- Ambidextrous Mouse, friendly for anyone
- Armoury Crate software support is good for everything
- Nice mouse with decent specification
- Dual Connectivity is neat
- Justifiable Price tag for a wireless mouse
- Hot-swapping battery might be a hassle for some
We have not tried a TUF Peripheral in a while and while it may sound, “meh”, they too have been making some good accessories to go along with a lot of setups. One of their recent additions to the TUF Lineup are Gaming Mice. And in this ASUS TUF Gaming M4 Wireless Mouse Review, we are going to check out how well this RM200 mouse does, and it sure looks decked out.
Design and Build
Thing about mouse is that, when you are shopping for one with limited budget, the amount of compromises it goes through makes it hard to pick as a viable option. But the ASUS TUF Gaming M4 Wireless Mouse has managed to build some things we have seen in a bit pricier mouse. For one, the longer shape is a nice sight to the eyes and feels amazing to the hand because of its ambidextrous design. Instead of making it in some “alienated” shape, this is a good step.
Otherwise, the ASUS TUF Gaming M4 Wireless Mouse uses a PBT build which may seem coarse to the touch, but it is quite alright as it doesn’t slip off my hands and the texture gives a nice grip to the user experience. Another interesting take is the ASUS Antibacterial Guard, which is new. Just like what we have seen with other brand that claims to have a coating which inhibits bacterial growth, the coating on this mouse is said to do the same.
Nothing out of the ordinary, the ASUS TUF Gaming M4 Wireless Mouse does what a gaming mouse should do, and the specification says.
- RF 2.4GHz or Bluetooth 5.1 Connectivity
- 12000 DPI Optical Sensor with 300 IPS and 35G Acceleration
- 1000 Hz Polling rate
- Battery powered (AA or with the included AA converter, you can use AAA battery)
Software Control: Armoury Crate
A good software support is crucial, and ASUS got that nailed right on the wall. The moment you pair or connect the ASUS TUF Gaming M4 Wireless Mouse, it immediately prompts you to install Armoury Crate – the app that takes complete control of customization for their peripherals and components.
Once you get into the app and all the nitty-gritty things are sorted, you can control the mouse to its very core. From the buttons, performance where to take control of the DPI, set the power management on when to put it to sleep and all that and finally, the firmware update. While the controls may seem a little barebones, its all a user needs to take complete advantage to go along with their experience.
Speaking of experience, my first few days with the ASUS TUF Gaming M4 Wireless Mouse wasn’t really a pleasant one, not because of the mouse but because of Windows. Initially using it on Windows 10 was a bit of a hit and miss and just when we thought it was “fixable”, our PC crashed till kingdom come. Then we switched to Windows 11 and the experience was not the best. Later, after 2 firmware updates, the mouse was finally usable, and it was finally doing what it supposed to do.
We used the Bluetooth on our PC as the 2.4GHz receiver would cause some latency based on how far our PC is located. So, the 2.4GHz receiver was on our laptop instead. Using it on both the device, post the Windows Chaos, was amazing where it worked the way it should – smooth, snappy, and responsive. The weight of the mouse isn’t too light and too heavy but the grippy texture helped a lot to hold the mouse in place and there wasn’t a single moment where we faced any discomfort.
Gaming session with this mouse was nice. As we whipped the mouse through Doom: Eternal, the movement albeit a fraction of a second delay, it held up very well. In fact, I was happy with the experience as there were no cords attached, making it such an easy mouse to move around without that tangling nonsense. There are times when the mouse does show some slowing down and that’s mainly due to the connectivity. So, make sure to move the “receiver” as close as possible – in our case, its connected to a USB Hub behind our monitor.
The battery situation, well sure it does require replacement. But we were okay as we used Eneloop Pro Batteries. So, we could recharge it whenever we could and keep a spare with us. What I do love about the mouse is how it has a sleep mode. So, say if you do forget to turn it off, it does go into an idle mode, which saves you the battery. Otherwise, there isn’t much to say about this mouse. There will be some expecting this mouse to have higher DPI, but I think it’s unnecessary given that it can drive the cost up.
Another thing I like is the mini-indicator on the DPI button to tell you if it has low battery and what DPI profile you are on. The buttons on the sides are too sensitive for my liking and it’s so easy to trigger without too much pressure. So, I ended up disabling the button via Software.
At RM 200, it’s hard to nit-pick anything about the ASUS TUF Gaming M4 Wireless Mouse. Not only it works well as a mouse, it sure does better at being a good sub RM200 mouse where in this price point, you know most of the products are filled with compromises. Now for some, the fact of using an AA or AAA battery might be a bit of a hassle but hey, if you think about it, if your battery does die, replacing it and using the mouse makes the whole process easier.
Oh, and not to forget, it uses both Bluetooth and Wireless receiver, so technically you can connect to two devices. In short, the ASUS TUF Gaming M4 Wireless Mouse isn’t a shabby option at all. Even if you do have some issues, it’s not the mouse to be blamed, it’s Windows.