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With the coming of the ROG Gladius III Wireless, the line now cements itself as a permanent part of the ROG peripheral ecosystem, check out our Review!

ROG looks to further bolster its hold on the gaming mouse market with a third iteration of the well-respected Gladius line. Enter the ROG Gladius III, the third form, with a few improvements and tweaks over the Gladius II. The first of which are options for a wired or wireless version.

Yet the Gladius line has always been just a “good” gaming mouse option and never great. Will the third Gladius change all that or is being good just enough to even warrant a purchase? Let’s find out in our ROG Gladius III Wireless Review.

A third version means a different form

Being the third in line means a few tweaks here and there, it also means a somewhat newer design. While the Gladius III isn’t drastically different from its predecessor, we do have some changes. At first glance though you’ll still see the signature Gladius look on the third iteration. The lines over the mouse wheel and DPI button is still similar to the previous version. The ROG logo still sits firmly on the palm section and you still have that right-hand asymmetric design. You do have a laser-engraved ROG aesthetic on the left-hand side for a little flair but that’s about it for the “gamer” look.

The right-hand side is left bare with just a standard line and “ROG” engraving. The click buttons have taken a different turn, this is perhaps the only distinct difference between the two. Gone are the two pointy click buttons from the Gladius II, now replaced by a more rounded design. The two side engravings does mimic a rubbery feel even though the entire mouse is encased in plastic. Of course, a gaming mouse isn’t truly a gaming mouse without some RGB bling.

Gone is the RGB underglow strip though, toning down the light show. What remains are lights around the logo, mouse wheel, and below the thumb buttons, which brings to life those etched words. Despite the loss of the RGB bling, the Gladius III still has Aura Sync support. Meaning a lot of light tweaking effects in its three RGB zones. Plus your configurations remain in sync as long as you have ROG peripherals and/or devices that also support Aura. Overall, the Gladius III is subtler and isn’t as flashy as its predecessor.

Usable with a variety of grips

As mentioned the Gladius III uses an asymmetrical design, much like its predecessors. This allows for good support with a variety of right-hand grips, whether it be palm, claw, or tip/finger. You have ample of space all around and the side grips allow for good stability. I barely experienced any slipping and you can easily rest your ring and pinky on the left-hand side. Overall, I had little to no problems when it comes to grip comfort.

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Just the right amount of weight and build

Unlike some of the competition, the Gladius III doesn’t have options for weight customization. Although, it still does have a little bit of heft to it at 89g. It might take you a while to get use to if you’re coming from a mouse with weight options. Kind of like Logitech’s G502, which is my current daily driver. This is more of a personal preference though but I wish the mouse had a tad more weight to it. Either way, it’s still easy to drag across your mousepad without being too light or cumbersome. If you’re not too picky with weight though then you’ll transition quite nicely to the Gladius III.

As mentioned earlier, the mouse is encased entirely in plastic yet it still feels solidly built. Unlike many budget mouse options, you can feel that the Gladius III can at least take some beating. Plus without any rubber, you won’t easily notice the wear and tear. As for protecting your wires and the RF (radio frequency) dongle, you’ll be happy to know that underneath the mouse is a magnetic house for the said dongle. Plus, the USB connection, for when you want to charge or go wired, is safely tucked underneath the front-end of the mouse.

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Your standard button layout

On the button department there isn’t much to say, you have the standard 6-button layout. Up on top you have the click buttons, the mouse wheel, and on-the-fly DPI. On the left-hand side you have the two thumb buttons. You do have two additional buttons down below but these are just for device pairing and quick profile switching. The left and right buttons use ROG’s own micro switches which is rated for a 70-million click life span.

Should you ever reach that amount of clicks, or they fail on their own, there are two extra Omron switches in the package. Don’t worry ROG did provide a tweezer for easy extraction. Replacement is also a breeze as you have a push-fit system. All you have to do is fit it and push it, no extra complicated procedures. This system supports the traditional 3-pin or Omron’s latest 5-pin. So you actually have a lot of options for your switches, not just the extras provided.

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When it comes to button tactility, the Gladius III doesn’t disappoint. All the buttons have ample feedback and good actuation. Save for the DPI switch, which we did find to be a little harder to press due to its shape. Although, thanks to its triangular design, we never experienced misclicks despite it being so close to the mouse wheel.

