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ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Oct 20, 2021 at 09:59 am
ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless Picture
8.2
Office/Multimedia
8.3
Video Games (FPS)
7.9
Video Games (MMO)
8.2
Ultra-Light Gaming
8.5
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless is a right-handed, wireless gaming mouse with two buttons on its left side. It's suitable for most hand sizes, but small hands may struggle to reach the forward side button using a claw or fingertip grip. It's made of matte black plastic and is somewhat light, and it has RGB zones in the scroll wheel, its left side panel, and palm rest logo. You can connect it via its USB receiver or Bluetooth, and you can pair it with up to three devices. Performance-wise, it has low click latency, a very low lift-off distance, a very wide CPI range, and you can adjust the CPI in increments of 50. Unfortunately, while the sensor on our unit is consistent, it's fairly inaccurate. However, you can offset this by setting your preferred CPI a bit higher to compensate. Also, while you can reprogram most buttons on the mouse, you can't set macros, which may disappoint some users.

Our Verdict

8.2 Office/Multimedia

The ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless is very good for office use. It feels well-built, and it has a right-handed design that's suitable for most hand sizes and any grip type. You can reprogram most buttons, though you can't set macros. You can use it wirelessly via its USB receiver or Bluetooth, and you can pair it with up to three devices. Unfortunately, its scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt inputs and a free-scrolling mode.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes and all grip types.
  • Connects wirelessly via USB receiver and Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and free scrolling.
8.3 Video Games (FPS)

The ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless is great for FPS gaming. It has low click latency over both a wired and receiver connection. It's somewhat lightweight and feels very well-built. It's suitable for all grip types for most hand sizes, but small hands may struggle with a claw and fingertip grip. Its charging cable is paracord-like and flexible, and its mouse feet glide smoothly on desks and mouse pads. Performance-wise, it has a very low lift-off distance and a precisely adjustable CPI within a wide range. Unfortunately, while you can reprogram most of its buttons, you can't set macros.

Pros
  • Somewhat light.
  • Low click latency.
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Precisely adjustable CPI.
Cons
  • Sensor is inaccurate, but can be mitigated.
7.9 Video Games (MMO)

The ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless is good for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse. That said, you can reprogram most of its buttons to different mouse and keyboard functions, but you can't set macros. On the bright side, it feels very well-built, and it has a right-handed shape that's suitable for most hand sizes with any grip type. Performance-wise, it has low click latency, a very low lift-off distance, and an adjustable CPI within a very wide range.

Pros
  • Low click latency.
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Precisely adjustable CPI.
Cons
  • Doesn't have as many buttons as dedicated MMO mice.
  • Sensor is inaccurate, but can be mitigated.
8.2 Ultra-Light Gaming

The ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless is a very good mouse for ultra-light gaming, but while it's lightweight compared to some gaming mice, it's slightly heavier than what we'd consider an ultra-light mouse. It has low click latency, feels very well-built, and has a flexible paracord-like charging cable and smooth-gliding mouse feet. It's suitable for most hand sizes using any grip type, though small hands may struggle to reach the forward side button comfortable while using a claw or fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Somewhat light.
  • Low click latency.
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Precisely adjustable CPI.
Cons
  • Sensor is inaccurate, but can be mitigated.
8.5 Travel

The ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless is excellent for travel. It's wireless, so you can easily use it in tight spaces without worrying about its cable, and there's a space to store the receiver when it's not in use. All default button functions work on both Windows and macOS, and it has onboard memory. Also, it feels well-built, and it's suitable for most hand sizes using any grip type, but people with small hands may struggle with a claw and fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes and all grip types.
  • Connects wirelessly via USB receiver and Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Slightly bulky; may not fit in laptop cases.
  • 8.2 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.3 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.9 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.2 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 8.5 Travel
  1. Updated Oct 20, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Oct 15, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB
Design
Shape
Length 4.8" (123 mm)
Height 1.8" (45 mm)
Width 2.7" (68 mm)
Grip Width
65 mm
7.5
Design
Portability
Volume
22.82 in³ (374 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
Yes
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
122 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
88 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
88 g
Weight Distribution
Back-heavy
Extra Weights
No
8.5
Design
Build Quality
8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No
Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
10
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
Yes
Battery Indicator Yes

ASUS advertises that the battery in the ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless should last up to 55 hours when used with the receiver and up to 85 hours when used over Bluetooth, both with the lighting off. You can pair the mouse with three devices via Bluetooth and cycle through them with the "Pair" button on the underside.

