The way I see the Gladius is like the spiritual successor to the (at this point almost cult-like) Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 (IME3.0 for short). Some of you might think of this as high praise, but the truth is that I never really liked it. Fortunately, I do like the Gladius, as it improves on all the shortcomings of the IME3.0. It also looks impressive enough the spec sheet.
|Polling rate||2000 hz|
|Size||67 × 45 × 126 mm|
|Other||DPI switch, replaceable OMRON switches, red light (steady/pulsating), detachable USB cord|
The Gladius comes with a few nifty extras. You get two USB cables, one braided (2m) and a regular rubber one (1m). You also get two extra OMRON switches, an extra set of teflon feet and a small bag to keep your shine new mouse in. Very nice!
Overall the Gladius looks and feels nice, but of course it’s a matter of personal preference. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. The mouse feels robust enough and all the buttons give a tactile impression when clicked. It sits on the heavier side compared to many other popular wired mice, but I haven’t found it becoming an issue during “endurance runs”.
My biggest pet-peeve with the construction is the material choice of the grip surfaces on the sides of the mouse. I’ve never had a problem with sweaty fingers before, but the rubbery surface makes my fingers, and especially my thumb, feel moist and/or greasy almost all the time. It’s just something that I’ve had to accept, as it doesn’t matter how much I wipe my hands, it will simply always feel that way. The top material, on the other hand, feels good. If you’ve used the IME3.0 you will recognize it immediately as a very neutral feeling plastic; none of that soft-coating bullshit that wears off after a couple of months.
Performance-wise I have no gripes with this mouse. Once it had been set up and tweaked to my liking it’s been performing admirably. High precision and reliable tracking with zero acceleration makes for a very pleasant experience.
As mentioned earlier, you get two cables with the mouse. I think the idea there is that the longer one can be used with your stationary computer, while the shorter can be brought with you on the go. The cable is detached via a convenient locking mechanism under the mouse.
Something that bothered me the first few days of using was that the teflon feet are cut a bit sharply, so they were scraping against my cloth mousepad for a while. While on the subject, you also get an extra set of feet which seemed very nice at first, until you notice that the only way to change the OMRON switches inside the mouse is by peeling off and effectively ruining the set of feet currently on the mouse. The feet themselves are alright, but I find myself missing the ceramic ones I had on my previous mouse. I wouldn’t expect these ones to last very long on a hard surface mousepad, for example.
If you want to get the most out of the mouse you have to install the “ROG Armoury” control software. From there you can tweak everything you’d expect, such as sensitivity, mapping of buttons, acceleration/deceleration (keep them off), angle snapping, polling rate, macros and some calibration settings. It’s important to choose the correct preset surface (or calibrate manually), since the sensor seems very picky about the expected surface. I’m a bit disappointed in the lift-off distance setting which doesn’t seem to do much, and I’d like to have it lower (I think it’s around 3mm in its lowest setting).
Overall I really like the ASUS ROG Gladius. It might be a no-frills experience, missing some of the more advanced gadgets (read gold plating), but a solid one at that. Again, it really feels like the IME3.0 but with almost everything done right. Points off only for the poorly though out procedure for changing switches (by forcing you do destroy your teflon feet) and the sweaty rubber grip.