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ASUS ROG Chakram X review: The ultimate MMO gaming mouse

By The Count - 10 Jul 2022
Launch SRP: S$249

ASUS ROG Chakram X review: The ultimate MMO gaming mouse

Note: This review was first published on 27 June 2022.

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Your choice of gaming mouse is an extremely personal one. From the switch feel to its shape and button layout, what rocks your boat may be completely different from someone else.

ASUS has attempted to provide a solution by packing as much customisation as it can into the new ROG Chakram X, including hot-swappable switches, three different joystick lengths, and support for Bluetooth, USB-C, and 2.4GHz wireless connections.

Each of the 11 buttons and the analog joystick are also programmable in the Armoury Crate software, so you can set them up to do exactly what you want.

On top of that, you get a 36,000 DPI optical sensor and an eye-watering 8,000Hz polling rate. ASUS has gone out of its way to pack the most cutting-edge tech into this mouse, and it's actually pretty impressive.

However, not every one of these features is the most practical. For instance, most gamers generally won't use anything above 1,600 DPI, and it's difficult to imagine anyone who would set their DPI anywhere approaching the upper range of what the mouse supports. 

In addition, not all games will see a benefit from the 8,000Hz polling rate. The higher polling rate also places a higher demand on the CPU, and there have been reports of stuttering in certain games. If you're lucky, some games like Valorant have already added support for it, so you'll need to check the specific game you play.

That said, tracking was otherwise flawless as expected, with no noticeable acceleration or jitter. A switch at the bottom lets you toggle between Bluetooth, wired, and 2.4GHz wireless modes, offering plenty of versatility right at your fingertips. I wouldn't recommend the Bluetooth mode for any gaming though, and you're best off sticking with the wired and 2.4GHz modes.

The 8,000Hz polling rate is also only supported in wired mode, so that's something to take note of as well. The included USB-C cable is soft and flexible to minimise cable drag, although it's not quite on par with a true paracord cable.

There is a neat wireless adapter with a metal clip that plugs into the end of the cable, so you can bring the 2.4GHz dongle closer to your mouse if needed.

The mouse itself has adopted a large, ergonomic right-handed shape, with a sculpted left edge and ledge to rest your thumb. It reminds me a lot of a cross between the new Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed and the original Basilisk. The latter had a unique thumb paddle, but ASUS has opted for an analog joystick with three different supported lengths.

The joystick can also be switched to a four-directional digital mode, where each direction can be bound to a specific function in-game. This can be useful in games that need a lot of macros, such as MMOs and the like.

Unfortunately, the Armoury Crate software has turned out to be incredibly buggy. After a long installation process, the software simply froze during startup, and I had to end the process manually in Task Manager. When it finally decides the work, it then takes forever to initialize.

The four side buttons on the left are set to volume adjustments and forward and back by default. However, the volume buttons sit right in between the forward and back buttons, which takes some getting used to because your thumb has to travel a greater distance when trying to navigate between web pages.

In a time when ultra-lightweight mice are almost the expectation, the ROG Chakram X feels almost ponderous in hand at 127g. That said, this is a gaming mouse designed for MMOs, according to ASUS, so quick, nimble movements may not be as important as they are in FPS games.

The switch covers and mouse back are also removable. They are attached via magnets and snap on securely. ASUS has included a customisable blank plate to replace the ROG plate inside the mouse, so you're not always stuck with displaying the illuminated ROG logo on the back. However, the different layers of plastic mean that even the default logo looks slightly fuzzy and not completely in focus, which isn't the most appealing.

The hot-swappable push-fit switch sockets let you change the switches without any soldering required. The default switches are red ROG Micro Switches, with a 70 million click lifespan. ASUS has also included Omron D2F-01F switches, if you prefer something more traditional. In my experience, the ASUS switches felt just a hair more tactile and had more resistance, while the Omron switches were crisper.

 

Conclusion

At S$249, the ASUS ROG Chakram X is plenty pricey, but it tries to make up for that with a rich array of features. This is not a mouse for everyone, however. Most folks will not see significant benefit from many of the features, so the price will still seem hard to swallow.

Whether you like it or not will depend a lot on the type of games you play. This is the furthest thing from an esports-oriented FPS gaming mouse. With its weight, joystick, and multiple buttons, the Chakram X is made expressly for MMO players.

It is available to buy now on Lazada and Shopee.

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8.0
  • Design 8
  • User-Friendliness 7.5
  • Features 9
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 8
The Good
Hot-swappable mouse switches
8,000Hz polling rate
Several programmable mouse buttons make it great for MMOs
The Bad
Buggy Armoury Crate software
Heavy weight
ROG logo looks fuzzy
Expensive
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