and a very comfortable design the ASUS ROG Gladius III wins our OC3D Performance Award.,

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