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Asus ROG Strix Scope PBT vs RX: Gaming Keyboard

Choosing a mechanical gaming keyboard is never easy. You have to find the best switches and sometimes the choice is quite difficult.  In terms of build quality and longevity, mechanical gaming keyboards do not always have the best reputation, especially among those who make mechanical keyboards a real passion.

Despite this, the term “gamer” still resonates negatively in the ears of many, and it is for these people that Asus introduced the Strix Scope PBT, a keyboard that emphasizes quality and not aesthetics or features.

Asus offers us here an innovative keyboard with ROG RX Red switches, which change the feeling that we can have with other keyboards. The Asus ROG Strix Scope RX, very good but as noisy as possible in its version with blue switches.

Lets compare: Asus ROG Strix Scope PBT vs Asus ROG Strix Scope RX.

Pros and Cons

Asus ROG Strix Scope PBTAsus ROG Strix Scope RX
Cherry MX RGB switchesSpeedy Optical Switches
Solid build with Aluminum topOutstanding, refined design
Wide Ctrl keyFairly priced
Non-detachable cableNo extra buttons

Specification

Asus ROG Strix Scope PBT Asus ROG Strix Scope RX
Dimensions440x137x39 mm440x137x39 mm
Weight1140g1.07kg
ColorBlack, Red, GrayBlack
ConnectivityWired, USB 2.0USB 2.0
MechanicalNoYes
RGBPer-Key RGB LEDs
BluetoothNo No
NumpadYesYes
SoftwareArmoury IIArmoury II
CompatibilityWindows Windows

Design

Asus ROG Strix Scope PBT- Despite all the talk of quality, when it comes to design, the appearance of the Asus ROG Strix Scope PBT remains essentially a gamer. There is a trendy floating key design that can find on many keyboards these days, such as the Razer Huntsman TE that we have already tested on the site. This design brings the advantage of making the keyboard easier to clean.

Thus, the keys float directly above the fully exposed backplate. This is a gray-colored aluminum plate, with one part of the plate matte and the other shiny. This mix of effects adds a little fun to the keyboard while remaining in something sober.

Sober, but the fun is the perfect description of what Asus is trying to accomplish with this keyboard. We, therefore, find several shades of gray, preventing monotony while not entering the territory at all colored. However, we can see some keys in red so that the keyboard is not completely boring either. These touches of red are also very welcome and give the keyboard an aesthetic that we very much appreciate.

Speaking of keys, these are gray for letters, numbers, and functions, then black for modifiers (Shift, ctrl, backspace). This diversity in terms of colors makes it possible to compensate for the absence of backlighting while still providing color variations even though there is no color. In addition, the use of a set of two-tone keycaps is something more commonly found on handmade mechanical keyboards (custom builds), which shows us directly what audience Asus is targeting with this. Product.

Asus remaining a commercial brand, they had to place their logo somewhere. We thus find the mention of “Republic of Gamers” at the level of where one would put his left wrist to reach the ZQSD keys, as well as a logo above the numeric keypad. Both are rather subdued gray but light enough that the logos can be seen. Personally, that doesn’t bother us, but even more, discreet branding could indeed have brought a sober edge to the product.

We mentioned a numeric keypad, as the ROG Strix Scope PBT is a full-format keyboard, therefore including a numeric keypad, directional arrows, and a full line of dedicated function keys. However, despite this, the product manages to keep the width as small as possible. The edges of this keyboard are exemplarily thin, allowing it to keep a numeric keypad while taking up as little space as possible.

As for the back of the keyboard, the latter has several design elements that we find very nice, but the question arises, was it useful to spend the slightest extra penny to heavily design a part of the keyboard that we do anyway not see? Not to mention the money that had to be invested in more complex plastic molds. Does not this back, pretty certainly, but unnecessarily aesthetic, bring an unnecessary additional cost?

As for the cable, the keyboard unfortunately is not detachable. It is rather thin and easily flexible. The latter should not break easily, which is reassuring given the impossibility of changing it easily.

Finally, in terms of weight, we end up with a keyboard of 1.14Kg, which is a very reasonable weight.

Razer Huntsman Mini- In terms of aesthetics, we find a rather crude keyboard with very sober and rectilinear aspects, which does not try to be false originality. One small thing that we can underline, we do not find here screws widely visible, as we had on the Roccat Vulcan Pro. Asus has taken care to hide the screws under the FX keys of its keyboard here.

