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This is the new ROG Gladius 3. I have used the original ROG Gladius for 2 years before its eventual wear due to wear and tear – and I spent a little time with the ROG Gladius 2 for review. And now, we have the ROG Gladius 3.

This mouse is different from its predecessor, according to what I remembered. So, let’s take a look at the new ROG Gladius 3.

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If you’re already familiar with what the ROG Gladius series of mouse is known for, then the Gladius 3 is pretty much a continuation of that idea. The mouse is still an ergonomic mouse made only for right-handed users, and it still has the feature that you can literally take the mouse apart and swap the switch to whatever you want.

ROG Gladius III

ROG also included two more spare microswitches for the clickers, which are compatible with both left and right clicks.

ROG Gladius III

And after using so many mice with constant abuse, I realized that usually, I tend to murder the scroll wheel first before the left or right clicks. First, we got an RGB logo on the palm area where my palm will always be blocking the light, and then now we have another RGB section at the left where my thumb will block a majority of the light. Again – why?

ROG Gladius III

And this also affects battery life, obviously. I connected the mouse to my desktop via the wireless dongle, turned on all the RGB at its brightest, and have it cycle through all the colors. And the battery can’t last for 2 days’ worth of usage. Oof.

Then, charged up the mouse again and used it with all the lights turned off. I used it for quite a long time and there’s still battery left in it.

ROG Gladius III

By the way, the ROG Gladius 3 charges via USB-C and there are no obstructions to make it a semi-proprietary standard like the ROG Gladius 2, so good job.

Should you buy the ROG Gladius III?

And finally, the price. At RM439, the ROG Gladius 3 is definitely a premium mouse. It has triple connectivity options for you to choose from, great battery life – if you turn off all the RGB – and good software for customizations, too.

ROG Gladius III

But, for those who are planning to upgrade from the ROG Gladius 1 or Gladius 2 and expect the Gladius 3 to be similar to its predecessors, then you need to do your research properly.
The Gladius 3 is different in terms of shape and feel, hence completely changing the user experience.

Personally speaking, its shape is not something that I personally prefer since I use my mouse in claw grip most of the time, but this is still a good mouse nonetheless.

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