- Surface: Micro-textured Hard Surface
- Lighting: Yes, Aura-Sync Capable
- Others: USB 2.0 pass-through
- Dimensions: 370 x 320 x 7.9mm
- Qi-Charging: Enabled, with LED indicator
- Too many wires
Power With (Less) Wires
When you think of a mousepad, you’d think of something for you to simply slide under your mouse for smoother and more accurate mouse movements that are critical for gaming. However, not everyone is content with just using a regular mousepad. When it comes to technology, if something can be improved, brands will jump at the opportunity to do just that. With this in mind, ASUS introduced its latest mousepad, the ROG Balteus Qi, a mousepad that can light up and can even charge your phone while doing so.
The Balteus Qi is not your regular mousepad. It comes with a raised hard surface plastic design and a non-slip rubber base. The base allows you to use the mousepad on most surfaces without fear of it slipping, while the hard surface allows most mouse sensors to work flawlessly. However, the reasoning for a hard surface is to enable one of the major selling points of the mouse, and that is the Qi-charging capability of the mousepad.
To charge your Qi-enabled phone, all you have to do is lay it on top of the Qi logo and your phone will start charging while you are gaming. The mousepad is not the longest or largest that we’ve seen and when you do decide to place a phone on the top of the mousepad, you’ll have less space to manoeuvre the mouse. To turn on the Qi-charging capability of the mousepad and to turn on the lighting, you’ll have to plug in the two provided USB cables into your PC/laptop and a third cable if you wish to utilise the USB pass-through of the mousepad. Most current gen laptops will not have that many ports for you to use, and even when it does, using two USB ports for just a mousepad might be overkill. However, being a mousepad, you can just use it unplugged.
With RGB lighting capability on the mousepad, you can sync the lighting to glow harmoniously with your other Aura Sync capable peripherals and components. If you do not wish to go through ASUS’ Armoury II software, you can simply toggle the button on the mousepad to switch up the effect or change the brightness of the lighting.
While the addition of Qi-charging to a mousepad is an interesting take and definitely useful when you are not frantically gaming. Not to mention the raised platform of the mousepad could pose an issue if you are someone that uses more arm movements when gaming. The mousepad is undoubtedly the next step in mousepad evolution, but we’d love to see a thinner version instead.
CHIP CONCLUDE: The ROG Balteus Qi is a tech-induced mousepad with RGB lighting and Qi-charging capabilities. But its design might turn some off.
(to be published in issue March 2019)