Friday, February 5th 2016

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Horus GK2000 Gaming Keyboard

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the Horus GK2000 mechanical gaming keyboard. It has a built-in 32-bit micro-programmed control unit (MCU) and 4 MB of onboard memory, plus an intuitive ROG user interface that allows users to customize macro and function keys for complex multi-key commands with just a single keystroke. ROG Horus GK2000 has a premium, high-quality feel and has CNC-processed aluminum accents with a special topcoat finish. It also features a removable palm rest, 2-way adjustable feet, and a detachable stand for mobile devices.

Built-in 32-bit control unit
ROG Horus GK2000 has an embedded 32-bit MCU and 4 MB of onboard memory that processes and stores macro functions as well as lighting and profile settings. Users can program up to 80 macro commands for mouse, PC, and media-control functions. They can also program the keyboard to initiate complex multi-key commands with one keystroke. A total of 10 user profiles can be stored in the onboard memory, and users can simply drag and drop profile settings saved on their PCs to transfer them to the keyboard.

Horus GK2000 utilizes Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, and features 4mm of key travel for tactile, responsive keystrokes. It is durable too, and has an expected lifespan of 50-million keystroke lifespan. Each individual key is backlit by red LEDs, and features ergonomically-shaped keycaps that are ideal for gaming or typing.

Horus GK2000 features 100% anti-ghosting with N-Key rollover (NKRO) technology to ensure each keystroke is detected no matter how many other keys are pressed. The N-Key rollover function can easily be switched on or off via its own hotkey.

Distinctive ROG engineering
ROG Horus GK2000 has a premium, high quality feel and features CNC-processed aluminum accents with a special topcoat finish. It has intricately-engineered 'wings' and an anodized keyboard plate with a brushed finish to give it an aggressive appearance.

Horus GK2000 has LED-backlit keys with five preset default lighting modes and a sixth for user-customized settings. Users have the option to light up the entire keyboard, or limit the lighting to specific keys.

Horus GK2000 has dedicated multimedia controls that put everything at the user's fingertips - they can simply turn a dial to adjust volume, or change LED illumination effects without having to lift their hands off the keyboard.

Horus GK2000 was designed with user ergonomics in mind, and has a removable 47 x 83mm palm rest to support gamers' wrists during marathon gaming sessions. The angle of the keyboard can be adjusted too, thanks to two-way adjustable fold-out feet. Horus GK2000 even comes with a detachable stand for mobile devices, allowing users to place them on the top left or right wing of the keyboard for easy viewing.

There are two USB ports situated at the rear of the keyboard for easy connections to external flash drives and other peripherals; there is also a built-in audio port for headsets.

Take it to LAN parties
ROG Horus GK2000 has its own specially designed neoprene carry case. This unique case has a prominent ROG logo and features a soft inner lining to protect Horus GK2000 from scratches. It even has internal compartments for users to store peripherals and other accessories.
Specifications
  • Interface - USB 2.0 (1000 Hz) with NKRO (can be disabled)
  • Layout - Standard 104 + 5 macro keys (left) + ROG key (right) + volume and backlight wheels (right)
  • Keyboard switches - Mechanical Cherry MX Red 45 g, 2 mm actuation, 4 mm travel
  • Volume knob - Infinite wheel switch (scroll to increase/decrease backlight)
  • USB hub - 2 x USB 2.0
  • Audio pass-through - 1 x audio; 1 x mic
  • OS support - Windows XP/ Windows Vista /Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows 8.1/ Windows 10 32/64 bit
  • Approx. dimensions - 52.65 x 17 x 4.9 cm (Palm rest: 47.2 x 8.3 x 2.4 cm)
  • Cable - 180 cm braided cable
  • Keycaps - Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) with UV grip coating
  • Materials - 3 mm brushed aluminum; 3 mm sandblasted aluminum; ABS underside
  • Weight - 1700 grams
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20 Comments on ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Horus GK2000 Gaming Keyboard

#1
JATownes
Is it just me, or is this just a re-branded/aesthetically modified K70 with some added macro keys?
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#2
Dammeron
JATownes said:
Is it just me, or is this just a re-branded/aesthetically modified K70 with some added macro keys?
Is it just me, or it this one just plain ugly and overblown?
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#3
avatar_raq
The key positioning on top of the aluminium panel and the volume remind me of Corsair's K70.

Edit: I started typing before I read the 1st 2 comments. At least the K70 has dedicated volume control buttons.
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#4
ssdpro
Looks like horus manure.
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#5
Joss
Dammeron said:
Is it just me, or it this one just plain ugly and overblown?
Is it just me or you're right.

