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ASUS ROG Keris Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jul 15, 2021 at 10:34 am
ASUS ROG Keris Picture
7.1
Office/Multimedia
8.6
Video Games (FPS)
7.2
Video Games (MMO)
8.8
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.4
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The ASUS ROG Keris is an excellent ultra-lightweight gaming mouse that feels very well-built. It has a right-handed shape suitable for smaller hands using a palm grip and nearly all hand sizes using a claw or fingertip grip. However, extra-large hands may drape over the front of the mouse using a claw grip. It has a flexible cable, mouse feet that glide smoothly on all surfaces, and hot-swappable switches for the left and right-click buttons. It also has a very consistent sensor, a wide CPI range, and a very low click latency. Unfortunately, you can only adjust the CPI by increments of 100, and while the lift-off distance is low, it's not as low as on some other mice.

Our Verdict

7.1 Office/Multimedia

The ASUS ROG Keris is a decent mouse for office and multimedia work. It feels very well-built, and it has a comfortable right-handed shape. It has a good number of buttons you can program using the software; however, it's only compatible with Windows. Unfortunately, this mouse has no wireless connection options, and the mouse wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Very lightweight.
  • Feels very well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Mouse wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
8.6 Video Games (FPS)

The ASUS ROG Keris is an excellent FPS gaming mouse. It feels very well-built and has a comfortable, right-handed shape well-suited for a claw or fingertip grip for most hand sizes and suitable for a palm grip for smaller hands. It has a very flexible cable, mouse feet that glide smoothly on all surfaces, a wide CPI range, and a very low click latency. Unfortunately, you can only adjust the CPI by increments of 100, and while the lift-off distance is low, some gamers may prefer it lower.

Pros
  • Very lightweight.
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Very low click latency.
Cons
  • CPI only adjustable by increments of 100.
7.2 Video Games (MMO)

The ASUS ROG Keris is a decent mouse for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have quite as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse. That said, you can program all the buttons it does have using the companion software. It also feels very well-built and has a comfortable right-handed shape. Performance-wise it has a wide CPI range and very low click latency. Unfortunately, you can only adjust the CPI by increments of 100, and while the lift-off distance is low, it's not as low as on other options. Also, the customization software is only compatible with Windows.

Pros
  • Very lightweight.
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Very low click latency.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
  • CPI only adjustable by increments of 100.
8.8 Ultra-Light Gaming

The ASUS ROG Keris is an excellent ultra-lightweight gaming mouse. It's very lightweight and has a comfortable, right-handed shape best-suited for a claw or fingertip grip. It also has a flexible paracord-like cable and mouse feet that glide smoothly on all surfaces. Performance-wise it has a wide CPI range, a very consistent sensor, and very low click latency. Unfortunately, you can only adjust the CPI by increments of 100, and some gamers may prefer a lower minimum lift-off distance.

Pros
  • Very lightweight.
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Very low click latency.
Cons
  • CPI only adjustable by increments of 100.
5.4 Travel

The ASUS ROG Keris is inadequate for travel use as it's bulky and may be difficult to slip into most laptop cases. It's also a wired-only mouse, making it cumbersome to use in tight spaces like buses, trains, or planes. Nevertheless, it feels very well-built and has a comfortable right-handed shape. All the default buttons function in Windows and macOS, and it has onboard memory, but the companion software is only compatible with Windows.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • 7.1 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.6 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.2 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.8 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.4 Travel
  1. Updated Jul 15, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 09, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB
Design
Shape
Length 4.6" (118 mm)
Height 1.6" (40 mm)
Width 2.4" (62 mm)
Grip Width
58 mm
5.7
Design
Portability
Volume
17.70 inยณ (290 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
96 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
67 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
67 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
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
No
X.Large Hand
No
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
No
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No
8.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.7 ft (2.1 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

Note: The paracord-like sheathing on our cable was damaged out of the box as it was stuck to the velcro cable tie it was wrapped in.

8.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
Yes
Design
In The Box

  • ASUS ROG Keris
  • User documentation
  • Extra mouse feet
  • ROG stickers
  • Alternate D2F-01F Omron switches (2x)

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PAW3335
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-1%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The available polling rates on this mouse are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. If you're interested in a mouse that's similarly lightweight but has a lower minimum lift-off distance, check out the Mountain Makalu 67.

6.7
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
6
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

The ASUS ROG Keris has hot-swappable switches for the left and right-click buttons. It has ASUS ROG 70M Micro Switches installed by default, but a pair of alternate Omron D2F-01F switches are included.

