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Friday, October 30, 2020
From: Calgary NW (Dalhousie)
Asus products are built to be top of the line, and this keyboard is no exception. - Obviously, this keyboard is TKL (no Numpad), which was a huge selling point for me, as it massively reduces its footprint on my desk - Solid Metal frame and brushed metal top, with the bottom being a very firm plastic. - LED brightness is great, clearly visible in the day, and at night, almost need sunglasses 😂. - I absolutely love the under-glow on the keyboard, I did not see this feature anywhere when purchasing the keyboard, but when I first plugged it in, I was glorified by it! - The Logo(s) are subtle but striking, the one on the top right is synced to the >Page Up button< which I don't mind, and the one on the front is etched into the metal plate. - The USB cable is removable, with a standard type-c port, as this was a huge reason why I went for this keyboard - Lastly, the feet on the bottom are incredibly slide-resistant... almost too slip-resistant.
However with my time with this keyboard, I've noticed a few things worth pointing out. - All of the keycaps have a concave shape, but the space bar is a convex shape, for me, it felt a little weird, and still does. - There are magnets on the front of the keyboard, and I purchased the ROG WristRest, designed for ROG TKL keyboards, but the wrist rest does not have magnets on it... - I've seen this on many other reviews on this keyboard and other ASUS ROG peripherals, the included braided USB cable has in-fact started to come apart, both on the keyboard and on my ROG Gladius Origin ii Mouse. kinda irritated because it looks sloppy, but thankfully due to the cable removability, I picked up a cheap rubber USB C cable, and it works fine - Kinda wish the keyboard came with a carrying pouch/sleeping bag thing, as it feels small enough for me to take on the go. All of these things are with considering but are by no means dealbreakers... (at least for me)
As I said, ASUS products are built to be top of the line, and this keyboard is no exception, with an incredibly solid build and epic LED per-key RGB lighting, with a couple of minor weaknesses, I can whole-heartedly recommend this to someone looking for a top of the line, TKL keyboard. I highly recommend picking up the $30CAD ROG Wrist rest to go with the keyboard (which Best Buy carries), but please keep in mind, it is NOT magnetic. However, one last thing to point out, there are two different ASUS AURA Sync software that you can use, ROG Armoury, and the new ROG CRATE. I recommend the older ROG Armoury, as it is clearly designed for the keyboard and works with all other AURA devices, but for the keyboard, the five custom effects can be accessed without opening the software, (function key + number 1 thru 5) whereas, the newer software, although it allows you to become a lot more creative with the AURA Creator software (works a lot like Adobe Premier), but to change the lighting program, you need to have the software open, and it is quite slow in my mid-rage 2017 computer