Asus has marketed the Gladius as a gaming mouse for MOBAs and FPS games since its first outing, but it’s often struggled to stay competitive in one key area: weight. Lightweight clickers are indisputably superior when it comes to accuracy – it’s basic physics – so while Asus does well to shave a whopping 41 grams off the weight for the Gladius III, 89g is still on the heavy side for competitive gaming.
And weight really matters in 2021. Finalmouse’s latest offering only weighs 46g and sold out in just ten seconds, at a retail price of $189.99 no less. So while it’s hard to argue that everyone needs something like that in their arsenal, it shows just how far the lightweight arms race has escalated over the past few years.
The Gladius III’s weight wouldn’t necessarily be an issue if it felt like it was distributed evenly, but it carries most of its weight toward its rear. That’s not something you typically notice on a low-profile mouse, but the Gladius III has an almighty hump in the middle, which emphasises the imbalance. If, like me, you have large hands, then you might find your fingertips hang over the edge of the left and right mouse buttons when using a palm grip, which is obviously sub-optimal when playing a competitive shooter. As far as I can tell, this is because the large hump and uneven weight distribution force the Gladius III further back in your hand than most mice.