If we go down just under these keys, we find a metal plate, which is nice to bring certain robustness and a certain aesthetic to the keyboard. Asus does not offer us complex things, and we are largely satisfied with what we have here. The base of the ROG Strix Scope RX, on the other hand, is made of solid and thick enough plastic, allowing you to hold everything without worries.

On the trap part of the keyboard, we also notice a small inscription of the range of the keyboard: “Republic Of Gamers.” Never mind, the ROG logo at the top right of the keyboard is backlit. It mixes with the keyboard backlighting effects.

Keycaps side, there are floating keys on the surface, which is done more and more, to the detriment of the classic keyboard with the keys that fit into the keyboard. Also, at the expense of finesse, is it really the finesse we are looking for in a mechanical keyboard? Not so much to tell the truth. Asus offers on its keycaps a rather thick engraving and with a font-oriented “gaming.” This is a good thing because it allows us to see the backlighting of the keys clearly. We also note that the letters are quite large, which makes them easier to read.

If we return the ROG Strix Scope RX, we find the two adjustable feet and many pads, allowing the keyboard to stand without worries on any surface. Also, we find the ROG logo drawn in the textures that we have under the keyboard. Asus has gone to great lengths for something that we will see once in a while and again …

The cable exits directly from the keyboard and does not pass below the keyboard. So forget all that is gutters and the like. The cable, as we said, is quite thick. However, the latter actually allows two cables to be passed. There is room for the one to connect the ROG Strix Scope RX to the computer and operate and another to operate the USB port of the keyboard. The latter is located on the right of the upper part, under the screen print, pause, etc., keys.

We regret pressing the Fn key (function) on the keyboard to activate the FX keys (F1 to F12). By default, the multimedia functionality is activated using the F5 key. However, Asus has thought of a handy little additional feature that we are going to see.

Typing Comfort

Asus ROG Strix Scope PBT- As for functionality, the lack of software for the Strix Scope PBT might suggest that this keyboard does not have any, but this is far from true. Despite the absence of software, it is quite possible to record macros. We will let you be guided by the instructions from Asus on how to do it in detail. The lack of dedicated keys puts us off a little when it comes to using the feature, but knowing that the feature is always nice.

The most visible feature remains the huge left Ctrl key. As wide as the shift key just above it. The size of this key almost reminds us of the format of keyboards that can find on a Chromebook.

Asus indicates that this size is supposed to improve accuracy in video games so that you do not press the Windows key next to it. And it works pretty well because, given the size of the fingerboard, it’s literally impossible to miss it. That large size does, however, require a little readjustment of muscle memory for all things productivity because where you would expect to press the Windows key, it’s still the Ctrl key.

As for the haptic side, the feel of the key is more like the Shift key. For those who rely heavily on touch, this might not be calming, but it hasn’t been our case, and we think it’s nothing more than a matter of habit.

Finally, if, despite this, you still manage to get the wrong key, you can always disable the Windows key and other combinations that could close your game or bring you back to the desktop.

Another feature that we find on the Stix Scope PBT is the private mode on the F12 key. The latter cuts off the sound of the computer and returns to the desk. This can be useful if your family ever knocks on the door while watching Garfield 2 for the fifth time this week; otherwise, unless you are working with very confidential data, we have a hard time seeing a real interest, especially on a gaming keyboard.

Speaking of the F keys, the multimedia controls are on them. The only problem is that the keyboard comes with constant “Fn” mode. So if you press F5, your web page will not refresh, but your music will play. To refresh your page, you will need to press Fn + F5 in the default configuration. Rest assured, it took us a while to notice it, but it is possible to reverse this by pressing Fn + Insert. Once this is done, to adjust your music and access the other features on the F1 to F12 keys, you need to press Fn.

Asus ROG Strix Scope RX- First of all, let’s go back to the function keys. These can be activated using the Fn key pressed at the same time. But Asus has, however, thought of a little trick to avoid having to suffer this little inconvenience when you are in the game, however. All you have to do is press the Fn key and “Ins” (insert, on the small island of 6 keys just above the arrows). This locks the Fn functionality. Where Asus has been smart, it is in terms of the layout and engraving of the keys.

We find the main function in the middle of the key, with the Shift key activated, on the other hand, for the keys above the alphabet. The secondary function, the one without the Shift key activated for the keys above, is found at the top, and the last one, that with the Alt key activated, at the bottom. But it is not the last because additional functionalities with the Function key come to be placed in the height of the keycaps. We, therefore, find on some keys additional practical features. This is the case for the “Ins” keys, the keys above the alphabet, from 1 to 6, Windows, Alt, F5 to F12, the Esc key, and the 4 directional arrows.

