The ROG Keris Wireless is the wireless variant of the original ROG Keris gaming mouse. It offers everything the original Keris has, with some upgrades on top of removing the wired cable. Having tri-mode connectivity, the Keris Wireless is freed from wires, and lets you game anywhere, anyhow you want. Before we get into the review, let’s check out some specs.
Hand Size: 18cm x 10cm (Relaxed Claw)
ROG Keris Wireless – Specs
|Model||ROG Keris Wireless|
|Connectivity||Wireless RF 2.4 GHz|
|Max DPI||16,000 DPI|
|Micro Switch||ROG Micro Switch with 70M-click lifespan|
|Swappable Side Buttons||Yes; available in two colors|
|PBT L/R Keys||Yes|
|Dedicated DPI Buttons||4 levels, adjustable|
|Exclusive Push-Fit Switch Socket Design||Yes|
|Pivoted Button Mechanism||Yes|
|RGB Lighting||2-Zone RGB|
|Onboard Memory Profile||3|
|Cable Type||Detachable 2.0m ROG Paracord|
|Dimensions||118 x 62 x 39 mm|
What’s In The Box?
- ROG Keris Wireless
- 1 x Set of Extra Mouse Feets
- ROG Logo Sticker
- 2M USB Type-C Cable
- 2 x Side Buttons (Pink)
- 2 x Side Buttons (Grey)
- 2 x D2F-01F Micro switches
- Warranty Booklet
- User Manual
The ROG Keris Wireless is a tri-mode wireless gaming mouse that is ultra light at just about 79g. It can connect via a USB Type-C cable, 2.4GHz wireless, or Bluetooth. It’s an S-size gaming mouse which is very lightweight, and should be fine with all grip types. Sensor wise, the mouse has the specially tuned ROG 16,000 dpi sensor, exclusive push-fit switch sockets, PBT polymer L/R keys, and of course AURA Sync RGB lighting.
On the left, there are the swappable side buttons. On the top, you get the usual left and right clicks, the middle scroll wheel, and the illuminated ROG logo on the back. On the front, there’s the USB Type-C port for you to use the mouse in wired mode with the included USB Type-C ROG Paracord cable.
Flipping it over, there are four 100% PTFE ROG Omni Mouse Feet. You also get the switch to change the mode between wi-fi, bluetooth, and on/off. There’s also the DPI Pair buttons to switch your DPI settings on the fly. All you need to do is to press and hold the DPI button and spin the scroll wheel to set the sensitivity level from the mouse itself. The colour shown on the scroll wheel represents the DPI range it is in.
- Blue: 100 – 4,000 DPI
- Green: 4,100 – 8,000 DPI
- Orange: 8,100 – 12,000 DPI
- Red: 12,100 – 16,000 DPI
In terms of build quality, the ROG Keris Wireless feels very solid as there is no side flex, and no button wobble at all. The mouse feels very sturdy, but I did notice a little wobble in the scroll wheel, especially in the EW directions. But, the mouse doesn’t have any actual rattling, which is great.
For my hands, the ROG Keris Wireless feels very comfortable, providing me with a relaxed claw grip. Despite being an S size mouse, the mouse felt good in my hands, with a lot of space in the back, and the hump hugging the palm area near my thumb. The mouse has less curves, and is more straight in the front flare, with lesser curves in the back and at the thumb rest.
My fingers aren’t overextending on the left and right clicks, but the bottom side button is a bit hard for my thumb to reach. The front half of the mouse is fitted with a matte finish, so it doesn’t collect smudges as bad. Sweat also isn’t an issue here, and the matte finish area also just nicely grips my pinky for maximum hold.
The ROG Keris Wireless’ main buttons are snappy and they feel crispy. However, the right click does feel and sound a bit more crispy to me than the left click. Both clicks have low pre-travel, but the right click does have a bit more post-travel than the left click.
For the side buttons, they have very minimal pre and post travel, but they’re still snappy and crispy to me. They have a low-profile design, so they don’t bulge as much as other gaming mouse. However, I did need to bend my thumb more to press on the side buttons. Alternatively, if you want them to come out more, you can always 3D print your own side buttons.
When it comes to the scroll wheel, it is a medium tension scroll wheel, that is both silent and tactile. The middle click is also more stiff when compared to the main left and right click buttons.
