ASUS ROG is back with another gaming mouse for Q1 of 2021 in the form of the Keris Wireless. This one is a highly anticipated model since announcement – mainly due to a variety of good reasons.


For an instance, its curb weight is about 79 grams – all thanks to the materials used and a new shell design. This mouse also comes with triple connectivity options, an ROG exclusive push-fit switch socket, ASUS’ own switches and PBT housings for the main buttons – among many others. The model is also available in wired version which is even lighter at 63 grams.

On this review, we will check out how the 4,690 Pesos MSRP wireless device will fair against the competition. See if it is worthy of that price tag.

Technical Specifications

Mouse
Size Medium
Layout Right handed
Design Standard
Macro Yes
Profile Yes
Software Yes
Interface RF 2.4GHz, Bluetooth, USB 2.0
Polling Rate 125-1000Hz
Lighting RGB
Switch ROG Micro, Omron D2F-01F
Buttons 8 (5 programmable)
Cable Length 2m (paracord)
Feet PTFE
Sensor
Model Pixart PAW3335
DPI 100-16000 DPI
Speed 400IPS/40G
Dimensions
Length 118mm
Width 62mm (Max), 55mm (Grip)
Height 39mm
Weight 79g

Packaging and Accessories

The ROG Keris Wireless is packed similar to other ASUS gaming mice in recent times. The following items should be located inside:

  • ROG Keris wireless gaming mouse
  • Wireless RF 2.4GHz Dongle
  • USB Type-C Cable (paracord)
  • User Guide
  • Warranty card
  • 2x Spare side buttons
  • Mouse feet sheet
  • 2x Omron 1M micro switch

Bundle is absolutely nice. We even got a set of extra skates, buttons and switches.

Design, Layout and Build Quality

The ASUS ROG Keris comes with a slender and curvy profile – similar to the Microsoft Intellimouse design. This is a proper looking gaming mouse, devoid of any clutter out of the box. Weighs like a feather too at ~79 grams. Note: the wired versions comes with an even lighter curb weight of 62 grams.

ASUS ROG Keris PBT Mouse Images 6

There are 8 buttons found within the mouse and 5 of them are fully customizable – with the exception of the DPI, pairing and main left button. This is no biggie since the mouse is not ambidextrous and ASUS felt a non-customizable main button could acts as a safety net. Left and right main buttons have really low pre-travel (ROG Zero Gap) and are snappy. Left navigation buttons on the other hand has a bit of pre-travel (Kaihl switches). The scroll button on the other hand requires more force to actuate compared to the others.

ASUS ROG Keris PBT Mouse Images 2

The grip area has two different textures – the usual textured plastic and matte. Both sides are curved inward from the grip area with a gradual outward curvature towards the rear end.

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Now ASUS changed their usual formula for the main buttons with this new model. For instance, PBT is now the material of choice to maximize grip and to prevent shine. The not so favorable Pivoted Button from the Strix Impact II has been overhauled for the Keris as well – and with an additional guide per buttons to keep the platforms stable. Now as for the scroll wheel, it is a detent based one. No infinity scroll support here – yet.

ASUS ROG Keris PBT Mouse Images 4

Another thing I love about the mouse are the proprietary yet easy to replicate skates. ASUS even managed to sneak a set just in case. Along this area lies the PTFE shielded PAW3335 sensor. the DPI, BT pairing button, the switch and the dongle housing.

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It is also worthy to note that the Keris comes with a 2 meter paracord data cable – that’s for both the wired and wireless version. It is also much more manageable compared to the stiffer implementation of the Fantech XD3. This mouse doesn’t make any noise when griped really hard, shell doesn’t even flex and mechanical parts are definitely wobble free.

Test Setup and Methodology

Testing a gaming mouse is not that difficult, but it is mostly subjective; similar to testing head gears in a sense. That said, no mouse is perfect and the verdict usually depends on personal preferences. With that in mind, we overhauled our testing methodology by following key pointers that should matter the most. To keep our test methodology simple and free of extra variables, please note the following software and configurations used for the review.

Test Setup
Pointer Speed 6/11, EPP Disabled
Sensitivity 800 DPI
Polling Rate 1000Hz
Software MouseTester V1.5.3

Physical Layout, Functionality and Ergonomics

Your grip and aiming style are important things to consider when looking for a mouse. There are three basic types of grips here; the palm, claw and fingertip grip. Fingertip grip is generally preferred when aiming with the wrist, while palm grip is the choice when aiming with the arm. Claw grip is middle ground options for both aiming styles. Of course, you could go with a hybrid of any grip types and aiming styles if the combination suits you best.

Mouse Grip 2020 V1

Your hand size also influences what mouse you should buy on top of your grip and aiming style. For an instance, my hands measures at 76.2mm (3″) in width. This puts my hands on the medium size category. My style is finger-tip grip, so I would generally look for a mouse with a small to medium foot print.