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
Quiet
8.6
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
9.5 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
10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The ASUS ROG Keris we tested is black and it has no other color variants. There's also a wireless version of this mouse, the ASUS ROG Keris Wireless. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The ASUS ROG Keris is an excellent lightweight gaming mouse. Compared to its wireless counterpart, the ASUS ROG Keris Wireless, this mouse is nearly 15 grams lighter, making it a better ultra-light gaming mouse for FPS gaming. While the majority of the other lightweight mice we've tested have ambidextrous shapes, this mouse has an ergonomic, right-handed shape. However, it's also short, so it may not be a comfortable option for those with extra-large hands. Also, like many ASUS ROG mice, it has hot-swappable switches for the left and right-click buttons, and it includes a set of alternate switches in the box.

See our picks for the best lightweight mice, the best wired mice, and the best gaming mice.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D and the ASUS ROG Keris are both excellent ultra-light gaming mice. The Glorious has a honeycomb body and a cable with less drag and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. On the other hand, the ASUS has a solid plastic body that feels sturdier. It also has a more consistent sensor, a wider CPI range, a somewhat lower click latency, and hot-swappable left and right-click button switches. Both mice are suitable for all hand sizes, but the Glorious is better suited for larger hands, while the Keris is better suited for smaller ones.

Razer DeathAdder V2

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is an excellent FPS gaming mouse, while the ASUS ROG Keris is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse. The Razer has a wider CPI range, a CPI you can adjust more precisely, a lower lift-off distance, and a lower click latency. It also has more programmable buttons, including HyperShift capability, which lets you program a secondary layer of controls. On the other hand, the ASUS is significantly lighter, and it feels sturdier. It also has a more flexible cable, a more consistent sensor, and hot-swappable left and right-click switches.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini and the ASUS ROG Keris are comparable wired gaming mice. The Razer is a bit lighter and has better click latency. It also lets you assign a G-Shift button that allows you to enable a secondary layer of commands. Comparatively, the ASUS has a wider CPI range, a more consistent sensor, and hot-swappable switches for its left and right-click buttons. Both mice are well-suited for smaller hands using a palm or claw grip and all hand sizes using a fingertip grip. However, the ASUS is also suitable for large hands using a palm or claw grip.

ASUS ROG Keris Wireless

The ASUS ROG Keris Wireless is a wireless version of the ASUS ROG Keris. You can use it wired or wirelessly either with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth. It also has a storage compartment for its USB receiver when it's not in use. Also, it has two pairs of alternate, colored side buttons included in the box. The wired-only version is significantly lighter and has a more consistent sensor, but doesn't it come with alternate side buttons.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT is a better ultra-light gaming mouse than the ASUS ROG Keris. It's lighter, and it connects wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver. It also has smoother gliding mouse feet, a wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and a marginally lower click latency. It also has customization software compatible with Windows and macOS, while the ASUS has software compatible with Windows only. The ASUS also is a wired-only mouse. It has a more flexible cable as well as hot-swappable left and right-click switches.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The Logitech G Pro Wireless and the ASUS ROG Keris are comparable ultra-light gaming mice. The Logitech connects wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver. It also has a wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and two additional side buttons. It also has customization software compatible with Windows and macOS, while the ASUS has software compatible with Windows only. However, the ASUS also has a lower weight, better quality mouse feet, and hot-swappable switches for the left and right mouse click buttons.

SteelSeries Rival 3

The ASUS ROG Keris is a better, wired gaming mouse than the SteelSeries Rival 3. The ASUS is lighter and has a more flexible paracord-like cable. It also has a much wider CPI range and a lower click latency. On the other hand, the SteelSeries has hot-swappable left and right-click switches and customization software compatible with Windows and macOS, while the ASUS only has software compatible with Windows. Both mice are suitable for most hand sizes using all grip types.

SteelSeries Rival 5

The ASUS ROG Keris is an excellent ultra-lightweight FPS gaming mouse, while the SteelSeries Rival 5 is a very good gaming mouse for a variety of uses. The ASUS is lighter, has less sensor variation, and lower click latency. On the other hand, the SteelSeries has a wider CPI range, a lower lift-off distance, and three additional side buttons. It also has customization software compatible with both Windows and macOS, while the ASUS only has software compatible with Windows. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types, but the SteelSeries is best suited for larger hands, while the ASUS is generally better-suited for smaller hands.

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