Would you believe that this is only the second ASUS keyboard review on TechPowerUp? It was over two years ago that we saw the ROG Strix Flare
in all its detailed glory, and the company has since brought out a lot of peripherals, including some very interesting keyboards and new switches. The Strix Flare was the company's flagship keyboard at the time, so what better way to get back to the brand than taking a look at their current flagship released just this week? Thanks to ASUS for sending a review sample to TechPowerUp!
The original ROG Claymore turned quite a few heads when it launched in 2016, which itself surprised me since I thought it was a more recent release and goes to show that the modularity introduced then still comes across as modern because only a handful of other keyboards have followed suit. The Mountain Everest
is probably the newest and would have been here if it weren't for the company struggling with production yields. ASUS decided it was time to update the Claymore with so many new things that this review has not one, but two disassembly pages! That says it all really, so strap in for what is probably my longest keyboard review ever, beginning with a look at the specifications in the table below.
|ASUS ROG Claymore II Keyboard|
|Layout:||TKL or full-size (right/left-handed numpad) form factor in a US ANSI layout, other languages based on your region|
|Materials:||ABS plastic case and keycaps, aluminium frame|
|Wrist Rest:||Yes, included|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-Key rollover USB or 2.4 GHz wireless|
|Media Keys:||Dedicated media playback and volume wheel|
|Dimensions:||155 (L) x 462 (W) x 39 (H) mm|
|Weight:||1.1 kg/2.4 lbs.|
|Cable Length:||6 ft / 1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Choice of ROG RX Red or Blue optical mechanical switches|
|Backlighting:||Yes, per-key 16.8 M colors|
|Interface:||USB or 2.4 GHz|