8.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.6 ft (2.0 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB
8.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Ok
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
Yes
Design
In The Box

  • ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • USB receiver
  • USB receiver extender
  • Additional mouse feet
  • Alternate L/R click switches (Omron D2FP-FN)
  • Switch tweezers
  • ROG stickers
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PAW3370
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
26,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
5%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The polling rate options available on the ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. When using Bluetooth, the polling rate is limited to 125Hz. Unfortunately, the sensor is very inaccurate, and it undershoot the set CPI by 11.94% during slow movements and 17.22% during fast movements. However, since the sensor is fairly consistent, you can offset the inaccuracy to a degree by setting your preferred CPI to 12-17% higher than you typically would to compensate.

7.4
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
8
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
7
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can program most buttons on the ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless, excluding the Pair button and Profile button on the underside, as well as the left click. The Pair button lets you switch between three Bluetooth devices, and the button behind the scroll wheel lets you cycle between four CPI settings. You can also adjust the CPI on-the-fly by pressing the CPI button for three seconds and scrolling up and down. The L/R click buttons' switches are hot-swappable, and the mouse comes with alternate switches to replace the proprietary ROG Micro Switch switches already installed.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel
Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud
8.2
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
13 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
20.5 ms
Click Latency: Wired
11.5 ms
Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Armoury Crate
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

The software for the ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless appears to have an option for setting macros, but the option is grayed out and doesn't function.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless in black, and there are no other color variants. While not a variant, there's a wired version called the ASUS ROG Gladius III that's very similar, but it has a different sensor. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Mice

The ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless is an update to the ASUS ROG Gladius II Wireless, with a few upgraded aesthetics and performance differences, which include a much lighter weight and rounder edges on its L/R click buttons. Also, its side panels are textured plastic, and there's a laser-etched text pattern on the left side to let RGB lighting pass through. It has some rare features that most gaming mice lack, like hot-swappable L/R click button switches and on-the-fly CPI adjustments using its scroll wheel. It has low click latency, though some people may prefer an even more responsive-feeling option. Unfortunately, while you can reprogram most buttons on the mouse, you can't set macros like you can on other gaming options, which may disappoint some users.

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ASUS ROG Keris Wireless

The ASUS ROG Keris Wireless and the ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless are comparable wireless gaming mice. The Keris Wireless is a bit lighter, and it has smoother-gliding mouse feet. Also, it has slightly lower click latency, but the difference may not be noticeable to most people. On the other hand, the Gladius III Wireless has a dedicated CPI-switching button below its scroll wheel. Also, it comes with a USB receiver extender, and it has a lower lift-off distance, a wider CPI range, and a more precisely adjustable CPI.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D is an excellent wired ultra-light gaming mouse, while the ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless is a great wireless FPS gaming mouse. The Glorious has a honeycomb cutout pattern on its click buttons and palm rest that help reduce its weight. It has a more flexible paracord-like cable and smoother gliding mouse feet. On the other hand, the ASUS feels better built, and you can use it wirelessly via its USB receiver or Bluetooth. It has a wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, and a lower lift-off distance.

Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate and the ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless are comparable wireless gaming mice. The Razer is lighter, and it has smoother-gliding mouse feet and much lower click latency. Also, it has more programmable inputs thanks to its HyperShift feature. On the other hand, you can use the ASUS over Bluetooth, unlike the Razer that only has a USB receiver, and it feels better built since its side buttons don't squeak.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro

The Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro and the ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless are comparable wireless gaming mice with right-handed designs. Both are fairly light, and you can use them wirelessly via Bluetooth or USB receiver or wired with their charging paracord-like cable. However, the Razer has smoother-gliding mouse feet, more programmable inputs thanks to its HyperShift feature, and much lower click latency. On the other hand, the ASUS has a lower lift-off distance, and it feels better built since its body doesn't flex.

