ASUS ROG Spatha Review

👤by Tony Le Bourne Comments 📅01-05-16
Closer Look

The front of the Spatha is rather attractive, featuring an ergonomic arch to fit the right hand. The large entrance is for the microUSB connector end of the braided cable and is designed in such a way to prevent the cable from dragging on your mouse mat/surface.

The side buttons are arranged in a way that is inspired by the ROG eye logo, slightly resembling a G. The side buttons use Alps switches that give a tactile feedback and are backlit by a RGB LED, making up one of the lighting zones. At the base of this side there is a rubber grip area that is patterned with a 'Mayan' inspired design. The total length of the Spatha mouse is 137mm long, and you can see the magnesium alloy frame running from front to back.

Looking on from behind you can view more of the ergonomic design including the third finger rest on the right side. Positioned on the rear, there is the ROG logo, forming another RGB lighting zone.

To conclude the 360 rotation of the mouse, we find more of the Mayan patterned rubber grip.

The front end of the mouse has a whole host of things going on, including independent mouse clicks over a bending plastic design, ensuring higher reliability/robustness. There are two additional buttons for forward/back, the mouse wheel with the Mayan patterned grip that features the Alps encoder, as well as a DPI clutch button, instantly giving a customisable secondary DPI setting on the fly.

Removing the top part of the shell but using the included thumb screwdriver, you can see the intricate details of the mouse design including the rechargeable 3.7v 1000mAh battery.

Here we can see the mouse wheel attached to the encoder and switch, and straddled either side are the two easy swap switch sockets with Omron switches in place.

The underside shows the full extend of the magnesium alloy frame lined with glide pads, rubber covers for the screws that hold the top shell on as well as, of course, the position of the ADNS - 9800 laser sensor. Next to the sensor there is the power switch for wireless connectivity as well as a pair button.

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