ASUS’ Republic of Gamers range is one of their most successful divisions and continues to attract a very loyal following. The ROG brand has come on a long way since the emergence of gaming focussed motherboards with a specialized set of features. In today’s market, the ROG series covers motherboards, graphics cards, gaming mice and I’m sure there’s more to come in the future. Recently, ASUS unveiled their latest flagship gaming mouse entitled the ROG Spatha. This particular product opts for a striking design and employs a magnesium alloy chassis. There’s also RGB illumination in three independent zones which creates a spectacular appearance.
The Spatha can be used as a wired or wireless mouse and features a 8200DPI laser sensor with the ability to track 30g (gravitational) acceleration, 150 ips (inches per second) and at 2000Hz for polling rate (in wired mode, 1000Hz for wireless). Unfortunately, there’s no information from the press release stating which specific sensor is being used. Other features into 12 programmable buttons, soft side grips, replaceable Omron switches with a lifespan of 20 million clicks. A 2-level DPI switches with LED indicator acts a sniper mode to change sensitivity on-the-fly. The magnetic charging dock contains a battery level meter to easily keep a check on the device’s remaining battery life. ASUS’ Armoury software suite allows you to alter various attributes including acceleration/deceleration, lift-off distance, six lighting modes (where each of the three zones can display its own effect), and more.
ASUS ROG Spatha Specifications
Connectivity: Wireless RF 2.4GHz, Wired via USB 2.0
Tracking resolution: 8200DPI laser sensor
Tracking speed: 150 inches per second
Tracking acceleration: 30g
Responsiveness: 2000Hz polling rate (in wired mode), 1000 Hz polling rate (in wireless mode)
Switch: OMRON D2FC-F-7N(20M) with 20-million-click lifespan, Additional OMRON D2F-01F switches included, *Compatible switches: OMRON D2F Series switches: D2F, D2F-F, D2F-01, D2F-01F, OMRON D2FC Series switches: D2FC-3M, D2FC-F-7N, D2FC-F-7N(10M) , D2FC-F-7N(20M)
Cables: 2m braided USB cable, 1m rubber USB cable
OS compatibility: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7
Size: 137 x 89 x 45mm
Weight: 175g (without cable)
Package contents: 1 x wireless receiver/ charging dock, 1 x 2-meter braided USB cable, 1 x 1-meter regular rubber USB cable, 2 x Japanese-made Omron switches, 1 x ROG hard carry case, 2 x ROG logo stickers, 1 x screwdriver, User documentation
ASUS’ ROG division announced a new version of their popular Sica gaming mouse that comes with improved features and with a new glacier white finish. The ROG Sica gaming mouse has been designed with MOBA gaming in mind, but that doesn’t mean that this ambidextrous wired optical mouse won’t be great for other game types too.
The most noticeable difference to the previous Sica mouse is the colour when you look at it, but it also features improvements on the inside. The previous black model also featured Omron switches, but only those with a durability rating for 5 million clicks. The new white model has the improved and better switches (D2FC-F-7N) that can handle four times the click amount with their 20 million-click durability. The Sica still remains its awesome switchable socket design that will allow you to switch the switches if needed.
Other great features in the Sica include short and independent buttons for the shortest and most accurate click distance, a special coating to minimise stickiness, and illuminated ROG logo. The Sica has a 5000 DPI PMW3310 optical sensor that’s adjustable in increments of 50 DPI for extreme precision. It is capable of tracking speeds of up to 130-inches per second and 30g of acceleration.
With the built-in flash memory, you are able to store your profiles directly on the mouse and take them with you. All the settings can be controlled through the ROG Armoury software that a lot of people already might be familiar with from previous ROG mice. The mouse is wired and comes with a 2-meter long rubber USB 2.0 cable with a gold plated connector.
The new ASUS Sica Glacier White gaming mouse will be available by end of February in the United Kingdom for a suggested retail price of £29.99. That’s not a bad price at all for what looks like a great yet simple gaming mouse. I particularly like the replaceable switches as those are the weak point in any mouse over time.
