- Switches: Cherry MX Blue/Brown/Red
- NKRO: USB 2.0/PS2
- Interface: USB 2.0
- Media keys: Volume control, play/pause, previous track and next track
- Macro keys: Up to 21 customisable keys
- Excellent features
- Choice of Cherry MX keys
Become A Gaming Tactician
The ASUS STRIX brand was first introduced as an upgrade to the company’s DirectCU II line of coolers for graphics cards, so imagine our surprise when we received a number of PC gaming accessories from ASUS bearing the same STRIX brand. This month, we got to take a more up close and personal look at the ASUS STRIX TACTIC PRO, a mechanical gaming keyboard.
Much like most mechanical gaming keyboards, the STRIX TACTIC PRO is clad in an all-black chassis, and comes jam-packed with macro-keys on board. The keyboard is also backlit, but comes in only one colour, which is orange.
The lighting settings can be adjusted via the STRIX software, much like many of the keyboards settings, and the best part is that all the configurations done to the keyboard can be saved on the keyboard itself, thanks to the 4MB on-board memory.
ASUS provides users with a choice of four different Cherry MX keys for you to choose from, including Cherry Blue, Black, Red and Brown, and for this review, ASUS provided us with the cherry Brown model. Which is great for gaming, but more so for typing.
You also need not worry about running out of macro keys as the STRIX TACTIC PRO comes with a whopping 21 programmable keys, and on top of that, there are multimedia keys as well, which provides you more control over media playback without having to move the mouse.
One interesting feature the STRIX TACTIC PRO keyboard has is that it can switch between NKRO and 6KRO modes, for gaming and typing. There is also an on-the-fly macro recording key which allows you to capture your keystroke sequences without interrupting your game.
The STRIX TACTIC PRO is not only sturdy, as gaming and typing on the keyboard is a very comfortable experience. This highly depends on the Cherry MX keys you’re using, but the keyboard feels very intuitive and activates almost as soon as you press on the keys, which is great for touch typists and twitch gamers who are looking for the most responsive keyboard in the market.
CHIP CONCLUDE: ASUS certainly has done no wrong here with the ASUS STRIX TACTIC PRO mechanical gaming keyboard. If you’re looking for one that comes with all the bells and whistles, this may be one that you should consider.
(previously published in issue December 2014)