The keyboard market is quite competitive in the past year. With the rise of cheaper options from small-time brands that offer solid built quality and performance. Asus spent no-time redesigning their newest board in their lineup which is the Strix Scope and added PBT keycaps which is more durable and better than ABS in terms of quality. Today, we are going to check out the Asus ROG Strix Scope PBT. We will see if this keyboard would be solid option in a very competitive keyboard market.
UNBOXING AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS
UNBOXING AND ACCESSORIES
The ROG Strix Scope is simply packed and not much going on here. On the front is where we can see the full layout of the keyboard itself with its big-ass CTRL key and some other information like the switches they’ve used and the keyboard typing layout. While on the back, we can see more information on its features.
PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES
- ROG Strix Scope
- Documentation and ROG Stickers
- Extra keycaps
- Plastic keycap puller
|Form Factor:||Fullsize; 104 Key Layout|
|Switches:||Cherry MX Red Switches|
|Keycaps:||Mixed PBT (Printed and Double-shot); OEM Profile|
|Bottom Row:||Non-standard; Ctrl – 2.25u, WinKey – 1u, Spacebar – 6u|
|Polling Rate:||1000 Hz|
|Weight:||1140 g (with cable)|
More information about the product here.
DESIGN & BUILD QUALITY
The ROG Strix Scope PBT uses the full-size form-factor with ANSI Layout. There are also different variations of the Scope which are the original Strix Scope, Scope TKL, Scope Deluxe, and Scope TKL.
The keyboard has this floating key design where the switches are bit exposed and they are plate mounted. The bottom row here is non-standard. Refer to the specifications for the sizes of the keys itself
The switches that we have here are Cherry MX Reds. They also come in different types like MX Browns, Blues, Blacks, Speed Silvers and Silent Reds. The switch housing, they used to be the standard Cherry MX black housing that is used in old boards and single-LED ones.
The aluminum top plate serves the mounting for the switches and it has a 2-tone design where is one side has a brushed aluminum aesthetic. You can also see the “Republic of Gamers” text logo under the left bottom row area while LED indicators are at the normal position with the top right side of the keyboard along with the ROG Logo.
The keycaps used here are 2-Tone PBT keycaps with 3 keys being red. The keycap profile is OEM and most of the keycaps here are standard aside from the Windows, CTRL and spacebar keys being non-standard. The font choice they choose here is their own ROG Font. It’s a bit gamery in my opinion but to keep the design language uniformed. There are no fancy RGB lighting here due to the keycaps they used which are non-backlit. The only lighting the board has is the LED indicators.
The Stabs used here are Cherry Stabilizers.
On the back, we can still see the 2-tone design here and on the left is you can see the ROG logo that is embossed on here. The top area has cable routing channels to route your cable. You can also see the 5 rubber feet and 2 flip-up feet.
The cable here is non-removable and it is braided. The connector is also gold-plated.