ROG Keris Wireless Review
For a long time, I have wanted to switch to a wireless gaming mouse for my daily driver. Luckily, I have had the opportunity to review the ROG Keris Wireless from ASUS and have been using it for a little over two weeks, testing as many aspects of the mouse as possible. I have had severe reservations about using a wireless mouse for gaming and have been eager to see how the Keris Wireless holds up against some of my wired favourites. I do have to admit that there is a bit of an asterisk on that statement because the Keris can be used as a wired mouse as well – more details on that later.
While the ROG Keris Wireless is a “Gaming Mouse,” the device’s aesthetics are clean and minimal enough to fit any desk setup. There are two addressable RGB zones that, when used with software, can easily be customized or disabled for a more professional look. A neat feature I often used was the battery indicator setting for the RGB lights. Various colours can flash at intervals to inform the user as to the mouse’s charge level; that way, the device never dies during a critical moment or in the middle of a gaming session.
The mouse also has hot-swappable side buttons, which come in three colours, black, grey, and my personal favourite, pink. Something unique to the Keris wireless is that on top of the side buttons, the actual switches for the left and right mouse clicks are also hot-swappable, and the device comes with a replacement pair. As a consumer, the inclusion of swappable buttons and replacement parts felt terrific and gave me the initial impression that ASUS carefully thought of user experience. ASUS could have easily sold the additional buttons or switches separately for a quick profit but instead chose to include the parts and significantly increase the longevity of every mouse sold.
Another minor design choice I thoroughly enjoyed was the location of DPI, sync, and on/off buttons on the bottom of the mouse. This way, I never accidentally switch to 16000 DPI mid-game or change mouse profiles without knowing. The ROG Keris Wireless has a ton of small features like this that have a massive impact on daily performance and make the device stand out.
One of the most impressive features of the ROG Keris Wireless is that it supports three simultaneous connections to a PC. The mouse can be connected via Bluetooth for extended battery life, connect via 2.4Ghz wireless technology to reduce latency for gaming, or be used via a USB-C cable like wired alternatives. Using the mouse while wired will also charge the device, so there is virtually no downtime or waiting for the mouse to charge. Even if the mouse died mid-game, it could quickly be plugged in and start working immediately with no need to change or adjust settings.
The 500 mAh battery in the Keris also charges incredibly quickly. I used the mouse for five days in 2.4Ghz mode without charging before I got the low battery warning lights. I then plugged it in and kept gaming without issue. In less than a half-hour, the mouse was near full charge and ready to be used wirelessly again.
The many small yet design choices also extend to the performance of the Keris Wireless. The left and right-click of the mouse is made of PBT plastic similar to that of high-end keyboards. This material is resistant to wear and tear and feels more consistent and controllable when gaming.
The mouse also comes with five Teflon mouse feet pre-installed that make the device feel incredibly smooth to use on any surface. Like the side buttons and switches, the Keris Wireless also comes with a backup set of mousepads. As far as performance while gaming, the Keris Wireless felt as responsive and accurate as any wired mouse I’ve ever used. The only thing I would consider troublesome about performance is that the switches did take some breaking in. For the first few hours of use, the occasional click would require some extra force and come with a mild crunch at the end. This didn’t occur more than ten times overall and after my second day of use was no longer an issue.
The ROG Keris Wireless is considered a lightweight mouse but still feels solid in design. Weighing in at 79 grams, the mouse finds itself right in the middle of most gaming mice. Unfortunately, the device’s weight is non-adjustable, but I did find myself not noticing the reduced weight compared to my previous mouse. The Keris Wireless also has a 16000 DPI sensor and USB-C rechargeable battery that can hold up to a 78-hour charge without RGB or 56 hours with standard lighting effects. The exclusive hot-swappable ROG Micro Switches have a lifespan of 70 million clicks, gold-plated junctions, and a force deviation of +/- 5 grams-force.
Pricing and Availability
Currently, the ROG Keris Wireless is available at most major retailers online and in-store. In Australia, the mouse is going for $139, which is a tremendous value when compared to other mice with similar features. I’ve spent more than this on wired mice with half as many offerings, and I remain shocked at the incredible value to performance ratio of the Keris Wireless. I would say I’m going to buy another one as a backup, but I don’t need to because of the included replacement parts that come standard with the device.
In order to get the most out of the ROG Keris Wireless, you will need to download ROG’s Armoury Crate software. The program provides an easy-to-understand interface for changing settings and customizing features on the mouse and other ASUS products. The software has many features, such as the ability to sync RGB lights or a new way to see all the games installed on your system in one place.
Although for the sake of this review, I will only focus on the software features directly related to mouse functionality. Armoury Crate allows for the use of seven preset lighting modes as well as advanced custom lighting behaviours. The software also allows for the changing of DPI and customization of button inputs. Compared to other peripheral software out there, Armoury Crate felt easy to use and required minimal PC resources to run.
The ASUS ROG Keris Wireless is a top-of-the-line peripheral device at an affordable price. The sleek modern look of the mouse makes it a perfect match for any keyboard and helps to make the device feel sturdy and comfortable to use. The wireless performance of the mouse is near indistinguishable from the wired competition, and the ability to be used while charging has made it a mainstay in my gaming setup. The many careful small yet thoughtful additions to the Keris Wireless take the mouse to the next level and make the device an absolute joy to use. The only flaws with the mouse are easy to remedy, and the inclusion of replacement parts dramatically increases the device’s lifespan.
ROG Keris Wireless Review
- PERFORMANCE - 98%98%
- QUALITY - 95%95%
- DESIGN - 98%98%
The ROG Keris Wireless might just be the nicest gaming mouse I have ever used. The Keris comes loaded with features including tri-mode connectivity that ensures it can work with nearly any device and never needs to wait on charging. Aesthetically speaking, the Keris could be considered mild compared to other gaming peripherals, but the vibrant RGB elements and overall build quality make it fit with any PC setup. Armoury Crate software elevates the mouse and makes customizing lighting and button mapping a breeze. The hot-swappable mouse switches and side buttons come with replacements making the Keris Wireless viable for years to come.
The ROG Keris Wireless is the definition of high-quality and does a tremendous job blurring the line between wired alternatives.
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