The assortment of game products in the ASUS ROG line continues to expand inexorably, and we, in our turn, continue to acquaint the regular readers of our portal with it. The new mouse of the premium class, which is devoted to this review, is called ASUS ROG Pugio. Why so? The fact is that the company’s marketing specialists have chosen for mice names borrowed from ancient types of cold weapons (for example – Gladius , Sica , Spatha , for which we have already reviewed earlier).
Not an exception ASUS ROG Pugio, which is a wide double-edged dagger of Roman legionnaires from the middle of the first century BC. This name of the mouse subtly hints at its symmetrical form and universality (Pugio was used with equal success both for cutting enemies of the empire in close combat, and for the everyday needs of soldiers). Consider this device in more detail.
The packaging of ASUS ROG Pugio mouse turned out to be quite colorful on the pictures, descriptions of the main advantages of the product and its technical characteristics. Information here is more than enough even for the inexperienced in matters of the game periphery of the user.
The front cover of the box is held on the Velcro and opens easily, allowing you to look at the mouse “live”. However, to try on its form in this version still does not work.
In addition to the instructions for use, the following items were found in the delivery set: an adhesive metallic ROG logo, a triangular plastic case with replaceable buttons and switches, and a bag with straps for carrying the device.
Unlike the vast majority of modern mice that are characterized by rounded body shapes, the ASUS ROG Pugio looks slightly angular. And this feature designers tried in every possible way to emphasize by adding direct elements that fit together under the slopes. The top cover is made of matte gray plastic, smooth to the touch. Panels of the main buttons are separate from the rest of the case, after all, according to rumors, this improves the speed of pressing and tactile sensations of the user.
The stiffness of the LMB and PCM switches is average, they work with a low informative click, they do not have backlash and free play. Behind the scroll wheel is a trapezoidal glossy resolution change button, followed by a strip of white indicator.
The left sidewall is rubberized and has a cunning texture made in the form of reliefs of the “Maya tribe”. This panel has an inwardly inclined depression in the middle, but purely at the expense of the more convex aft part of the mouse. In the hand, this is felt quite unusual, but does not cause rejection. Two triangular profile side keys are also made unusually – their lower edge is glossy, and the top one is matte. The most convenient way to press these buttons, slipping on them with your finger from the bottom up, because the slippery gloss here is more of a constructive solution than the design. Behind the buttons is built in a strip of LED backlight, which smoothly passes into the back of the mouse body.
The front part of ASUS ROG Pugio mouse case is understated. As a whole its covering is matte, but on the sides it is decorated with inclined glossy strips made in the form of depressions. The signal cord enters the case exactly in the middle and is equipped with a powerful rubber insert for protection against bending. The scrolling wheel is rubberized and also covered with relief a la “Maya”. It is clear and informative, with cutoff positions that are felt both tactilely and by ear.Scrolling is accompanied by muffled clicks. Press the middle button under the wheel without much effort and quite quietly. The scroll wheel has a slight backlash horizontally, but only if it is shaken specially. Spontaneously the wheel does not hang out, even if the mouse is very shaken. The quality of fit is good.
The USB signal cable is two meters long and wrapped in a nylon sheath. The cord has a velcro for adjusting its length, the ferrite magnet is missing. The stiffness of the wire is average. Closer to the connector is a sticker with mandatory information about the electrical characteristics of the product and the serial number (duplicating the number on the base of the mouse).
The right side of the mouse is a completely mirror image of its left sidewall. Here, too, there are two additional side buttons.
A remarkable feature of the mouse ASUS ROG Pugio (which is hinted at by its name), is its “double-edged”. It is expressed in the symmetry of the shape of the body, which makes it equally convenient to use the manipulator with both left and right hands. But that’s not all. Panels of side buttons on both sides are easily removable and held on magnets. In their place, you can put the stubs, if you do not want to press the left or right keys randomly.
