ASUS ’Republic of Gamers brand has long been offering tech enthusiasts computer parts to drool over, and with its latest products, ROG is delving even deeper. Two new ROG keyboards, the ROG Claymore II and the ROG Falchion, will shake things up on your desktop with the high-end specs you ask for, as well as some special tricks up your sleeve.
Keyboards have not been a major part of ROG's product offerings in the past. But ROG Claymore II and ROG Falchion prove that ROG is not about catching up. These keyboards include some of the technologies you’ll expect, such as RGB lighting and the N key switch, but ROG also shows new technology.
The ROG Claymore II is the new star of the show. The core is the new, custom-made ROG RX switches. These have been designed from the ground up for a consistent, high-performance experience. ROG RX switches can provide you with more sensitive control with a depth of action of 1.5 mm (compare this to the 2 mm operating point of Cherry MX Red). The switches also have a square stem and a scissor-type stabilizer that prevents the key from swinging, so each press is smooth and linear. Finally, since the switches are really optical, instead of relying on traditional mechanical contacts, there is no debate, so pressed keys are recorded much faster.
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The internal design of the switches not only improves performance. It also improves aesthetics. Having a square stem, the switch leaves an opening in the center for the LED backlight. This provides better lighting for the entire dual-shot PBT keyboard, with no more half-lit captions.
This better lighting will also be useful, as it will allow you to reduce the brightness while getting good lighting from the key captions. Now, why do you want to lower the brightness? To increase battery life, of course, because the ROG Claymore II offers 1 ms high-speed wireless gaming. But don’t worry, even with the lights out, ROG Claymore II can last all week and supports fast charging and cable running in a bit.
The ROG Claymore II has one last trick: a modular design. Although it's a full-size keyboard, it doesn't have to be. The numeric keypad can be disassembled, allowing it to go with a more compact design and 80% when space is limited. You can even connect the numeric keypad on the left side of the keyboard to keep custom macro keys within reach of WASD. In fact, this will allow you a full-size keyboard with a numeric keypad to do the job, a TKL keyboard to give more mouse space to FPS games, or a dedicated macro keyboard on the left side of the keyboard for MMO and MOBA skills.
However, not all desktop settings are perfect for large keyboards, and this is where the ROG Falchion comes in. Like the medieval sword that bears his name, the ROG Falchion is a more compact tool than the Claymore. The ROG Falchion is the keyboard for the minimalist. It has a compact design that won’t overwhelm your desk or get your backpack dirty if you carry it on the go (which makes the keyboard cover included) easy. This 65% keyboard sticks with the keys you need to play, with the traditional Cherry MX mechanical switches that many gamers know, but it can still cleverly include volume controls or macro keys with a touch panel custom on the left side of the keyboard.
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Like the Claymore II, the ROG Falchion can also run wirelessly. And you really don't have to worry too much about the battery. If you leave the lights off, you can run the ROG Falchion for 450 hours.
Between the ROG Claymore II and the ROG Falchion, the ASUS keyboard armory has just gotten a big upgrade.
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