Working to gain a foothold in the premium peripheral market, ASUS has been expanding the ROG line-up, adding products like Gladius to the roster. Now, we have the RoG Sica, a lower-end follow-up with similar traits.
Gladius, the high-end Republic of Gamers mouse is named after the famous Roman infantry short-sword. Similarly, Sica shares its namesake with a curved long dagger used by Thracians, Dacians and even Romans back in ancient times. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) many peripheral makers do this - name releases after mythological creatures, deadly beasts or ancient weaponry. Between ASUS new ROG naming scheme and Tesoro's sword fascination, I'd end up spending hours looking for obscure historical facts.
Sica is an enthusiast peripheral - not only for gamers, but someone interested in taking it apart once something breaks down. Like Gladius before it, the swappable switch mechanic makes a comeback, albeit without the set of replacement switches included. If I were to hazard a guess, I'd say this model is entry level, where as Gladius is the flagship.
That doesn't mean it's not capable to stand on its own. The rodent has an ambidextrous shape, uses the same "mayan" pattern rubber rubber grip, and comes with the powerful PMW3310 optical sensor. On paper it has the specifications to face some stiff competition and still come out on top.
ASUS has worked a lot on its new ROG line-up. Unlike previous edgy, sharp rodents (I'm looking at you GX1000) with laser sensors - these newcomers all go with optic, have comfortable / ergonomic shapes and subtle sleek designs. I'm not complaining by the way, it's been a while since we saw some innovation injected into the market. Of course, all this is pointless if performance is not up to snuff - so without further delays, let's take a look at the RoG Sica.