ASUS ROG Strix Carry Review: Wireless Gaming Mouse for Traveling Gamers


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Some manufacturers of gaming peripherals have quite specific &#8220;mobile&#8221;

gaming mice.The main target audience of such models are the most avid gamers who never part with their gaming laptop and play on any trip at the first opportunity. They must be compact and easy to transport, while no one has canceled the requirements for the sensor and switches. One of these mice just arrived at our editorial office. This is the wireless ASUS ROG Strix Carry, which we will take a closer look at.

  1. What is it?
  2. What is interesting ASUS ROG Strix Carry?
  3. What is in the box?
  4. What does the ASUS ROG Strix Carry look like?
  5. How comfortable is it?
  6. What can she do?
  7. In the dry residue

What is it?

ASUS ROG Strix Carry - wireless gaming mousecompact size for the right hand with the ability to connect via radio or Bluetooth, an optical sensor at 7200 DPI and a polling frequency of up to 1000 Hz.

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What is interesting ASUS ROG Strix Carry?


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ASUS ROG Strix Carry received, albeit nota top-end but very good Pixart PMW3330 optical sensor with a maximum resolution of 7200 DPI and proven Omron switches that you can replace yourself. Includes 2 pairs. The mouse works either via a 2.4 GHz radio channel or via Bluetooth. The polling frequency can reach 1000 Hz (via radio channel). The mouse is powered by two AA batteries, they promise 300 hours of gaming at 2.4 GHz and 433 hours of operation via Bluetooth.

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What is in the box?


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The mouse is packed in a black and red box with plenty ofcolorful printing in the style of the entire ROG gaming line. The delivery package is a little more interesting than we are usually used to seeing. In the box - ASUS ROG Strix Carry, two AA batteries, a USB dongle, Chinese-made Omron D2FC-F-K(50M) switches (already installed), Japanese Omron D2F-01F switches, tweezers for replacing them, a sticker with the ROG logo, instructions and a carrying case.


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The case is very successful, and most importantly, useful, considering the main purpose of the mouse. It is black, with the ROG logo, and closes with a zipper. Judging by the sensations, it is made of high-quality leatherette.


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What does the ASUS ROG Strix Carry look like?


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The first thing that catches your eye is the verycompact dimensions of ASUS ROG Strix Carry. At the same time, the shape is quite familiar, as for a gaming mouse for the right hand. The top panel is made of smooth matte dark gray plastic with a fine silver tint. The main buttons are not separated from the top panel and have small indentations for your fingers. Between them is a matte black insert with a scroll wheel and a button, at the back of which there is a small LED indicator.


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On the side faces - large embossed inserts made of rubberized material for greater tenacity. Two additional buttons are placed on the left side:


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On the right side is only a rubberized insert:


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On the back of the top panel is a glossy ROG logo. Fortunately, without backlight, which would significantly spoil the battery life:


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The scroll wheel has a rubberized surface with notches and silver inserts on the sides. Also without backlight:


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A single LED is located at the base of the top button. It glows green when connected via a radio channel, blue when pairing via Bluetooth, and flashes red when the batteries are low:


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The top cover is attached to the mouse withmagnets. It is easily removed, but also fixed well: it does not stagger and does not open when it is not needed. Under the cover there are two places for AA batteries, a USB dongle storage slot and open access to the switches:


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In the middle of the bottom of the mouse is an optical sensorin a triangular &#8220;window&#8221;, four medium-sized Teflon legs and a three-position slider. They are responsible for connecting via a 2.4 GHz radio channel, Bluetooth and turning off the power to the mouse. This allows you to connect the mouse simultaneously to two devices (for example, a PC and a laptop) and quickly switch between them:


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There is no connector for connecting the cable, there is only the inscription &#8220;Republic of Gamers&#8221; on the front. Unfortunately, cable connection is not provided:


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The ASUS ROG Strix Carry itself is lightweight:only 72.9 g, but two AA batteries add about 40 g and the mouse becomes quite weighty, which may not appeal to fans of lightweight pointing devices. The ROG Strix Carry looks very nice.

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How comfortable is it?

The mouse is designed to be gripped with your fingers or&#8220;claw&#8221;, which is due, first of all, to its very compact size. In practice, it was convenient for me to use the mouse with a finger grip, also thanks to its impressive weight (which I really like). But there is one important point that is worth remembering: the ASUS ROG Strix Carry has a center of gravity shifted to the rear. The mouse falls back when lifted above the surface. This is typical for most wireless mice due to the design features and the need to stuff the batteries somewhere. The materials used turned out to be very comfortable: rubberized side inserts help to hold the ASUS ROG Strix Carry more securely, and the top matte plastic is pleasant and practically leaves no traces of use on it:


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The main buttons use high-qualityOmron switches. By default, the Chinese Omron D2FC-F-K(50M) is installed for 50 million clicks. They are fast, easy and informative. They are very fast and great for shooters. The set also includes a pair of Japanese Omron D2F-01F with a tighter action and a service life of 1 million operations. Replacement is very easy using the included &#8220;tweezers&#8221;. And if you manage to &#8220;kill&#8221; Both sets, then the mouse is compatible with Omron switches of the D2F and D2FC series:


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The scroll wheel has a rubberized surfacewith diagonal notches. The encoder cut-offs are clear and informative with fast rotation, there is a characteristic sound, but it is not loud and not annoying. Side buttons are compact, but significantly protrude above the surface of the mouse and it is quite comfortable to use them.

