ASUS ROG Keris Wireless Mouse Review
It's very easy to get distracted these days. Everything new has to be bigger, better, more. More features, more things to tinker with, more things you're going to have to pay for but never actually use. We all own televisions that can do dozens of things, but most of us stick our Sky box in one port and leave it at that. Similarly our consoles endlessly talk about browsers and apps, but we stick a game in and chill. It can all become overwhelming. It's dangerous to talk about going back to the old days - especially in the economic doom of a post-Brexit UK - but there sure can be a compromise between feature heavy products and simple ones?
Indeed there is, and today it is in the form of the ASUS ROG Keris Wireless mouse.
Simple, because it's a slighty ambidextrous - just buttons on the left - design, with two side buttons, a scroll wheel, and a purity of aesthetic. However, it's also bang up to date as it has an outstanding sensor supporting 16000 DPI @ 40G acceleration giving a maximum speed of 400 IPS. Additionally it has some of the best RGB lighting we've seen with deeply saturated hues and none of that 'fading to white' effect which can occur on less capable systems. Yes there might only be two zones, but they both work splendidly, and isn't that what it's all about anyway? Why have ten average zones when you can have two amazing ones? What also works fantastically is the wireless. With a Type-C connector on the front it's a matter of a moment to plug the mouse in if you want to run it wired, or quickly need to charge mid-session, but the wireless works beautifully with no noticeable input lag in the wireless mode using the supplied dongle. Bluetooth support is perhaps even easier to get working - no need for the dongle - but there are the very minor hiccups that Bluetooth always has, particularly if you are in an environment with a lot of items competing on that 2.4 GHz frequency. We'd use Bluetooth for convenience, but the ASUS dongle for mission critical stuff.
Software. Ugh. We thought the days of "your mouse has moved, Windows must be restarted for the change to take effect" were behind us, but here we are. ASUS get a lot of stick for their various software woes with AURA software not always playing well with the LiveDash or Armoury Crate, and that stick remains utterly justified. We appreciate that as reviews we need to install software more than most, and indeed plug peripherals in and out way more than most, but it doesn't run at launch, requires two restarts to use each piece of hardware - a problem I'll moan about in an upcoming headset review - and takes an age to 'discover' the peripheral you've got installed. Fortunately for you who will install it once, plug your mouse in once, configure it once, and get on with your day this is significantly less of an issue. We would've just hoped by now ASUS would take a leaf from the SteelSeries Engine or Corsair iCUE approach and fix their primary weakness until it's a strength.
We know that the ASUS ROG Keris Wireless mouse won't be for everyone, with its lightweight, pared back design philosophy. Some people need a dozen buttons and want their mouse to be an ad-hoc disco. Sure the DPI button being underneath is nothing short of insanity and the software is teeth-gnashingly unfriendly to get up and running. However, if you want a light mouse with great RGB coupled to crisp Omron buttons, and a rock solid sensor then the Keris is fantastic, and here in Wireless form perhaps even more lovely than its wired sibling.
The ROG Keris Wireless has an MSRP of £89.99.
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