As for now the feeling of the keys, we must admit that these new Asus switches are exciting. They have the power to stand out from the classic switches we know so much about. They offer a scissor-shaped effect, which you can clearly see when you approach a switch and try to see the reaction inside. These are actually two small slats that cross and flatten once they reach the end of their travel. The activation force here is 45 grams, and the stroke is 1.5 mm to activate the switches. *

On a classic switch, you have a small cross in the middle and the keycaps that fit over it. Here, it is a bit the reverse; there is a space in the middle to put the LEDs correctly. There are also 4 small holes on the switch, allowing the keycaps to be perfectly housed. This is what makes all the difference. Each key is, in fact, perfectly stable, regardless of whether you place your finger in the center or on one of the sides of the latter.

Thus, we find a perfectly uniform and totally straight stroke. This is what makes the Strix Scope RX so interesting. Despite all this, the keyboard is perfectly fluid. The keys return to their initial position quite quickly, although you can see, especially when you type fast enough, that they do not return to the position as quickly as with my old keyboard. . Notwithstanding this minor concern, because will use this keyboard mainly for playing, the feeling of the keys is charming.

Backlight

Asus ROG Strix Scope PBT- As for lighting, it’s going to be simple; the ROG Strix Scope PBT doesn’t. Not even non-programmable LEDs of a solid color. It’s a pretty daring choice when all other keyboards, no matter the price, now have the ability to shine in all colors.

From a functional point of view and for those like us, have not looked at their keyboard to write for a long time, the lack of lighting is not a big problem. The presence or absence of the latter does not affect our typing speed or our ability to use the keyboard. Conversely, it has a rather big negative impact on usability for those who have not yet memorized the keys’ positioning.

Asus ROG Strix Scope RX- The backlight is not faulty and does not let itself be tamed by the first strand of light. Each key is backlit completely independently. Unlike some other manufacturers, the keys are backlit over their entire surface here, which is appreciable!

The backlighting is obviously not uniform over the entire surface of the key, but all the same, we must salute Asus’ performance at this level! The new switches help a bit, it must be said. However, the latter will undoubtedly be a little distorted by the red of the switches. Indeed, the red switches here are clearly visible due to the transparent supports. Therefore, the underside of your keys will almost always be tinged with a little red, which will remain predominantly here.

It is possible to adjust the backlighting via the Asus Armory Crate software, of course, but also via the Function key and the directional arrows. We also have the option to change the lighting effects as needed. By default, the fairly classic wave is available.

Conclusion!

Asus tries to give the Strix Scope PBT the identity of a keyboard that prioritizes the quality of its keys over functionality and lighting. It’s just a shame that PBT keycaps aren’t that good, and including RGB in 2020 doesn’t cost a thing anymore.

The Asus ROG Strix Scope RX is a perfect mechanical gaming keyboard. The switches are very pleasant, and their design allows almost perfect backlighting on the entire surface of the button. We can only appreciate this very quiet but mighty keyboard.

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Corsair K60 RGB Pro: Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

The renowned gaming peripherals and components manufacturer, Corsair has released a mechanical keyboard called the K60 RGB Pro, the first device with Cherry Viola switches. These are line switches designed and made in Germany, with smooth running, high precision and reliability. Plus, the keyboard has a solid aluminium frame, dynamic RGB lighting and a stylish design so it can handle heavy loads every day, plus complements a gaming setup well.

Cherry’s response to the cheap MX clones from China will lower the price tag on gaming keyboards for reputable manufacturers. 

We first came across Cherry Viola when we covered CES in Las Vegas a little over a year ago. Today we not only get to feel one of Corsair’s slightly newer keyboards, the K60 RGB Pro, we also get Viola a little closer.

PROSCONS
Brushed aluminium top plateHeavy-Duty Software
Lubricated stabilizersNo onboard memory
Colourful and bright RGB
Premium look and feel

The K60 RGB Pro has a stylish design and good structural integrity. The manufacturer has scaled back all the fluff in the K60 RGB Pro and has instead focused on performance. Cherry’s new Viola switch, which was the main focus in today’s test, is fresh from the moulds, smooth, albeit slightly heavy for our taste.

The Corsair K60 RGB Pro is better than previous Corsair keyboards that we tested for up to a triple price tag. The manufacturer has not forgotten small but essential details, such as lubricating stabilizers and minimizing the deep space. The K60 RGB Pro is a good keyboard but is not enough to reach the top of the keyboards within the same price range. 