MSI have long reached out into other areas than just motherboards and graphics cards, although they are the categories they are known best for. They cover most aspects of what the gamer wants and the latest product in this range is a new gaming mouse called the Interceptor DS300. The new laser gaming mouse has been designed to ensure the most comfortable right-handed fit for gamers, but that naturally depends on your palm size.
There is no arguing that the Interceptor DS300 is built on some solid hardware. The sensor is an ADNS-9800 8200 DPI laser sensor that can be adjusted on the fly in 50 DPI steps for just the right movements speed. The buttons are also made with quality switches as they come from OMRON and are some of the best mouse switches that you can get.
The 1.8m long cable has been braided to give it the best durability and it has a gold-plated USB connector at the end to make sure that the connector also has the best reception. All six buttons on the mouse can be programmed to various commands including macros.
The shell of the mouse has a few more nifty features such as anti-slip grips on the sides. These rubber side grips should ensure that you have full control at all times. The MSI dragon logo features LED backlighting, which is adjustable to 16.8 million RGB colours.
The bottom of the mouse hides the last feature, the adjustable weight system. The mouse comes with three 4.5 gram removable metal weights for weight and balance customizing. You could remove all three to make for a very light mouse, add them all for a heavy one, or simply just add one or two to shift the weight to one side of the mouse.
We already had a look at the Interceptor DS300 gaming mouse during our visit to CES in Las Vegas earlier this month and it looked just as great in real life as it does on the product photos. MSI hasn’t revealed a price or availability date yet, but I’m sure that will follow shortly.
G.Skill is set on conquering the peripheral market too and we’ve already seen some impressive looking products such as the recently announced keyboards. This time, G.Skill announces a new customizable gaming mouse, the RIPJAWS MX780 customizable RGB laser gaming mouse.
The RIPJAWS MX780 gaming mouse is built to fit as many people’s grip style and hand size as possible with its height adjustment features and interchangeable side grips. You can also customize the weight and alignment from both sides.
On the inside, the RIPJAWS MX780 feature Omron switches and an 8200 DPI gaming grade Avago laser sensor. The surface is made with anti-fingerprint materials which in return helps to keep the mouse clean and nice to grab.
The mouse features eight programmable buttons and also has RGB lighting as the name suggests. The lighting is divided into four zones that you can customize individually, including breathing effects.
The G.Skill Unified Driver System & Onboard Profile Storage allows you to customize everything to your liking and keep it inside the mouse itself. Designed for ultimate customizability, the G.SKILL Unified Driver System unlocks the limits to customization and grants you complete control over macros, key function programming, light settings, lighting patterns, and loads of other settings for full personalization. Built into the mouse is 512KB of onboard memory, capable of storing up to five complete sets of key and lighting configurations.
The new G.Skill RIPJAWS MX780 gaming mouse will be rolling out worldwide from late September 2015, and it is already available on Newegg.com for $59.99.
COUGAR recently released the brand new 550M and 500M flagship gaming mice, but not everyone has the money nor want to pay that much for a mouse. For those COUGAR also have something and that is the new and more affordable 230M and 250M gaming mice.
The 230 (last four images) is the pure gaming mouse where quality and accuracy is the only thing that matters. The 250 (first four images) features the same quality, but “adds to that with a broad functionality.”
The ambidextrous design makes these mice it equally suited for left and right-handed use, which I’m sure is something that will be highly appreciated by the left-handed users out there. The buttons should last you a long time thanks to the quality OMRON switches and it also features a gaming-grade scroll wheel.
That hardware inside isn’t without either as we’ve already seen on the switches. Both mice also feature a 1000 Hz polling rate and a low 1ms response time. The 230M has a 3200 DPI sensor while the 250M has a 4000 DPI sensor and both are adjustable. The 230M has four fixed DPI levels while the 250M allows you to configure the DPI levels yourself.
