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ASUS ROG Keris Optical Gaming Mouse Review

A Closer Look & Performance

The Keris comes hard-wired with a very nice looking black sleeved cable.

It’s a glossy paracord, which is both lightweight and durable, but also looks fantastic!

There’s even a nice custom designed USB header on here.

As for the mouse its self, well, it’s simplistic in design but aesthetically rather beautiful. It’s got the look of a premium quality, very well made product. It also feels like a quality product to hold too. Albeit, it’s very light, at just 62-grams total.

Despite the lightweight design, though, I can squeeze the mouse and apply significant pressure on any side, and nothing bents or flexes, nothing moves, nothing squeaks. Well, the mouse buttons move, but I mean… duh.

There are two large navigation buttons on the left side of the mouse. Nothing unexpected really, just nice smooth buttons, easy to index, and with a nice firm click on each.

The mouse is tuned for right-handed users, and as you can see, it slopes off quite drastically to the right. This means your wrist can hold the mouse in a more natural position and drastically reduces wrist fatigue as a result.

The ROG logo on the back, as well as the inner ring of the scroll wheel feature RGB lighting, which we’ll see in action later.

There’s a subtle ROG logo stamped into the right side of the mouse.

What is interesting is that the back of the mouse has a matte black finish. However, the front of the mouse is a hard-wearing PBT plastic with a light texture to it. It gives the mouse a very interesting tactile feel and improves the grip too.

The USB cable is nicely recessed into the front. Also, the scroll wheel recess is really glossy, which is why you can see the grip reflected on the front of it. It’s nice and slippy too, so your finger doesn’t get slowed while scrolling.

On the underside, there are four lovely Teflon feet that provide a fantastic amount of glide. The mouse is just 62 grams anyway, so I can literally blow on the mouse and push it across my desk.

The DPI toggle is down here, which I see more often, and it’s certainly more appealing to the competitive gaming crowd like this. I seldom change my DPI anyway, so whatever.

There are two rubber bungs down here, which you can pick out with a screwdriver. This will allow you to remove the two hidden screws.

With that done, you can open this beast up!

There are two Kailh Blue switches for the side buttons, they’re a nice heavy click but easy work for your thumb, of course.

However, you get these lovely ROG switches on the LMB and RMB.

They use a special mount that allows you to simply pull the switch out and plug in a new one. Handy if you want to try some different types, or if you wear one out and it needs replacing.

There are some Japanese D2F-01F switches included, which have a slightly heavier click. Just plug them in, and go!

Also, they’ve made an effort to make it look nice in here. Since this is a user accessible area for those front switches, and well… it does look pretty neat and tidy!

The sensor is the award-winning PMW3389 from PixArt, and ASUS has had their team tinker with it a little too. The results are fantastic; there’s absolutely no angle snapping, prediction, acceleration or anything really. Throughout the DPI range, at any speed, it tracked perfectly.

The mouse has gorgeous switches on it too. ASUS really knows what I like, it seems. They’re a super short travel switch with a lovely tight and tactile click. It’s nice and stiff so that you don’t accidentally click, but it clicks and returns with a snappy action that makes it great for fast clicking. The heavier Japanese switches are nice too, so try both out, see which you like the most; you can buy a HUGE range of compatible switches from eBay, Amazon, etc.

Plus the PBT top panels are mounted tightly, so there’s no pre/post travel.

The ultralight design is awesome too, and the mouse really can be moved along by me blowing on it firmly. Combined with that slick sensor, you can make tiny movements at higher DPI and smooth sweeping movements at low DPI with confidence and accuracy.

The RGB is pretty slick too, not overdone, but still vibrant and colourful.

Of course, with AURA sync, you can pair it up with other ASUS products, as well as a wide range of PC case hardware, like motherboards, fans, RGB strips, etc.

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's, I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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