A year after our review of the ROG Strix Impact III, ASUS deemed it necessary to release a better version in the ROG Strix Impact III Wireless. This new gaming mouse comes with a lot of welcome hardware improvements that make it all the more easy to decide to take it instead of the wired version. But the question remains: is it a better gaming mouse? Should you consider it after persuading your significant other to buy you a shiny new gaming laptop? Let’s find out as we review the ROG Strix Impact III Wireless!
ROG Strix Impact III Review – Specifications
Bluetooth 5.1, RF 2.4GHz
57g(without battery and USB dongle)
68g(with AAA battery and battery converter holder)
72g(with AA battery)
|RF 2.4G Report rate
|L/R Switch Type
ROG 70M Mechanical Switch
5 programmable buttons+1 DPI button
450 hours without lighting
1 x ROG Impact III Wireless gaming mouse, 1 x Wireless receiver, 1 x Quick start guide, 1 x Warranty booklet, 1 x AA battery, 1 x AAA battery, 1 x AAA to AA battery converter holder
ROG Strix Impact III Review – Up Close
Similar to its wired version, the ROG Strix Impact III is designed to be ambidextrous. This means that both left-handed and right-handed users can use this mouse without much trouble. Design is symmetrical save for the two buttons on the left side.
One Less RGB
One thing worth noting with the ROG Strix Impact III Wireless is the lack of RGB on its logo. Usually, logos on gaming mice are lit up by RGB but not this one. This is kind of practical in terms of design as you want the mouse to last far longer. Having it being lit up by RGB decreases its precious battery life. Also, these RGB lights are usually covered by your hand so why bother lighting them up, right?
ROG Strix Impact III Review – User Experience
No Wires, No Problems
Having a wireless version of the ROG Strix Impact III is a very welcome improvement. The original wired version is already a pretty decent gaming mouse and having it without any wires makes it a far more formidable choice. The good thing about it all is that the ROG Strix Impact III Wireless is compatible to both AA and AAA size batteries. It’s pretty much standard right now that ROG includes AAA to AA converters to their gaming mice to support AAA batteries which are lighter and cheaper. Unfortunately, having no wires has its drawbacks too.
Living On Batteries
No wires means that the ROG Strix Impact III Wireless is reliant on batteries to power it up. Unlike more higher-end gaming mice which support both wired and wireless connections, this one is straight up wireless only. So imagine being in a heated battle and you realize that your mouse is going to burn its juice in a matter of minutes. While not that significant of a problem if you regularly replace batteries, it may be harder to do so in the heat of a match or competition. Note that the mouse warns you of its impending death provided that you have ASUS Armoury Crate installed on your PC.
Supports ROG Omni Receiver
ROG Omni Receiver is a new feature found in recent ROG products that allows one 2.4Ghz USB dongle to be used by multiple wireless devices. Both ROG gaming mice and gaming keyboards use them. So instead of cluttering your PC or laptop with multiple USB dongles, you only need one to support all of them, as long as they are compatible. This allows the ROG Strix Impact III to be more suited with devices that have limited slots like ultra-thin gaming laptops. As an example, the ROG Strix Scope II 96 is an ROG Omni Receiver-compatible device. So if you have it and the ROG Strix Impact III Wireless, you only need one USB dongle to connect them to your PC.
Give Me Bluetooth & 2.4Ghz
As the mouse is capable of connecting to both Bluetooth and 2.4Ghz wireless via USB dongle, you can technically connect it to two devices at the same time. You can switch its partner device by just flicking the switch underneath the gaming mouse. It’s easy to use and pair so there’s no need to worry about being too technical when it comes to using the ROG Strix Impact III Wireless.
ROG Strix Impact III Wireless Review – Conclusion & Verdict
Wireless Done Right
The ROG Strix Impact III Wireless is definitely one of the better wireless gaming mice out there. It’s light, is compatible with both Bluetooth and 2.4Ghz connections, and the ROG Omni Receiver is a welcome feature for fans of ROG peripherals. This makes it a great daily driver if you fancy a wire-free desk or if you just need to lug a mouse without having to deal with wires. However, these advantages do come with certain compromises in terms of usage.
Keep Some Spare Batteries
The batteries are the main weakness of this product. Unlike other premium gaming mice, this one does not have an internal battery. The ROG Strix Impact III Wireless also lacks a USB port meaning that once you are out of juice, you’re done. So to combat that predicament, best store some AAA or AA batteries as spares. Better yet, buy one of those dependable rechargeable ones for easy swapping. Unfortunately, buying reusable batteries of good quality does add a lot to the money needed of buying into this device.
Better Than The Wired Version
Despite having no means of wiring itself to the PC should you have problems with batteries, the ROG Strix Impact III Wireless is better product than its wired version. It has better hardware, is just right in terms of weight, and is way easier to carry around. All in all, it’s an improvement that should be considered if you are checking the ROG Strix Impact III as a possible daily buddy.
Great Gaming Mouse For Those On The Go
With all things considered, the ROG Strix Impact III Wireless is a mouse to behold. It’s an improvement from its one-year old wired version and is more mobile. Hardware-wise, it’s more capable and is compatible with lots of devices. In case you plan on partnering something from your shiny gaming laptop or to your wire-free desktop, best consider the ROG Strix Impact III Wireless.
ROG Strix Impact III Wireless Review – Pricing & Availability
The good thing about this gaming mouse is its price. Not that far from the wired version, the ROG Strix Impact III Wireless has an SRP of PhP 2,990. We have also confirmed that this gaming mouse will be released here in the Philippines via local shops, both online and physical ones.
For more information about the ROG Strix Impact III Wireless, check out the official product page.