ASUS ROG Spatha Mouse Review

Reviewed Dec 11, 2019 at 08:55 am
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Usage Ratings - Version 0.8.1
7.9
Mixed Usage
8.5
Office/Multimedia
6.4
Travel
7.0
Video Games (FPS)
8.4
Video Games (MMO)
4.5
Ultra-Light Gaming
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The ASUS ROG Spatha is an impressive wireless MMO gaming mouse. While it doesn't have as many side buttons as some other MMO mice, they're larger, making them easier to press. The mouse itself is quite large and has a unique and angular look, which may not be for everyone. It has a fairly low latency when used wired or wireless, and when you aren't using the mouse, the USB receiver works as a charging base, which is nice. While people with larger hands can use the mouse with any grip type, medium hands may have a harder time with fingertip grip, and small hands likely won't be able to get a comfortable fit with any grip.

Our Verdict

7.9 Mixed Usage

The ASUS ROG Spatha is a very good mixed usage mouse. While it's designed for gaming, it feels very well-built and should be comfortable for everyone except those with smaller hands. It also has many programmable buttons which can be good for multimedia creation, office macros, or gaming. Unfortunately, it's quite large and isn't the best for travel.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
8.5 Office/Multimedia

The ASUS ROG Spatha is an excellent office mouse. It has great ergonomics and feels remarkably well-built, making it great to use all day. It also has a lot of buttons that can be programmed to help you navigate through your desktop or work software quickly. Unfortunately, this is a very large mouse and isn't recommended for people with smaller hands.

6.4 Travel

This mouse is mediocre for travel. While it comes with a carrying case, this mouse is very large and uses a charging base as its USB receiver. This makes it difficult to use in smaller spaces, like on a plane, though you can use it wired with a micro-USB cable as well.

7.0 Video Games (FPS)

The ASUS ROG Spatha is an alright mouse for FPS games. While it has low click latency and a fairly wide customizable CPI range, it's very heavy, which may not be great for FPS games. On the upside, it's quite comfortable and feels very well-built, so it should be able to withstand long gaming marathons. Unfortunately, this is a very large mouse and isn't recommended for people with smaller hands.

See our Video Games (FPS) recommendations
8.4 Video Games (MMO)

The ASUS ROG Spatha is a great MMO mouse. While it may not have as many programmable side buttons as some other MMO mice, they're laid out in a way that's easy to press, and will likely be easier to keep track of. This mouse is also comfortable enough for long campaigns, though it's not recommended for people with small hands due to its large size.

4.5 Ultra-Light Gaming

This isn't a good ultra-light gaming mouse. This is one of the heaviest mice that we've tested and isn't recommended if you prefer very lightweight mice.

  • 7.9 Mixed Usage
  • 8.5 Office/Multimedia
  • 6.4 Travel
  • 7.0 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.4 Video Games (MMO)
  • 4.5 Ultra-Light Gaming
Pros
  • Outstanding build-quality.
  • Very comfortable for people with larger hands.
  • USB receiver can be used as charging base.
  • Lots of programmable buttons.
Cons
  • Large, angular design may not be for everyone.
  • Not suitable for small hands.
  • Heavy and bulky.
  1. Update 12/20/2019: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The ASUS ROG Spatha is a very unique looking MMO gaming mouse. It has a matte black design, with three RGB zones on its wheel, logo, and side buttons. It's quite bulky and has large side buttons and sharp angles.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
206 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
172 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
172 g

The ASUS ROG Spatha is a heavy gaming mouse. There's no weight optimization other than using it wirelessly, which loses the weight of the cord.

5.2
Design
Portability
Length 5.3" (13.6 cm)
Height 1.7" (4.3 cm)
Width 3.5" (8.8 cm)
Volume
31.67 Cu. Inch (519 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

The ASUS ROG Spatha isn't very portable. The mouse itself is very large, and the receiver is bulky as it works as a charging base as well. However, the mouse does come with a travel case to hold both it and the charging base, though it's too bulky to fit in laptop cases.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

The ASUS ROG Spatha is a very solid-feeling mouse. The base frame is metal and nothing on the mouse feels loose or wobbly. It's likely that this mouse can withstand a few accidental bumps or drops without getting damaged.