Where the 230M caters to the purists who do not need a wide array of functions, the 250M is aimed at those who want it all. With 6 fully programmable buttons, including two distinctive thumb paddle buttons, and internal memory for up to 3 full configuration profiles, the 250M allows the user to access up to 21 different functions.
Neither of these two new mice from COUGAR will cost you a lot and it even allows gamers on a budget to play with a great mouse in their hand. The MSRP is set to $29.90 USD for the 250M while the 230M is set to $19.90 USD.
Tesoro already has quite a few gaming mice on the market, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for once more. They have announced the new Thyrsus optical gaming mouse. The Thyrsus features a comfortable and ergonomic design, comes with a high-precision optical sensor, and 6 fully programmable thumb buttons for MMO and MOBA games.
The six programmable thumb buttons with macro control give you a lot more flexibility with your mouse when comparing to one with just one or two. More spells right at your fingers mean more kills and better loot. In total, the mouse features 10 fully independent and programmable buttons.
The Thyrsus has 64Kb onboard memory for profile storage, enough for up to 5 gaming profiles, 35 macro keys, and 1600 recordable actions. The DPI is adjustable in 6 levels and up to 8200dpi, a polling rate of up to 1000Hz, and it is built with Omron switches rated for 10 million clicks.
The companion software got an overhaul too and should be better than ever. A multicolor LED allows you to set the ambient you like while the rubberized coating should give you maximum comfort and grip.
10 million click duty cycle Omron switches
6 levels of sensitivity adjustable up to 8200 dpi
64 KB Built-in Memory
6 fully programmable thumb buttons for MMO/MOBA
Total of 10 fully programmable keys
Full speed processor with 1000 Hz polling rate
Customizable multicolor lighting
Soft-touch finished surface
2 meter braided cable with gold-plated USB plug
150 IPS (Inches per Second) motion detection and 30 g acceleration
QPAD has listened to their users feedback and completed their 8K family of mice with a new optical gaming mouse. Optical gaming mice are the preferred mice of most gamers at the moment and QPAD couldn’t leave that spot open.
The new QPAD 8K Optical features RGB lighting with 16.8 million colours so you can customize it to fit the rest of your PC setup while the five-finger-grip design allows for great control even in hectic gaming situation that can make or break the match. In it to win.
At the heart of this mouse, you’ll find a gaming-grade optical sensor with up to 5000 true CPI and the whole thing is powered by a 32-bit ARM processor to optimize the tracking performance. It comes with pre-mounted QPAD Glidz mouse feet, and it has seven programmable buttons for profiles, sensitivity, shortcuts, keys and macro recordings.
The optical sensor has quite some power and you can move the mouse up to 3.3 meters per second without losing tracking abilities. The sensor pictures the surface with a shutter speed of 6,500 frames per second covering an area of 900 pixels per frame. This generates 5MB of data per second and that is why it comes with its own built-in processor.
With the zero-mouse acceleration, you got a true one-to-one relationship between your movement of the mouse on your surface and the mouse cursor on the screen.
The mouse doesn’t need any drivers to work and comes with 128 kB onboard storage for your profiles and setup, no matter where you take the mouse. QPAD also created a new feature packed software for their mice to control and adjust the settings, from colour setup to macro editor and sensor tweaking.
The two main keys, the left and right mouse button, are built with Omron switches that can handle up to 20 million clicks and have a distinct feedback.
QPAD’s new 8K Optical will become available this month for a recommended selling price 69€.
It’s been almost a year since we reviewed the Func HS-260 gaming headset, which I absolutely loved. The headset offered nice build quality and fantastic sound despite its modest price tag. I actually used it as my personal headset for quite a while too. With that in mind, I’ve been eager to get my hands on another Func product ever since, and today I can literally do that as I review their new MS-2 optical gaming mouse.
