Over the past few years, we’ve gotten used to watching keyboards develop more and more aimed at professional gamers, over-the-top devices with tons of optional and customizable buttons or out-of-the-ordinary functionality. Asus is one of the most experienced companies in this area, but with the XA02 ROG Strix Scope RED model they wanted to try a small return to the basics. Let’s find out if the Asus idea has hit the mark.
The style of the peripherals dedicated to gamers is never sober and the Asus ROG Strix Scope is no exception, even if as we said it presents itself as a strong reference to the origins. The new keyboard from Asus was certainly designed for FPS lovers, since it was designed with a large CTRL key at the expense of the classic Windows key, just to avoid unpleasant inconveniences.
In the design of this keyboard, there is another small gem, and it is the F12 key with Stealth mode , this interesting mode allows users to easily and quickly hide all the software, also silencing the audio, in order to close at any time and hide what we are doing. In order not to miss anything, the company has also added an additional key that allows you to switch from multimedia controls to function keys and vice versa. All these novelties have been called by Asus with the name of “ Xccurate Design ”.
As far as the dimensions of the keyboard are concerned, they are “full size” with very narrow edges to avoid clutter. To be precise, the keyboard has a size of 440 x 137 x 39 mm for a weight of 1070 grams including the USB cable. The keyboard is “obviously” mechanical and has respectable materials. The upper part of the keyboard is made of aluminum, while the rest is made of hard plastic, which even to the touch gives us a feeling of safety and solidity.
In our case, the keyboard is made up of red Cherry MX RGB, but all users can decide whether to choose between: Brown, Blue, Black, Silent Red and Speed Silver. In the box the company has also included a set of silver keycaps for the classic WASD, composition that can be improved with the ROG set for FPS and MOBA.
Price and availability
Currently the Asus ROG Strix Scope RED is sold at a recommended price of € 140.00, which leads it to immediately position itself in high-end keyboards. In this way Asus wanted to attack this market segment, which is currently full of products of very high thickness. It’s definitely not the most expensive gaming keyboard we can find around, but it’s not the cheapest either.
Despite this considering the resulting features, such as mechanical switches and RGB lighting, we believe the price is practically perfect. Although the design is one of the simplest we have seen in recent times and in contrast to its competitors, we still believe it is a device of innate technical value.
The ROG Strix Scope RED is a solid keyboard with a sober and not very innovative design, but which makes this one of its strengths. Like all mechanical-type keyboards, it lends itself perfectly to long FPS gaming sessions, especially when using Cherry MX Red switches. In general, the quality of the workmanship is really excellent, and it is interesting to take advantage of the functionality of the larger CTRL key and the F12 Stealth.
The backlight is fantastic, as well as customizable, users can also have fun creating their own profiles, making the most of the possibilities of the ROG Armory II software. The price is certainly not cheap and leads the keyboard to collide with the giants of this sector, perhaps it would have been convenient to include removable wrist rests inside the package.