SWITCHES AND STABS
The Cherry MX Reds are linear switches. It means no bump or any feedback when you actuate a key. The actuation of the switch is 45
The Asus ROG Strix Scope PBT uses cherry-style stabs. Cherry-style stabilizers are kind of stabs that make keycap replacement/removal easier vs
The keycap material used here is PBT. PBT keycaps are more durable than ABS keycaps. They are less likely to shine over time.
They used 2 processes here. The double-shot and printed. The only double-shot keycaps are the Ctrl, escape key and enter
The keycap profile used here is OEM, they are slightly taller than Cherry keycap profile which the most preferred one by mechanical keyboard enthusiast.
SOFTWARE, LIGHTING AND OTHER FEATURES
The ROG Strix Scope PBT can be configured in the ROG Armoury II software. You can still assign certain keys and macros.
The keyboard here doesn’t use the traditional function row like most boards. Asus switch the Function keys from F5 to F12 into certain controls like Media controls and the Privacy key which instantly hides all of the open applications and windows and muting the audio as well. You can still use the function keys with the FN Key + the desired function key.
Gaming and typing on it feel very smooth and nice. The linear switches are preferred by most gamers due to less strain and fatigue and constant button press on the same keys in games like MOBAs. I mostly prefer tactile switches but switching linear switches is no problem at all. I did encounter some errors at typing at first but it’s all good now.
The Cherry MX Reds here on my sample feels lubed because of it quite smooth than the old Cherry MX board I had before where I can feel a scratchy actuation.
Asus also introduced a new key which is the “Ninja Key” which instantly hides or minimizes the running applications and mutes the audio as well. I really didn’t use the feature much but it might be