Armoury Crate Support

Being in the ROG or even ASUS ecosystem means support for their software a.k.a Armoury Crate. This opens a lot of customization options like the light tweaks we mentioned earlier as well as button assignments and more. You have six programmable buttons but the scroll wheel is split into three. So you can actually program 8 commands, not just 6:

  • Left and Right Clicks (2)
  • Scroll up, down, and click (3)
  • On-the-fly DPI (1)
  • Thumb buttons (2)

Then you have the choice to fine tune your DPI if the default on-the-fly settings don’t satisfy. The mouse can go to as high as 26,000 thanks to ROG’s tune up. Although, the sensor itself only has a maximum of 19,000. Sadly, you have no separate DPI customization as you’re left with just editing the 4 on-the-fly cycle settings. For polling rate you have a maximum of 1000 Hz, which you can tweak again with 4 options (125, 250, 500, and 1000Hz).

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3-in-1 connections

As the name suggests the Gladius III Wireless has, well, wireless connection options. Though you have three options in total, the RF 2.4 GHz connection, Bluetooth, or wired. So it’s not entirely just wireless. You can easily toggle among the three using a switch underneath the mouse. Bluetooth supports up to 5 pairs, which you can cycle through with a button. Then you have that dongle we mentioned earlier for the RF 2.4 GHz connection. You’ll be happy to know that for our wired option we have USB-C. The cable also has ample length at 2m and is braided for that extra protection.

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The Pixart PAW 3370

Underneath all that plastic and handling the heavy lifting for the Gladius III Wireless is Pixart’s PAW3370 optical sensor. This is the wireless variant of Pixart’s flagship PMW 3370 sensor, a strong contender in the space. The PAW 3370 still inherits the specs of its wired counterpart. We have a maximum DPI of 19,000, an IPS (inches per second) of 400, and an acceleration of 50g.

It does perform to those standards as we rarely experienced high latency in our wireless use. If you truly nit pick you will feel really small delays on Bluetooth, which is entirely normal. On the RF 2.4GHz connection though, it was smooth sailing for us. Be it on adrenaline pumping fast-pace games or in chill and relaxing RPGs, we generally had a good experience.

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More than enough juice for a couple of days

One of the concerns with wireless mice is how long they last before you have to plug them in. ROG promises up to 55 hours battery life for the Gladius III on the wireless RF 2.4Ghz connection. On bluetooth they say you get a maximum of 85 hours. This is all without the pizzazz of RGB mode, which drains battery by quite a bit. Those claims are actually true as the mouse did last close to or even more than those numbers during our usage.

If you do choose to unleash the light show you get around 30-40 hours of life on wireless and around 60-70 on Bluetooth. That’s not too shabby of a battery life, epsecially when the mouse also hibernates when inactive conserving battery life. Of course, if you want to squeeze every bit of that battery it’s still better to switch it off when not in use. Charging takes around 2 to 4 hours depending on whether you’re using it or letting it be.

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Verdict

The ROG Gladius III continues the reputation of its line, respectable and solid. We can also confidently say its the best Gladius to date. The mouse forgoes most of the bling in exchange for more functionality. We get a better sensor, subtler and grip supportive design, lighter weight, and switch flexibility. Plus, for a wireless mouse it has low latency and good battery life. However, what might turn you away from the Gladius III is its price. With a hefty tag of Php 6,495 (~$130) its one of the more expensive options out there.

Then there’s the sad truth that despite being solid all-around, there really isn’t anything to make it truly stand out. So, the Gladius III is good, but is that truly enough? If you already have an ROG ecosystem or truly love the brand, then it probably is. However, if you don’t fit that category then it may be a little hard for you to pick it up over its competitors. Despite all that though, you won’t be left with a half-baked product when you do decide to give it a chance.

SpecificationsROG Gladius III Wireless
Connectivity- USB 2.0
- Bluetooth
- RF 2.4GHz
SensorPixart PAW 3370
- 19,000 DPI (tuned to 26,000)
- 400 IPS
- 50 g Acceleration
Polling Rate1000 Hz
Switches- ROG Micro Switch
- Replacement Omron 5-pin Switches
Buttons
- 6 programmable buttons & scroll wheel
- 1 profile button
- 1 pair button
ShapeRight-Handed
Cable2-meter ROG Paracord (USB Type-C)
Dimensions & Weight
- 123mm (L) x 68mm (W) x 44mm (H)
- 89g
PricePhp 6.495

The Dice Gang's Team Leader and Editor-in-Chief. He's a passionate gamer and researcher by heart. Been gaming since the young age of 3 starting with the N64. His biggest interests are RPGs, Adventures, Strategies, Simulations, and MMOs. Yet he is still open to trying games as long as they are fun, especially with friends.
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