ROG Gladius II Origin
ASUS doesn’t very much with its ROG packaging, with the ROG Gladius II Origin you get the signature brushed metal slice at the top with the ROG logo, a picture of the mouse on most of the box, and the model at the bottom.
The back of the box has a picture of the mouse on it with most of the important features called out. Some basic specifications are along the bottom.
The side of the box shows a few of the features like the detachable cord.
The other side of the box is similar to a few other features.
The front flap is held in place with Velcro but opens up to show the mouse in all it’s glory while the cover gives the ‘mission statement’ if you will.
The interior tray slides out easily.
Under the tray is a baggie with the manual in it, and a lumpy cloth bag.
Inside the bag, we find two USB cables, a 2-meter long cloth braided one, and a 1 meter long smooth one.
The cable is a Micro USB cable, but the micro end has a specially shaped boot for locking into the mouse. The ROG logo is stamped on both ends and the tends of both are gold plated.
Also, in the bag are extra Omron Switches and a large ROG eye badge.
The bottom of the Gladius II Origin has four skate pads, four rubber plugs over screws, the cable quick release switch, and the sensor window.
The left side of the Gladius II Origin has two buttons, the typical ‘mouse 4’ and ‘mouse 5’.
The grip areas of the mouse on both sides are rubber with the ROG Aztec pattern and provide a really firm grip. The rubber doesn’t breathe like all rubbers and plastics, but a sweaty hand doesn’t decrease your grip.
The mouse wheel itself also has the same rubber pattern. Two translucent areas to either side let out the glorious RGB inside.
The locking Micro USB port on the end has guided so the cable can be inserted only one way, and locks via the outer shell of the cable. You CAN use any old USB cable you have laying around, but without the lock, you stand a chance of losing connection at a really bad time.
The cable plugs in firmly and locks in place. To release, slide the switch down and pull the cable out.
When you first plug in the Gladius II Origin, all of the lighting springs to life in a rainbow wave. The ROG eye logo lights up as does the mouse wheel.
Almost the entire bottom edge of the mouse lights up in a moving rainbow along a narrow strip that wraps ¾ of the way around. It provides a nice glow around the edge of the mouse.
The Gladius II Origin is nearly 5 inches long and 2¾ inches wide, a large mouse that comfortable fits the palm grip I use with my large hands.
The four rubber plugs on the bottom are easily removed to reveal a quartet of screws.
Most manufacturers don’t appreciate you taking your peripherals apart, ASUS encourages it.
By default, the Gladius II Origin comes with the Omron D2FC-F-K(50M) switches installed. These have the blue plunger and have a click force of 0.6N (61 Grams) and have a long lifespan of 50 Million clicks. The optional D2F-01F switches with the white plunger have an actuation force of 0.74N or around 75 grams if you prefer a heavier click and are rated a more modest 1 Million Clicks. With a socket install instead of a permanently installed switch, you can replace them with other switches for customization, or keep the mouse alive nearly forever.
The switches install in sockets under your main left and right click buttons and are easy to swap if you want.
The two side buttons use Kailh switches in a similar form-factor to the replaceable Omrons.