Two plugs (for the left and right side of the mouse), together with two replaceable switches of the main buttons, are stored in a special triangular plastic case with soft interiors.
This is how the stub is installed, which does not allow you to press the side buttons. Depending on the user’s desire, four configuration options are possible: with two buttons on both sides, with keys on the left side, only on the right side or without any side buttons.
The upper part of it is formed by a plastic gray panel on which there is an illuminated ROG logo. From the bottom on the sides are mounted triangular inserts of tinted transparent plastic, reminiscent of the eyes. On the bottom of the inserts is a translucent plastic colored LED, well, the central part is made of black matte plastic and recessed inside.
The symmetrical shape of the case will be equally convenient for left-handers and right-handers in the palm or finger grip. A nail claw here will be already inconvenient. The balance of weight in the body is well maintained, if you detach from the surface, the manipulator does not deviate from the horizontal anywhere.
RGB-illuminated areas on the mouse are a scroll wheel, a logo on the stern and an LED strip that runs around the back of the case. The color rendering in general looks nice, in addition, there are a number of amusing light effects.The only drawback – the white color strongly casts blue.
On the basis of the mouse, decorated with ornate relief, there are three Teflon legs of medium size – two in the corners in front and one in the back. The serial number label is located near the rear leg. In the center there is a triangular window of the optical sensor with invisible infrared illumination. And four rubber plugs cover the mounting screws.
The second major feature of ASUS ROG Pugio mouse is that it is easily disassembled without violating warranty conditions. Under the plugs there are four cross screws, having unscrewed which you can easily open the case.
The top panel should be removed carefully so as not to damage the cable leading to the indicator and the resolution change button.
The location of internal components here is pretty dense, but there is a significant amount of removable connectors.For example, the signal cable is easily detachable for replacement in case of damage
The third main feature of ASUS ROG Pugio is the easily removable switches of the main buttons, which do not break apart, but are simply inserted into special sockets. By default, the Chinese Omron D2FC-FK (50M) blue switches are set here, with a total of 50 million keystrokes. In the kit there are two interchangeable gray switches D2F-01F Omron manufactured in Japan, but calculated for only 1 million operations. Probably, they are supposed to be put as an urgent temporary replacement, if the mechanisms suddenly fail. The following types of Omron switches are suitable for these jacks: D2F, D2F-F, D2F-01, D2F-01F, D2FC-3M, D2FC-F-7N, D2FC-F-7N (10M), D2FC-F-7N (20M) , D2FC-FK (50M). The mechanical scrolling wheel encoder is made by the respected ALPS firm.
And, finally, the most important thing. The heart of the mouse is the Pixart PMW3330DM-TZQU optical sensor, which is a more advanced version of the PMW 3310 with an integrated infrared LED in the chip itself and slightly improved characteristics. I note that this sensor is a novelty in the market, and personally I find it in mice for the first time.
Mouse ASUS ROG Pugio uses as a software universal multilingual driver ROG Armoury. It allows you to automatically or forcefully update the software and firmware of the manipulator, it can work both permanently and on demand, and supports 12 interface languages. Here, there are direct links to the official site of rog.asus.com and the brand page in the social network Facebook.
The basic setup screen allows you to reassign commands on all eight mouse buttons and two directions of the scroll wheel. There are standard mouse and keyboard commands, Windows application functions, macros and multimedia commands. All settings can be stored in three individual airborne profiles, activation of which is carried out by pressing a combination of keys of the mouse or is bound to the start of certain programs.
In the “performance” settings, the sensor resolution is adjustable in the range from 50 to 7200 dpi in steps of 50 dpi.You can set two separate sensitivity levels, which will be switched by a special button, and displayed as a lighted or off indicator. In addition, here you can enable or disable the angular binding of the cursor, adjust the level of its acceleration or de-iceleration within 10 units, adjust the frequency of the sensor’s interrogation to 125, 250, 500 or 1000 Hz, and also to adjust the reaction speed of the switches, ranging from 4 to 32 ms.
