The topic of keyboards is getting more and more complex, at least that’s how I feel. Because there’s so much marketing stuff here now that the loaner barely understands. With Rubber Dome, mechanical, linear, tactile, optical-mechanical, doubleshot keycaps with and without cable and from up to 8000 Hz polling rate, the customer is bombed here. This list could now be extended at will with the various “switches” from Cherry, Kailh etc. to make life even easier for the end customer in the decision-making process.
That’s why I can only recommend to everyone to have a look at one or the other review of the object of desire before buying. It might be helpful! That’s why today we’re going to take a look at a keyboard from ASUS from the gaming brand ROG “Republic of Gamers” or as I read funnily the other day: ROG = RGB of Gamers! That’s fitting, because ROG products are only missing RGB lighting in the very rarest of cases. Let’s get this show on the road.
Packaging and scope of delivery
The ASUS ROG Strix Scope RX arrives at your home in a typical ROG packaging. In it the keyboard is very well protected and if the deliverer does not throw it through the area, then it comes undamaged over the doorstep!
In order not to show each picture of the unboxing individually, I have made a picture gallery for you here. Just take a quick look!
Opening and pulling out the keyboard reveals what’s included. I’d say the usual! Descriptions, keyboard and a few ROG stickers for the mommy booklet are included for free for the hardcore fan. Maybe some of you have already noticed it, because the USB cable is everything – except thin and flexible. But there’s a reason for that, which we’ll get to later.
ASUS also courts the customer’s favor here with today’s usual specs. Since 1000 Hz polling rate is nothing out of the ordinary anymore. But for completeness, here are a few dates in the overview. If you want to know more, here is the manufacturer’s page – CLICK.Q17085a_XA05_ROG_STRIX_SCOPE_RX_QSG_WEB
I could only link you to the English-HP of ASUS here, because the ASUS ROG Strix Scope RX is currently only viewable there. Why this is so, I cannot resolve at this point. I did communicate it to ASUS though! The ASUS ROG Strix Scope RX of course comes with fully programmable keys, N-Key rollover and everything else the other manufacturers have in their portfolio. Not writing about all the standards virtually presupposes them! It would also be a joke if ASUS already starts to skid here with such small things. On the subject of weight, this keyboard is certainly up there with its 1.07 kg. I was initially surprised at how heavy it felt, as I tend to use lightweight keyboards at home – low profile of course!
As you can see, the keyboard weighs quite a bit more compared to the Sharkoon PureWriter RGB. Thank goodness you don’t have to carry them around in your hand all day! Yes, you can also see the slight dusting set in. Cleaning is not until the 2nd. Advent… LOL! If you also use things and not just hold them up to the camera and think they are good, then even test samples will eventually look used. Somehow logical!
The real special feature, the RX buttons developed by ASUS themselves and that make the keyboard – for me personally – the exceptional talent, I must explain to you on the next page in more detail. Page 2 please!