Trying to find hardware that can support your gaming activities, especially if you have a specific favorite genre, is not an easy task. Most gaming peripherals that are formulated by popular manufacturers usually come with a more "general" concept - making sure their products can be tested by various groups. One of the most specific usually lies only in MMO gamers who rely heavily on the extra key button for macro, which incidentally will prefer a gaming keyboard that meets these criteria.
But imagine what happens if a company offers a gaming keyboard with FPS gamers as the focus? This is what ASUS wants to do with ROG Strix Scope.
Rationally speaking, we believe that you, like us, have also been confused about what aspects can make a gaming keyboard a "specific" product for FPS games. Because remembering competitive games that also fused with several genres, including battle-royale though, this is not a game that requires complex movements. As long as the gaming keyboard features an N-rollover key to minimize risk, a comfortable switch, and doesn't come with strange letter configuration, it shouldn't take much to worry about. So, how will ASUS define this ROG Strix Scope? This perspective is actually more interesting to us than its performance, as you can predict, is certainly fantastic.
So, what exactly does this ASUS ROG Strix Scope offer? Does he really deserve to call himself a gaming keyboard intended for FPS gamers? This review will discuss it deeper for you.
Design and Features
Coming with a conventional keyboard design without extra keys is certainly a rational decision for a product that defines itself as a "keyboard for FPS gamers". With black covering the entire body that looks and feels sturdy, the dark color decision and the combination of aluminum material also makes the cosmetic side filled with RGB LEDs on each key now look more charming. It automatically makes bright colors brighter and brighter when used. The good news? Decisions like this also make the keyboard not easy to look dirty, especially for those of you who do all kinds of activities in front of the monitor screen.
You are certainly curious about what makes this "FPS keyboard" special and deserves the title, especially in terms of design? Believe it or not, ASUS "simplifies" it with one design change - the CTRL key, which now has 2x the size of a typical keyboard. It now extends and measures along with the Shift key on many keyboards. The narration? That's right, as you can predict, this size is claimed to make FPS gamers will be able to access it with less risk, which is rationally appropriate. Especially considering CTRL is one of the most important functions in many FPS games, which positions it as a button for crouch, especially in competitive FPS games.
So, are the claims about this FPS gaming keyboard "gimmick" or not with the condition of this larger and longer CTRL key? Regardless of your reaction which might see it as a futile addition, from ASUS glasses, this is an extra design aimed at solving one specific problem, which arises from a specific genre, which is usually faced by specific gamers - FPS alone. Therefore, this claim is not exactly a gimmick. Because it has to be admitted, this longer CTRL button really minimizes the risk of mistakenly pressing the Window or Shift key for example, especially when you are in the middle of a battle full of chaos and controlling muscle memory. But is this solution satisfactory for all gamers? You must determine.
In the midst of a line of multimedia keys integrated with dozens of available "F" keys, the ASUS ROG Strix Scope also provides an extra button with a logo like a young child with a hood that hides the face. This button is referred to as the "Stealth Key" which can be simplified as an instant access function to hide any activity that you are doing. Pressing it will immediately minimize all Windows that you could open and immediately turn off the desktop sound at a moment's notice.
To return it again? You can press it one more time. Although we don't understand what this function has to do with the "FPS gaming" keyboard, at least it offers the option to hide whatever activities you are doing, legal or "illegal". Even then, if you don't mind questions like "What are you doing looking at your desktop screen?" And have prepared a mature answer.
Rest? Aside from the ROG logo embedded in the top right, there's not much to talk about in terms of the surface design of the ASUS ROG Strix Scope, strong enough to embed an identity as a gaming keyboard.
ASUS ROG Strix Scope, How Comfortable?
If you start to talk about his performance, then we can simplify it in one short word - fantastic. There are a number of things that we love about the various design decisions that they carry.
One of them? The decision to choose Cherry MX as the main switch, which might make the whole product higher in price, but on the other hand erodes doubt and worries that it won't last long. Cherry MX has a strong connotation on quality and durability. The mechanical comfort he carries will certainly depend very much on your Switch preferences, which in our Red Switch case, are in line with what we need for gaming and productive activities. But as usual, using it in a public place means having to consider the sound of key presses that might disturb people around.
The good news from a gaming keyboard like this? ROG Strix Scope is also supported with 100% Anti-Ghosting and N-Key Rollover features which are a sure guarantee that no matter how fast your movements and actions hit the keys, they will all be translated into whatever program you are running, whether video gaming or when typing this review for example. No more risks arise due to delays in the process of executing commands because you press many buttons super fast. For those of you who are looking for a productive keyboard, especially if you need it for work such as writing or coding for example, this will be one of the features that "save your life". As far as we try, this claim is proven to function in the capacity that it should.
While for its function, ASUS ROG Strix Scope is also supported by supporting software - ROG Armory II which of course allows you to set certain functions. From cosmetics, there are a variety of effects that you can set with an RGB brightness level that is ready to make your gaming session look more attractive. And as predicted, the function to modify the function of each key is also available through a macro function that you can tinker with through Armory II whose user-interface is also simple and easy to master. Concepts like this increasingly provide certainty that in terms of performance, he is fantastic. We also tested it for a variety of productive activities and gaming sessions such as DOTA 2 (yes we clearly understand that this keyboard has an FPS identity), which feels fantastic and accurate especially through its 100% anti-ghosting and N-Key Rollover features.
The Ultimate Point: Cherry MX
ASUS ROG Strix Scope is a gaming keyboard that performs its duties at the capacity it should. The decision to inject the identity of the "FPS keyboard" only because the CTRL key is enlarged and extended is something that has a clear function and indeed ends up strengthening the identity that ASUS wants to build. Reinforced with all the "standard" functions of a gaming keyboard and the extra Stealth keys that we discussed earlier, there are many reasons to look at them. But for us personally? The decision to include Cherry MX on this one keyboard.
Because it must be admitted, ASUS actually has the opportunity to inject alternative switches that might make this keyboard have a more affordable price but on the other hand, it might feel "cheap" in the eyes of other PC gamers. The decision to offer Cherry MX as a technology base, which is also available in several color variants according to the press sensation preferences you are looking for, is a decision we welcome openly. This means increasing the "class" of the ASUS ROG Strix Scope while ensuring the durability and comfort you are after. There is no doubt here.
But again, it's always the best strategy to test the various types of mechanical switches first, especially those coming from Cherry MX to determine which variants are most comfortable for you. Because it is not impossible, regardless of the quality of the existing build, you end up uncomfortable just because of the reluctance to feel and choose a switch that suits your preferences.
So what can be inferred from the ASUS ROG Strix Scope? That the foundation is a premium gaming mechanical keyboard with the quality and features it should, but is clad in the identity of "gaming FPS" in your eyes, can be a genius or stupid move at the same time. But aside from the longer and larger CTRL key, which is effective in minimizing the risk of mistaken press when the battle situation is heating up, it is a gaming keyboard that performs its functions properly with a sturdy design. We are even more in love with the decision to hold Cherry MX as a foundation and also a "Stealth" function for side activities.