Exactly two years ago we introduced our readers to one of the most accessible manipulators at that time, based on the then still new optical sensor PMW 3310 – the gaming mouse ASUS ROG Sica . After a while, the Taiwanese company decided to breathe a new life into this device and, slightly altering it, released a mouse similar to it as two drops of water, the mouse ASUS ROG Strix Impact. However, the most important thing is in the details, and we will not miss the opportunity to understand the small nuances of differences between Sica and ASUS ROG Strix Impact in this review, and to acquaint our readers with them.
The packaging of the game mouse came to us in a slightly shabby life, while being able to keep its contents intact. The box contains several beautiful images of the manipulator in different angles and a description of its main advantages. Technical data here, however, as well as on the official page, given a minimum.
The front part of the box opens and allows you to view the mouse without unpacking the package. It will not work out for her form. On the folding part of the box there is an inscription “symmetrical gaming optical mouse for 5000 dpi” translated into 23 languages. A valuable find for archaeologists of the distant future.
The package contains the mouse itself, an instruction manual and two labels with the ROG logo.
The shape and dimensions of the ASUS ROG Strix Impact have remained the same as those of the ROG Sica. Changed only the colors. The top panel is made of black non-slip plastic. The panels of the main keys are still separated from the rest of the case. Behind the scroll wheel there was a glossy resolution switch, followed by an arrow-shaped bright white indicator, indicating when activated that an alternative sensitivity level of the sensor was turned on. The switches of the left and right buttons became noticeably tighter (now the force of their pressing is slightly above average), and click louder. In Sica, the LMC and PKM were too soft and prone to accidental clicks. The middle button switch under the scroll wheel is soft and works with a muffled sound. The button for selecting the resolution is also soft, but much more resilient when activated.
As before, there are no buttons on the left side of the manipulator. The panels of the main keys became slightly larger, under them the red insert disappeared and only a black glossy strip remained. Matte plastic, applied on the side panel, has a high coefficient of adhesion and does not slip in the hands. In the back there is a triangular decorative relief, with patterns in the style of Mayan art.
The signal cord enters the mouse body exactly in the center. At the contact point there is a slight protection against inflection. The keypads are very well adjusted to the case. A small backlash of the panel is felt on the right button, the left one sits like a glove. The scrolling wheel is rubberized and also covered with “Maya” patterns. The positions of fixation in it are more likely to be seen by ear than by touch. Although you can not call it too loud. Noticeable cracking occurs only with a fast scrolling upwards.
The USB cable has a length of exactly 2 meters and is stripped of braids. He always tries to straighten himself and stretch himself, because it will be more accurately called elastic rather than rigid. This leads to the fact that using it with the cable holder will be extremely inconvenient and it is better to just put it on the table, resting the far part in some kind of support. Then the wire will minimize the movements of the manipulator.
The right side panel of the mouse completely copies its appearance to the left one. There is nothing remarkable here.
The mouse feed has a characteristic trapezoidal shape, allowing it to sit tightly in the user’s palm. In the upper part there is an illuminated logo of the ROG series.
The symmetrical shape of the manipulator body will make it convenient to use it both to lefties and right-handers. The mouse is most convenient for grips like “fingers” or “claws”. In the “palm” grip, she does not sit very well. But ASUS ROG Strix Impact is fully suitable for any size of the hand, from small to very large.
On the basis of the mouse there are three large Teflon legs, equipped with hooks to facilitate dismantling. The triangular window of the sensor PMW 3310 with invisible infrared illumination is located exactly in the center. The cover around it is made of plastic, and, since it is sufficiently convex, it can create an extra point of friction, worsening the sliding of the manipulator as a whole. Unfortunately, unlike Sica, ASUS ROG Strix Impact does not have special connectors for easy replacement of the switches of the main keys. Accordingly, he lost two rubber screws covered by rubber caps on the sides of the base, having unscrewed which the manipulator could easily be disassembled.
Nevertheless, in return the manufacturer equipped ASUS ROG Strix Impact with a beautiful RGB-illuminated logo, capable of displaying several light effects and adjustable in brightness. The second illumination area – the resolution indicator can only glow with white, and bright enough.
As a software ASUS ROG Strix Impact uses the universal driver ASUS ROG Armoury version 1.01.29. Mouse firmware update was not required, the current version of 1.03.01 is up-to-date. The program is available in 12 languages, which can be selected after installation. In addition to forcing the driver and firmware update, there is an option to configure the program’s autorun and automatic update check.
