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ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Wireless Gaming Mouse Review

ASUS ROG Strix Impact II

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8.9

Build Quality

8.5/10

Design

8.5/10

Accessibility

9.0/10

Features

9.0/10

User Experience

9.5/10

Value

9.0/10

Advantages

  • Lightweight
  • Excellent battery life
  • Armoury Crate compatible
  • Replaceable Omron Switches
  • Dual-zon RGB effects

Disadvantages

  • DPI toggle switch located at the bottom
  • Expensive
Figure 1: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review - Introduction
Figure 1: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review – Introduction

ASUS ROG Strix Impact II is a wireless gaming mouse designed by ASUS for on the go gamers that constantly requires a gaming mouse to operate from any location. Previously, I’ve reviewed the wired version of ROG Strix Impact II, so this Strix Impact II version is a wireless gaming mouse. The gaming mouse shares similar features with the Strix Impact II wired, only with wireless feature as an advantage here.

The key features of ROG Strix Impact II Wireless as listed below:

  • Optimized connectivity – 2.4GHz and wired USB
  • Industry-leading 16,000 dpi, 400 ips optical sensor
  • Exclusive push-fit switch socket design
  • Long-lasting wireless gaming
  • On-the-fly DPI button for effortless accuracy adjustment
  • Lightweight design for speedy glides, precise control and easy portability
  • Pivoted button mechanism for fast response and accurate performance
  • Exclusive Armoury Crate software for easy and intuitive configuration

Now, what is the general advantage of the wireless version of Strix Impact II mouse compared to its wired version? The Impact II Wireless features four-level DPI buttons reaching up to a maximum of 16,000 dpi for precision and 400 ips optical sensor, which is a significant improvement over the wired version. Unfortunately, the Strix Impact II Wireless is not an ambidextrous mouse, so if you’re a lefty, then you will find trouble to use the mouse.

Figure 2: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review - Accessories Overview
Figure 2: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review – Accessories Overview

Upon unboxing the packaging, you will be greeted with a unit of ROG Strix Impact II Wireless, a USB dongle, a USB Type-C charging cable, a user manual guide and a warranty card. It is recommended to register the purchase on your official region site for RMA process, if needed.

Figure 3: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review - Side View
Figure 3: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review – Side View

Moving into the design of the Impact II Wireless, it shares the similar design with its wired version, only being a non-ambidextrous gaming mouse. On the side, there are two buttons given and they’re programmable through Armoury Crate software.

Figure 3A: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review - Front View
Figure 3A: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review – Front View

Unlike its wired version that has LED strip at the front, the Strix Impact II Wireless only has LED on the scroll and its ROG logo. This is quite understandable though as to maximize the full utilization of the gaming mouse, wirelessly. The USB Type-C input located at the center and used to plug in the charging cable to charge the mouse up.

Figure 5: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review - Rear View
Figure 5: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review – Rear View

Looking over the rear, there are not buttons present and this is one of the reasons why I said, the Strix Impact II Wireless is not suitable for lefties, especially if you’re using any consumer-grade mouse or gaming mouse on your left hand.

Flipping the mouse over, there is a USB dongle attached and you have to plug it into your laptop or desktop to operate the mouse via wireless. Also, there is a on/off toggle for the wireless mode, and if you turn off the feature, you can use the mouse via wired connection which in some cases, extends the battery life of Impact II Wireless. A DPI button is present next to the optical sensor. The placement of the DPI button is quite good especially for a wireless mouse since when we use the gaming mouse to its fullest extent during online gaming session, sometime we tend to click on the DPI button located at the top that may cause some trouble resulted in discomfort on gaming with a gaming mouse.

Specification

The specification of ASUS ROG Strix Impact II are as follows:

ConnectivityWireless RF 2.4GHz, Wired USB
SensorOptical
Max DPI16,000 DPI
Weight93g (excluding cable)
Programmable buttons5
Side buttons2
Exclusive push-fit switch socket designYes
RGB Lightning2 Zones RGB Logo/Scroll
On board memory profile3
On the fly DPI buttonYes, 4 levels adjustable
Cable typeRubber
Dimensions120mm x 62.5mm x 39.5mm
OS SupportWindows 10
Table 1: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Wireless Specification – Source.

