ASUS is definitely one of the most respected hardware manufacturers around the world, and they are not new to the peripherals market either. They have a few different lines of gaming-related products, and the TUF (The Ultimate Force) is their latest one. This hardware subfamily only has one mouse thus far, and it is called the TUF Gaming M5. It's a small, ambidextrous-style mouse with very promising specifications and a decent price tag, which makes the M5 a rare bird indeed as most gaming mouse manufacturers tend to use low-quality materials for their smaller products for some reason. The M5 has main button switches rated for 50 million clicks, a PixArt PAW3327 optical sensor (with a maximum resolution of 6,200 CPI), and, of course, ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting.
|ASUS TUF Gaming M5|
|Main Switches:||Omron D2FC-F-7K(50M)|
|Wheel Encoder:||Kailh brown (11 mm height)|
|Size:||111 mm x 61 mm x 42 mm|
|Ambidextrous:||Yes, side buttons on the left only|
|Number of Buttons:||6|
|Weight:||82 g without cable|
|Polling Rate:||125–1000 Hz |
|Cable:||1.8 m long, non-braided|
|Software:||ASUS ROG Armoury II|
A lot of companies are considering small, environmentally friendly packaging nowadays, with less plastic and more easily recyclable materials—I like where we're going with this! The ASUS TUF Gaming M5 comes in one of these, so there is no front window with a flap you can flip open or a plastic cover as there is only a small package with the usual render pictures and technical specifications. The contents of the box are the mouse itself and a quick-start guide, so there are no extra mouse feet, unfortunately. However, the cable is not in very tight loops, as is often the case with mice, so it will straighten out pretty quickly with some use, which is a nice touch.