Hand-Size-Chart-2018

The ROG Keris feature a length of roughly 118mm and a grip area of about 55mm which is nice even if it is 62mm on the sheet. The highest point of the shell is at 39mm with a bit of bias towards the rear and a more obvious bias towards the left side.

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Product Length (mm) Width (mm) Height (mm) Weight (g)
ASUS ROG Keris Wireless 118 62 (55) 39 79
Fantech HELIOS XD3 PRO Wireless 120 58 38 83
ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Wireless 120 62 38.6 93
ASUS ROG Strix Carry 101 62 36 72.9
ASUS ROG Chakram 132.7 76.6 42.8 121.6
Galax Xanova Mensa Pro 115 168 39 126
ASUS ROG Gladius II Wireless 126 67 45 130
ASUS ROG Strix Evolve 125 65 41 100
Thermaltake Nemesis Switch 111 88.5 38.9 112
ADATA XPG Infarex M20 132 69 43.5 160
HyperX Pulsefire FPS 127.6 71.1 41.9 95
Logitech G603 124 68 43 88.9

Weight is again ~79 grams which is one of the lightest wireless gaming mice that I have tested. While its shape and dimensions suggests that it is a medium sized mouse, the Keris felt more like something that’s in between small and medium’s territory.

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Product Palm Claw Finger
ASUS ROG Keris Wireless SML SML SML
Fantech HELIOS XD3 PRO Wireless SML SML SML
ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Wireless SML SML SML
ASUS ROG Strix Carry SM SM SM
ASUS ROG Chakram ML ML ML
Galax Xanova Mensa Pro SML SML SML
ASUS ROG Gladius II Wireless SML SML SML
ASUS ROG Strix Evolve SML SML SML
Thermaltake Nemesis Switch ML ML ML
ADATA XPG Infarex M20 ML ML ML
HyperX Pulsefire FPS ML ML ML
Logitech G603 SML SML SML

The ASUS ROG Keris Wireless is perfectly suitable for the three basic grip styles even if you have small, medium or large hands. This is one of the best ROG mice that I have tested in recent times – perhaps the best yet.

ASUS ROG Keris PBT Mouse Images 15

The mouse is also perfect for arm aiming and is planted enough for extended arm swipes. I thought I’ll have a harder time swiping left to right due to the hump’s left side bias but I was wrong. You just have to get used to it if you’re coming from an ambidextrous piece.

DPI Range and Accuracy

DPI accuracy is checked with the MouseTester V1.5.3 while the mouse is rigged on a camera slider with a DPI level of 800 DPI. Anything under 3% is considered accurate.

Product Min DPI Max DPI DPI Accuracy
ASUS ROG Keris Wireless 100 1600 1.3%
Fantech HELIOS XD3 PRO Wireless 100 16000 1.3%
ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Wireless 100 16000 1.1%
ASUS ROG Strix Carry 50 7200 1.2%
ASUS ROG Chakram 100 16000 1.6%
Galax Xanova Mensa Pro 50 16000 1.4%
ASUS ROG Gladius II Wireless 100 16000 1.5%
ASUS ROG Strix Evolve 50 7200 1.5%
Thermaltake Nemesis Switch 400 12000 1.1%
ADATA XPG Infarex M20 400 5000 1.1%
HyperX Pulsefire FPS 200 16000 1.1%
Logitech G603 200 12000 1.6%

DPI at the standard ranges are accurately represented. Nothing wrong here.

Polling Rate Range and Performance

Polling Rate of the device is evaluated with the MouseTester V1.5.3 at the 800 DPI level. This is to check the average update rate performance at 1000Hz if possible.

ASUS ROG Keris Benchmarks 2

ASUS ROG Keris Benchmarks 4

Product Min Polling (Hz) Max Polling (Hz) Performance
ASUS ROG Keris Wireless 125 1000 Good
Fantech HELIOS XD3 PRO Wireless 125 1000 Average
ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Wireless 125 1000 Average
ASUS ROG Strix Carry 125 1000 Average
ASUS ROG Chakram 125 1000 Average
Galax Xanova Mensa Pro 125 1000 Good
ASUS ROG Gladius II Wireless 125 1000 Good
ASUS ROG Strix Evolve 125 1000 Average
Thermaltake Nemesis Switch 125 2000 Average
ADATA XPG Infarex M20 125 1000 Average
HyperX Pulsefire FPS 1000 1000 Great
Logitech G603 125 1000 Great

Polling performance is good for both the wired and wireless tests. A bit better in consistency compared to the other PAW3335 devices that I have tested due to better lower reports.

Sensor Quality and Performance

With a sensitivity of 800 DPI, the sensor is also checked with the MouseTester V1.5.3. Our aim is to check out the sensor’s performance – to look for reporting inconsistencies such as smoothing and unintended acceleration. The sensor quality is also taken into account based on its specifications and the general public opinion.