8.5
Design
Ergonomics
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Grip Width
74 mm

The ergonomics of this mouse are excellent, though it's designed for right-handed use. While the mouse looks quite large and unwieldy, all the buttons line up to your hand nicely when you use it, as long as you don't have small hands. The grips on each side are also quite comfortable for your pinky and thumb to rest on.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip: Small Hand
No
Palm Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse is comfortable to use palm grip for everyone except those with small hands. Due to its large design, smaller hands may have a difficult time reaching the two top side buttons.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Claw Grip: Small Hand
No
Claw Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse works well with claw grip for everyone except those with small hands. Due to its large design, smaller hands may have a difficult time reaching the two top side buttons.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Fingertip Grip: Small Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Medium Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

Fingertip grip is only recommended with this mouse for people with large or extra-large hands. While people with medium hands may be able to use this mouse with this grip type, it likely won't be comfortable and there may be better options out there.

6.5
Design
Wireless
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch

The ASUS ROG Spatha is a wireless mouse that comes with a large receiver that doubles as the charging base for its battery. Through the software, you can set the RGB lighting to alert you when your battery is low, and can also set a standby mode to help conserve battery life. The mouse can also be used while charging with the included USB cable.

7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.9 ft (2.1 m)
Braided
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
Micro USB
Port Type: PC End
USB

The ASUS ROG Spatha can be used while charging with the included micro-USB cable. The cable is braided and feels solid, though it's quite stiff and inflexible. Its also a long cable, so it may get in the way unless your computer is very far away. ASUS also included a cable to plug in the receiver/charging base.

Design
In The Box

  • ASUS ROG Spatha mouse
  • 2X Micro-USB cable
  • USB Receiver/charging dock
  • Carrying case
  • Star-head screwdriver
  • 2X Replacement switches
  • 2X stickers
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Laser
Works On Glass
No
7.7
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
16 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
17 ms

The ASUS ROG Spatha has low click latency whether used wired or wireless, which is good.

9.6
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
50 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
8200 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
-1.2 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
2000 Hz

The performance of this mouse is outstanding. While its CPI can't get as high as some other mice, it's adjustable with steps of 50, which is nice. The polling rate can also be adjusted between 125-2000Hz. It's worth noting that while the CPI error wired was within acceptable limits, it had an error of 8.24 when used wirelessly, which is sub-par.

8.8
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
12
Number Of Programmable Inputs
14
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

The ASUS ROG Spatha has an excellent button layout. It has six programmable side buttons, two more up top, and its up and down scrolls can also be programmed. While it doesn't have as many side buttons as some other MMO mice, six is likely enough for most people and may be easier to keep track of.

6.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No horizontal Wheel

The ASUS ROG Spatha has a pretty standard, incremented mouse wheel. Unfortunately, it doesn't do horizontal scrolling or have L/R tilt buttons.

Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name ROG Armoury 2
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 ROG Armoury 2 software by ASUS is great. It allows you to set macros, various profiles, and program all of the buttons on the mouse, among other things. The ROG Spatha also has onboard memory, so you can save your settings to the mouse and use it on various PCs. Unfortunately, like most gaming mice, the software is available on Windows only.

8.3
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Partially

The ASUS ROG Spatha is partially compatible with macOS. While you can use it as a regular mouse, none of the programmable buttons work, even if you set them on a Windows PC and move the mouse over to a Mac, which is disappointing.

Compared to other mice

The ASUS ROG Spatha is a great gaming mouse that sets itself apart thanks to its futuristic design and large shape. It has a lot of side buttons, which are oddly shaped but fairly easy to use. On the upside, it's an amazing mouse for larger hands and it's also one of the better-built gaming mice we've reviewed.

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