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ASUS unveils the ROG Strix Scope Mechanical Keyboard

ASUS ROG Strix Scope Mechanical Keyboard for PC Gaming - Gadget Boulevard

A Mechanical keyboard is not one of ASUS key products but there’s no one stopping them from making one, right?

Though ASUS has a few keyboards already in the market it’s not stopping them from releasing another keyboard unto the PC gaming market.

Introducing the ASUS ROG Strix Scope Mechanical Keyboard with RGB plus a wide choice of Cherry MX switches to choose from.

ASUS ROG Strix Scope Mechanical Keyboard – The FPS gamers choice?

ASUS is marketing the ROG Strix Scope with a focus on five (5) key points:

Reading up on those you’ll instantly wonder how does a keyboard gives you all of those.

So let’s check out each of the five points of the ROG Strix Scope.

FPS success?

With most of the games that are popular being a first-person shooter (FPS) like CS:GO and Fortnite, the ROG Strix Scope was designed with this in mind.

And according to their research FPS gamers tends to miss the left Ctrl key the most. So ASUS designed their keyboard with a wider left Ctrl key, more of the same size of the Shift key.

With the wider Ctrl key the chance of missing the key is lessened.

Aside from the Ctrl key ASUS also shortened a bit the Windows key which also is a problem with some gamers. They also moved the Fn key to the right side of the keyboard which is usually found in the left side and in between the Ctrl key and Windows Key.

So with having a wider left Ctrl key and a shortened Windows key help in your success with playing FPS games?

I definitely would love to find out, so ASUS send me a review sample!

Instant Privacy

The Instant Privacy feature of the ROG Strix Scope doesn’t mean privacy with your browser or with your games. What it actually does is something to do with your screen and audio.

With just pressing the Stealth key you can mute your audio and minimize (hide) all your opened apps into the task bar.

So for normal keyboards it’s just like pressing Windows key + D to minimize all opened apps then using your mouse to mute your audio by clicking on the Volume icon.

For some laptops, a dedicated mute key is already at hand so it’s a two step process – Windows key + D then Fn key + F6 (HP Laptop). Some laptops will have a different key used in muting the audio.

So the Instant Privacy mutes your audio and minimizes all your opened apps in a single process – Fn + F12.

That is the normal process but if you’ve toggled the switchable controls (Fn + Fn lock) then just pressing the Stealth key will do.

Switchable controls

Now speaking of switchable controls, the function keys F5 to F12 have secondary functions. Most of its secondary functions are audio and media controls, and the unique Stealth key.

What the switchable controls does is to lock the Fn key so that the F5-F12 keys are now in their secondary function mode.

So when you want to use the Stealth key (F12) and have already toggled the switchable control then all you need to do is just press the key, no need to include the Fn key.

Precision input

When it comes to precision, ASUS decision to use Cherry MX switches is the right choice.

The ROG Strix Scope has 6 options of Cherry MX Switches.

Not much to discuss as everyone knows Cherry MX switches are good.

Unlimited Customization

Now this wouldn’t be a gaming-centric keyboard if it has no RGB on it. So here it is!

Per-key RB illumination using the ASUS Aura RGB backlighting with unlimited customization aside from the 10 built-in lighting effects.

You can synchronize the lighting effects between the ROG Strix Scope and ROG mice using the Armoury II software, which you can download here.

For other components, RGB sync can be done using the ASUS Aura software.

Price and would I buy this?

With a price of $149.99 at Amazon, would I buy it?

May I nitpick a bit? I don’t like the font used in the ROG Strix Scope, it reminds me of those cheap keyboards that are all over Amazon.

I mean if I’m paying $169 I would expect some decent, simple, and tidy font used on the keys. There is no need to further shout I’m a gaming keyboard because the RGB feature is already doing that nicely.

Yes it’s clearly readable but I just don’t like this overtly modern font that is near ugly for my preference.

And also the ROG Strix Scope has no USB pass-through, also uses a non-detachable cable.

So would I buy it? I’m not sure, the Razer Blackwidow Elite is much better looking than this…

But there are a lot of mechanical keyboards out there that are much better looking than this, like the ones below:

Razer Blackwidow Elite Mechanical Keyboard

At the same price as the ASUS ROG Strix Scope at $169. The Razer Blackwidow Elite is what a gaming keyboard is! Has way better looks and has USB 2.0 and audio pass-through. Has a comfortable wrist rest and more to like. Price $129.99

You can buy the Razer Blackwidow Elite directly at the Razer Store.

Also available at

Logitech G513 Carbon

Another good looking keyboard with RGB. Has a USB 2.0 pass-through and a comfortable wrist rest.

Get it at the Logitech Store

Also available at

HyperX Alloy Elite

HyperX doing it right. Way better looking than the ROG Strix Scope and I like the font being used. Has USB 2.0 pass-through but non-detachable braided cable.

Priced at $139.99 at Amazon.

Cooler Master MasterKeys L PBT

Just plain simple. I like the font used and the PBT keycaps. Choice of Cherry MX Blue, Brown, or Red switches. No RGB.

Priced at $69.99 in Amazon.

Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L RGB

Purely simple mechanical keyboard but with RGB and I like the font used. Has a detachable braided cable, no USB pass-through.

Priced at $122.20 at Amazon.

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