ASUS Republic of Gamers created the world’s first RGB mechanical keyboard with a detachable Numpad. Today, what we have here is Strix Scope Deluxe, the world’s first keyboard with an enormous CTRL button, having the same size as the left shift with 2.25u. Let’s see in this review if the 2.25u ctrl button will have a positive or negative effect on FPS games.
The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL deluxe package contains a wrist rest (deluxe), a braided and detachable type C to type A usb cable, the keyboard itself and a manual. As you all know, ROG doesn’t skimp on the packaging, the inner box has soft padded cushions to protect the keyboard itself during transport.
|Switches:||Cherry MX RED|
|Keycaps:||ABS UV Coated|
|Polling Rate:||1000 Hz|
|Cable:||Removable, Braided Cable|
|Dimensions:||356 x 136 x 40 mm (keyboard)|
356 x 75 x 21 mm (wrist rest)
|Weight:||860 g with cable|
Keyboard: 811 g
Wrist rest: 170 g
PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES
- ROG Strix Scope TKL Deluxe
- Detachable Wrist Rest
- Detachable USB type C cable
DESIGN, LAYOUT & BUILD QUALITY
The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL Deluxe is a TKL keyboard as the name says, with an ANSI layout. The top plate is a mix of sandblasted(left) and brushed alum(right) design. It is quite thick enough to prevent the keyboard from flexing.
The Strix Scope TKL Deluxe has a floating key design which makes it easier to clean the accumulated dust in time and the switches are plate mounted.
It has a very unique layout with a 2.25u control key and a 6u spacebar which makes it a non-standard and it is quite hard to find some keysets for this board.
At the back of the keyboard, you can see some grooves as part of the design, together with the ROG logo and 2 flip-out feet with rubber pads. Additionally, the connectivity of this keyboard is a detachable type C which is a plus for me since type C is one of the durable connections. Also, underneath the keyboard is an RGB lightbar, that is somewhat unique to mainstream keyboards. We usually see the RGB lightings on the keys and side of the keyboard but rarely do we see some boards having an underglow RGB.
The ROG Strix Scope TKL deluxe has a Cherry MX switch (red) and it has a clear housing with SMD led. The switches are soldered on the board so you need to desolder the switches when some of them become faulty or chatters.
ASUS ROG decided to use costar stabilizers for the Strix Scope TKL deluxe. It is a little bit better compared to a cherry stabs that are usually rattly and unlubed. However, costar stabs are very hard to use if you plan to use after-market keycaps.
The material used here is ABS. ABS (short for “ Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene ”) is a commonly used plastic and shines easily.
The keycaps are also just UV coated ones, which will result in the fading of legends over time.
Meanwhile, the sub legends are also the same, but will not fade since it is in front which will not be affected by typing.
The ROG Strix Scope TKL has an OEM profile keycaps. It is quite standard for gaming keyboards to have this kind of profile.
SOFTWARE, LIGHTING AND OTHER FEATURES
SOFTWARE & LIGHTING
The ROG Armoury is very simple and outright. All the needed settings are included there. First, the customization of lighting effects up to 11 different modes with 5 different profiles that will suit your mood. Most gamers still look for programmable macro keys, ROG Strix Scope TKL Deluxe has the feature installed in their ROG Armoury. The third tab is the ASUS aura sync, which you can use if you have more than 2 ROG products with the Aura Sync compatibility. Lastly, you can monitor your keypress with the ROG software, showing what keys you are usually using. However, you can’t set the underglow light independently since it is sync with the RGB lighting on the keys so whatever mode you are using, it will just follow.
The ROG Strix Scope TKL Deluxe is a one of a kind mainstream mechanical keyboard. You will rarely see a mainstream keyboard with a unique left ctrl key catered to FPS gamers. Priced at around 6400 pesos with the non-deluxe version (no wrist rest included), this is far by the cheapest ROG and bang-for-buck mechanical keyboard they have in their line-up. This keyboard has the bling – underglow lightbar paired with RGB LEDs on the keys which makes this keyboard good for aesthetic purpose but ROG didn’t cheap out on the performance side. The Strix Scope TKL has a Cherry MX switch with a costar stabilizer installed instead of a cherry stab, which helps reduce the rattling sounds on the long keys (shift, enter and spacebar).
Overall, the Strix Scope TKL is now my favorite among all other ROG keyboards, since I’m an FPS gamer and I play a lot of CSGO,PUBG, and COD. It’s just that it will take a lot of time adjusting from the usual 1.2u ctrl key to a 2.25u ctrl key when using it. You won’t feel short with its RGB features thanks to the underglow lightbar but with limited control, since you can’t customize it separately with the keys.
ROG Strix Scope TKL Deluxe Review
Currently the best bang-for-buck RGB TKL mechanical keyboard ASUS has to offer. The Strix Scope TKL deserves the Lason Worthy award!