ASUS ROG Keris Wireless AimPoint review

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The ASUS ROG Keris Wireless AimPoint is a nice refresh of the original Keris. Improved optical performance and an even better battery life make the gaming mouse commendable.

Review: ASUS ROG Keris Wireless AimPoint

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Back in 2021, I had the original ASUS ROG Keris Wireless to review, which received the “it’s everything your heart desires” award. In short, the mouse was well received at the time. These trendsetters include the ROG push-fit switch socket design, PBT finish on the left and right mouse buttons and its reliable battery life.

With the new Keris Wireless AimPoint there are several upgrades, something that happened with the original Chakram compared to the Chakram X. A crucial upgrade that the Keris Wireless AimPoint can withstand is the new optical AimPoint sensor from ASUS. The gaming mouse also features ASUS’ updated ROG push-fit switch II socket design along with improved battery life. I will be happy to share more information with you in the next chapter.

The ASUS ROG Keris Wireless AimPoint has a suggested retail price of €129.99.

specifications

An overview of the specifications:

The optical ROG AimPoint sensor is the starting point for the new Keris Wireless AimPoint. It is adjustable from 100 to a maximum of 36,000 DPI – just like the recently reviewed ASUS ROG Chakram X. With this, Keris Wireless AimPoint now claims a common place when it comes to the DPI crown.

The ROG AimPoint sensor is also developed “in-house” in collaboration with PixArt. It is probably a modified PixArt PMW 3366 or PMW 3395. The optical sensor detects mouse movements up to 650 IPS and can handle an acceleration/deceleration of up to 50 G. The polling rate is a maximum of 1000 Hz.

Like the Chakram X, Keris Wireless AimPoint also has the familiar tri-mode connectivity via 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth and a wired connection. At 75 grams, the Keris AimPoint has become a little bit lighter compared to the original Keris at 79 grams. The PBT finish on the left and right mouse buttons returns again – thankfully! Let’s take a closer look at the AimPoint beast.

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Keris Wireless AimPoint comes in a striking package for the ROG camp. Usually cardboard is treated in black at ROG, this time basic cardboard has been chosen. It may have to do with some sustainability issues – never a wrong choice. Contents include Keris Wireless AimPoint, a manual, a ROG tag sheet, extra Teflon feet for the bottom of the mouse, grip tape, a USB Type-C to USB Type-A adapter, a USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable and a pair of Omron microswitches

Keris Wireless AimPoint focuses on the existing design. A design that recedes from left to right as you move towards the front. The PBT finish on the left and right sides is divine in my opinion, although applying the included grip tape certainly isn’t a bad thing either. The Keris Wireless AimPoint has a total of seven buttons, five of which are on top of the mouse, consisting of two thumb buttons, the left and right mouse buttons (L/R) and the scroll wheel. The DPI and the pairing button for the wireless connection are located at the bottom of the mouse. In addition, there is another slider for the end signal; here you can choose between 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth.

On the left, the design curves slightly inwards, which disappears again towards the left mouse button. The same applies to the right side; slightly bent in the form of an outward curve, after which it aligns with the right mouse button.

The USB Type-C connection adorns the front. The Keris Wireless AimPoint has a heavy-duty scroll wheel that allows RGB lighting to pass through when turned on. The ROG logo on the palm also lets RGB lighting shine through. A smooth finish adorns the sides along with matte finish for grip. The matte finish is not comparable to the PBT finish on the left and right; this one is coarser (coarse grains).

The PFTE (Teflon) feet are approximately 0.6 mm in thickness. The bottom has a recess for the USB dongle. There are also two rubber caps with a screw underneath. By removing the two screws, it is possible to disassemble the Keris Wireless AimPoint.

As standard, Keris Wireless AimPoint is equipped with ROG micro switches. These have an expected lifetime click rate of 70 million clicks. Presumably this is a Kailh microswitch (switch) with a ROG sauce. The thumb buttons are also Kailh microswitches. The two included separate microswitches are from Omron, these are D2F-01F microswitches. Changing the micro switches is child’s play: plug (pull), place and play. Here too we see a nice upgrade with now support for 5-pin microswitches.

A striking detail is the omission of the removable thumb buttons, which is possible on the old Keris but not on the new Keris Wireless AimPoint. With the included grip tape, you can bet on extra grip – with a different look.

Keris Wireless AimPoint uses ROG Armory Crate software. All ROG peripherals come together in this software. If you have even more ROG gear, you can easily switch between devices for individual or collective settings. You can also quickly coordinate peripherals to collectively display the same LED lighting using AURA.

In the first screen, we get an overview of the buttons with corresponding key bindings. You can set this entirely to your own taste. Additionally, you have five profiles to switch between, allowing you to efficiently use multiple key bindings – whether it’s in Windows or a game; you set the playing field.

