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ASUS ROG Spatha Gaming Mouse Review

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Testing and Results

Sensitivity and Polling Rate

Using the Mouse Rate Checker software, I was able to achieve a polling rate of around 2000 Hz in wired mode.

ASUS ROG Spatha Mouse Rate Checker Wired

In wireless mode, the mouse was able to achieve an average polling rate of around 1000 Hz.

ASUS ROG Spatha Mouse Rate Checker Wireless

Although the ROG Spatha was able to achieve both of its advertised polling rates in wired and wireless modes, I did notice a difference when using it in wireless mode. No this was not the pseudocertainty effect, but the mouse sensitivity was noticeably faster in wireless mode when compared to wired mode even at the same DPI sensitivity. I used several DPI sensitivities; 1000, 1250, 1750, and 3500. All were noticeably more sensitive when the mouse was in wireless mode.

To test this, I put the ROG Spatha next to the SteelSeries Rival 700, SteelSeries Rival 300, Tt eSPORTS Ventus Z, and the Corsair M65 PRO RGB gaming mice. I used the same DPI sensitivity for all mice as I placed the ROG Spatha facing the opposite direction of the mouse I wanted to test it against. In wireless mode, the mouse cursor favored the ROG Spatha every time. This was because the cursor kept moving more towards the direction of which the ROG Spatha was moving. Wireless mode added an additional 200 DPI to the set value. The other mice were set to 1750 DPI as the ROG Spatha had to be set to 1550 DPI just to balance the sensitivity.

When I repeated the same test in wired mode, the mouse cursor did not favor any of the mice. Instead, the cursor stood stationary at all DPI sensitivities. Since the sensitivity of the ROG Spatha felt no different than another mouse at the same DPI in wired mode, I was able to conclude that the mouse sensitivity was more sensitive in wireless mode according to this test. This extra sensitivity in wireless mode is a big issue, so I hope to see a firmware update in the future that can fix it.

Wireless Performance

In wireless mode, I did notice my sensitivity and polling rate drop a few times when playing games and browsing the internet. This only happened for about a second then returns to normal. The sensitivity slowed down noticeably and the polling rate dropped down to about 500 Hz on average when it was supposed to be running at 1000 Hz. I was able to confirm this through Mouse Rate Checker. The charging station/ wireless receiver was also placed right next to the ROG Spatha to eliminate as much interference as possible. In wired mode, this problem did not exist and the mouse worked just fine as a normal wired gaming mouse.

Sensor Tracking Performance

The ROG Spatha performed well in terms of tracking. The Avago 9800 laser sensor was accurate and was able to handle fast flicks without spinning out. Because this was a laser sensor, I noticed some minor acceleration and deceleration when testing out the sensor in games like Left 4 Dead 2, Planetside 2, and Unreal Tournament III. I locked the crosshair to a stationary object in the game and flicked the mouse to the other side of the mousepad. I slowly brought the mouse back to its original position to see if the crosshair would come back to the same stationary object in the game.

The mouse performed better on a hard surface than it did with a cloth mousepad. The sensor seemed to perform worst on a cloth mousepad as the crosshair never made it back to its original position. I tested this both in wireless and wired mode and both had the same results. The Avago 9500 laser sensor in the Tt eSPORTS Ventus Z showed similar results. When I tested this against the PMW3360 and the PMW3310 optical sensors in the Rival 700, Rival 300, and M65 PRO RGB, the crosshair returned to the same position every time. Of course, you may not notice this right off the bat during an intense game session, but it is something worth noting.

Button Response and Placement

Button response was good in wired and wireless mode. The left and right click buttons felt good to click, and the side buttons had a tactile feel to it. I did not like the scroll wheel button as it did not provide much tactile feedback. It felt rather mushy since I had a very hard time noticing the click when I needed it in game. The two forward and backward buttons on the left click button were hard to press. Since they were closer towards the front of the mouse, users with smaller hands may have problems reaching these two buttons. It was also difficult distinguishing which button was which as I had to take my eyes off the screen just to see which button I was pressing.

Battery Life

The battery should last you a day or two depending on your usage and lighting settings. It took approximately two hours and 20 minutes to go from empty to full when charging the mouse. The battery level already reached 40% within the first 10 minutes into charging. I was confused since the battery was completely empty. I then took the mouse off the charging pad to see if the battery level was really at 40%. Once I did that, the battery level indicator in the software showed 5%, and the LED’s on the mouse and the charging station indicated a low battery. Once the battery level reached 60%, it slowly took its time to fully charge the battery. This could just be an issue with the software itself.

RGB Lighting Accuracy

When it came to color reproduction, the LED’s did well for the most part. The scroll wheel had a bluish tint when set to white. Other colors illuminated well and were mostly accurate.

ASUS ROG Spatha White LED Test Scroll Wheel

Like the scroll wheel, the lighting on the side buttons had a blueish tint when set to white. It was whiter towards the center, but bluer on the outer regions. Setting it to different colors also showed the same effect. When set to purple, it would be more purple towards the center and blue on the outer region. Setting it to yellow would cause the center to turn yellow, but the outer region would be a bit green.

ASUS ROG Spatha White LED Test Side

The rear logo did not have a bluish tint when set to white. Instead, it had a reddish tint towards the center. It also looked warmer (color temperature wise) than the side buttons and the scroll wheel when they were all set to white.

ASUS ROG Spatha White LED Test Logo

Lighting transitions were very smooth when transitioning to different colors. There were also no problems when pulsing between colors, including white and white. I just wished there were more options in the software for lighting settings. I would have liked to see a speed adjustment for transitioning between colors. This would give users the ability to transition between different colors at any speed they want.

Size Comparison with Other Mice

We could see the ROG Spatha was noticeably larger in size when compared to these other gaming mice. It had a longer body shape compared to the more standard body shape of the Tt eSPORTS Ventus Z and SteelSeries Rival 700. The wider body shape did help with claw gripping. This made it similar to the Cooler Master Xornet II mouse with the wider body design and the dedicated ring finger rest.

ASUS ROG Spatha Size Comparison

Since the ROG Spatha was both longer and wider than the other mice in this comparison, I had a lot of trouble getting comfortable with the shape of this mouse. The angles from the ring finger rest to the right click button were not smooth. I felt like my fingers had to be forced down to grip the mouse in only a certain way. In order for me to lift up the mouse, I needed my thumb below buttons seven and 10 and my pinky on the side grip on the ring finger rest. I sometimes pressed button seven on accident when trying to lift up the mouse. At 175g, the mouse was heavy to lift and caused difficulty in accomplishing quick and fast flicks. Although it looked great on the desk, I would not be able to use this mouse for competitive gaming.


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