UNBOXING AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS
ASUS ROG Claymore’s packaging looks premium. Glossy print on the picture and an ROG logo on the upper right of the box indicates that this mechanical keyboard is really something. This was released way back 2016 with awards from Red Dot and was claimed as the World’s first RGB mechanical keyboard with a detachable numpad.
These are the items included in the package: TKL keyboard with kb sleeve, Detachable numpad with sleeve also, and a USB cable for the TKL. (Manual is missing from the box)
- Cherry MX switches
- Weighs around 800 grams
- Aura Sync RGB
- Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro
- Removal Numpad
DESIGN AND BUILD
Inspired by a Mayan design top aluminum plate, the ROG Claymore is a combination of the past and the future with its Aura Sync RGB technology per key lighting. You can see at the bottom of the keyboard lies the futuristic ROG logo. The ROG Claymore RGB has a durable aluminum top plate with Mayan design that doesn’t get scratched too easily. As you can see, the sides are protected with rubber padding where the detachable numpad can be attached either on the left (can be used as macro pad) or on the right as a standard numpad. The numpad has a volume wheel and can be mounted on either of the side of the Claymore. The weight of the keyboard with the numpad is around 800 grams. Both the keyboard and the removable numpad have cable routing underneath.
USER EXPERIENCE AND CONCLUSION
SWITCHES AND STABS
The Claymore is equipped with original Cherry MX RGB switches with 3 different switches to choose from (MX Blue, MX Red, MX Brown) also it uses Costar stabilizers for their long keys (shift, spacebar) which are smoother than unlubed cherry stabs
The keycaps are made of UV coated ABS keycaps which shines and fades in time. As for the keycap profile, it uses an OEM profile.
SOFTWARE, LIGHTING AND OTHER FEATURES
As for the lighting, you need to install the ROG Armoury to access all the RGB lighting modes via the software. The Claymore is also Aura Sync compatible so if you have other ROG peripherals that has aura sync, they can be paired with each other using the Armoury. I find it to be hard because you need to download the software before you can fully customized your mechanical keyboard unlike other keyboard that has a built in color palette and lighting modes.
In terms of performance, the ROG Claymore is a beast having a detachable numpad with volume wheel, equipped with german-made Cherry MX switches and allows users to sync all of their ROG with Aura Sync via the Armoury software however at this price point, there are many mechanical keyboards nowadays to choose from, starting with Ducky One RGB (programmable without software), iKBC MF87 (full aluminum CNC case with stock PBT keycaps and has RGB lighting modes), Anne Pro V2 (wireless 60% programmable RGB keyboard with PBT keycaps). The Claymore has no USB passthrough and no detachable wrist rest since some users expect having those features at the 10k price point. For me, the selling point of the ROG Claymore is the interchangeable and detachable numpad that can be used as a macro pad. It can be quite irritating that you need to download the software first before you can setup the RGB lighting modes. To conclude all of this, if the price of the Claymore is priced around 5,000 to 6000 pesos, this keyboard could have been awarded a Lason-worthy since the design and the build is unique and solid.
- Cherry MX switches
- Aura Sync compatible
- Solid build with minimal flex
- Detachable numpad with volume wheel
- USB cable is braided and detachable
- Pouch included for both the Core and the numpad
- Highly expensive keyboard
- Thin UV coated keycaps
- No USB passthrough
- No detachable wrist rest
We are awarding the ROG Claymore RGB the performance award for being the first RGB mechanical keyboard with detachable numpad and has 3 Cherry MX variants to choose from.