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Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro vs Roccat Vulcan Pro: Gaming Keyboard

Roccat, a manufacturer of gaming peripherals for several years, presents the ultimate version of the keyboards produced by the brand. It is with this Roccat Vulcan Pro that the manufacturer intends to stand out. The keyboard has an original design that completely changes from what can be found elsewhere, as often with Roccat.

It also adopts a fragile design with the keys that could not be more floating! Here, we can oppose the keyboard to the Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro; even though this Roccat Vulcan Pro is wired, the aesthetic care taken is similar.

Pros and Cons

Roccat Vulcan TKL ProRoccat Vulcan Pro
Gorgeous designExcellent build quality
Stunning RGB lightingUltra-responsive
Fast and accurate performanceCompact form factor
Noisy keysRoccat Swarm software is finicky

Specification

Roccat Vulcan TKL ProRoccat Vulcan Pro
$CHECK PRICECHECK PRICE
Keyboard typeGaming Gaming
Processor32-bit ARM Cortex-M032-bit ARM Cortex-M0
Polling rate1000 Hz1000 Hz
Weight23.28 oz2.54 lbs
ColorClassic BlackClassic Black
SwitchesRoccat Titan SwitchRoccat Titan Switch
ConnectivityUSB Type-CWired – Detachable Type-C
MechanicalNoYes
RGB16.8 million colors16.8 million colors
BluetoothNoNo
NumpadYesYes
SoftwareRoccat SwarmRoccat Swarm
CompatibilityWindowsWindows

Design

When it comes to creating a TKL edition of a classic keyboard, many brands decide to mute the numeric keypad without giving it much thought, but decidedly, Roccat doesn’t like to do things like the others.

The TKL Pro is always visually associable with the Vulcan range, with its keys floating on a plate so thin that one comes to wonder where the PCB is, but, for all that, this keyboard effectively differentiates itself from the others. Where Roccat, until now, has been content to use the same lines for these different Vulcans, here we find a keyboard with very different shapes from the other models in the range.

Roccat decided to go straight to the point and deleted every part that was not useful from the keyboard. Instead of having an original polygonal shape, we certainly end up with a rather banal rectangle, but it is a necessary loss to achieve the most compact form factor possible. Some original keys make this keyboard stand out from the others, including a small shiny black line that goes around the keyboard, a design element that is certainly simple but which is not for all that less effective.

Even in branding, the brand has opted for simplicity, only putting the logo, written, above the arrow keys once. We would have preferred no logo or something more discreet than white, but it’s already a lot of effort coming from Roccat. The minimalism also continues in the keycaps, which sport a thin, simple font, perfectly complimenting the keyboard aesthetic.

Thus, the word that we remember the most when it comes to the design of this Roccat Vulcan is simplicity, something that is welcome when it comes to making a compact product. Roccat isn’t particularly known for its straightforward designs, so the TKL Pro offers a refreshing twist in its product line.

The Roccat Vulcan Pro arrives in its box with neat packaging, surrounded by protective plastic with its palm rest. Everything is very well finished, and we can really see that Roccat has taken great care in this keyboard, which is not to displease us.

One thing that can also notice is the imposing side of the keyboard on a desk. On the other hand, the palm rest is a bit shorter on the Vulcan Pro than on SteelSeries.

The qualitative side is there. However, we have two small things to reproach this keyboard. If we find an aluminum surface very elegant, however, the problem is not there, a plastic shell, a little less elegant but not disturbing. The concern is on the two screws placed above the F1 and F4 keys in an ostentatious borderline manner. They are essential, of course, but perhaps they could have been better hidden.

The other point that is not very qualitative is the plastic used at the bottom of the keyboard. The latter is quite thick in its aesthetics wishes to give a changing appearance compared to aluminum, which is not bad. But the plastic used could have been the same as on the palm rest, for example.

We come to the palm rest precisely; the latter is magnetic, avoiding clips in the keyboard and retaining its successful aesthetic. The Vulcan Pro can be presented with and without a wrist rest; this will not change the design. The latter is, therefore, just as thin as the keyboard itself, in total continuity. We might have appreciated that it was a little higher, however.

We can also note an important point for its outfit; it has 6 large pads covering its entire length to fit perfectly on your desk and not slip. For its part, the keyboard is also supplied with three large pads on the part closest to you and also something to hold on the other side, whether on the keyboard or the adjustable feet.

There are buttons on the latter to adjust the sound, effects, mute the sound, or a dial to adjust the volume. Multimedia keys are also arranged on the F9 to F12 keys with the Function key to be activated in addition to that. Shortcuts are available on the F5 to F8 keys.

Typing Comfort

Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro- The Roccat TKL Pro is equipped with the new Roccat Titan Optical switches, an optical linear switch with an activation distance of 1.4mm. Unlike other optical switches, Roccat has chosen to keep the contact tab present on traditional mechanical switches. This part is technically unnecessary in an optical switch since the activation is done not by the contact of two physical parts but by the state of the ray of light.

