Asus ROG Chakram X review: a joystick over a mouse?

Chakram X is standing on my desk.

Asus Rouge Chakram X

MSRP $160.00

“The joystick built into the Asus ROG Chakram X feels more like a gimmick than an innovation.”

Positives

  • Quick switching for perfect switching

  • The joystick is a unique feature

  • Polling rate 8000 Hz

  • Spot feet PTFE

  • Pretty RGB

Negatives

  • way too expensive

  • frustrating software errors

  • The custom logo is just a plastic disc

  • Battery life is not the best

The Best gaming mouse It varies from person to person. One person might choose better battery life, while another would prefer a higher polling rate. However, what about someone who wants something different, like a joystick and the ability to quickly switch? This person now has an answer: Asus Rouge Chakram X.

The Asus ROG is an ergonomic mouse with a silhouette similar to the Logitech G502, but with customization Animation of Strix Flare II. Oh, and it has a joystick, an 8000Hz polling rate, and a maximum DPI of 36000.

With so many features, it also comes with a heavy weight of 127 grams and a higher price tag of $160.

design and comfort

Scroll wheel in Chakram X.

This mouse instantly reminded me of a ghost from Hello Especially when looking at the thumb rest. I got extraterrestrial vibes from this mouse, especially with the amount of RGB and smoky crust.

The first thing I noticed with the Asus ROG Chakram X is its massive, ergonomic design that looks like Logitech G502 With thumb rest. However, the Chakram X has several unique design features, such as a maximum DPI of 36000, four side buttons, a removable magnetic cover, an 8000Hz polling rate, wireless charging (to some extent), and of course the pressure switch. Plugs and analog stick.

While all of these features are great, don’t expect lightness as this mouse weighs 127 grams. This is seven grams heavier than Razer Naga Trinity – This contains dedicated macro keys. However, the Chakram X’s weight is very well balanced, and lightness wasn’t the way this mouse was marketed.

The PTFE feet under the mouse helped move the Chakram across my desk, too. They’re slick like the ones listed in Rockat Burst Pro Air. Also under the mouse are two buttons, one for adjusting the DPI and one for pairing the Chakram X to your computer. There is also a slider that lets you switch between 2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth, or wired mode.

The best feature of the Chakram X is the analog stick on the side.

The Chakram X has everything most wireless mice do nowadays, like a 2.4GHz dongle, a paracord cable, and fast charging. And RGB boat load. However, the Chakram X features quick-switch jacks and a joystick on the left side. Accessing the keys is very easy – just lift the magnetic sleeve and the left and right buttons.

This isn’t the first time Asus has released a mouse with quick-connect sockets, as it was available in the previous version of Chakram and ROG Gladius III. As a mechanical keyboard enthusiast with close to 20 key combinations, I love the idea of ​​having hot-swapping compatibility on a mouse because mouse keys are cheap and offer a lot of customization.

The best feature of the Chakram X is the analog stick on the side, which is said to offer a gamepad-like level of control. The thing is, it’s incredibly awkward and inconvenient to use. The analog stick feels pretty solid compared to a regular gamepad stick, and although the Chakram X comes with a longer stick, that didn’t help things. Fortunately, the Chakram X comes with a joystick cover that allows you to toss the entire stick, which is the most comfortable thing for me.

Switch on the Chakram X mouse.

The number of side buttons on the Chakram X is plentiful, which you can reprogram to your heart’s desire. I’m not a huge fan of the four side buttons on this mouse because the front and back buttons are too far apart and the other side buttons are too skinny for me.

I’m a big fan of RGB on the Chakram X because you can actually see it when using the mouse. The front of the Chakram lights up the scroll wheel and ROG logo, but that’s clearly covered in your hand. The ROG logo can be removed in place for your logo or design if you’re savvy enough. Fronting the Chakram is a USB-C connector, which not only gives you 25 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging, but bumps up the polling rate up to 8000Hz.

You’ll need to keep a USB-C cable close by for battery life.

If you plan on using all RGB while on a wireless connection, you’ll want to keep a USB-C cable close by because you only get 59 hours of use between charges. However, if you have some spare coins in your pocket, you can pick up the Asus ROG Balteus Qi RGB mouse pad, which enables wireless charging.

Programming

I had some problems with the included Armory Crate software. Upon installation, I was greeted with a loading screen that never seemed to end.

When I finally got into Armory Crate for the first time, I had to update the Chakram X firmware and restart my computer. Oof. I haven’t come across an app this frustrating to start working on in a long time.

Eventually, after many attempts, I was able to get into the program again to set my preferred DPI and RGB.

Despite its flaws, Armory Crate bodes well for Chakram X, as it allows you to adjust the DPI using the scroll wheel. Inside Armory Crate, you can switch between digital mode, which cuts the joystick cycles down to just four, allowing for more precise actions, such as changing in-game equipment. Of course, you still get the usual reset options as well.

Sensors and switches

Chakram X with a shell.

The coolest part about the Chakram X is the detachable key-socket design, which allows you to switch keys with ease. Unlike mechanical keyboards, mechanical mouse switches are cheap, and convenient push-sockets welcome optical switches, so the customization is endless.

While Chakram X welcomes foreign mouse keys, the stock is big and will last. The keys included are ROG’s micro-keys, which are rated at 70 million clicks and have a satisfying tactile bump and muffled sound profile.

Asus has equipped the Chakram X with a new optical AimPoint sensor and it’s fast. The AimPoint optical sensor features a DPI of up to 36000 and polling rate of 8000Hz when connected via USB-C.

gaming experience

Chakram X joystick on a wooden desk.

In order to get the best gaming experience with Chakram X, I knew I needed to use it in wired mode, as it allows 8000Hz polling. I remember a few years ago, when ROG first announced Chakram, one of the things the company mentioned was the ability to eliminate the need for a controller when flying in a game like grand theft auto.

I thought it would be fun to load up on your precious Rockstar Games possession and give them a chance to fly, and it was so much fun. However, actually using a joystick to fly was not a normal thing. Even after a few hours of use, I kept looking forward to my $20 Xbox console that came off Amazon. This is not a good sign.

The whole purpose of the joystick is to be more precise by offering 360 degrees of rotation. However, because the joystick is on the side of the mouse, your full range of rotation is limited. The maneuvers with which this joystick forced my hand didn’t feel right.

The Chakram X joystick is mounted on my desk.

Although I didn’t enjoy using the joystick, I did enjoy using the Chakram X as much as any other mouse because it’s still fast. Let’s not forget that the Chakram X has a polling rate and DPI that are in the ceiling, so it’s still very competitive.

we took

Sad to say, I came away disappointed with the Asus ROG Chakram X. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate how well the weight is distributed, the quick-shift sockets, and the wickedly fast sensor. But that’s it. The analog stick seems impractical and convenient, especially for a mouse at this price.

Are there alternatives?

If you like the idea of ​​a gaming mouse with its own analog stick, this is it.

However, if you want quick switch sockets, I’d point you towards the Asus ROG Gladius III Wireless or the Spatha X if you’re looking for a lot of buttons and toggle switches. Without the joystick and quick switch sockets, this feels like a slightly faster Logitech G502.

How long will it last?

ROG Chakram X features a one-year warranty, however, unless you’re planning on locking up this mouse, I can assure you it will last for many years – especially considering the fact that you can swap out the switches right away.

Should you buy it?

No, not for most people. The Chakram X separates itself from almost any other gaming mouse on the market thanks to the joystick. Unless you’re really excited about this feature, the Chakram X ends up being a bit pricey compared to what it is.

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