There are a lot of great gaming mice on the market these days, so much so that it almost seems like madness that another company would try find a space in such a fiercely competitive market. As with any new brand, Func are going to have to offer something unique that helps them stand out from the crowd. The MS-2 is also going to have to perform well to stand a chance and I’m hoping to see a similar mixture of performance, build quality and a competitive price; like I saw on the HS-260 headset.
The MS-2 is certainly well equipped and features a 4000 DPI ADNS 3090 optical sensor; one of the better performing sensors on the market. It’s also equipped with programmable buttons, internal memory, adjustable DPI and more.
MCU/Processor: MCS-51 Compatible
Main Switches: OMRON
Sensor: ADNS 3090 LED optical
Memory: Onboard 512 KB
Resolution: 4000 DPI
Frames per second: 6400
Tracking speed: 1,52 m/sec (60 ips)
Max Acceleration: 20 g
Report rate: Adjustable, up to 1000 Hz
Upgradable firmware: Yes, via software
Connection: USB 2.0, Gold plated (2 m braided cord)
The MS-2 comes equipped with a gold-plated USB connector and a high quality two-tone braiding on the cable. While I doubt these will improve the performance of the mouse, they do add to the aesthetics and overall build quality.
Func have treated the MS-2 to a soft-touch rubber finish, this gives it a smooth matte finish that provides impressive grip.
There’s the usual forward/back buttons on the left side, as well as a sniper button and an extra button near the base; these are of course all programmable.
Both the left and right side of the mouse have been treated to a nice ergonomic shape that should prove beneficial to palm rest and claw-grip play styles.
There are two programmable switches tucked away behind the scroll wheel and another switch recessed into the mouse on the front right corner. The wheel has a soft rubber grip coating and a clear rim with LED lighting.
The MS-2 has three Teflon mats on the base to provide extra glide. Here you can also see how the left side of the mouse bulges outward, providing a comfortable resting position for your thumb.
Cougar is relatively new to the gaming peripherals market. the company has had success with their chassis and power supply products, but as many of you know, there’s a booming PC gaming market, and Cougar want in on the action. The 600M is certainly a product that stands out, most obviously because it comes in dayglow orange. Of course you can also buy the mouse in black, but it’s the bright orange one that I have in the office today.
“COUGAR 600M has been designed with the clear objective of offering gamers a mouse that can both provide state-of-the-art technology, all the features necessary to enhance the gaming experience and an aesthetically pleasing design. Its premium components (OMRON switches, ADNS-9800 Sensor, premium quality soft touch surface) guarantee a flawless performance during gameplay, and its 32-bit ARM processor and 512KB on-board storage provide virtually instantaneous responses and the possibility, without depending on any computer or external device, of keeping up to 3 full configuration profiles stored on board.” Cougar-World
The Cougar 600M comes equipped with a bundle of features that will certainly appeal to a gaming audience. We’ve got the popular ADNS-9800 laser gaming sensor, a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 CPU to deliver lag-free macros and shortcuts, as well as 9 programmable buttons.
First of all, oh my god that orange is bright! Don’t let your eyes fool you, it really is the colour of an orange highlighter pen. Love it or hate it, this stunning hue comes from the grippy soft-touch rubber coating of the mouse. The rubber finish gives the mouse exceptional grip, and it also looks and feels great.
There are three switches on the left side, as well as a huge wing that doubles as a thumb rest.
One of the more prominent features of the 600M is the black fin that runs down the middle of the mouse. It looks like it’s going to get in the way of your hands or fingers, but it’s nicely recessed into the body of the mouse; it’s purely aesthetic.
The black fin splits the mouse in two, with the rubberized scroll wheel and two of the programmable switches located on the right side of the mouse; slightly off-center.
The off-center design does look a little strange, but the overall shape and angle of the mouse body means it feels perfectly natural.
There are four slipmats on the base of the mouse that should provide a good amount of glide on a multitude of surfaces.