The absence of this contact tab in an optical switch is what resolves one of the main problems of a mechanical switch: friction. Indeed, the contact between the tongue and the element present on the rod – the plastic part on which the key rests – generates friction. Thanks to the lubricant, the latter can be reduced to the point of no longer being felt but will always remain present no matter what. Roccat mechanical switches also have a lot of friction, surely by choice – we hope, given their intensity.

Therefore, the introduction of this contact tab only serves to reintroduce into the optical switch what is considered, by the majority in any case, as one of the main faults of a traditional mechanical switch. Thus, just like on classic Roccat switches, this optical switch presents a significant amount of friction. There are still people who appreciate this friction, just as there are some who have never noticed it and for whom this characteristic is not a problem.

Despite this friction, the switch remains very efficient. In the words of Roccat themselves, it is a switch with a mechanical feeling with the performance of the optics, and we could not be more true. Just like with any other switch with a short activation distance, it will take some getting used to before you no longer make typos, but the latter is worth it since your typing speed goes naturally. Increase, as will your in-game responsiveness.

Thus, the Roccat Titan Optical is an optical switch that presents, objectively, a major defect compared to the competition. However, many will not even notice it or will manage to forget it. In this case, we find ourselves in front of a powerful and solid switch, perfect for playing and writing.

Although the switches are not low profile, Roccat has chosen to use thin keys like all the other models in the Vulcan range. Please think of the Logitech membrane keyboards that can find in every office; it’s exactly that size. This choice changes the typing experience much more than we expected.

First of all, the keys, in addition to being shallower, are also less high and less wide. Therefore, even if the switches are at a traditional distance from each other, the gap between the two keys becomes larger. Thus, for those who are used to typing on the edges of the keys, especially at the ends of the keyboard, it will take some adaptation time before they no longer put their finger between two keys.

Plus, because the keys are smaller in all dimensions, the vibrations focus on a smaller area just under your finger. The feeling of the switch is, therefore, in a way, amplified. In the case of a linear switch, this is not very relevant, which is why we hope that Roccat one day offers its optical switch in tactile variation or even clicky.

As for the material, we are obviously in front of an ABS plastic, which is quite thin. Some brands are doing better these days, including Razer on their latest BlackWidow V3, but the Roccat TKL Pro keycaps are still fairly standard for a keyboard of this range in terms of build quality.

Roccat Vulcan Pro- When you come from a meca-membrane keyboard with fairly noisy blue switches, let’s admit it, switching to a relatively silent optomechanical keyboard is a real pleasure. However, we have red switches, so no tactile feedback, which allows us not to make too much noise already while offering a delightful feeling. Here we have Roccat Titan Switch, with a 1.4mm stroke.

The typing is pleasant and quite quiet, and the activation force of 45 grams, which is the standard on all red switches. They are the most practical to play, especially since they are quite specific. Indeed, they are optomechanical switches, which means that the key does not need to be pressed throughout its travel to be activated. It is a light beam here that creates the activation when the switch crosses it. This allows the keyboard to be quite quiet.

In addition, we can see that the activation stroke is 1.4 mm, which is quite a bit unlike what we see on the keyboard keys; we are closer to the 2 to 2.3 mm than 1.4. However, you only need to press the button on 1.4 mm to activate it, thanks to the optomechanical technology. This allows the keyboard in passing to offer a keyboard that can offer 100 million activations. However, this does not make it possible to do without the mechanical touching of the keys.

It is possible not to activate the keys throughout their travel, but it is quite complex to handle and not always useful. 

As a mechanical keyboard is also a keyboard intended for gamers, this Roccat Vulcan Pro is no exception to the rule. It is efficient to play with, and it is very responsive, thanks to the red switches.

There is a game mode, “Game Mode,” which can be activated using the Function key (FN) and the Scroll Lock key; this is the secondary function of this key. Like many keyboards, this feature blocks the Windows key, in particular, to avoid unpleasant surprises when you are first in the game. After trying it on several games like GTA 5, CS: GO, or Red Dead Redemption II.

The keyboard has not changed much to that, but we appreciate the rather weak activation force.

Backlight

As on all the brand’s products for a few years, the Roccat TKL Pro comes with the AIMO backlight system. This is a feature that automatically sets your backlight according to your use of the product. If you have more than one Roccat AIMO device, they interact with each other to create an immersive experience. As for the quality of the backlight, it is perfect. Colors are pretty crisp and animations smooth, even at the lowest speed.

The backlight is customizable via the Roccat Swarm software, just like many other features of this Roccat Vulcan Pro. The keyboard is really bright, and this light is harmonious on all the keys. However, we still have certain functions of some keys which are not very well backlit; this is the case of the F1 to F12 keys, and of all the keys with 2 or 3 functions; however, it is still very correct compared to what we can find elsewhere.

Conclusion!

The Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro is, therefore, the brand’s first truly compact keyboard. Despite its difference in format, the final product retains Roccat’s DNA well in its finishes and functions.

The Roccat Vulcan Pro is an excellent optomechanical gaming keyboard. If the switches are very well optimized for discreet typing, they also offer excellent durability. We also note really pleasant and powerful backlighting for this excellent gaming 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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