  • Lubricated stabilizers
  • Cherry Viola switches
  • Robust built
  • Full size
  • Dull sound character but pings when used
  • Stylish

Specification

Corsair K60 RGB Pro
$CHECK PRICE
BrandCorsair
Dimensions441 x 137 x 31 mm
SizeFull-size (100%)
Weight820 g
ColourBlack
ConnectivityWired
MechanicalYes
Key Switches CHERRY MX Low Profile SPEED
Keycap MaterialABS
Cable Length1.5 m USB cable
BacklightingRGB
Multimedia KeysYes
Media / macro keysYes, via function storage
Detachable No
BluetoothNo
NumpadYes
BatteryNo Batteries
CompatibilityWindows, macOS
SoftwareiCUE

Design

The Corsair K60 RGB Pro is constructed from durable brushed aluminium as the core of its construction. Plus, the keyboard features colourful RGB lighting and custom keycaps that capture the glow very well. By the way, the lighting also has lighting effects – they are configured in the Corsair iCUE app along with other features. It’s about programming buttons, recording macros, syncing the backlight to other iCUE compatible devices, but there’s more. With the help of this software, you can use the integration of lighting with games so that RGB lighting on devices that support Corsair iCUE can respond with a glow to various actions and in-game events.



The keys on the new keyboard not only respond quickly and accurately – they have other features as well. For example, the Anti-ghosting effect, which allows you to press all buttons at the same time. And the device also uses a game mode, with which you can block the Windows button during the game and save yourself from unpleasant incidents associated with it. Plus, the keyboard also provides multimedia keys for adjusting the volume and starting and stopping playback right during the game. They also allow you to switch between lighting effects with just one click so as not to be distracted from what is happening on the monitor screen.

Corsair continues to break its standards by providing the K60 RGB Pro with a standard bottom line. This makes it much easier to find suitable aftermarket keycaps for the keyboard to upgrade the user experience. Corsair has long insisted on having a bottom line that no one to our knowledge uses, which has probably been frustrating for Corsair users. They have now started to provide their keyboards with a standard bottom row, but there are still several keyboards in the range with the previous one.

Standard bottom row in light color, Corsair bottom row in dark color

Despite the ting sound, the K60 RGB Pro feels good in the hands, and when we knock on the chassis, we do not hear anything that indicates a sizeable resonant box inside. The keyboard is stiff in construction and does not crack when we try to twist and turn it. This is impressive as it is typical for this type of construction to crack in the plastic. This indicates good structural integrity.

The keyboard has a flat angle, but there are two fold-out levers for users who want the keyboard steeper. The levers have a rubber alloy in line with the rubber pads along the edges of the back. We have nothing to complain cushions. The keyboard is stable on our desk and does not slide around during use.

The K60 RGB Pro has a built-in cable that juts out along the back of the keyboard. It is a thick rubber alloy cable that is rigid. We like to see manufacturers switch to detachable cables or offer cable channels along the bottom of the keyboard to make them more excellent and less cumbersome.

Keycaps

The keycap is, as expected, of the thinner version in a smooth ABS plastic without texture. The surface is something of a grease magnet. Similar to Corsair left gaming aesthetics behind in the design of the chassis, they have done the same with the inscription on the keycaps. The caps measure about one millimetre in thickness, corresponding to about two-thirds of what we consider a suitable and qualitative thickness. However, we did not excellently expect anything, given the keyboard’s price tag.

The inscription does not appear to be adapted for the K60 RGB Pro with Viola as the keycaps do not use Viola’s LED sources in a good way. The inscriptions appear to be adapted for Cherry MX switches, which have an LED in the upper part of the switch. The inscription is adjusted in line with these. Viola lets light through the trunk in the middle of the switch, which results in uneven lighting. Like some Cherry MX sets, the LED is aligned along the top of the Viola switch, but most of the light comes from the switch stem. The switch housing in POM plastic does not let in much light but instead acts to scatter the light, while the part in PC plastic allows the LED light to shine straight through.

The keycaps are cupped in the more aggressive direction, and the homing keys, F and J, use a boom instead of deeper cupping. The keycaps are relatively low, exposing the switches considerably and following their own profile that we have not encountered before. They are so low that the trunk of the keycaps extends further down than the walls. The shape is not very aggressive and is reminiscent of the Cherry profile, apart from the F and number line.

Cherry Viola switches

Since Cherry presented the Cherry Viola at CES 2020, we have been looking forward to running the switch on our test bench. On-site in Cherry’s booth, we did not have time to build an idea of ​​the switch in its entirety, but we still brought with us some things that would be key points for Viola.

