Everyone’s jumping on the gaming bandwagon these days and ASUS decided to join the fun as well.
The first thing anyone would notice is the ASUS Strix logo, in case you didn’t know it yet it’s the “Owl’s Eye” emblem the palm rest.
Both the emblem and the scroll wheel are lit with orange LED in breathing motion (meaning it goes from off to bright to off in a repeated cycle). The lights can be disabled but there’s no control on the lighting behavior, sad case. If you look closely, you’ll see 3 lines on the left mouse button and that’s the DPI indicator of which it will be lit according to the DPI of choice.
The mouse is comfortable to hold, with 2 DPI change buttons south of the scroll wheel and there are 3 customizable buttons on the left. The mouse is shaped for right-handed people and the 3 buttons would be within reach for those with medium or large palm size. The surface of the mouse is matte and it does have a premium feel to it.
The feet of the mouse are well placed, giving it a smooth glide regardless of direction.
To maximize the ASUS Strix Claw you will have to install the software, the buttons are to be customized on the software itself.
DPI settings can be adjusted as well.
Unfortunately the mouse is primitive when it comes to lighting. 🙁
On the bright side, you have able to customize profiles and even export and import them, like say using it on a new machine. On the downside, you can’t change the profile on the mouse which I think is unacceptable as this feature is found even on cheap mice (and good!) mouse like the Logitech G300S.
The strong points of the ASUS Strix Claw is that it is capable of 5000 DPI sensitivity that’s great if you’re gaming on larger screens and its buttons are of Japanese-made Omron D2F-01F switches.
I tried the mouse on games like League of Legends where mouse movement is crucial and it works quite well, though I had to set the mouse to hardware mode to get the buttons to respond properly. 5000 DPI is just too fast for me so I settled lower DPI. Overall it was a great gaming experience.
More details at the official product page.
The ASUS Strix Claw Optical Gaming Mouse retails at RM 199, it’s far from being perfect but it comes with 5000 DPI sensitivity, high-quality switches and customizable buttons. The experience could be better should ASUS upgrade the Strix Software.