ASUS ROG Gladius gaming mouse review - So many swords!


Once I downloaded the "Armoury" from ASUS' web storage, I knew it wasn't going to be the same type o’ software as the one used by GX1000. I was right.

This package is a lot cleaner, with a lot more information available, and easier to use. Also, it seems the mouse is positioned on a separate tab above, which makes me think that this will be the unified software for all future Republic of Gamers peripherals. If that's the case, Armoury is really not a bad name.

ROG Armoury First Image

From left to right, we have: a profile list, then Buttons, Performance, Lighting and Calibration tabs, as well as a stand-alone button with Macro written all over it. 


You create profiles by pressing plus, delete ‘em by pressing the bin, and open new ones by pressing … You can cycle through them with ease, and do whatever modification you want. You also have 1 profile saved on the on-board memory.

Alas, the profiles are not application specific.


The first tab opens a large schematic showing the mouse, and its 8 available buttons. Clicking on one of them opens a new window, where you have two buttons, each with its own drop-down menu. 

 ROG Armoury Buttons Tab

One for assignment category (Mouse Function, Windows Shortcut, Multimedia, MACRO), while the second lists all available key assignments in said category.


The performance tab reminds me a lot of the SteelSeries Engine. It uses a similar dial for sensitivity, and even similar Angle snapping and Polling Rate windows are almost identical. What is new, is the Acceleration tab, which you can use to increase or decrease the mouse acceleration.

 Rog Armoury Performance Tab


Since Gladius doesn’t come with RGB LEDs, the lighting options are limited to switching on and off the available areas (scroll wheel, DPI switch, ROG logo) or to cycle between steady lighting and breathing mode.

 ROG Armoury Lighting Tab


This does what you’d expect it to do. Once enabled you have Preset Surfaces (which opens a list containing: cloth, metal, plastic, and wooden surfaces), Manual Calibration, and Lift off distance, which can also be tweaked around.


Lastly, clicking the mouse button to the far-right opens up the Macro tab, which is also similar to that of the SteelSeries Engine, with the record button in the right corner, and a listing of all available macros to the left. Even the small gear where you can choose the delay options is present.

 ROG Armoury Macros

While the software might have one or two similarities with SteelSeries’ software, I can’t complain about it. If this is a case of great minds think alike, then good on you ASUS. However if it’s is a case of creative inspiration, you couldn’t have picked a better target than the Engine so, good on you again.

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