  • The switch is cheap to manufacture and will therefore be found in keyboards for under a thousand kroner.
  • It cannot be modified and requires a special PCB, which means the switch is DOA for the enthusiast market.
  • It is based on MX design and is compatible with MX keycaps.
  • The switch and PCB are designed to support Hotswap to remove and replace the switches easily.
  • Standard Cherry MX switches have a switch housing in either polycarbonate or nylon and a stem in polyoxymethylene. Viola has turned the roast and has the switch housing in polyoxymethylene and a stem in polycarbonate.

With their design, Viola switches are entirely out of the question for enthusiasts, as they are not compatible with a standard MX-compatible PCB and are difficult to modulate. An interesting detail is that the switches can be hot-swapped, but today there are no alternatives to replace them with. Cherry mentioned that they have several variants of Viola that they plan to roll out, something we have not seen in just over a year since we heard about it at CES 2020. A positive aspect of the Viola switch in the hot-swap context is that no contact legs must be threaded through contact holes. The switch shuts off power via a pad on the circuit board, and Viola is mounted only with a thick plastic stem, directly on the circuit board. This makes the hot-swap function relatively safe from handling errors, while the MX hot-swap is easily damaged.

Viola’s most significant selling point is that manufacturers can now finally have high-quality switches without cost compromises. Cherry told us that keyboards can now cost well under $ 100 and still have Cherry switches, which should be more attractive than China alternatives. This is achieved by having two fewer parts that make up the switch. The contact leaf consists of only one factor in Viola, while MX uses two separate parts for the same function. The switch housing is also only a part, while the MX switch has a top and a bottom portion that make up the housing.

How does Viola feel? It is always difficult to judge a switch that comes fresh from the moulds. Cherry MX is a switch series that we generally consider scratchy in impact, but it is not the switch’s fault. Cherry MX has been manufactured on such a large scale that the moulds wear out quickly. When Cherry refreshes the moulds, enthusiasts quickly buy switches, as they are always the smoothest at that stage. It is a stage in a production that the end consumer rarely gets to experience in gaming keyboards. How do Chinese manufacturers solve this? Gateron, for example, has sold smooth breakers year after year. 

Software

The K60 RGB Pro uses the iCUE software, which resources heavy. The software draws about 400 MB of RAM in the background and changes the essentials we expect from the software. We can set various keys and macros, lighting and deactivate certain key combinations, such as Alt + Tab, and look for firmware updates.

Fortunately, a lot can be set directly on the keyboard so that we do not have to have iCUE installed. There is support for media buttons, lighting and key locks.

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ASUS ROG Claymore II Review: Gaming Wireless Keyboard

ASUS ROG Claymore II keyboard, which is unique, has been added to the range of gaming devices included in the most popular ROG line from famous ASUS developers.

There is something for all tastes and all prices, from entry-level to very, very high-end. Like this Asus ROG Claymore II, a high-end gaming keyboard from the brand. Sold around $269.99 we will see what gives the Asus ROG Claymore II.

This keyboard received many chips, including the ability to use and the leading resource of the device in wireless, autonomous mode, and a collapsible keyboard design, which can be either full-sized or shortened. Experts highly praised the novelty’s manufacturability, including its proprietary vital switches, which are the standard of durability, and the functionality, which involves supporting a utility for setting up macro keys and backlighting.

PROSCONS
Comfortable and efficient switchesHigh price
Excellent performanceNo Bluetooth support
Four dedicated macro keys
Modular design is ingenious

Few manufacturers make this design choice, preferring to release two products in two different formats rather than one that does both. But for customers and users, this leaves the choice of use and makes it possible to best adapt to the work or play environment.

We find the two parts of the keyboard in the box:

  • 1 x Numeric keypad
  • 1 x USB-C to USB-C Cable
  • 1 x Sticker pouch
  • 1 x Warranty notice
  • 1 x Instructions for use
  • 1 x USB-A (male) to USB-C (female) adapter
  • 1 x USB-A (female) to USB-C (female) adapter
  • 1 x wrist rest
  • 1 x Keyboard storage pouch
  • 1 x Numeric keypad storage pouch

Design

The upper panel of the primary and digital unit of the accessory is made of metal; its surface is neatly sanded. Keycaps are made of durable matte black plastic. The alphabetic buttons contain Latin and Cyrillic characters. Interestingly, their location is not typical – Russian letters are not to the right of English letters but directly below them.