For the included USB Type-C cable, it has the ROG Paracord sleeve. It works great, has a decent length, and has no drag on table tops or on the ROG Scabbard II. The mouse feets are 100% PTFE, they measure 0.6mm thin, so they glide very smoothly, with minimal drag. Personally, I actually prefer a little drag, so you’d have more accuracy and control over the mouse rather than having it glide everywhere.
Performance wise, the ROG Keris Wireless performs excellently during my testing in CS:GO, Dota 2, and Genshin Impact. The sensor doesn’t seem to have any observable motion delay or input delay when compared to other wired gaming mice.
The sensor can go as high as 16,000 DPI, and as low as 100 DPI. Personally, I don’t go as high as 16K DPI, but I do need 100 DPI when I’m sniping or when I need to select something precise, especially in Photoshop. The tracking is accurate, and it’s very very close to my hand movements.
The ROG Keris Wireless does have Aura Sync RGB lighting, but it’s somewhat limited. The brightness isn’t as bright as I’d expected, but that’s probably due to its battery saving nature. It’s also nice that the RGB lighting is incorporated into the scroll wheel as well.
Another thing to note is that if you enjoy the multiple RGB lighting profiles, you would end up sacrificing battery mode. That being said, the mouse’s RGB lights still revert to battery mode (blinking red) when the battery is below 20%.
The ROG Micro Switches on the ROG Keris Wireless has a consistent click force as well as a 70 million-click lifespan. The company also made these push-fit switch socket, so you can easily change the switches by yourself for added durability and maintenance.
If you wanted more force on one click, with a softer click on another, you can just change the respective compatible micro switch which is just plug and play. All you have to do is just remove the two screws under the two black plastic plugs, open the cover, and you can just switch them out easily.
After charging the ROG Keris Wireless to 100%, the mouse lasted me four and a half days with RGB turned on. The mouse is set to turn off RGB lighting after 5 minutes, and even when I’m not using the mouse, the switch is left turned on 24/7.
Charging the ROG Keris Wireless back up to 100% takes about three hours, which is easily doable, it’s just a matter of using the mouse in wired mode. If you were to set the auto-off feature to activate in less time, or have the RGB totally turned off, you mileage would definitely be longer.
Armoury Crate is the software you need to further customize the ROG Keris Wireless gaming mouse. If you already own ROG gaming peripherals, you would already be familiar with the software by now. It offers basic settings, and the layout is simple to understand. Apart from performing OTA update, users can also tweak settings like lift-off distance, button response rate, macro keys, and more.
These features work well, but it would be nicer if Asus could give users to tweak the settings in more detail rather than just “low” or “high” settings. Another thing I realized is that Armoury Crate cannot be minimized to system tray, and it doesn’t push notifications on DPI change or battery status. The only way to check the battery status is to have it set as part of the RGB lighting (blinking red).
ROG Scabbard II – Quick Review
|Model||ROG Scabbard II||ROG Scabbard|
|Dimension||900 x 400 x 3 mm||900 x 400 x 2 mm|
|Surface||Protective nano-coating fabric||Cordura® Lite fabric|
|Performance||Water / Oil / Dust-repellent||Splash-proof|
|Stitched Edges||Anti-fray, flat-stitched edges||Anti-fray stitched edges|
|Bottom||Non-slip black rubber base||Non-slip red rubber base|
The ROG Scabbard II is an extended gaming mousepad that has a protective nano coating to make it resistant to water, oil, and dust. It has a measurement of 900 x 400 x 3 mm. On the edges, they are anti-fray, has flat-stitched edges, as well as a non-slip rubber base.
While the protective nano coating is military grade, but it didn’t feel as smooth as the original Scabbard which used the Cordura Lite material. It is still smooth and provides a great gliding experience, but it is just not as smooth as the original Scabbard.
Dropping water and oil droplets, as well as dust on the ROG Scabbard II, it could easily be wiped away and vacuumed up for easy cleaning. That being said, do note that the protective nano coating can be damaged by liquids that are above 30-degrees. So, try to keep hot beverages away from the mousepad.
The ROG Keris Wireless is a great compact, lightweight, wireless gaming mouse which lets you connect any way you want. Having wired, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi capability is great for gamers on-the-go, and is a great pairing with the new ROG Falchion wireless mechanical gaming keyboard.