User Experience

I’ve used the Impact II Wireless for about a week. Before I carry out the review, I’ve charged the mouse to be manually benchmarked (without any software to test the battery life and charging capacity). The driver of the Impact II Wireless was also updated to its latest version as shown in the Figure 8 below.

Armoury Crate

Figure 8: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review - Armoury Crate
Figure 8: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review – Armoury Crate

The Strix Impact II requires ASUS’s centralized management software, Armoury Crate. You’re required to download the software in order to fully customize the gaming mouse to fit your profile type. Another advantageous of this software is, it does have a few minor bugs, but the driver always receive updates to fix the identified bugs which are expected from a giant tech company like ASUS.

  • Figure 9: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review - Buttons
  • Figure 10: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review - Performance
  • Figure 11: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review - Lightning
  • Figure 12: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review - Calibration
  • Figure 13: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review - Firmware Update

The Strix Impact II Wireless mouse offers a few good features that a gaming mouse should have. These features can be easily access via the menu offered in the dashboard. Figure 9 shows button configuration to fit your usage. Figure 10 allows you to customize the DPI settings and angle snapping of the mouse. In addition, you can set the button response and polling rate to fit your gaming profile or productivity style. Figure 11 shows settings of Aura Sync or lightning settings (individual) for the Strix Impact II Wireless. The lightning effects can be synchronized with compatible ASUS gaming peripherals or if you own the Strix Impact II Wireless as first ASUS product, you can still use the feature. Figure 12 allows you to calibrate the mouse in order to improve the accuracy and precision of the mouse. This certainly a good feature especially for hardcore gamers that wish to have a freedom of movement, using a wireless gaming mouse. Figure 13 is a firmware page for the Strix Impact II Wireless mouse. It is recommended to check for the firmware updates for the mouse, twice in a month.

  • Figure 14: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review - Power (Status - Charging)
  • Figure 15: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review - Power (Status - Charged)

The battery life of Strix Impact II Wireless is pretty good. I able to use the gaming mouse for four days (4 x 24hrs = 96 hours) although the advertised battery life provides up to 89 hours. However, when I turned on the RGB feature, it does drain the battery life and I can use the mouse for about 2 days. I personally feel, this is quite standard for a gaming mouse that operates wirelessly. Overall, the charging period of the mouse is around 2 hours (from 0% to 100%).

Figure 16: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review - RGB Effects
Figure 16: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review – RGB Effects

The Strix Impact II Wireless is comfortable to be used for long period of time. I don’t feel any discomfort while using the mouse. The mouse is responsive, lightweight, and the RGB effects were not too bright that makes the gaming mouse to appear as a standard cheap wireless mouse. Overall, I do enjoy my online gaming session with the mouse. I also informed by ASUS that, the switches of Strix Impact II Wireless is replaceable. This further extends the longevity of the gaming mouse to serve you more. For time being, I am still not being informed about the official retail price of the Strix Impact II Wireless in Malaysia. The review article will be updated when the price was finalized.

Conclusion

Figure 17: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review - Conclusion
Figure 17: ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Review – Conclusion

To conclude the review up, the Impact II probably the best wireless gaming mouse available out there. It performs slightly better than the Strix Carry and much more comfortable to be used due to its design. From the design to the features offered, the Impact II Wireless scores with flying colors. I personally don’t really like cables due to adding mess on top of my desktop and cable management can be hectic to route in a cleaner way. The Impact II Wireless may reduce the time to route the cable unless you already route the charging cable over your desktop. The only disadvantage identified by me when using the mouse for about a week is, if you’re lefty you will find the mouse to be hard to operate on. Otherwise, the Strix Impact II is the best bang for the buck.

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