ASUS Strix Claw gaming mouse review - Building a formula

First Look

There's nothing special about Claw's packaging. Glamour shot on the front, main features listed underneath, hinged front panel revealing the rodent, specs at the back; the basics are all ticked of the list.

Inside, you get the standard again: the mouse, a quick-start guide in about thirty languages, a warranty manual, and finally, a driver-CD (I forgot driver-CDs were still in use with peripherals).

At first glance, the rodent is in tone with the rest of Strix peripherals (headsets and mechanical keyboard). Its design caters to right-handed users, and its thick-build makes it friendly to palm-grip folk. The body is entirely plastic, no rubber or soft-touch surfaces added, but the construction doesn't feel cheap or poorly built.

ASUS Strix Claw - FrontASUS Strix Claw - Backside

In terms of layout, you have 7 buttons: unified left & right click, a rubberized scroll wheel, DPI-up & DPI-down buttons behind the wheel, and three buttons to the left side.

Sides

Some work has been put into the ergonomics, evidenced by its shape. The left side has a semi-deep indentation for the thumb, with the three curved buttons for easy touch right above said thumb; two are mapped forward / back, and the third larger one assigned to "DPI Clutch" or "Sniper Mode" (this has become a staple for shooter-oriented gaming mice).

 ASUS Strix Claw - Left Side

Since Claw caters to right-handed users, the right side is plain, with a wider print than Logitech's G502 and two small indents for the fingers to rest-upon. 

 ASUS Strix Claw - Right Side

Underside

The underbelly of the beast is very "by the books" for a gaming mouse. It features a centrally positioned optical sensor and three PTFE pads: two small ones in the corner and a large unified one at the bottom edge.

 ASUS Strix Claw - Underside

It moves well on most surfaces, gliding on Speed mats like the Logitech G240 or Roccat Taito, but it also keeps its mettle with rougher mats like the QCK Heavy, or the Strix Glide Speed. 

As for the tracking. The mouse uses a PixArt PMW3310 optical sensor; of course it's going to have the same tracking figures on every kind of surface you throw at it.

ASUS Strix Glide Speed

Speaking of Glide Speed, this is supposed to be the fast-gliding movement gaming-mat from ASUS, they also have Glide Control for more *ehem* "control". The thing is, Glide Speed is rough, like the roughest mouse-pad in my collection, including the ones from QPAD, SteelSeries, CM-Storm, Roccat, TtEsports, and Logitech. That's not my only complaint when it comes to this mat.

You see, it has a rubberized base, but the texture is not pronounced enough, which means that it will slide-off with the mouse, especially, if you're a low-sensitivity type-player.

ASUS Strix Claw - Mat Glide Speed 

On the plus side, the tracking is nice on it, and the finely stitched edges means it won't start fraying for a long-long time.

ASUS, for next time, make your pad thicker and add a more prnounced texture to the rubberized surface. You need to make sure it gets stuck to the table, no matter how hectic the rodent is moved.

Cable

Strix Claw features a nice 2-meter long braided-cable with a custom "layered" header that ends in a gold-plated USB 2.0 plug. All and all, the standard.

ASUS Strix Claw - Cable 

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