• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Keyboard Switches: Tactile TUF Gaming Mech-Brane
  • Roll-over: 24-Key Roll-over
  • Size: Full-sized
  • Lighting: Per-key RGB
  • Dimensions: 460 x 218 x 40 mm
  • Weight: 1kg
  • Pros:
  • Tactile keys
  • AURA Sync
  • Spill-resistant
  • Cons:
  • None

For The TUF-est Gamers

Gamers are actually quite a silly bunch of people, wouldn’t you say? We’re willing to spend hundreds and thousands of ringgit on gaming peripherals, which we don’t really need. But like how we don’t need iPhones and Galaxy Notes, people will always want something more. In the same way, gamers are guilty of being like that too. Even though we don’t need the best gears and peripherals, being as competitive as we are, we want to have any single advantage we can get.

One peripheral stands at the top alongside the mouse, and it’s the keyboard. Gaming keyboards used to be about extra macro buttons, backlit keys, fancy LCD’s that display information from your computer. Then it evolved into mechanical keyboards and suddenly everyone is out to create their own mechanical switches. One of them is the Tactile TUF Gaming Mech-Brane switch from ASUS for their TUF Gaming K5 gaming keyboard.

The K5 is a full-sized keyboard with extra media keys on top of the F1-F4 keys, and comes with anti-ghosting and 24-key rollover. Our first impression of the Mech-Brane switches are its slight similarity to MX Brown switches. But these switches still retain the slight dull and mushy feeling of membrane keys. At the same time, they have a quick tactile feel that adds to the experience. Although it felt a bit awkward at the beginning, it started growing on us.

There’s some of us who eat or drink near our computer, and I think it’s not the first time we’ve knocked over some liquids onto the keyboard. Well, the K5 is spill-resistant for those clumsy people out there. It also has full programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording and on-board memory for personalised gameplay. If you’re a fan of RGB then rejoice, for the keyboard features ASUS’ Aura Sync RGB lighting, which illuminates your keys with customisable lighting.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A keyboard worth upgrading to when your old “combo” keyboard gives out on you.

(to be published in issue October 2018)

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