ASUS ROG Chakram Review - What an Impressive Feature Set 7

ASUS ROG Chakram Review - What an Impressive Feature Set

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Value and Conclusion

  • The ASUS ROG Chakram is available for $159.99.
  • Great sensor performance
  • Good wireless functionality
  • Very low click latency
  • Very high button quality
  • Good scroll wheel
  • Good choice of components
  • Grippy materials
  • Nicely gliding feet
  • Full software customizability
  • Rich RGB lighting
  • Easily swappable main switches
  • Replacement switches included
  • Optional Bluetooth mode and wired operation
  • Polling outliers in wireless mode
The longer a feature list gets, the easier it becomes to slip up somewhere. Triple connectivity (Wired/2.4 GHz Wireless/Bluetooth), Qi wireless charging, fast charging, hot-swappable main button switches, a removable joystick, on-the-fly CPI adjustment with the scroll wheel: the ASUS ROG Chakram has it all. Yet none of that would matter if the core functionality would be lacking. Thankfully, ASUS did not blunder with the Chakram.

Let's take a look at the quality of the wireless first. Even today, getting wireless "right" is still no small feat. The Chakram does very well in this regard. ASUS promises a battery life of up to 79 hours without illumination and in 2.4 GHz mode, and more than 100 hours in Bluetooth mode. Wireless delay is decently low at 1.5 ms, which isn't too far off Logitech's or Razer's 1 ms. The PAW3335 is specifically built for wireless applications and delivers great performance across the board. The only flaw I could find were several polling outliers in wireless mode, which is negligible. After a recent firmware update click latency is now nice and low too.

In terms of build, the ROG Chakram excels. It's a very well-built mouse with grippy materials, high quality mouse feet, crisp buttons, and a quality scroll wheel. Another nice thing is the DIY approach: the joystick can be customized with different sticks or removed entirely, the main button switches can be swapped very easily, and a set of high quality replacement switches is included. Getting to the switches doesn't even require a screwdriver, it's all done using magnetic covers. Customization options are plentiful on the software side of things, too. ROG Armoury II provides a decent range of options, including several settings to further adjust the rich RGB lighting of the Chakram. Of course, all these possibilities come at a price. The weight of 126 g may be off-putting to some, but considering the sheer amount of features, the battery life, as well as the size and quality of the Chakram, 126 g is actually a fairly reasonable figure.

All in all, there really isn't much to fault the Chakram for. Not everyone will need every feature, but what it does, it does very well, which is why the ASUS ROG Chakram gets the Editor's Choice award from me.
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