Tt eSports are one of the leading brands when it comes to competitive gaming mice, and their new Talon series optical mice look set to continue that trend with style. The Talon and the Talon Blu are set to target the budget friendly end of the market, but TteSports are hoping to show that you don’t have to have to spend a lot of money to enjoy a high quality peripheral.
The Talon series comes equipped with a high quality sensor, premium switches, an ambidextrous shape and more. The first Talon mouse comes equipped with a stylish top panel and LED backlit accents with a choice of six customisable lighting colours. The Talon Blu is a little more understated and features a black chassis with a simple Tt Dragon logo on the back; the logo and the scroll wheel are backlit with a blue LED.
Both mice come fitted with the Avago 3050 optical sensor, which features a maximum DPI of 3000, no angle snapping or prediction, a high maximum movement speed and Omron switches. Both mice also allow you to remove the side panels, allowing you to adjust the ergonomics of the mouse to better suit your hand and play style.
Incredibly the Talon and the Talon Blu will only cost $19.99 and are already available for pre-order from Newegg.
Thank you Tt eSports for providing us with this information.
Coolermaster are on a bit of a roll recently, they’ve had one hit product after another and their gaming brand CM Storm is no exception. Now we see them continue pushing forward with the release of two new gaming mice, or should that be old gaming mice?
The new Alcor and Mizar gaming mice are a look back at times when PC gaming was a much less complicated affair, simpler times that need a much more refined and straight forward gaming mouse that’ll just get the job done, but get it done very well.
Classic exterior design combined with high end and modern internal components blends the new and old here, the Alcor is fitted with the Avago 3090 sensor while the Mizar takes the Avago 9800 laser sensor.
The Alcor features a slick optical sensor with a DPI range of up to 4000 DPI over four pre-sets which can be toggled from two switches on the top of the mouse. Omron switches ensure great performance that should last a lifetime and the CM Storm logo features multi-colour LED lighting, perfect for indicating the selected DPI.
The Mizar’s laser sensor can handle up to 8200 DPI, which can be configured through four quick toggle pre-sets right from the mouse, while reinforced rubber side pads ensure maximum grip no matter how frantic your battle gets. Customisation software allows tweaking of DPI, profiles, LED lighting colour and assigning functions and macros to the 7 fully programmable buttons.
The Alcor and Mizar are available right now via the Coolermaster webshop, but will he hitting other UK outlets in the coming weeks. The Alcor is just £29.99 while the Mizar is £39.99, so they certainly sound like great value for money.
Thank you Coolermaster for providing us with this information.
A few weeks ago we brought you three reviews from the aluminium loving peripheral range from CM Storm, this includes their Pulse-R headset, Mech keyboard and the Reaper mouse. All three of these products are designed to look great, not only on their own, but also when they’re put next to each other. CM Storm do not sell these three items as a complete set, but today we want to find out what it would be like to live with the trilogy together.
Naturally having already tested these products we know they’re great, their performance isn’t even in question today as they’ve all walked away with tasty eTeknix awards in their respective reviews.
Style isn’t everything, but it certainly can’t hurt to have it. With the dominance of eSports and LAN gaming events we are seeing more and more focus on appearance in the PC gaming community. This ranges from branding, sponsorship, customisation of implement, case mods, colour matching components and peripherals, branded clothes and more. Having the cool stuff with the LED lights on it and the matching T-shirt might sound pointless, but many of us are guilty of it.
The packaging alone gives away the fact these products were destined to be next to each other. All three feature aluminium panels that can be removed, customised and then re-attached, allowing you to have your favourite images or logos printed on them, or you could always crack out a can of spray paint and do something creative of your own.
The overall design here looks absolutely blinding, the Mech keyboard has a real sense of presence on the desktop and that is party due to its epic size! This isn’t a keyboard that would be suitable for those with trolley desks or narrow slide out keyboard shelves. The desk we are using here is 95cm (37.4 inches) wide and can accommodate it with ease, but one also has to consider the depth as the keyboard comes with a rather sizeable wrist rest section that cannot be removed.