ASUS ROG Keris Benchmarks 1

ASUS ROG Keris Benchmarks 3

Product Sensor IPS/G LOD (mm) Performance
ASUS ROG Keris Wireless PAW3335 400/40 1-2 Great
Fantech HELIOS XD3 PRO Wireless PAW3335 400/20 1.5 Average
ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Wireless PAW3335 400/40 1-2 Average
ASUS ROG Strix Carry PMW3330 150/30 1.2 Good
ASUS ROG Chakram PWM3360 400/40 1.2 Average
Galax Xanova Mensa Pro PMW3389 400/50 1.2 Good
ASUS ROG Gladius II Wireless PMW3389 400/50 1.2 Good
ASUS ROG Strix Evolve PMW3330 150/30 1 Good
Thermaltake Nemesis Switch PWM3360 250/40 1 Good
ADATA XPG Infarex M20 PMW3325 100/20 1.2 Great
HyperX Pulsefire FPS PWM3310 130/20 1.2 Great
Logitech G603 HERO 400/40 1.2 Great

Overall sensor performance is excellent – maybe even near perfect due to its much more consistent wired performance. Both the X and Y axis counts we got here are just awesome for both connectivity options.

Software, Lighting and Special Features

The ROG Keris Wireless comes with support for the ASUS Armoury Crate software. There are 6 sub menus here, starting with the Buttons menu. This one allows you to create macros, swap buttons, bind keyboard buttons, windows functions and add application shortcuts. This software is a must to get the most out of the mouse.

ASUS ROG Keris Software 1

The Performance menu is where you could change the DPI presets along with the option to change the polling rate, button response and enable angle snapping. You could set profiles here to fit your needs. For example, a low power profile with 125Hz polling could be made if you do not wish to pair this in Bluetooth mode for energy saving.

ASUS ROG Keris Software 2

Lighting is up next. We have basic effects here that could be optimized as well. I’m not a fan of RGB lighting so you’ll have to visit the product page for more details about these effects. I like the addition of battery mode though. Of course, the Keris is also ASUS AURA Sync compatible.

ASUS ROG Keris Software 3

If you are looking for the LOD, it is located on the Calibration menu. No surface calibration here which is a bummer. Just the LOD adjustment itself with two options – Low and High. That’s 1mm and 2mm Lift Off Distance options.

ASUS ROG Keris Software 4

Power is where you could check your device’s battery capacity. You may even set the sleep mode here. 3 minutes works best for my usage – similar to my setup with the ROG Impact II and Strix Carry.

ASUS ROG Keris Software 5

Lighting effects are excellent. ASUS even used a funnel for the Logo’s LED. Without it, the mouse could be even lighter.

ASUS ROG Keris PBT Mouse Images 10

Now it is worthy to mention yet again that the ROG Keris comes with spare yet useful bundles. That includes the extra set of skates and the USB Type-C data and charging cable covered by a paracord. There are also extra side buttons to suite your theme. Of course, there’s an extra switch over the default ROG Micro Switches.

ASUS ROG Keris PBT Mouse Images 9

Removing the top shell requires you to pop two rubber covers and screws. Once removed, you could change the side buttons, switches and clean the mouse – perfect for cleaning a dirty scroll wheel. The battery is also removable – 500mAh is the default capacity so if you fancy going the DIY route, you could easily replace this one.

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Battery life is yet to be determined. I’m pass 50 hours of use and it is still within the 25% level. For something with a 500mAh inside I initially considered this a blasphemy. Wireless range is great too as the mouse works well at distances and even obstacles – I.E., with an obstructed line of sight.

Final Thoughts

The ASUS ROG Keris Wireless is an excellent gaming mouse – both wireless and wired. This is what I have been waiting for ever since ASUS announced it – along with its features.

At first I was skeptical – having seen what the PAW3335 offered on previous reviews. This mouse completely changed that. After all, a well implemented hardware is better than a great hardware yet poorly implemented one.

What could’ve been done better? Nothing much really. Maybe a larger battery life, a full PBT housing or a white version? I dunno… Where it stands right now is perfectly fine. I hated onboard batteries before – just so yah guys know.

Priced at around 4,690 Pesos, the ASUS ROG Keris Wireless is a beast of a gaming mouse. It is comfortable, easy to maintain, has the performance to back it up and is just appropriate for its price point with everything else considered.

Note: The ROG Keris is also available in wired version at 3,380 Pesos.

TechPorn Awards 2018 (6)

ASUS ROG Keris Wireless
  • 9/10
    Performance - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Build Quality - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Features - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Design - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Value - 9/10
9.4/10

Summary

Priced at around 4,690 Pesos, the ASUS ROG Keris Wireless is a beast of a gaming mouse. It is comfortable, easy to maintain, has the performance to back it up and is just appropriate for its price point with everything else considered.


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