• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Sensor: Optical
  • Switches: Omron
  • DPI: Up to 5,000 dpi
  • Polling Rate: Up to 1,000 Hz
  • Programmable Buttons: 6 buttons
  • Dimensions: 115 x 62 x 39 mm
  • Weight: 112 g (with cable)
  • Pros:
  • Lightweight
  • Beauty in simplicity
  • Cons:
  • No side grips

A Tiny Fighter

One of the smallest mouse we’ve reviewed, the Strix Impact is only slightly taller than your regular coffee cup and measures only 115mm long.

To gain full access to what the mouse offers, you would have to download the ROG Armoury program, which let’s you adjust your DPI, Polling Rate, change the colour of the ROG logo on the mouse, and customise the buttons of the mouse. It’s capable of reaching up to 5,000 DPI, which should be sufficient, unless you’re one of those people who likes turning 360 degrees with little effort.

The ROG logo on the mouse is also equipped with ASUS’ Aura Sync, which lets you sync all your ASUS peripherals or components together, letting their RGB display together in sync like a water fountain performance.

The left and right mouse buttons are easy to click, by being separate from the main body of the mouse helps with that. As for the DPI switch, when it is triggered, the indicator below the button will light up, informing you that DPI switch is active. If you do not wish to use that button, you can configure it using Armoury, which then gives you a few choices to choose from, or to disable it completely.

Upon testing the mouse in games, we did not detect any hitches or jumps from the mouse. However, being an optical mouse, using it on a mousepad is preferred, whereas a laser mouse would work on most surfaces. Despite its small size, the mouse didn’t exhaust our hands during prolonged use.

The mouse is light, only at 112g (including cable) and is ambidextrous, an added benefit for those who are left-handed. However, being a smaller mouse, some people with larger hands will probably have issues with using it. Another critique for the Strix Impact is that it lack grips on the side for a more comfortable hold. If the Mayan-inspired design that can be found at the bottom of the mouse is moved higher up on the sides, they could serve as the grips instead of just being a design.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Overall, a decent gaming mouse that does the job, with not much bells and whistles as long as you don’t mind its size.

(previously published in issue May 2017)

ASUS ROG Strix Impact Gaming Mouse