ASUS ROG Spatha Wireless Gaming Mouse Review
Whenever you've spent such a considerable sum on your hardware you always want to enjoy the process of opening it and revealing what riches your expenditure has brought. The Spatha certainly ticks all your boxes in that regard, with seriously stiff and high quality cardboard giving way to a carry case within which hides the Spatha.
Opening the case is everything you could hope to find on the inside. Very carefully cut holes ensure that your highly prized weapon remains in perfect condition whether it's being transported to you or you're taking it to your gaming convention. The looks are great too, all angular to give it a modern look whilst remaining curvy in all the places that matter so it retains the comfort that is so vital to your gaming performance.
This modern aesthetic continues into the wireless dock. It's always difficult to produce something which can hold the mouse firmly to ensure a clean connection for charging whilst also looking attractive on your desk, but we think that the Spatha has one of the finest solutions we've seen. The charging cradle is minimalist but thanks to the magnesium base of the Spatha and the magnetic dock you can be sure that you'll always hit the sweet charging spot every time. The addition of an LED to indicate the charging status is icing on the cake.
Getting multiple side buttons in a method that doesn't just look like they've been stuck on is something that MMO style mice have struggled with for a while but the ASUS solution manages to look pleasing to the eye and also be useful beneath your thumb. The back and forward buttons are obvious for those who don't require the extra ones, yet those addition buttons are also different enough in their shape that you can easily tell which is beneath your thumb at any moment. Yet another important element on give you the edge over your competition.
Beneath the Spatha are two screws which remove to reveal the ROG Switch we saw before on the Sica. The Spatha is supplied with light touch 20M click Omron switches and in the box there are heavier 1M click options too if you prefer a firmer feel. At the very least it ensures that you can keep the mouse alive for much longer than usual. After all, once the switches die you're only a quid and postage away from having fresh switches to get back into the game.