There is a polymer insert in the front area of ​​the case – it contains indicators. At the top of the digital block, there is an oblong roller for adjusting the volume. Below it is four multimedia buttons. The reverse, plastic side in the centre of the front is equipped with a niche for a connection adapter, which also has a USB port and a mechanical power switch.

Initially, we find on the front of the keyboard; the keyboard keys are sported in the typeface typical of Asus ROG, which gives it an actual gamer aspect. Under the keycaps, there are mechanical switches, more precisely, the ROG RX Red. These switches have the advantage of being linear, which means that you don’t have any clicks when running. This is very pleasant in games or even in classical writing.

The keys are placed on brushed aluminium support, to the delight of our eyes and also helps to strengthen the appearance of this keyboard, giving it an ultra-premium design once again. On the upper part of the keyboard, we notice the addition of transparent plastic to pass the RGB, which indicates the level of charge of the keyboard and the logo to its left.

On the sides of the keyboard, Asus ROG did not leave them alone and took the opportunity to place connector covers on the left and right to hang the numeric keypad on the side you want. As for the upper side of the keyboard, we find:

1 x USB-A port
1 x USB-C port
1 x ON / OFF button
1 x Storage for USB-A dongle for 2.4 GHz connection

Specification

ASUS ROG Claymore II
$CHECK PRICE
BrandASUS
ReleasedMay 19, 2021
Dimensions462 X 155 X 39 mm
SizeFull-size (100%)
Weight1156g
ColourBlack
ConnectivityWireless 2.4 GHz
MechanicalYes
Key Switches ROG RX Blue Optical
Keycap MaterialABS
Cable Length6.5 ft (2.0 m)
Backlighting16.8 million colours
Multimedia KeysYes
BluetoothNo
Key Lifespan100 million activation
NumpadYes
Battery4000 mAh
CompatibilityWindows, macOS
SoftwareArmoury Crate

Ergonomics

The Asus ROG Claymore II uses Rog RX Red switches, linear switches, therefore relatively silent in terms of ease of use. The buttons only need a little activation force (40 g) and an activation distance of 1.5 mm. This makes the keyboard silent and, above all, easy to use. The feel is correct and will suit most users.

We are here on an actuation force of 40 grams, which is just perfect: it allows us not to activate the keys when touched by mistake but also provides pleasant typing.

The keycaps are made of ABS, a smooth plastic that certainly takes more fingerprints than PBT, but ABS also has the advantage of making the light from the backlight circulate better.

All of the navigation keys in music or others are physically non-existent. Just press FN and your key at the same time to use it. While this is useful for some functions like mute or pause, it is tricky for most keys.

In comfort comes into account the numeric keypad, which has the advantage of being 100% detachable. This makes the optimal comfort in the use of the product and makes it incredibly more transportable.

Modification of ASUS ROG Claymore II is modular. If you need a number pad with volume control and four additional keys, it can be attached to the right or left body.

To do this, you need to remove the plugs from the grooves and connect the two blocks of the device using magnets.

An alternative option is to use only the base unit – supporters of compactness and portability will appreciate this option.

Enhances the usability of the accessory by the presence of side engraving on the keys that are most important for gaming, extendable legs and non-slip pads on the sole.

Its complete palm rest also evidences the comfort of using the keyboard- it is tactilely pleasant, cosy and perfectly supports the wrists, preventing the hands and joints from getting tired.

Let’s talk about the numeric keypad. It has the same design as the keyboard; we find the same materials and the same function for the sides. Only on the numeric keypad do we not see any reloading connections of the numeric keypad will be made by physically connecting it to the keyboard.

A relatively unfortunate point because it requires removing the cover of the keyboard and the numeric keypad to recharge it while with a USB-C or USB-A directly on the numeric keypad; this would have facilitated the reloading.

Thanks to the manufacturer’s software, there are also four buttons dedicated to the macro function to program the actions you want to be carried out. Above these buttons, we notice the presence of a volume adjustment wheel.

We find in the box a wrist rest, it is very comfortable and of outstanding quality; the entire top edge is magnetic so as not to move during long gaming or work sessions or brutal reflex. A positive point that not all manufacturers put in place.

Switches

ROG Claymore II keyboards come with two types of switches: RX Red and RX Blue. The lifespan is announced at 100 million activations. The typing is pleasant and convincing.

They are designed for gamers looking for an exact mechanical keyboard whose keys do not need much pressure to operate. Fortunately, they activate before reaching their total running distance, which allows much more speed.

