ASUS ROG Strix Scope RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Brown Switches Reviewed

9

Design

9.0/10

Build

9.0/10

Performance

9.0/10

Pros

  • Can customise RGB LEDs
  • Can customise keys
  • Large CTRL key

Cons

  • Price

The ROG Strix Scope is the latest mechanical gaming keyboard with Xccurate Design from ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG). The keyboard features an extra-wide CTRL (Control) key as a differentiator from other similar keyboards. This helps with precision on first-person-shooter (FPS) games.

The all black aluminium design can be enhanced by customising the WASD key group with silver coloured caps. These create a stunning contrast to the rest of the keyboard. Similarly, ASUS has included a keycap-puller tool to remove and customise the frequently used keys easily.

Another great feature is the Stealth key. Doubling up on F12, it can hide all running applications and mute the audio at the touch of a button. Instant privacy from prying eyes (and ears).

Performance

Earlier we mentioned that the ROG Strix Scope is engineered with the German-made Cherry MX RGB switches. Some hardcore gamers feel that the Cherry MX provides them with the necessary mechanical action and responsiveness needed for FPS games.

I found the keys to be perfectly weighted and each keypress was as expected of a high-quality gaming keyboard. The aluminium panel tops it off nicely.

The keyboard LEDs were vibrant and bright at maximum settings. In a darkened room, the slightly raised keys pop out at you. If you are not careful, the ASUS ROG Strix Scope will take all the attention away from your flashy water-cooled gaming case. The diffused LED lighting against the aluminium frame is great eye candy.

ASUS ROG Strix Scope LEDs

Likewise, you can personalise the colour scheme and go with a single colour if rainbows are not your thing or if you are going with a coloured theme across your full gaming setup.

The ROG Strix Scope also features a large and double stabilised CTRL key. This feature is great news for hardcore FPS gamers as the CTRL is one of the most utilised keys on the keyboard.

Larger than usual CTRL key

Final Thoughts

Let’s get the only negative out of the way first – price. This keyboard is not cheap, so it means for those kids out there wanting one – start saving your pocket money, mow more lawns and be good for Christmas. That said, we feel that it’s worth every cent.

The performance was great and didn’t skip a beat. The build and finish quality is what you would expect of a premium product. After playing a few rounds with the ASUS ROG Strix Scope, it will be very hard going back to another keyboard.

A big thumbs up from us.


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