Razer DeathAdder V2

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is an excellent wired gaming mouse, while the ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless is a great wireless gaming model. The Razer is slightly lighter, and it has smoother-gliding mouse feet and more programmable buttons thanks to its HyperShift function. Also, its click latency is much lower. On the other hand, you can use the ASUS wirelessly via Bluetooth or its USB receiver. Also, its paracord-like charging cable is better quality and more flexible than the Razer's braided cable.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The Logitech G Pro Wireless and the ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless are both wireless gaming mice. The Logitech has an ambidextrous shape with a pair of side buttons on each side, and it's a bit lighter. Also, it has more programmable inputs, thanks to its G-Shift feature that enables a second layer of controls, and much lower click latency. On the other hand, the ASUS is a right-handed mouse with two buttons on the left only. Its paracord-like charging cable is better quality and more flexible than the Logitech's rubber cable. You can connect the mouse with its receiver or via Bluetooth, unlike the Logitech that can only connect with its USB receiver. You can also pair it to three devices via Bluetooth.

ASUS ROG Keris

The ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless is a great wireless gaming model, while the ASUS ROG Keris is an excellent wired-only gaming mouse. You can use the Gladius III Wireless via Bluetooth or its USB receiver, but you can also use it wired with its charging cable. It has a lower lift-off distance and a more precisely adjustable CPI within a wider range. Comparatively, the Keris is much lighter, and it has lower click latency. Also, its mouse feet glide a bit smoother on desks and mousepads.

ASUS ROG Gladius II Wireless

The ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless is an updated version of the ASUS ROG Gladius II Wireless. The III is much lighter, and its L/R click buttons have much rounder edges. Its mouse feet are better quality, and its charging cable is a flexible paracord-like wire instead of the braided cable on the II, and it's a USB-C instead of a micro-USB. Performance-wise, it has a higher maximum CPI, and more precisely adjustable CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and much lower click latency. Also, it has a dedicated profile switching button and a pairing button to switch between with three devices connected via Bluetooth. However, while both have a CPI button behind their scroll wheels, the III's is much smaller, which might make it harder to hit.

Logitech G502 HERO

The Logitech G502 HERO is a good wired gaming mouse, while the ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless is a great wireless gaming mouse. If you like heavy mice, the Logitech is heavier and comes with extra weights to let you customize the weight distribution. Also, it has a thumb rest, more programmable buttons, and its scroll wheel has a free-scrolling mode, which is great if you want to use the mouse for office tasks. On the other hand, the ASUS is much lighter, and you can use it wirelessly via Bluetooth or its USB receiver. Its charging cable is better quality and more flexible than the Logitech's cable, and its mouse feet are also better. While the Logitech has slightly lower click latency, the difference won't be noticeable by most people.

Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED and the ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless are both wireless gaming mice. If you prefer heavy mice, the Logitech is the best choice since it weighs more and comes with extra weights. Also, it has a thumb rest, an extra side button, and many more programmable inputs. Also, its scroll wheel has L/R tilt buttons and a free-scrolling mode. It also has slightly lower click latency. On the other hand, the ASUS has Bluetooth support, smoother-gliding mouse feet, and a better charging cable.

Glorious Model O Wireless

The Glorious Model O Wireless is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse, while the ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless is a great FPS gaming mouse. The Glorious has an ambidextrous shape, and it has a honeycomb cutout design on its top and palm rest that helps reduce its weight. You can use it wirelessly with its USB receiver, and it has smoother-gliding mouse feet and a more flexible cable that doesn't retain packaging kinks. On the other hand, the ASUS has a right-handed design. You can use it with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth, and you can even pair it with up to three devices via Bluetooth.

ROCCAT Kone Pro Air

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air and the ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless are comparable wireless gaming mice, but the ROCCAT performs slightly better overall. The ROCCAT is lighter and feels better built. Its charging cable is more flexible, and its mouse feet are larger and glide more smoothly. Also, while it has fewer total buttons, it has more programmable inputs, thanks to its Easy-Shift[+] feature that enables a second layer of commands. While the ROCCAT's sensor is significantly more inaccurate than the ASUS's, it's more consistent. On the other hand, the ASUS has a receiver extender, and you can pair the mouse with up to three devices via Bluetooth, while the ROCCAT only allows one Bluetooth device.

EVGA X20

The ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless is a better wireless gaming mouse than the EVGA X20. The ASUS is significantly lighter and feels sturdier. It also has a more flexible charging cable and slightly better-quality mouse feet, though they don't provide as smooth of a gliding experience. The ASUS also has a higher maximum CPI, a lower minimum lift-off distance, lower click latency, and hot-swappable L/R click-button switches. On the other hand, the EVGA X20 has a thumb rest, two additional buttons, and its scroll wheel has L/R tilt inputs.

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