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Our latest addition to ASUS ROG’s product review list will be ROG PUGIO Gaming Mouse, another great product with exciting features. We have previously reviewed ROG Strix Impact Mouse and ROG Claymore Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and while we root for Claymore, Impact didn’t make much impact on us. And we hope that PUGIO will be filling that void.
We would like to thank ASUS Pakistan for sending us the review sample. Now, without any further delay let’s dive into the review.
I have been testing ROG PUGIO Gaming Mouse for a while now, and I am eager to share my thoughts about it. The mouse has a lot going on for it in terms of looks and feels, also some amazing new and enhanced features.
The mouse has a string of exciting features but don’t worry, I am not going to leave you hanging. We will go through everything this mouse has to offer, stick around and I’ll share my verdict in the end.
Before that, a little about ASUS, many of you are familiar with the brand and the range of products it carries. ASUS has long since established itself in the market. ROG is a sub-brand for ASUS that chiefly deals with gaming gadgets and technology. ROG also has made its presence felt in the gaming industry with its top class products and the array of merchandises that suits diverse customers.
Now let’s crack into the review. First off, we will look into its specifications;
|Aura Sync Enabled||Yes|
|Connectivity||Wired USB 2.0|
|Switches||Omron (50M Clicks)|
|Cable||Gold plated 2-meter rubber USB cable|
|Sensor||Pixart PMW 3310 Optical|
|Dimensions||L115 x W62 x H39 mm|
|Package Content||1 x mouse, 1x ROG Pouch, 1x ROG accessory case, 2x Omron replacement switches, 2x side Button Covers, 1x ROG Sticker & User documentation|
|Operating System Support||Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7|
Unboxing and Closer Look:
If you have bought an ASUS ROG product before, you will most likely be familiar with the design of the box that the Pugio comes in. It has dark grey color with a brushed metal appearance while the image of product being visible on the box.
The Pugio comes in a dark-grey color box, similar to all other ASUS ROG products to come out recently. The product image is visible on the front with the ROG and ASUS logo, followed by the products name. Rest of the sides of the box feature some specifications and instructions about the product, again, coupled with some product images and logo of the company.
Opening the box, the first thing we see is the user manual, again in form of a small booklet. Accompanying are a ROG sticker and a small fabric pouch that contains a tiny case. The pouch will come in handy if you visit LAN events frequently.
This tiny case is an interesting component in the package, which holds the two replacement switches for the mouse’s buttons and two blanking plates for the side buttons, both of these will be discussed shortly.
Pugio carries some similarities with Strix Impact that we reviewed earlier. The shape of both mice is similar as both are ambidextrous (can be used with both left and right hands). However, Pugio is a bit larger than Impact, which to me is a bonus, again this is my personal opinion as Pugio suites my slightly bigger hands.
The top of the mouse carries the scroll button with ASUS all-time favorite Mayan pattern, this is also an RGB lighting zone, in addition to this, there is also a single DPI switch button.
Now observing both sides of the mouse, both left and right sides are identical in shape and feel, as the Pugio is ambidextrous in nature. Both sides sport a side button, each in accordance to its possible usage by both left and right-hand users. Also, the rubber grips below the side buttons also feature the same Mayan design on both sides.
Coincidently this also comes with some disadvantages too, being of either dominant hand, I’d really prefer a mouse where my thumb won’t accidently press buttons on side of the mouse.
If you haven’t guessed it yet, then let me break it to you, ASUS played smart with Pugio this time, and this is where the blanking plates come in the picture. Buttons on both sides of the mouse are easily removable and can be replaced with the blanking plates we mentioned earlier. An ingenious solution by ASUS ROG if you ask me.
Removing and replacing the side buttons has been made quite easy with the help of magnet surface on the mouse. You can easily snap-off a button and put a blanking plate in its place by simply tugging the buttons off and putting plates near to the holes under the surface, which will then grab-on the plates and the plates will lock down on the surface.
The back of the mouse has a ROG Logo & clear plastic strip spiraling around the edge of Pugio, this is another RGB lighting zone, the lighting zones and their patterns will be detailed further ahead.
On the rear side of Pugio, PixArt PMW 3330 optical sensor is visible along with three gliding pads, again, sporting the all famous ASUS Mayan pattern. Moreover, the USB cable is 2m long, gold plated and non-detachable. Plus point is, the cable is braided which is always better in peripheral devices like these.
