For years, people have tried to replace the keyboard and mouse by making so-called superior gaming controllers (even I've tried... everything), and yet they are still here. Gamers want superior controls, and the keyboard plus mouse combination is simply unbeatable to this day. The key reasons for their superiority are the speed and precision, as new technology becomes available, these are the exact reasons why new weapons are continually forged for you to take into battle. ASUS ROG has just added Sica and Whetstone to the peripherals portfolio. The Sica mouse is named after a short sword or a larger dagger, while the Whetstone mouse pad is named after the tool used for sharpening weapons, thus making them a perfect match.
These follow suit with the ROG Gladius as that was named after a light infantry sword, and they all come with easy-swap switch sockets compatible with ultra-durable Omron switches, and the buttons are separate from the body for superior responsiveness, control and durability. They both come in classic ROG red and black with the Mayan-patterned grip. You can customize all of these and program the buttons with the proprietary Armory Software.
With these mice you now have options, so you can choose the right weapon for the job and for you, to accommodate hands with different shapes, sizes, and hand grips. Our new lineup of premium gaming mice are the Gladius and Sica. Sica is made specifically to be more accommodating for the finger grip. For massive multiplayer online role-playing games and massive online battle arena games such as League of Legends (gameplay), the right mouse button is used more often (as opposed to the left in most other genres), a smaller mouse is more appropriate for the finger grip because the middle finger can reach further. This mouse is the most portable, and ambidextrous so the experience is equally effective for left handers. And also the smaller body makes it particularly suitable for female gamers or people who often find mice simply too big.
Sica features a 5000DPI optical sensor, capable of speeds up to 130 inches per second and 30g acceleration for ultimate speed and precision. An improved exclusive easy-swap switch socket design lets you change switches and customize click resistance without removing any pads. With a pulsing ROG logo, gold-plated USB 2.0 connector, low-friction Teflon feet and stickers making it a complete package.
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But whatever tech is onboard the mouse, ultimately a suitable companion for a mouse is just as important. That’s where ROG Whetstone comes in, a new 2mm design that makes this firm and fast like playing on glass, yet you can roll it up to put in your backpack, best of both worlds. The Mayan patterned canvas is bonded to the silicone base using an 8-stage process, and there are fray-resistant round edges to guarantee quality and durability. Silicone has superior grip compared to rubber, odorless and since the mouse mat has a water-resistant coating, it can be washed and dried easily. For the finishing touch, the ROG logo is laser cut into the canvas, revealing the red silicone base underneath. Whether you get the Gladius or Sica, the Whetstone is a perfect match both aesthetically and for performance.
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ROG sought input from Taipei Assassins, a professional e-sports team, to ensure both products perform exceptionally even for when you turn pro and compete at the professional level.
ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Sica and Whetstone
- ROG Sica is a compact ambidextrous 5000 DPI wired optical mouse optimized for multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) gaming.
- ROG Whetstone is a silicone-fabric gaming mouse pad designed for pixel-precise accuracy and exceptional durability.
- Both products have had design input from pro-gaming teams such as the Taipei Assassins, and have undergone stringent quality tests.
Taipei, Taiwan (27 March, 2015) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the ROG Sica optical gaming mouse and ROG Whetstone mouse pad. ROG Sica has an ambidextrous design and is especially ideal for fingertip grip gamers. The ROG Whetstone mouse pad features a silicone-fabric construction that gives it excellent mouse tracking qualities for smooth, precise control; it is also both portable and durable. Both feature Mayan-inspired markings and the distinctive red and black ROG color scheme. ROG sought input from Taipei Assassins, a professional e-sports team, to ensure both products perform exceptionally in the gaming arena.
ROG Sica optical wired gaming mouse
ROG Sica has a compact, ambidextrous design optimized for multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) gamers of all grip types. It features a simple independent two-button and single clickable scroll-wheel setup, with durable Omron® switches. The left and right mouse buttons are separated from the main mouse body to reduce travel distance to ensure increased button tactility and responsiveness. An improved exclusive easy-swap switch socket design lets users customize click resistance.
ROG Sica packs an optical sensor that tracks at up to 5000 dots per inch (DPI), and at speeds of up to 130 inches per second and 30g acceleration to give users swift, pixel-precise mouse tracking.
The innovative Armoury software lets users customize button functions, performance settings, and ROG logo light effects.
ROG Sica has an iron-gray and red color scheme, a glowing ROG logo and intricate Mayan-stenciled side panels to give it presence. It has a gold-plated USB 2.0 connector, and low-friction Teflon® feet.
ROG Whetstone mouse pad
ROG Whetstone has a non-slip silicone base and an intricate Mayan-inspired textured black fabric surface designed for precise mouse tracking and control. Its portable, rollable design makes it easy to pack and bring to LAN parties.
At just 2mm thick, ROG Whetstone incorporates the latest 8-stage bonding and heat-sealing techniques to ensure durability. Even after extensive use, ROG Whetstone is guaranteed to last, with rounded edges that resist fraying and creasing for always-smooth mouse tracking. ROG Whetstone has an odorless silicone base, with a special water-resistant coat that allows for easy cleaning — simply wash, wipe, and shake to dry.
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Wired USB 2.0
5000 DPI optical sensor
130 inches per second
1000Hz polling rate
Omron D2FC-F-7N with easy-swap switch sockets
ROG switch socket compatibility list:
Omron D2F Series switches: D2F, D2F-F, D2F-01, D2F-01F
Omron D2FC Series switches: D2FC-3M, D2FC-F-7N, D2FC-F-7N(10M), D2FC-F-7N(20M) "
Gold-plated rubber USB cable (2m in length)
Operating system compatibility
115 x 62 x 39mm (L x W x H)
117g (with cable)
1 x ROG Sica
2 x ROG logo stickers
Mayan-inspired textured fabric surface for pixel-precise control
Rollable, portable design
Durable, odorless, and washable silicone base
320 x 270 x 2mm (L x W x H)
 Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.
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