Lighting adjustment allows you to selectively associate or select a color, brightness and light effect for the logo, scroll wheel and LED on the base of the mouse. From the effects you can use static glow, the “breathing” mode, cyclic color change, flashes when you press any button, the mode of an iridescent light wave, or “comet” – when the flash runs through the diodes. To adjust the brightness, there are five levels, including a complete turn off the backlight. The color palette allows you to customize the display of 16.8 million color combinations, although the fact that there is a special difference between them can not catch the eye.
Calibration allows you to adjust the height of the detachment of the sensor from the surface for a specific type of mat.This can be done by selecting surfaces from the list with ready-made settings or manually setting the tear-off height to be low, medium, or high. In any case, the program does not change the setting at once, but asks to move the mouse over the surface to make sure that it is read correctly.
The macro editor is simple. Here, in order the keys of the keyboard and mouse are registered, and the scroll wheel is scrolled, taking into account the time delays or without them. All macros are saved with individual names.
Aura Sync backlight synchronization mode allows you to combine color schemes of different devices from ASUS – monitors, keyboards, mice, motherboards and video cards. In our case, this was all unavailable, since there were no other products at hand.
The statistics module on activation collects quantitative data about the use of the mouse. Calculate the number of clicks on the left and right mouse buttons, the frequency of actions per minute (APM – actions per minute) and the distance traveled in centimeters. Practical value, these indicators probably do not represent, but purely out of curiosity, you can turn on this module a couple of times to check.
The mouse ASUS ROG Pugio was tested on two fabric surfaces – a rug Razer Goliathus WoT Edition and MSI JUST GAME Mouse Pad. In both cases, she showed herself on the positive side. But let’s start with a description of ergonomics. As mentioned above, it differs from the now familiar rounded forms and takes some time to get used to.Only after a few days of use, the contours of the body begin to be perceived as natural. The mouse becomes familiar in finger or palm grip, although I’d give preference to the finger grip.
The good balance and light weight of the case allow you to fully control the mouse with high-speed movements on the rug. All buttons are extremely responsive and clear when pressed, the scroll wheel is also pleased me with the nature of its work. Covering the top panel is resistant to contamination, but not very good evaporates the liquid, which can lead to fogging your hands. Rubber sidewalls remain clean after a couple of weeks of use. The legs are slippery enough and the mouse has a certain amount of inertia on the “fast” surfaces. The backlight looks good and alive. The software is simple and straightforward, and most importantly – it is only necessary for the initial setup of the mouse, because thanks to the built-in memory it works perfectly and without a driver.
The Pixart PMW 3330 works just as well, and in many ways even better, as its predecessor in the PMW 3310. This sensor is almost impossible to tear down, it is undemanding in color, texture and surface quality. The maximum speed is 3.8 m / s. There is no acceleration (unless you just turn it on) and the anti-aliasing effect is low. The height of separation is adjustable from 1 to 3 mm, with minimal settings, the cursor only slightly shifts when it detaches from the surface. These parameters can sag at maximum sensitivity values of the sensor, however in the range up to 4000 dpi the behavior of PMW 3330 is absolutely stable.
The mouse ASUS ROG Pugio is qualitative in every respect game manipulator. It has an excellent sensor, built-in memory, decent switches and a scroll wheel, a well-assembled body and a beautiful backlight. The uniqueness of Pugio, as well as practically the whole modern ROG-series of gaming mice, consists in the possibility of easy disassembly of the case and quick replacement of switches without the use of a soldering iron. In addition, users can customize it for use with both left and right hand, thanks to removable magnetic panels of additional keys.
The retail price ASUS ROG Pugio is at the level of the upper segments of the manipulators of competing firms, but in this case it is more than justified by the quality and functionality of the device. And in the assortment of ASUS it is, perhaps, one of the most balanced in all parameters of mice.