The basic mouse configuration screen allows you to reassign commands for four mouse buttons and two scroll directions. To change are available all the mouse commands, any key press, macro, basic Windows commands, any set of commands for multimedia control. It seems that the mouse does not have built-in memory, and the user is only available one profile of its settings. What is very strange, because a lot of profiles could be implemented and through the support of the driver.
In the performance settings, the resolution of the sensor is adjustable from 50 to 5000 cpi in steps of 50 cpi. You can configure two separate sensitivity levels, which will be switched by a special key. You can set the acceleration or de-acceleration of the cursor. The tear-off height and the angular linkage are not adjustable. There are four polling frequencies to choose from – 125, 250, 500 or 1000 Hz. In addition, the function of adjusting the response rate of buttons in the range from 4 to 32 ms is also available.
And the setting of the logo’s backlighting selects a color (any of 16.8 million reproduced shades), brightness (five levels) and a light effect including static backlighting, slow flashing, cyclic color change and reactive backlighting (lights up when you press the keys). In addition, you can completely turn off the resolution indicator, if its bright white glow will annoy the user.
The macro editor is very simple. The left tab of the tab contains a list of all the recorded macros. In the window where you record, you can enter keyboard commands and mouse clicks. Delays and repetitions can be set in the settings window, or can be edited manually. It is also possible to record without delay.
The synchronization mode allows you to associate the mouse backlight settings with other devices that support the Aura Sync backlight functions – for example, motherboards, keyboards, video cards and other equipment.
The ASUS ROG Strix Impact mouse was tested on a Razer Goliathus WoT (Speed medium) mat. The mouse has a universal body ergonomics, suitable for both left-handed and right-handed. It can not be called ideal, but on average the manipulator will lay down without problems and a long addiction to any hand. The body of the mouse has a small weight, which is evenly distributed along the axes, the surface is tenacious and the device will not fall out of the hand even in the hottest battles.
The main keys in ASUS ROG Strix Impact are more tactile in my opinion than it was in Sica. Resistance to pressing in them is chosen well, as well as the feedback from triggering is felt more clearly. This type of switches is ideal for MOBA games and a variety of “blinders”, where intensive “naklikivanie.” No complaints about the operation of the scroll wheel and the resolution switch. But to what there are questions, so it is to slip. During all the tests of the manipulator, I could not get rid of the feeling that he was literally clinging to the rug. It is difficult to say with what exactly this was connected – with the material of the legs, the fact that their corners have not yet been polished, or with a bulging fence around the sensor window. In any case, it can be argued that plastic carpets will be more suitable for ASUS ROG Strix Impact than fabrics. For the correct operation of the backlight and command settings, the user will need to keep the driver ASUS ROG Armoury permanently loaded into memory.
The behavior of the built-in sensor Pixart PMW 3310 can be assessed as good. It does not break, has a slight smoothing of the trajectory, and does not have an angular binding. The height of the detachment could be slightly smaller, but in general it is acceptable and does not cause a noticeable displacement of the cursor. There were no anomalies in the behavior of the sensor in the entire range of available resolutions.
ASUS ROG Strix Impact is a basic game manipulator that has a good sensor, a convenient form and tactilely pleasant keys. It is great for games of any genre and meets all the requirements for speed and permissible acceleration of the game sensor.
ASUS ROG Strix Impact has undergone several simplifications and improvements, in comparison with its earlier version – ROG Sica. He lost the ability to easily change the mechanisms of switches and on-board memory, having received in place a resolution switching key, a separate visual indicator of the sensitivity level and RGB-illumination of the logo. The sensor remained the same, and it’s good. Separately I want to mention the improved mechanisms of the main keys. They are pleasant both in the tactile respect, and in the resource of the time between failures (in 50 million pressures).
Disadvantages of ASUS ROG Strix Impact, I would call a poor slip on the fabric surfaces and the inability to save settings in the built-in memory (due to its lack). That is, for comfortable use of the manipulator you will need a plastic mat and auto-launch of the ASUS ROG Armory application.
From the point of view of the ordinary buyer, ASUS ROG Strix Impact has many competitors in retail sales, both with a wider functionality and at a lower price, because the personal sympathy and user preferences will play a role here. However, if such a mouse is supplied with the gaming laptops, video cards and desktop systems of ASUS ROG, it will definitely be popular with sophisticated players.