Some things about the accompanying software; ROG Armoury; as we have discussed the software earlier in our previous ROG mice related articles, the ROG Armoury Suite has now evolved to be a perfect user-friendly software to work with. Armoury does its job well and covers all of the basic and prime functionalities in a compact and neat package.
Armoury is quite easy to work with, every option is just right there for you to play with, (refer to the screenshots we have here for you).
The only thing which I felt was left out was again the lack of support for more than two DPI stages, but again that’s just minor when compared to the entire package.
The start feature of Pugio. I am more than excited to share my thoughts on the lighting feature of ROG Pugio. Personally, I feel ROG has nailed its lighting game with Pugio. We have three lighting zones in Pugio; ROG logo on the bottom of the mouse, scroll wheel, and the spiraling LED strip. All of these can be controlled separately (giving us an option to mix and match) and we can also sync the lighting of all three zones, basically the wow factor of the deal.
We have many lighting effects in Pugio to choose from. The effects include breathing, spectrum cycling and rainbow wave are just to name few. The colors of the lights look radiant and cool for a gaming gadget. The light coverage is well thought about in the entire mouse, ROG logo, scroll wheel and the spiraling strip.
Here, we demonstrate the process of replacing the click switches on the mouse, The procedure is pretty much easy and hassle free.
I am all for testing new products and I am quite a vigorous tester if you ask me. For a couple of weeks, I basically used Pugio for everything, including gaming, picture editing, and daily office tasks. I have tested the strength of the gadget in all ways I needed to. Now I can describe my experience with it in clarity. Now let me take you on the tour of the gadget in terms of comfort and the features the Pugio offers.
So, while Pugio has much better claw grip then Impact, I still felt a little bit offbeat about the shape of the mouse. Again what bugged me was the size of the mouse, bigger than Impact but still a bit smaller to my liking. It was a task to wrap around my palm on Pugio. I felt that I lost my grip on the mouse because of it a few times.
Now we will focus on the goodies of the package, first and foremost comes the removable side buttons. ROG being the innovator has come with a very smart solution to the problem normally subjected to ambidextrous mice; that being, trouble with the fourth finger which if you are a right-handed user, will rest on the side-button. Nevertheless, pulling-off side buttons and replacing them with blanking plate solved this issue. Clever indeed.
Similarly, I am also excited for the option to change mouse’s switches as per my call. This is quite easy a task to do and the available pair of switches do have some differences among them. The pre-installed D2FC-F-K (50M) switches are the hero of the package while the substitutes D2F-01Fs switches are actually pretty solid and heftier. The best part about them is that you can choose between the two options depending on the types of the games you play.
Pugio’s sensor PixArt PMW 3330 might not be as latest as the PMW 3360 but still, I found it good enough to work with. Its max DPI of 7200 is surely an asset to the mouse and furthermore, I found the tracking of the mouse to be perfect in my opinion.
Well here is the best part, I will clarify here why the product Is or Isn’t a must have for you guys. Personally, I feel ASUS ROG has given us a top-notch option among gaming mice in form of Pugio. Ambidextrous to start with, awesome RGB lighting, modifiable side buttons, and swappable Omron switches are way too good of features to come in one gadget, (I told you, I love Pugio).
Additionally, the Armoury software by ROG still rocks to-date and keeps on improving. PMW 3330 optical sensor, a good option to say the least but still a bit behind PMW 3360. Still I have had no issues with the sensor in Pugio.
Now comes the shape of the mouse, this is where it gets difficult to draw a line. As every gamer is different and so are their hands. If I talk about myself, I, again, found Pugio a bit small and flat for my liking, as I really like to grab-on my mice while gaming. But again this is just me, the product may suit well to other gamers, possibly who have smaller hands. But if you are looking for a bulbous mouse, Pugio might not be for you.
Now let’s talk money, Mouse is available at Amazon for $89.99 & in Pakistan at Easetec for 6700PKR. At this price point, there are some options that you may prefer to be better as they provide more towards a right handed user for less. But if you’re in the market for an ambidextrous mouse with quality and a tons of cool features, then the ASUS ROG Pugio is also worth considering.We are going to award the PUGIO with our INNOVATIVE Badge as this mouse contain features that we have not yet seen in any other mouse lately. This is a very innovative approach to give user options to change switches and blank outside buttons.