ASUS TUF Gaming M4 Air Review (Page 3 of 4)

Page 3 - Subjective Performance Tests

After finishing setting up the mouse and adjusting the settings to my liking, I began running some standard tracking performance tests. This includes normal everyday use in Windows and some gaming. Games used in tests were Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and DOTA 2. In each case, the accuracy of the mouse is crucial. These tests are subjective, but the variety of tests will provide as much objectivity as possible.

The standard shape of the ASUS TUF Gaming M4 Air lends itself to a claw grip. Since the mouse is so light, weighing in at 47g, it can easily be flicked around. A palm grip also works. This was definitely one obvious result of testing as the mouse was truly effortless to move around. Combining how lightweight it is with the smooth PTFE feet ensures smooth gliding. Throughout my normal day-to-day use and gaming, I did not use DPI settings higher than 800. The two main mouse buttons were always responsive and easy to use. As for the two side buttons, I never pressed them accidentally, and they are within easy reach for quick access. They required a little bit of force to actuate, but this also helped to avoid accidental presses.

The ASUS TUF Gaming M4 Air has "gaming" right in the title, so I put it through its paces in couple of games. As already mentioned, I tested the M4 Air in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and DOTA 2. For CS:GO, the light weight made it very easy to flick and be able to quickly move the crosshair around the screen. I did not notice any strange tracking with the sensor. It performed well throughout all of the tests. In DOTA 2, the M4 Air performed similarly well. Again, it was easy to move the mouse around to change the map position, and the light weight along with the PTFE feet made it very smooth. The cable also shone throughout these tests. Cables can get quite frustrating if they are heavy or are not set up properly to allow for sweeping movements. The light weight of the cable of the M4 Air provided an almost wireless-like experience. I barely ever noticed the cable and the sheathing never caught on anything. The performance for both games was great.

As for normal day-to-day use, the M4 Air continued its strong performance. Tracking continued to be accurate. Even in some light Photoshop work, the mouse was accurate to capture what I wanted. I encountered no jitter or trouble with tracking at normal settings. I slowly increased the DPI higher and higher to see if I would start to notice jitter at higher sensitivities. I started to notice some potential jitter around 8000 DPI. This could also have been to the way my hand was moving at such high sensitivities though, haha. Overall, the M4 Air performed well throughout the tests thanks to the excellent PAW3335 sensor, proving to be competent in different applications.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look - Hardware and Software
3. Subjective Performance Tests
4. Conclusion