Asus unveils ROG Sica gaming mouse, Whetstone mat

March 31, 2015 // 12:30 p.m.

Tags: #asus-rog #gaming-mouse #mouse #mouse-mat #republic-of-gamers

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Asus sub-brand Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced the launch of a new optical gaming mouse and matching mouse pad, offering a MOBA-optimised design with input from Taipei Assassins.

Designed primarily for fans of the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) format, Asus ROG sought the input of professional eSports team Taipei Assassins to create the ROG Sica mouse. Featuring the company's distinctive red-and-black colour scheme, the mouse features a compact and ambidextrous design with the usual two primary buttons and single central clickable scroll wheel, each of which uses long-life Omron switches. Unlike some of the company's other designs, the left and right mouse buttons are separate from the body to reduce travel distance and increase the tactile feedback that comes from clicking, while an easy-switch socket design allows the user to customise the click resistance to his or her preference.

Internally, the mouse is based around an optical sensor capable of tracking the surface on which it is moving at a resolution of up to 5,000 dots per inch (DPI) and a speed of up to 130 inches per second and under 30g acceleration. The mouse is also designed to tie in with the company's ROG Armoury software, providing customisation for button functions, performance settings, and the light-up ROG logo at the base of the mouse.

Asus is positioning the ROG Sica as being perfect for its new ROG Whetstone mouse pad. Its textured black fabric surface, featuring what the company describes as an intricate Mayan design, is designed to offer accurate tracking with optical sensors while the silicone backing provides grip. Designed to be rollable and measuring just 2mm thick, Asus claims the ROG Whetstone is the perfect LAN party pad - and doubly so thanks to rounded edges and an eight-stage bonding and heat-sealing manufacturing process which is claimed to resist fraying and creasing.

The ROG Sica is available now, priced at £59.95; UK pricing for the Whetstone has yet to be confirmed.
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