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What can she do?

ASUS ROG Strix Carry has opticalPixArt PMW3330 sensor with a maximum resolution of 7200 DPI. It is capable of tracking at speeds up to 150 inches per second and acceleration up to 30g. In practice, there are no fundamental differences from the well-known PMW3360 (except for the maximum resolution). The sensor works stably and accurately: no disruptions, twitches or jumps are observed.


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The mouse was mainly used with a laptop,when the mouse is close to the receiver/transmitter. The company mentions SmartHop technology, which analyzes load and interference in the 2.4 GHz frequency range and automatically selects the freest channel. There were no problems with connection stability. There is no noticeable delay. The mouse has an energy-saving mode, the transition from it back to the working state occurs very quickly. In terms of battery life, the company claims 433 hours via Bluetooth and 300 hours via radio, which is quite good: 12.5 days of continuous play. I was not able to drain the batteries in a couple of weeks, so it is difficult to judge how true the information is. The only thing worth mentioning is that Bluetooth is only suitable for office work: the polling frequency is limited to 125 Hz; you can get 1000 Hz only over 2.4 GHz with a USB dongle.

The mouse has memory for storing threeprofiles that can be configured once using proprietary software, after which it will not be needed. Switching profiles is done by pressing the DPI switch button + side buttons or pressing the scroll wheel. The ASUS ROG Strix Carry mouse is configured using proprietary ROG Armory II software. It is universal for all ASUS gaming peripherals. There are four main tabs at the top. The first one (named Mouse) is responsible for all settings, which are also divided into groups. On the side is a list of profiles and a combination to activate them. In the first tab you can reassign button actions:


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In performance settings you can settwo DPI levels from 50 to 7200 in steps of 50, enable or disable corner snapping, adjust cursor acceleration and deceleration levels, select a polling rate of 125, 250, 500 or 1000 Hz and key response time in the range from 4 to 32 ms in steps 4ms:


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In the &#8220;Calibration&#8221; section The surface type and lift-off height can be adjusted. You can choose from a list of ASUS surfaces, three standard options, or start calibration:


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In the &#8220;food&#8221; tab can seecurrent battery charge level and configure the idle time before switching to power saving mode. Or disable this feature completely so that the mouse is always active. Although this doesn’t make much sense: ASUS ROG Strix Carry &#8220;wakes up&#8221; very fast:


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In the application you can record your macros, forThis has a separate tab. Functionality is standard: recording a sequence of commands taking into account delays (or without them), one-time or cyclic repetition, and so on:


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The sync tab is relevant for owners of multiple ROG devices with backlight.


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&#8220;statistics&#8221; tab counts button presses and the distance traveled by the mouse:


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In the dry residue

ASUS ROG Strix Carry is an unusual gaming mouse,which will be useful for those who like to always carry a gaming laptop with them and play anywhere at the first opportunity. The mouse uses an accurate and fast Pixart PMW3330 optical sensor, durable Omron replacement switches, and support for 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth connectivity makes it quite versatile. The built-in memory allows you to save up to three of your own profiles, and the proprietary ROG Armory II allows you to customize the mouse to your preferences. Portability entails some compromises: the miniature size is great for a finger grip, but does not allow the use of a palm grip, and the center of gravity is noticeably shifted, which for some users will not be particularly pleasant. The mouse lasts a long time on one set of batteries, but a built-in battery and the ability to connect via wire would be nice. ASUS ROG Strix Carry made a very pleasant impression, and minor controversial features are generally characteristic of other representatives of this class of mice, of which there are very few. The mouse has not yet gone on sale and the company has not yet announced the price.

5Reasons to buy ASUS ROG Strix Carry:

  • fast and accurate Pixart PMW3330 optical sensor;
  • durable and convenient Omron switches and the ability to replace them;
  • support for 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth;
  • high-quality assembly and practical materials;
  • functional firmware and the presence of internal memory.

2Reasons not to buy ASUS ROG Strix Carry:

  • lack of a built-in battery and the possibility of a wired connection;
  • the size is not suitable for palm grip, the center of gravity is shifted.

ASUS ROG Strix Carry

Number of buttons
7

Sensor resolution
7200 dpi

Sensor type
optical, PixArt PMW3330

Maximum acceleration
30G

Top speed
150 inches/s

Polling frequency
1000 Hz (radio), 125 Hz (Bluetooth)

Reaction time
up to 1 ms

Connection
wireless

Cable
No

Dimensions
101x62&#215;36 mm

Weight
72.9 g (without batteries)