We’ve came across with a few physically connected (wired) gaming mice right? Well, guess what, today I am about to share my experience using a gaming mice, wirelessly from ASUS known as ROG Strix Carry.
Key features of ASUS ROG Strix Carry are as follows:
- Pocket-sized wireless gaming mice
- Excellent battery life
- Gaming-grade PMW3330 optical sensor up to 7200dpi
- SmartHop technology
- ROG-Exclusive socket design
Judging from its small sized gaming mice that instantly fit your pocket, it’s bundled with a gaming-grade PMW3330 optical sensor that offers up to 7200dpi. The Strix Carry offers a dual 2.4GHz and Bluetooth wireless connectivity that be switched in between thanks to its SmartHop technology.
Below are the specification sheet from its official product site.
|Wireless Technology||RF 2.4GHz + BLE BT5.0|
|OS Support||Windows 10|
|Dimensions||L 101 x W 62 x H 36 mm|
|Weight||72.9 g / 0.20 lbs (Excluding batteries)|
|Resolution||50 dpi – 7200 dpi|
Out of the box, the Strix Carry features a unit of ROG Strix Carry, dual AA batteries, a USB dongle, a ROG travel pouch, two Japanese-made Omron switches, a ROG Switch Tweezers, a ROG logo sticker and one user document.
Being a wireless gaming mice, the Strix Carry is unbelievably small. The weight of the mice is light even with bundled two AA size batteries equipped with. Do bear in mind that the mice is not ambidextrous mice, unlike Pugio, Evolve or Impact II, this mice only specially designed for right-handed users.
The design of the mice is good where the right click button is slightly lower compared to the left-click thus allowing a lesser pressure can be applied to make an action from the mice. For 2.4GHz connectivity, the mice bundled with a USB dongle, small enough to fit in the travel pouch and the USB dongle can also be placed under the magnetic top cover of the Strix Carry.
At the bottom of the mice, you can find a single visible toggle switch that allows you to power the mice up, and switching over the two wireless connectivity type. On top of the mice, there is a small LED indicator to act as the status of the Strix Carry. Removing the top cover will allow an access to replace the batteries in the future, speaking about maintainability of the mice. According to the manufacturer, the Strix Carry can support up to 300+hours over 2.4GHz and 400+hours over Bluetooth connectivity.
Similarly with Strix Impact II, you can easily swap the Omron switches. According to ASUS further, the Omron switches rated up to 50 million clicks and you can further replace the switches with compatible Omron switches that can be viewed here (under the Note).
Setting up for first use
The mice only require two AA batteries to be powered up. The mice support dual 2.4GHz and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. The USB dongle can be further plugged into any of USB 2.0 port available in your PC or laptop only if you’re opting to use the mice via 2.4GHz wireless connectivity. If you wish to use the mice in Bluetooth mode, you can simply pair the mice with your device by pairing. In the future, you can switch over the wireless connectivity that fits your situation.
Almost ROG peripherals supports Aura Sync and requires a dedicated driver to run. The Strix Carry can be operated from Armoury II. The driver allows you to customize the mice to fit your usage. The driver can be downloaded from the official product site.
The only drawback of Strix Carry is, the mice lacks RGB LEDs unlike other ASUS’s gaming mice. This may have been designed to increase battery life. One of the advantages of the Strix Carry is, the driver lets you know the current battery status and tracks the usage of the mice via the Stats sub-menu.
I’ve been using this mice for about two weeks. Based on my personal experience, this mice feels solid. Even with bundled two AA batteries, the mice feel light according to me which is good. Being a right handed person, I feel comfortable using the mice and the buttons available at the side (thumb) didn’t really interrupts my finger movement.
The mice can be used for both productivity and gaming. Based on my usage, I found out that the response time of the mice is pretty good, making truly one of the best wireless mice I’ve ever tested so far. I firmly believe its due to the compact proportions made to fit the right-handed people that perfectly being optimized for claw-grip or fingertip control styles. In addition, the SmartHop technology further is smart enough to being agile to its current 2.4GHz band surrounding, easing it to automatically switch to the cleanest channel to avoid congestion.
The Strix Carry gaming mouse is an excellent addition to the gamers who used to travel. The mice are small and portable. The mice offer dual wireless connectivity that can be easily switched over to fit your current needs. Based on my usage, I personally find everything about the mice is good, makes it one of the mice that deserves recommendation from me for the gamers out there. With a longer battery lifespan, this mice certainly one of a must buy mice for the year 2020.