From design, features or even the name, Asus ROG Strix Scope is aimed at gamers who love shooters, especially "hard try" gamers who never stand in the way. second place.
In April, Asus officially launched the ROG Strix Scope mechanical keyboard, a commercial version of the ROG Strix CTRL that it introduced at CES 2019 tech show earlier this year. Dressed with Asus' Xccurate Design, the highlight of ROG Strix Scope is the Control key (CTRL) that is twice as large as normal, along with the smaller left Windows key for a faster and more accurate gaming experience.
Design: Born for FPS gamers
Like the products in other ROG ecosystems, the design of ROG Strix Scope is carefully taken care of by Asus. The keyboard surface is made of aluminum for a solid feel, with about 30% of the area scratched to look quite fancy, while the rest is covered with matte finish. Is a full-size keyboard (104 keys) but the size of the ROG Strix Scope is quite compact, plus "weight" is only 1.07kg help gamers can easily carry "battle" anytime anywhere.
The lower left corner of the keyboard is Republic of Gamers, while the upper right corner is the glowing ROG logo, so ROG teammates can recognize each other easily when fighting outside. … the net shop. Unfortunately, ROG Strix Scope doesn't come with an armrest, so after prolonged use, gamers may experience fatigue in the wrist.
The keycap of ROG Strix Scope is protruded from the key surface, a common design in gaming mechanical keyboards. This design is full of gamers, allowing the LED light to emit more, but in return, the dirt is easier to penetrate. To extend the life, users need to periodically clean, as well as avoid placing the product near places with lots of dust, moisture.
The box with 4 WASD keys included with it also includes a keypuller
ROG Strix Scope's keycap is made from ABS plastic, the doubleshot character with the "ROG font" we've seen on other ROG mechanical keyboards: big, square text. As a person who has a lot of hand sweat, the ABS keycap is a "little sadness" for the writer when the material is more sweaty and tends to be shiny after use for a long time even though it is cheaper and Easier to produce than PBT keycap. Asus also bundled with the WASD keycap kit painted silver, looks very eye-catching.
ROG Strix Scope has a very interesting feature that helps you divide up "learning, playing and playing" is the Quick-Toggle Switch. When activated by pressing the Function (FN) and Insert keys, the key sequence from F5 to F12 will change to media keys (start, pause, increase or decrease the volume, …) or return as transmitted System when you press one more time. In particular, the F12 key also acts as a "Stealth key", just one press, all tasks on the computer will be hidden down, and turn off the volume completely. For example, when you are watching a movie "there" and someone suddenly comes into the room, the Stealth key of ROG Strix Scope will be the "savior" in the true sense.
The large Control key – the design highlight of ROG Strix Scope – actually works as expected. Although it took me a little while to get used to it, the experience of playing the shooter had a certain improvement when I could reach out with the little finger of the Control key more easily, especially the situation of pressing the wrong Windows key did not. still.
The bottom of ROG Strix Scope has two wiring slots that make your corners tidy and tidy. The crossed asphalt and rubber feet allow the keyboard to rest firmly on the table, free of movement. ROG Strix Scope connectors are solidly wrapped, gold-plated USB connectors do not rust over time, but unfortunately, they are solid, not detachable, like many keyboards.
Good typing feeling, diverse switches for all needs
ROG Strix Scope uses Cherry MX switches (switches) from Cherry, the famous manufacturer from Germany. Cherry MX can be said to be the most popular switch today, spanning many products from intermediate to advanced with a lifespan of up to 50 million clicks. By default, ROG Strix Scope is equipped with Cherry MX Red switches, which are linear (non-tactile) switches with 45g pressing force, 2mm key pick-up point, 4mm key travel.
Cherry MX Red is suitable for gamers who need to manipulate at high speed but still want to limit the noise caused so as not to affect the people around. Besides Cherry MX Red, ROG Strix Scope also has other options such as Cherry MX Brown (brown), Blue (blue), Black (black), Speed Silver (silver) and Silent Red (red like Red but good noise reduction. more), very diverse for all user purposes.
The version of VnReview uses the default MX Red switch. Practical experience, ROG Strix Scope gives good typing feeling, evenly pressing force, still makes certain noise when typing but does not cause discomfort to the next person.
Eye-catching LED lights, the software is not really impressive
Today, when it comes to "gaming keyboards," RGB backlighting is an indispensable feature. It makes your workspace, gaming more "glitter", or simply helps you manipulate better at night.
The backlighting of ROG Strix Scope has good brightness, the housing is made of transparent plastic with the keycap protruding so the spilling light looks very eye-catching. Big, bold fonts also help light through the keycap more. The default backlight modes are not too diverse, but you can completely set them the way you want. This keyboard also supports Asus' Aura Sync technology, so if you have many other ROG products, such as mice, headsets, etc., you can sync their backlighting very easily.
Customizable backlit interface of Armory II
However, Armory II, the ROG Strix Scope control software, was something I was not really satisfied with. Customizing the background is easy, intuitive as much as the macros settings are so confusing, so confusing, that I decided to give up and not use the macro feature anymore. Thankfully, the keyboard allows setting up macros with keyboard shortcuts, you can consider if you are having trouble using the same software as me.
Macro setting interface
Who is this keyboard for? Those are people who love shooters, like PUBG, Apex Legends or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Those who love a keyboard designed with gamers, compact enough to carry "battle" anytime, anywhere. These are people who already own a bunch of other ROG products, and want to add a new keyboard to their collection. But if you are not one of them, perhaps you should consider other options to make the right decision, consistent with your needs.
+ Nice design, strong
+ Good typing feeling
+ Backlight is beautiful, customizable
+ Large Control key, Stealth key are interesting points
– No armrests
– Keycap ABS easily catches sweat, balls after long time using
– Software is not really impressive