ASUS ROG Strix Impact Gaming Mouse Review

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ASUS is one to make huge waves when it comes to product announcements, and in naming conventions, too. And what we have here right now is a testament to that. Enter the ASUS ROG Strix Impact Gaming Mouse – an optical ambidextrous gaming mouse that wants to keep things simple, but won’t forget RGB any time soon.

PACKAGING


The ASUS ROG Strix Impact comes in a compact packaging that’s standard for gaming mice. Not much flair here, really. But nothing short of stylish with ASUS’ neon STRIX logo slapped up front. Pop the box and you’ll be met with the mouse itself, together with the manual and a set of ROG stickers.


DESIGN


For what it is, the ROG Strix Impact comes off as unassuming, and it is for the better part. It needs to be simple, symmetrical. It is an ambidextrous mouse after all. Unfortunately, there are no side buttons here.


ASUS also wants to point out that both the left and right buttons are separate from the body of the mouse “for improved responsiveness.” The difference may be minuscule compared to buttons attached to the whole body.


Moving forward, the clickable scroll wheel with the same Mayan-inspired design on the sides sit between the two buttons, and below it is the DPI switch together with an indicator. Further below is the ROG logo that lights up in RGB. Sweet.


As far as the build quality goes, the ROG Strix Impact is built of black plastic. It comes with quite some heft to it at 91 grams without the cable. This also comes off from our daily driver, which is the SteelSeries Sensei Raw – another light plastic mouse that’s quite lighter. The cable is also a standard rubber cable that sometimes tangle and drag, which may hinder your mouse movement especially on tight spaces.


SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

We wished ASUS was clearer when it comes to their software for the ROG Strix Impact. There’s no direct link to the ROG Armoury from the product page, and a quick google search yields a top result to a forum (Yeah, no. Even if it’s from the ROG ASUS forum we’d prefer a one-stop shop on the product page itself). It’s also not on the Downloads page on the ROG website. You can find it on the Support tab of the ROG Strix Impact product page by clicking here. If we missed a direct link to the ROG Armoury’s download page then please feel free to point us to the right direction and we’ll edit this right away.






Anyway, the ROG Armoury is where you can unlock the full potential of the Impact. This gives you room to adjust the acceleration and deceleration of the speed of hand movement, button response time, and the DPI values when you switch them on the fly. You can also set up and record Macro bindings, and of course, the lighting.


When it comes to user experience, the ROG Strix Impact is pretty much straightforward. This goes both as a good thing and bad. Much to its ergonomic and plain design and minimal features, but its lack thereof leaves much to be desired. When it comes to first person shooters, we’re looking for our side buttons here for quicker shortcuts because it's sorely missed on Overwatch.  Not much of a loss if your fingers are flexible enough for more keystrokes, but then again we’re looking to maximize things here. ASUS does design this one for MOBA, where the big leagues don’t allow the use of macros for parity’s sake. But then again, it’s not TI everyday, right?

CONCLUSION


We’ve had a good run with the ASUS ROG Strix Impact Gaming Mouse. And while it does lack some of the features you’ll be sure to miss when you game, its straightforward design and customizations through the ROG Armoury can make it worth your while if you’re looking for a no-frills solution. However, the pricing may put you off. It’s more expensive compared to its fold of gaming mice, making it more difficult to jump into if you’re weighing it against the competition. If ASUS would price it more competitively, we’re sure it would make a bigger impact.

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