The desire for portability is also relevant in the world of PC gaming. A variety of special notebooks confirms this argument. The situation with the periphery is more complicated, for example, finding a miniature mouse is not so simple. ASUS decided to rectify the situation and released the ROG Strix Carry , a wireless gaming mouse in the office rodent form factor.
Before moving on to the review, a few words about the complete case. The zippered pocket accurately repeats the shape of the mouse and allows you to safely store it in the general section of the backpack - an extremely relevant option for portable peripherals. The material is similar to leatherette: it is easy to clean and does not wear.
The case of the ASUS ROG Strix Carry is asymmetric with two additional keys under the thumb of the right hand. The form factor corresponds to small notebook manipulators: length 101 mm, width 62 mm, weight excluding batteries 72.9 grams. A pair of AA batteries add another 30-50 grams and shift the center of gravity to the rear end. This seriously affects ergonomics, forcing to keep the thumb and little finger closer to the true center of gravity.
Rubberized side pads with pronounced notches more or less save ergonomics, solving the problem of slipping a heavy manipulator out of hand. Other materials did not disappoint either: the top panel of smooth graphite plastic does not collect fingerprints at all.
The bottom panel, as well as the front and rear ends are made of unpretentious matte plastic. Below, in addition to the Pixart optical sensor with 7200 DPI, there is a toggle switch for switching between a USB receiver and Bluetooth. 4 Teflon pads provide gliding.
Under the hinged top cover are interchangeable switches, batteries and a USB transmitter. The latter received a slight rounding to match the shape of the "rodent." The lid is held by two magnets: the mount is reliable, but allows imperceptible play, leading to creaking.
Replacing switches is one of the key features that makes it possible to customize a tactile reaction. By default, Omron D2FC-FK (50M) switches are originally from China. Included are slightly tighter and responsive Omron D2F-01F from Japan. Replacement is simple with the help of complete forceps.
The stepped scroll wheel is covered with textured rubber. In one block with a wheel, there was a place for an additional button that switches DPI. All additional keys, including the side ones, are based on simple microswitches with a springy stroke and a clear click.
The mouse supports connection via a USB receiver or via Bluetooth. Both protocols work equally well: the cursor moves smoothly without jerking, the reaction to pressing lightning fast. But the polling frequency with a Bluetooth connection is reduced to 125 Hz, with a full 1000 Hz via USB.
Another difference in favor of USB is the availability of a proprietary utility. In addition to changing the actions of the keys, she can adapt the sensor to the working surface and change the following parameters: sensitivity, polling frequency, resolution, acceleration / deceleration. Do not forget about macros. The specified settings are stored in the mouse’s own memory and are applied regardless of the type of connection or the availability of the utility on the PC.
ASUS ROG Strix Carry managed to combine the gaming character and portability at the cost of some compromises. The main one is special ergonomics: mass imbalance and miniature dimensions prevent the manipulator from rearranging as fast as classic gaming mice. Functional limitations, a reduced polling rate and the inaccessibility of the utility when connecting via Bluetooth, cannot be considered critical, given the full operation via the USB adapter. Not without the branded elements of the Republic of Gamers: replaceable switches eliminate the problem of breakdowns of mechanisms, and the program for setting up Armory pleases with good functionality and quality of execution. The bottom line at ASUS turned out to be a good, but a niche product, perfect for gaming laptops.
- Number of buttons: 6.
- Sensor: Pixart PMW3330, optical.
- Polling frequency: up to 1,000 Hz.
- Sensor Resolution: up to 7200 DPI.
- Speed: 150 inches / s.
- Switches: replaceable Omron D2FC-FK (50M) or D2F-01F.
- Case materials: smooth plastic and rubber pads.
- Connection: wireless through a USB receiver or Bluetooth 5.0.
- Dimensions: 101 × 62 × 36 mm.
- Weight without batteries: 72.9 grams.
- The combination of advanced iron and compactness;
- Interchangeable switches;
- Thoughtful compartment under the top cover;
- Connection via USB and Bluetooth;
- Great materials.
May not like:
- Displaced back center of gravity;
- Finger batteries instead of a battery.
- Lack of wired connection;
- Reduced polling rate via Bluetooth.
Final rating: 7 out of 10.