The performance side focuses on the ROG AimPoint optical sensor. Here you can play with the DPI level, x and y sensitivity, polling rate and angle adjustment. The polling rate defaults to 1000 Hz, but can also be adjusted lower here. If you set it lower, I recommend that you just use the Bluetooth connection.

We find a separate page for individual lighting. At the time of writing there are 9 LED effects. Wave is the coolest in my opinion, especially in combination with full RGB (rainbow), this gives a nice effect on the background. Another feature is to jointly synchronize the LED effects of ASUS/ROG peripherals, which works well.

Finally, the power settings for sleep mode and a battery indicator through the LED lighting. ROG Armory Crate software checks daily for new software and firmware updates. Here’s a collection page for all connected ROG gear in the software itself. You can also check this at the device level.

Comfort

Build quality and comfort go hand in hand on the Keris Wireless AimPoint. The mouse feels comfortable. I dare say this has still been one of the finest ROG mice I’ve owned. The build quality is solid, also the combination of PBT machined left and right mouse buttons makes a difference. It feels solid and controlled, something I can get used to.

Keris Wireless AimPoint is a bargain. By this I mean the way it handles, the claw grip feels comfortable. There is a relatively large space between the back of the ROG Keris and my palm. I can and must easily force the sides between my thumb, ring finger and little finger. In this way, I comfortably swing the mouse across the mouse pad. The weight reduction of 4 grams compared to the original Keris is not really remarkable in practice.

The scroll wheel has a relatively light resistance. Thanks to the width of the scroll wheel, it feels controlled. The Omron and Kailh switches sound solid in feedback. The left and right buttons have a reasonable travel time to the bottom. In the meantime, registration has already taken place.

Sensor

The built-in ROG AimPoint optical sensor can be adjusted from 100 to a maximum of 36,000 DPI in steps of 50 DPI. The optical sensor detects mouse movements up to 650 IPS and can handle an acceleration/deceleration of up to 50G. On paper, these are monstrous achievements.

This is a high-end optical sensor with impressive specifications. The maximum DPI level of 36,000 is extreme. With a dual 1440p setup, under 36,000 DPI, the cursor flies into another dimension – even with the slightest movement. Even at 4k or 8k resolution this is still too much of a good thing. Tracking is very consistent wirelessly; it’s just a decent optical sensor. Different long-range shots in Rust with a simple bow and arrow feel nice.

We’ve previously seen the ROG AimPoint optical sensor on the ROG Chakram X gaming mouse. The Keris Wireless AimPoint is a lighter gaming mouse at 75 grams versus the 127 grams of the Chakram X. You can feel a distinct difference on the wrist here, making the Keris Wireless AimPoint a more accessible choice in my opinion.

Battery life

On a fully charged battery, I managed to squeeze around 52 hours from the original ROG Keris with the RGB lighting on. I then used the default battery saver profile through the ROG Armory Crate software. After 3 minutes of inactivity, the gaming mouse automatically switches off to sleep mode. I tried the same trick with Keris Wireless AimPoint. On average, I managed to squeeze 72 to 73 hours out of the Keris Wireless AimPoint; an improvement of 20 to 21 hours. This is where ASUS/ROG delivers in my opinion.

ASUS ROG Keris Wireless AimPoint builds on the solid foundation of the original ASUS ROG Keris. You can read in this final conclusion whether this formula was successful in the ROG camp.

Let me assume that ASUS/ROG managed to complete this mission. Keris Wireless AimPoint is an improvement. I can confidently say that this doesn’t feel forced to introduce new features or gimmicks. ASUS/ROG has managed to improve key features where the original Keris was already solidly represented.
The ROG AimPoint optical sensor is a big upgrade. The 36,000 DPI beast records mouse movements up to 650 IPS and can handle acceleration/deceleration up to 50G. You will receive an accurate but consistent experience. The only comment I have here is that the polling frequency lags by 1000 Hz. We already see 4000 Hz wireless in competition like Razer, something I would have liked to see on this Keris Wireless AimPoint. This extension costs considerably more money at Razer, so it is not completely optional.

Battery life on the original Keris was approximately 52 hours with RGB lighting on. Keri’s Wireless AimPoint stretches this to an impressive 72 to 73 hours. Clear upgrades have been made on the sensor and battery front, making the Keris Wireless AimPoint a wonderful refresh.

Finally, the grip tape is a nice addition for some extra grip. You also change the look of the mouse, which I appreciated despite the lack of feel of the PBT offset of the left and right mouse buttons. Basically, Keris was already a great gaming mouse that I could confidently recommend to everyone. Keris Wireless AimPoint goes one step further; what a beautiful gaming mouse.

The ASUS ROG Keris Wireless AimPoint receives the same score and price that the original Keris received back then. In my opinion it would be “it’s everything your heart desires (even more)”, but we don’t have this price, in short: it’s a gem.

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