Monday, July 20th 2020

ASUS Unveils the ROG Falchion Wireless 65% Gaming Keyboard

ASUS today unveiled the ROG Falchion, a wireless mechanical gaming keyboard that fits into the new "65%" form-factor that's smaller than TKL. The keyboard offers 68 keys, with macros and function keys making up the deficit compared to most TKL or standard 104 keyboards. It comes in variants based on the switch used, and ASUS offers Cherry MX switches, with RGB illuminated keycaps, and per-key color customization.

The ROG Falchion also provides what ASUS calls an "interactive touch panel," which is essentially a capacitive strip that can be used as a volume rocker or scroller. Its wireless credentials include "gaming grade" 2.4 GHz RF with 1 ms response time, and up to 400 hours of battery life (with RGB lighting off), on a full charge. ASUS includes a hard case with the keyboard to help you carry it around. The company didn't reveal pricing.
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13 Comments on ASUS Unveils the ROG Falchion Wireless 65% Gaming Keyboard

#1
AnarchoPrimitiv
I love anything TKL or smaller as long as it still has arrow keys... If only it was in white, and if only Asus didnt vastly overcharge for everything, I'm sure they'll want $120 at least
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#2
m2geek
YIKES that thing is UGLY.
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m9eyNqp9
I can't not point out a couple of errors in the article. First, keyboards with 67 and 68 keys aren't "60%" keyboards, this format is called 65% (because if you get a calculator, divide 68 by 104, and multiply by 100, you'll get 65); it has arrow keys and a long right shift, as well as a few more functional buttons. Secondly, neither of those two formats are new. It's probably true that Asus releases a 65% board for the first time, but they're not even in the top 10 of companies that have done that over the last several years.
P.S.: That's one hell of an ugly font.
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tripleclicker
Wish there were more 75% keebs. No function keys is sad.
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reifu
m9eyNqp9
I can't not point out a couple of errors in the article. First, keyboards with 67 and 68 keys aren't "60%" keyboards, this format is called 65% (because if you get a calculator, divide 68 by 104, and multiply by 100, you'll get 65); it has arrow keys and a long right shift, as well as a few more functional buttons. Secondly, neither of those two formats are new. It's probably true that Asus releases a 65% board for the first time, but they're not even in the top 10 of companies that have done that over the last several years.
P.S.: That's one hell of an ugly font.
I think I would still consider this one a 60%. If you'll notice the short backspace, shift and enter keys allowing this to have the same number of keys as a 65% while having the same footprint as a 60%. Hmm. I guess it depends on how you define it? This is neither a traditional 65 or 60, at the very least. I agree with you on the font though. Bloody awful. And it looks like the case is missing a few parts, terrible design.
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reifu
I think I would still consider this one a 60%. If you'll notice the short backspace, shift and enter keys allowing this to have the same number of keys as a 65% while having the same footprint as a 60%. Hmm. I guess it depends on how you define it? This is neither a traditional 65 or 60, at the very least. I agree with you on the font though. Bloody awful. And it looks like the case is missing a few parts, terrible design.
It's a 65% form factor, the footprint doesn't really play a role in the layout since ISO/ANSI etc change that anyway. Arrow keys with a truncated Ins-Pg Dn cluster make it 65%, and the inclusion of the whole Ins-Pg Dn cluster would make it a 68% keyboard in my books anyway. No real standard out there, so companies interpret it freely.
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m9eyNqp9
VSG
It's a 65% form factor, the footprint doesn't really play a role in the layout since ISO/ANSI etc change that anyway. Arrow keys with a truncated Ins-Pg Dn cluster make it 65%, and the inclusion of the whole Ins-Pg Dn cluster would make it a 68% keyboard in my books anyway. No real standard out there, so companies interpret it freely.
Tada68 and similar keyboards pretty much set the standard for the 65% format, but some companies like Asus here, and also Ducky (with their One 2 SF) do sometimes deviate form it.
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Gungar
AnarchoPrimitiv
I love anything TKL or smaller as long as it still has arrow keys... If only it was in white, and if only Asus didnt vastly overcharge for everything, I'm sure they'll want $120 at least
I am sorry? 120 dollars for a wireless mx cherry keyboard, it's suppose to be expensive???
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#9
bonehead123
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"gaming grade" 2.4 GHz RF
Can someone please explain exactly wtf this is, and how it differs from the "standard" RF that most of us mere mortals use everyday ????

Combined with that friggin gamming word, it seems like marketing fluff than anything else, and just anutha reason to jack up the price too ..:D..:roll:..;)

shame on you Asus...
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#10
Caring1
I'm still trying to fathom the link between a keyboard and a sword.
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#11
Object55
Long time coming, getting one for sure.
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#12
MDWiley
Yes! Keep those small keyboards coming. First Razer now ROG. I love my 60% but I miss the arrow keys. This one looks perfect for me.
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#13
gdallsk
Caring1
I'm still trying to fathom the link between a keyboard and a sword.
Edgy name for an edgy consumer
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