• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Interface: USB
  • Keyboard Switches: Cherry MX (German Made)
  • NKRO: 100% Anti-Ghosting, N-Key Rollover
  • Dimensions: 454 x 155 x 31 mm
  • Weight: 1.25 kg
  • Pros:
  • Underglow lighting
  • Tough cable
  • Cons:
  • Mainly plastic build

Striking With Fire

When this keyboard landed on our review table, we pondered what could ASUS be up to, to release yet another keyboard in an already swamped keyboard market. However, the keyboard soon proved us wrong as it was an impressive piece of kit for you to game on and comes with a hefty amount of features to make it stand out from the rest.
First up, the keyboard is full-sized, so you have all your keys ranging from function keys to numpad. Aside from that, you also have additional buttons on top of the keyboard with a volume wheel. You can easily control the volume, windows lock key, and so on using the buttons on top without tabbing out of the game. On the other side of the keyboard, you can also spot an illuminated ROG badge that can be customised to your own liking.

That is not the only thing that glows on the keyboard, as the sides of the keyboard and the keys are all illuminated. The sides of the keyboard gives off an underglow action that’s not seen on non-hobbyist keyboards. As mentioned, the keys itself are customisable. Using ROG ARMOURY, you can easily change up the lighting and even sync it up with other ASUS Aura Sync capable peripherals or components. The keyboard is also bundled with a detachable wrist rest to support your weary wrists.

Looks aside, the keyboard we received comes with Cherry MX Red Switches, so it is perfect to type and game on without much issues. N-Key Rollover is also present on the board, so all of your keystrokes are recorded. As for gaming, the windows key lock is important as it stops you from accidentally pressing it and losing valuable time when trying to tab back into the game. Using the ARMOURY app, you can also configure macros onto the keyboard that you can have access to with just the press of a button.

Overall, for a keyboard from ASUS, it could just very well be the best keyboard that they’ve released so far, aesthetically and functionally. Although the asking price is pretty steep for a mostly plastic keyboard, you won’t go wrong with this choice. Only thing that we’re worried about is the longevity of the keycaps, as it might get oily overtime or lose its legend. But you can also swap up the keycaps by yourself, so that is not big issue.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you are looking for a full-sized keyboard with multimedia control, is decently built, brightly lit and also comfortable to use, then look no other than the STRIX Flare – provided that the price tag doesn’t bother you.

(previously published in issue July 2018)strix-flare-600x500