The headset fits nicely on the desk, although it is begging to have a proper stand to store it upon, with those lovely aluminium panels on the side. I would hate to see this get scratched so I do recommend you invest in a mounting solution to store the headset, a quick Google of “headset Stand” will turn up something useful.
The mouse sits nicely on our CM Storm mouse mat and it is obvious that the three compliment each other well. The LED back lighting on the keyboard, the strip lighting between the keyboards wrist rest, the interior lighting behind the drivers of the headset and the strip light across the top of the mouse all feature strong lines and a glow that matches perfectly.
One of the big factors here is that these are all premium products, so price is something that has to be taken into consideration. While it can be tricky to work out a total price given that all these items are sold separately, so different retailers may have better deals on at any given time, we can give you our best estimate at time of writing.
The Pulse R headset clocks in at around £60 – £70 on any given day, putting it right in the firing line of products from Steelseries and Razer, fortunately it holds up well against them in terms of performance and in my opinion looks better than anything else in this price range.
The Mech will set you back around £130, although we couldn’t find any reliable retailer with stock in the UK at time of writing, however this is a new product range and it may take a week or two longer for distributors to get stock in Europe. While that may not be cheap, it is on par with the bulk of premium mechanical keyboards.
Finally we have the Reaper mouse which is priced at a reasonable £55, making it the cheapest (at least in financial terms) of the three items. At this price range it is highly competitive and it offers some of the best build quality is this price class, as well as an Avago sensor and Omron switches.
Total price for the set would set you back around £250, which I think is actually really good value for money. It is certainly not cheap, but when you factor in the level of performance and quality we’ve seen from these products it certainly sounds like a solid investment. Visually the products look rather epic and with the option to customise each on to your liking I can see the modding community falling over themselves to get a set of these.
There are few options out there in my opinion for those that want a matching set of peripherals, Mad Catz have a very uniform range with their RAT mice, STRIKE keyboards & FREQ headsets all sharing many design features, but they’re not as unified as the CM Storm range. The same can be said for Roccat, their ISKU keyboards and Kone mice look great together, but are not a perfect matching set. So the CM Storm range will go well for the purist, those looking for OCD levels of matching perfection.
On our test desk the mixture of black glass, aluminium panels and the white back lights this setup looks incredible and worth every penny of the £250 price tag. Performance in gaming and day to day use is faultless on all three products and there is little else that needs praising beyond that!
As I’ve said before, we’ve already reviewed this range of products and you can read our in-depth reviews via the links below (all links open in new tab).
Which do you prefer, the mouse, keyboard or headset? Or are you suddenly hating me for making you want to save up £250 for the complete set? Let us know in the comments section below.
On the gaming test bench today we have the Roccat Savu and if past Roccat products are anything to judge this by, then we should be in for a real treat today. While sure this mouse isn’t as premium as their high-end Kone XTD, but not everyone has £80 to spend on a gaming mouse, the Savu looks set to tackle the mid budget market with a mid-size hybrid mouse for only £45.
For around £50 there are some truly great products on the market, but Roccat are known for their high quality and ability to cram insane amounts of features into their products, on paper at least the Savu seems like no exception to that rule and as you can see from the specifications on the image above, Roccat aren’t about to cut features along with the price tag.
eSports, home gaming, or just browsing the web and wasting time on Reddit, it doesn’t matter what you do at your computer, you are most certainly going to be using a mouse, so it makes sense that you’re going to want something that is comfortable, versatile, well made and affordable, lets see if Roccat can meet those demands head on.
As you can see, the Savu comes in a really nicely designed box, covered in awards and marketing logos that show off the extensive feature set of the mouse, this includes the 4000 DPI sensor, easy-shift mode, LED lighting and side grips.
Around the back we have even more features and a multi-language break down also.
In the box I found an easy to follow user guide / manual, but nothing else in the way of extras.