ASUS ROG Pugio Aura RGB USB Wired Optical Ergonomic Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

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ROG Pugio is Asus's next step in delivering an eye-pleasing experience for gamers. With the advantage of beautiful design, compact, suitable for both right-handed and left-handed, this gaming mouse would be a decent choice for any gamer.


Connectivity Technology: Wired
Tracking: Optical
OS Support:  Windows® 10 86x64, Windows® 8.1 86x64, Windows® 7 86x64
Dimensions: L120 x W68 x H37mm
Weight: 103 g without cable
Resolution: 7200dpi
Interface available: Mouse USB
Contents:

  • 1 x ROG pouch
  • 1 x ROG accessary case
  • 2 x Japanese-made Omron switches
  • 2 x side button covers
  • 1 x ROG logo sticker

What inside the box

Just like other Asus gaming mouse s such as Gladius or Strix Impact, ROG Pugio is also placed in a relatively neat box. The product image is printed out, clearly on the front of the box. Other information as well as specifications are printed on the sides and back of the box. The front of the box can be opened, allowing us to see the product directly inside.

ROG Pugio's accessories are put in a small triangular plastic box that is simple but still looks beautiful. In the box contains two Omron switches replacement in case the mouse button is damaged or worn out. Along with that are two long plastic buttons for mounting on either side of the mouse, in case you do not want to use additional buttons. This is probably one of the most appreciated points of ROG Pugio that we will talk about later.

Hand-on experience

ROG Pugio is designed to be symmetrical, suitable for both left and right handed people. The shape of the mouse inspired the design of the ancient Pugio dagger blade. Size of the mouse is not large, more suitable for people with small hands as well as female gamer. As for gamer who own little big hands, holding the mouse will feel rather cramped and will take more time to get acquainted.
The design inspiration of the mouse came from the Roman Pugio dagger

The two sides of the mouse are hollowed into the interior and covered with a non-slip rubber cushion, giving a firm and comfortable feel to use. The rubber mattress is also decorated with Maya antique prints on the surface like the recently released Asus gaming mouse, which are both pleasing to the eye and help to hold the mouse firmly.
The rubber mattress is also decorated with Maya antique prints.

Left and right mouse buttons are no longer concave like the previous ROG Gladius II, which allows the mouse to grasp the index finger and middle finger when holding a palm mouse. These two keys are short and separate from the body of the mouse, which reduces the required pressure and speeds up the click operation. The scroll button is covered with a slip-resistant rubber coating that carries an ancient Maya pattern. Underneath is a button to adjust back and forth between two DPI levels that are pre-set.
The two keypad functions on the sides of the mouse are quite large size and high sensitivity, press very light. This leads to a relatively uncomfortable problem with symmetrically designed mice: the palm, thumb and fingerprints are easily pinched on the function keys - causing a lot of affection. Fortunately, at ROG Pugio, Asus has come up with an answer to this, by allowing users to disassemble function keys and replace them with the side panel. After replacing, the mouse side mute keys are locked and can no longer be used. Because the function keys and the side panel are connected to the mouse by magnets, switching between the buttons is fast and easy.



ROG Pugio's USB cable is attached to the mouse, not as detached as the previous Gladius II. The cord is about 2 meters long, braided and anti-tangle. Gold-plated USB port for signal interference suppression. Overall, this section does not have much of a difference with Asus' midrange to high-end gaming mouse.
Most of the structure of the mouse is made of plastic material, the surface is plastic as not gripping the fingerprint, making sure to feel secure when holding. The weight of the ROG Pugio is only 103 g, lighter than the product of the same size as the Strix Impact (113 g). Although lighter, but when placed together, Pugio looks more "pit" than Strix Impact.


On the underside of the ROG Pugio are three large feet made of teflon, and four rubber buttons that cover the four screw fixed positions. Besides, the bottom of the mouse is also decorated Maya neck pattern is relatively shiny and eye catching. The sensor is decorated around the triangular shape, below the PUGIO and ROG logo. Accurate information about the "name" of this type of sensor has not been specifically announced by Asus. All we know is that the ROG Pugio uses an optical sensor with a maximum DPI 7200, recognizing the highest mouse speed is 150 IPS. So the mouse can be used comfortably in 4K screen conditions.

Just like the recent ASUS gaming mouse, the mouse switch is designed in modular form, so replacing them become very easy. All you have to do is just remove the mouse, lift the switch off the socket by hand and replace the new one, so that's it. Besides the two switches included, you can completely replace the other Omron switches for the mouse as long as they are D2F and D2FC compliant.

For the "color", the ROG Pugio is equipped with three LED clusters on the roll button, the ROG logo on the back and the bottom edge of the mouse. Like Gladius II, you can also synchronize mouse color with other Asus RGB-equipped products (such as mainboard, VGA, keyboard) through Aura Sync technology. And if you want to have more custom color options then you should use the ROG Armory tool - a custom tool dedicated to the Asus ROG product line. Using this tool you can freely adjust the mouse parameters such as DPI, polling rate, response speed, as well as can set the Macro and function for the keys. Color customization in Armory allows users to choose between custom coloring for each LED cluster, or color synchronization for all three clusters. Besides, there are 6 color effects including: Static, Breathing, Color Cycle, Reactive, Wave Color waves), and the Comet (a light color trail running around the mouse).

Advantage:
  • Symmetrical design, suitable for both left and right hand.
  • High quality buttons, lightweight, high strength Omron switch.
  • DPI range of 50 to 7200 DPI, suitable for a variety of conditions.
  • Allow "lock" function keys on the sides of the mouse when not used.
  • Flexibility in repair and replacement.
  • The software is intuitive, easy to use, has many color customizations with 6 different color effects.
  • Lightweight, does not cause fatigue under conditions of continuous play for a long time.
Disadvantages:
  • Small size.
  • Mouse wire is not disassembled, it is inconvenient to carry the mouse to many places.