TechPowerUp has covered ASUS products oh so many times, be it graphics cards, motherboards, or even headsets and mice, but somehow, this happens to be their first keyboard review on our website. ASUS, as with many of the big hardware companies in the PC DIY sector, has been expanding their product portfolio over the years, and peripherals are a natural extension of things. I had the pleasure of taking a look at two of their upcoming keyboards showcased at CES, which will be released later this year. In order to set a base for those keyboards, it made sense to have covered one of their keyboards already. So here we are then, and thanks again to ASUS for providing a review sample for us to examine.
As the name suggests, the ROG Strix Flare is a member of ASUS's popular Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand. It was released last year and is their flagship keyboard of the lineup through 2019 as well. As such, expect to see bells and whistles, including lighting galore. There are plenty of dedicated keys as well, with some in a different position than usual, and a wrist rest comes included. Oh, this is a mechanical keyboard—just in case you were wondering. We will go over all these features and more in the review beginning with a look at the specifications below.
|ASUS ROG Strix Flare Keyboard|
|Layout:||>104-key modified US ANSI layout, language support depending on your region|
|Material:||ABS plastic case and keycaps, acrylic insert, steel plate|
|Weight:||1.26 kg / 2.78 lbs.|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-Key rollover|
|Dimensions:||155 (L) x 454 (W) x 31 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6.0 ft / 1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Choice of Cherry MX Red, Brown, Blue, Black, Speed Silver, or Silent Red RGB switch|
|Backlighting:||Yes, 16.8 M per-key RGB backlighting|