Screw "gaming peripherals",
give me quality in plain and simple forms


What can ever surpass purity and excellence ?
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#6
PP Mguire
Joss said:
Is it just me or you're right.

Screw "gaming peripherals",
give me quality in plain and simple forms


What can ever surpass purity and excellence ?

That's why I got a CODE :laugh:

This looks terrible, but oddly enough I like the phone stand.
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#7
[502]
Looks like something out of Klingon.
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#8
ZoneDymo
yeah this looks like crap, just a standard keyboard with some crap screwed to it for the "ROG aesthetics".
What is that flip up thing? something to hold your phone?
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#9
PP Mguire
ZoneDymo said:
yeah this looks like crap, just a standard keyboard with some crapped screwed too it for the "ROG aesthetics".
What is that flip up thing? something to hold your phone?
Yea, a queue taken from the 910.
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#10
Dave65
People will buy anything:laugh:
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#11
9700 Pro
I'm not having any problems having my phone on my desk or in my pocket, so why would I need a place for it on a keyboard?

As said, ugly as hell, but maybe those kids would like this since everything with LEDs and GAMING themed is sooooooo cool..
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#12
nexus_a
Aesthetics aside, the bezel is so thick it isn't practical at all...
And if it has a scrollable volume wheel why not dedicated media keys too? Strange decisions...
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#13
ypsylon
From a name expected at least Warmaster Horus Talon as an add-on. :D

That's fugly to say the least.
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#14
xfia
9700 Pro said:
I'm not having any problems having my phone on my desk or in my pocket, so why would I need a place for it on a keyboard?

As said, ugly as hell, but maybe those kids would like this since everything with LEDs and GAMING themed is sooooooo cool..
i think you meant soooo kewl! and yes it is
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#15
Kohl Baas
Joss said:
Is it just me or you're right.

Screw "gaming peripherals",
give me quality in plain and simple forms


What can ever surpass purity and excellence ?

Das Keyboard Ultimate :)

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#16
PP Mguire
9700 Pro said:
I'm not having any problems having my phone on my desk or in my pocket, so why would I need a place for it on a keyboard?

As said, ugly as hell, but maybe those kids would like this since everything with LEDs and GAMING themed is sooooooo cool..
I 3D printed a holder to keep my phone upright in front of my screen so I can quickly read messages to sort through what I need to reply to while playing Rocket League as you don't have much time in between goals to reply. Having it verticle also means when my gf Facetimes me I can continue playing without holding the phone. (before I get crap over that, she always Facetimes instead of calls when she gets off work heading to my house).
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#17
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
Kohl Baas said:
Das Keyboard Ultimate :)


They really ought to release a back-lit keyboard. I'd be all over it.
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#18
Tsukiyomi91
at least ASUS/ROG update their peripheral standards by following what Corsair does for it's lineup of mech boards; all-aluminium body & authentic Cherry MX switches. Eat your heart out Razer.
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#19
buildzoid
Tsukiyomi91 said:
at least ASUS/ROG update their peripheral standards by following what Corsair does for it's lineup of mech boards; all-aluminium body & authentic Cherry MX switches. Eat your heart out Razer.
For rigidity a steel base plate is perfectly good and the extra weight lowers the chances of the keyboard sliding around.

As for the switches. The MX switch design's biggest benefit is IMO in just how hard it is to screw up. The switch is made of 6 pieces for the none clicky ones and the clicky ones are made of 7. You have the bottom of the switch body which is a piece of plastic. The top of the switch body which is just another piece of plastic. There's the switch stem which is also a piece of plastic. Unless you use sub par plastic none of these will be any different from their Cherry counterparts. Then there is the metal contact plate. This is a small metal plate that is lodge into the switch case and never moves. It too can't fail. Now we finally get to the part where switches vary, the spring. If the manufacturer isn't too bothered they will have lower consistency on the resistance of the springs. The buyer can specify how consistent springs have to be or can bin the switches themselves so again not necessarily an issue. Finally we get to the contact clip. I have seen this fail in some low end mechanical keyboards. Basically it loses all it's springiness and won't touch the metal contact plate when you press the button down. This is tied to the quality of the metal used and I imagine Kailh will happily use whatever the buyer specifies if the buyer covers the extra cost. Mind you this failure is pretty easy to fix if you have a screw driver and soldering pen. You just pull the broken switch open it up and bend the clip back into position.

Also some of us aren't fans of aluminum. Personally I really don't care what a keyboard is made of as long as it's cheap and solid(which aluminum really isn't when compared to steel).
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#20
Fx
Dammeron said:
Is it just me, or it this one just plain ugly and overblown?
I find it hideous.
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