We also have the satisfaction of observing one thing; they are not very noisy. We have been able to know red switches louder than that, and frankly, they are pretty silent even. Keycaps certainly play a role in this to reduce noise.

Therefore, they are designed for gamers looking for an exact mechanical keyboard, aided by the X-shaped stabilizers to eliminate essential oscillation and ensure regular, perfectly linear keystrokes.

Backlighting

Speaking of backlighting, the Asus ROG Claymore II’s is key-by-key, meaning each key has a dedicated LED for the backlight. This is the optimal configuration, which allows having perfect backlighting on all the keys without having weaknesses in certain places because of the positioning of the inscriptions.

By default, the Asus ROG Claymore II has RGB backlighting. Still, it will be possible to change the backlighting and the animations on the software dedicated to the products to customize your keyboard as much as possible.

This is interesting not only for its multimillion-dollar colour palette and many dynamic effects but also for the ability to turn off in the absence of active clicks automatically. So the backlight saves battery life.

All symbols on keycaps, diodes are illuminated evenly, the shades look rich and natural.

Access to a variety of lighting settings, including synchronization of its operation with compatible devices, as well as fundamental programming, is provided by the Armory Crate software downloaded from the manufacturers’ official website.

Battery Life

In terms of battery life, Asus ROG announces 47 hours of use with the default brightness. In reality, it is somewhat true that we reach almost 45 hours of autonomy with maximum brightness. Thanks to a 4000 mAh battery placed on the keyboard.

Asus ROG has thought of putting a fast-charging system that allows you to gain 18 hours of battery life in less than 30 minutes thanks to the USB-C to USB-C connectors (cable supplied).

The new keyboard is charged in a short time – this device supports the fast charging function. You can charge the device using a classic USB cable. 

Conclusion!

The Asus ROG Claymore II is a good gaming keyboard with an aggressive design. Thanks to a 4000 mAh battery placed on the keyboard which gives you around 45 hours of battery life. Its switches are comfortable and not very noisy. It is at the top of the range from Asus ROG.

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Logitech Keyboard Mouse Combo: MK850 Performance vs MK295 Silent

Logitech kits (importantly, not the Logitech G gaming division) are aimed mainly at office workers who want to increase their products easily. Hence the simple form, membrane mechanism, accessories designed to make life easier for us at work in front of the screen, or the lack of a backlight, which is not needed in the light of office fluorescent lamps. The MK850 Performance Kit adds an aspect to this combination, with ergonomics in mind.

Logitech MK850 Performance quickly and easily because after unpacking the mouse and keyboard from simple cardboard and protective foil, all you need to do is plug the 2.4 GHz USB receiver into the computer and switch the device switches to “on.” These will connect to the computer in no time, and the pre-installed batteries (two AAA in the keyboard and one AA in the mouse) will provide up to 36 and 24 months of operation consecutively. However, if you choose to connect to Bluetooth Smart, the process will take a little longer, requiring you to connect both devices to the target device manually.

Logitech MK295 Silent Wireless Combo is a typical office set consisting of a wireless keyboard and mouse and a USB receiver, which is to provide you with one thing above all – blissful silence. This kit is insanely simple and even reminded me of my short adventure with the IT team in the office when I (and others) had to create new and fully complete computer sets. One morning, a large box with several dozen Logitech keyboards arrived at us, announcing an exciting process of unpacking and attaching keyboards to the computer.

The Logitech MK295 reminded us of those times and in good taste because this set will be the perfect basis for new office sets. All you need to do is take the mouse and keyboard out of the box, tear off some security features, plug one USB receiver into your computer, and that’s it. Even AAA batteries have already been inserted into the equipment, and their replacement is required only after about three years (according to the manufacturer).

Keyboard Specification

Logitech MK850Logitech MK295
$CHECK PRICECHECK PRICE
Dimensions430 x 210 x 25 mm441 x 149 x 18 mm
Weight25.9 oz / 733 g17.6 oz / 498 g
ColorBlack Black
ConnectivityWirelessWireless
MechanicalYesYes
Polling Rate1000Hz 1000Hz
Keycap MaterialPBTPBT
RGBNoNo
BacklightingNoNo
BluetoothYesYes
NumpadYesYes
CompatibilityWindows, Mac OS Windows, Mac OS
SoftwareLogitech Options Logitech Options

Mouse Specification

Logitech MK850 Logitech MK295
Dimensions115 x 74 x 45 mm99 x 60 x 39 mm
SensorOpticalOptical
Buttons82
AmbidextrousNoYes
Weight4.8 oz / 135 g2.7 oz / 75.2 g
ConnectivityWirelessWireless
BluetoothYesYes

Design

Looking at both the keyboard and the mouse of the MK850 set, it’s hard not to notice that ergonomic-oriented devices are at stake in both cases. Thus, the mouse has far-reaching grooves and shapes to suit the right hand, and the keyboard has a large wrist rest and a profiled casing with a bulge in the letter section.

