ASUS’ foray into the high-performance, ultra-lightweight wireless mouse trend is the ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo Southeast Asia)
ASUS’ latest gaming-focused wireless mouse in their range is the ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition mouse. It is currently ASUS’s flagship ROG mouse, unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2023 (CES 2023), targeting at esports players and gamers searching for a “competitive edge.”
But this isn’t ASUS’ first venture into the wireless “light mouse” category, the Harpe is the company’s lightest mouse to date, weighing in just 54g while yet boasting cutting-edge technology and a long battery life.
To do this, ASUS had to give up what made its mouse so distinctive.
The ability to swap mouse switches on the fly, not the RGB.
It was included in the most of their mice, including the Keris and Gladius Aimpoint that we recently tested, but it’s totally gone from the harp, most likely to eliminate the extra weight of the hot-swap sockets.
But what was the end result? This mouse is far lighter than any flagship ambidextrous Razer or Logitech mouse, while yet providing excellent wireless connectivity and reaction speeds.
What exactly is in the box?
- grip tape
- User Guide
- charging cable
- Wireless dongle
- wireless receiver
- Additional mouse feet
The harp comes with the following accessories: a manual, stickers, extra mouse feet, grip tape, wires, a wireless receiver, and a wireless dongle. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo Southeast Asia)
Despite the fact that it only weighs 54 grams and is a medium to big mouse, the harp’s build quality is exceptional. There is no rattling, and the mouse’s body is incredibly strong.
While the mouse makes a hollow sound when left and right clicking, it feels fantastic to use.
The scroll wheel is likewise simple to use, requiring just little effort and following clearly defined instructions.
The side buttons are also among the nicest I’ve encountered in my years of mouse ownership and testing.
The ROG Harpe’s bottom. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo Southeast Asia)
I don’t have anything as complex as an Nvidia LDAT to measure the latency of these things, but it doesn’t feel much different in usage than any other wired mouse or a high-end wireless mouse like the Logitech G303 Shroud Edition or the Razer Viper V2 Pro.
ASUS absolutely nailed this component of their kit, and I have no question that they have one of the best wireless implementations available.
What is the battery life?
After a week (7 days) of using this mouse for 7-8 hours a day with the RGB switched off, it’s still at 47 percent at the time of writing.
This is an outstanding battery life, and it appears to be capable of lasting the stated 90 hours.
Shape of the mouse
I accept that I will never use this mouse on a regular basis.
With my claw grip, my big palms and fingers can barely reach the mouse buttons. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo Southeast Asia)
Admittedly, the mouse is too lengthy for me. My little hand can barely reach the mouse buttons in the claw grip I normally employ when gaming, as seen by the photos.
There’s also more button strain on the rear of the buttons, so I have to work a little more to depress them when I click them.
However, everything is OK on the back. The hump is angled backwards, allowing for optimum palm contact with both the claw and palm grips.
If your hands are larger and longer than mine (17cm x 10cm), this will be an excellent fit.
It’s a shame for me because the harp moves so easily.
Lab integration is the goal.
Aim Lab collaborated with ASUS to develop the Harpe, which is why their branding is all on the mouse.
If you are unfamiliar with Aim Lab, it is a game that focuses completely on aim training. Users may use it for free to perform various training sequences that will help them improve their aim in the first person shooter genre.
As a result of this partnership, Aim Lab has various device-specific sequences for tuning the harp.
You may use the application to determine your “ideal” DPI settings, lift-off distance, and angle setting.
These parameters may also be manually modified via the ASUS Armory Crate program, which you can download to your PC.
Unfortunately, these “shot enhancer” sequences are nothing more than a marketing ploy.
Allow me to explain.
For non-Harpe mice, Aim Lab already offers a “Settings Optimizer” sequence. It’s a sequence that you may utilize with a mouse that has a fixed DPI (e.g. a setting of 800 DPI). The best in-game sensitivity to play at is then recommended by Aim Lab, which you may change in those games.
On Aim Lab, there are three “Settings Optimizer” choices for the Harpe. (Image courtesy of target lab)
The Harpe-only version of this sequence merely detects your mouse DPI and makes no suggestions for what to use in a game.
If you want to use this function, you’ll need to figure out the unique DPI for each game you’re playing, and that doesn’t even take into consideration what the initial in-game sensitivity should be.
Furthermore, the DPI setting impacts your mouse when using Windows on your PC. This will irritate any user since your mouse cursor will move at various rates each time you select a game to play.
The angle tuning process… should simply not exist. I’m delighted the option exists, but no one should ever add an angle changing capability to a mouse.
Because “Angle Matching” inserts a form of artificial smoothness into the mouse movement, it will make your aiming unreliable, especially when trying to make precise motions with your mouse.
The only slightly helpful sequence is the one that sets the mouse lift-off distance.
Even still, I would say that you should utilize the mouse’s minimum lift-off distance to avoid unwanted movement if you don’t raise your mouse high enough to modify it.
Overall, the present Aim-Lab sequences do not offer much value to the harp, and the collaboration on the software side is doubtful.
Final thoughts and conclusion
This mouse is not cheap at S$219, but to compare, the Razer Viper V2 Pro retailed for S$229 and the Logitech G Pro X Superlight retailed for S$239, both of which are now much cheaper.
You can also acquire something like the Lamzu Atlantis for S$179, and there are even more affordable choices available.
Comparisons of size and form with the Razer Viper V2 Pro, Lamzu Atlantis, Logitech G Pro Wireless, and Xtrfy MZ1. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo Southeast Asia)
However, ASUS’ wireless implementation has always been excellent, particularly with the Aimpoint series, and the Harpe is no exception.
If your hands are large enough, the ASUS ROG Harpe Ace is an excellent mouse. The build quality is excellent, and I have no complaints about this mouse.
Except for the odd Aim Lab cooperation.
The release date has yet to be announced, however ASUS Singapore provided me with an estimate for early February. When we get a definite date, we will update this.
Dominic enjoys technology and video games. He enjoys pro wrestling when he is not busy cooling his computer parts with water.
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