Most gaming mice lean into a specific strength. Maybe it’s DPI, maybe it’s customisability, maybe its wireless performance or battery life or any number of other things. The Asus ROG Chakram does its best to lean into every possible strength at once.
Listing this flagship mouse’s specs and features it almost exhausting. You can use it wired over USB, or over either Bluetooth or 2.4GHz wireless.
The 16,000 DPI sensor is top of the line, and a DPI button on the underside lets you adjust responsiveness on the fly.
There are three RGB light zones: underneath the main buttons, the scroll wheel, and an ROG logo under your palm. This is actually customisable though – you can lift the case up and remove the logo plate to swap it with the included blank version, which you can customise how you see fit – so long as you have a steady hand and some artistic flair.
That’s not all you can tweak. Obviously, all the buttons are remappable and the lighting works with Aura Sync, but you can also swap out the mouse switches to replace damaged ones or simply adjust the feel to suit your playstyle. All of this can be done without a screwdriver or other tools.
What about the other buttons? In addition to two side buttons there’s a built-in joystick (again, customisable, with multiple sizes included). You can use this either in a digital mode that maps the four directions to specific inputs (to reload, lean around a corner, etc.) or in an analogue style to properly replace a thumbstick for flight sims or racing games.
It works well, and my only real complaint is that it’s a little further forward than I’d like, so that the way I naturally hold the mouse leaves my thumb just shy of the stick. Once you get used to having the extra four inputs from the digital mode it’s hard to go back (for regular use, not just gaming) and a thumbstick is a much more natural implementation than having four extra buttons, though the analogue functionality will no doubt prove a little more niche.
With all this tech, battery life should suffer right? Not so. Asus says the Chakram will last 79 hours over 2.4GHz (without the RGB lighting, to be fair) and I’ve found the battery lasts days of use comfortably. Fast USB-C charging gets you hours of charge from 15 minutes plugged in, while slower Qi wireless charging is a convenient back-up.
It’s also not cheap. But you are getting so much in return that it’s honestly hard to argue with the price, and you could pay almost as much and get a whole lot less elsewhere.