The ASUS ROG Spatha X is a wireless mouse that looks like it was made for gamers. It has a matte black plastic body with sharp angles and a number of bright RGB lighting zones. It is made for people who use their right hand. It has a place for your thumb and pinky to rest, a cluster of six buttons on the side, and two more buttons on top to the left of the left-click button. It can connect to its stand-up charging dock, which also acts as a receiver, either with a wire or wirelessly. In terms of performance, it has a very low click latency, a reliable sensor, and you can change the CPI in precise steps of 50 over a wide range. It also has a short distance to lift off, but not as short as some gaming mice.
The ASUS ROG Spatha X is a great MMO gaming mouse. It has a good number of side buttons and programmable buttons overall, but not as many as some MMO mice. It also feels very sturdy and has a comfortable right-handed shape that works for all grip types and all but the smallest hand sizes. It has a very low click latency, and the CPI can be changed in precise steps of 50 over a wide range. It also has a short distance to lift off, but not as short as some gaming mice.
The ASUS ROG Spatha X looks like it was made for gamers. It has a matte black plastic body with sharp angles and full 8-bit RGB lighting zones that are pretty bright. There are a total of five separate RGB lighting zones. One zone is in the mouse wheel, one is in the logo on the palm rest, three are in the group of buttons on the side, and the last one is on the docking station. The zone in the docking station is mostly used to show how much battery life is left, but it can also be changed to show different effects with the other zones.
The ASUS ROG Spatha X doesn’t have a place to store cables, and it doesn’t need a place to store the receiver because the charging dock is already the receiver. Also, it comes with a travel case that has room for the mouse, both cables, the receiver dock, and its metal foot. The case measures 154mm in length, 81.6mm in height, and 96.7mm in width.
The ASUS ROG Spatha X feels very solid, and its metal base frame is very stiff. The plastic doesn’t bend or creak, and none of the parts move or rattle.
If you like bigger mice, the overall shape is pretty comfortable. Some users may find it hard to use, and the side button panel’s layout is good, but it may take some time to get used to.
The ASUS ROG Spatha X has feet that are very similar to those on the first ASUS ROG Spatha. When you use the mouse directly on a desk, it scratches a little, but it moves smoothly on mousepads, which is surprising given how heavy the mouse is.
All of the buttons on the top of the ASUS ROG Spatha X can be programmed, including the up and down inputs for the scroll wheel. Before you can change how the left click works, you have to give it to something else. There’s an extra button on the bottom that connects the mouse to its charging dock/receiver so you can use it wirelessly. Check out the Swiftpoint Z if you want a wired option with a lot of programmable inputs and extra inputs like pressure-sensitive buttons and gyroscopic tilt gestures.
The ASUS ROG Spatha X has polling rates of 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. ASUS calls this feature “DPI On-The-Scroll tuning.” It lets you change the CPI by using the scroll wheel. Each step on the scroll wheel changes the CPI by 50. Hold down the CPI button behind the scroll wheel for three seconds to turn this feature on. The CPI settings are shown by how the scroll wheel lights up. Blue means 100 CPI, which is the lowest setting, and red means 19000 CPI, which is the highest.
The scroll wheel has a surface that makes it easy to hold on to, a stable middle-click, and clear steps that don’t have too much resistance. Check out the EVGA X20 if you want a similar wireless gaming mouse with a scroll wheel and L/R tilt inputs.
3. OPERATING SYSTEM AND SOFTWARE
The ASUS ROG Spatha X has buttons that work in both Windows and macOS. Some of the buttons, though, are set up in ways that aren’t typical for Mac. For example, one of the side buttons is usually the Windows button, but in MacOS it is the command button. Also, the middle side button is turned off by default, which makes it useless for Mac users since there is no software that can be used to change its function.
ASUS Armory Crate is the software that is used on the ASUS ROG Spatha X. It has a clean layout and isn’t too hard to use, but some people may find it to be too full of useless software.
The ASUS ROG Spatha X is an update to the first ASUS ROG Spatha, which came out in 2016. It is a very good wireless gaming mouse. It doesn’t have as many side buttons as some MMO gaming mice, but the way the buttons are set up should make it useful for a wide range of games. Like other ASUS mice, this one has push-fit switch sockets for its right and left click buttons. This lets you install switches that you like or replace worn-out switches. It’s also very comfortable for palm and claw grips, but it’s not the best shape for fingertip grips, and people with smaller hands may have trouble reaching all the buttons.