Indeed, a handy palm rest looks as if padded with fabric, but it is actually made of hard rubber with a certain texture and no other. It’s not that thick, and there’s not a gram of foam underneath it, so don’t expect your wrists to feel like they’re on a pillow.

In terms of the quality itself, only the slightly bent plastic casing when pressed, reworked recesses for the keys, and good grip on the table together with two pairs of vertical feet. Only problem? Stickers on the keys.

A similar or even better state of affairs is represented by the mouse of the MK850 Performance set, visually connecting to the keyboard. At the same time, it offers what is most important, i.e., excellent support for the hand, pleasant to the touch rubber material with hard rubber in the lead role, sliders that cannot be complained about, reliable main buttons, and Logitech’s proprietary roller with two operating modes. In them, it provides either free-scrolling without any resistance, or on the contrary. In the latter mode, we feel each successive jump on the bearing and influence its intensity in the application.

The simplicity of the set is also reflected in the components themselves, i.e., the standard keyboard made of black plastic and the mouse in the same style, but with the addition of “glossy” plastic inserts. Do not count on top performance because the keyboard (dimensions: 441 × 149 × 18 mm) bends left and right with more pressure, squeezing sweat out of the optionally unfolding “legs.” The keyboard sticks to the top on six non-slip rubber bands without them, and it works really well.

Of the features worth mentioning, the MK295 keyboard is partially resistant to spills; it has eight dedicated multimedia buttons, an on / off switch on the upper edge, together a LED indicating capslock activation and a cover for two AAA batteries. However, the most important thing in this model is what is hidden under a series of keys carved in valleys and pleasant to the touch, and this is the latest SilentTouch technology.

We are talking about nothing else than the switches under the main mouse wings, as well as the keys themselves, which may be based on an age-old membrane mechanism, but reworked to the point of being insanely silent when activated. Importantly, this silence maintains the appropriate level of responsiveness. Even when typing quickly, it works great, but not as great as, for example, a mechanical keyboard with switches strictly for typing.

Part of this mechanism is lubricated guides under the keys, which suggests that the keyboard will, unfortunately, become louder over the years, but this is just a guess, as verification of this requires at least a dozen or so months with this set.

As mentioned, the blissful silence of the keyboard is also preserved in a small, “office” mouse, weighing 75 grams, which only has the main switches and a scroll wheel. Although the former work flawlessly, the reel is a little joke against them because its use may be pleasant to the touch and smooth, but at the same time, it generates a high, strangely “dry” noise. The same applies to its activation (pressing the roll) because it is traditional, which is insanely loud compared to the rest.

Software

In addition, after configuring Logitech Flow, we can even more smoothly juggle files, photos, or just copied text between our devices. However, this is not a magic trick but a smart network solution, so before transferring large data packages, prepare for a few minutes of waiting. The transfer is carried out via a wired or wireless connection between computers with previously installed applications.

This configuration is done using the Logitech Options application, where we will be able to adjust the mouse’s sensitivity, specific actions of individual buttons, and gestures, among which something as critical as the basic functions of the buttons was missing. This forced me to change the screenshot capture software assigned to the Print Screen key by default. Its place was replaced by a single key for real-time hardware changes.

Conclusion!

The MK850 Performance set consisting of a mouse, and a keyboard is a typical device oriented towards specific users who, after learning its functions, will be able to get more out of it than from standard models. Hence the price of 105 USD, which is not the lowest for equipment of this class, costs its own not because of its exceptional quality, but due to the possibilities and technological facilities.

In general, the MK850 Performance is hard to fault because it is a typical office peripheral set that colleagues can envy when they understand its inconspicuous nature. So if you are looking for a combination of functions that this set offers, go ahead and give it a chance, enjoying higher productivity and, most likely, the comfort of work.

MK295 is not without flaws, but it is great as a set designed to be quietly tapping in Word or Excel. Not in terms of quality or precision, but working time on the included batteries, wireless mode, the desired silence (although the roll is shameful here), and even the pleasure of typing when the keys with a low work path can be pressed so well. The price of 36 USD and a two-year warranty only emphasizes that it is worth it, as long as you are looking for these features, of course.

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