by Chester Labaco
ASUS has dabbled in the mechanical keyboard market with the ASUS Strix Tactic Pro. It came with a full-layout design with 10 macro buttons on the left side of the keyboard and Cherry MX switches. The Strix Tactic Pro, however, is several years old now. It needs a successor if ASUS wants to have any shares in the quickly-becoming-saturated mechanical keyboard market.
They did just that. With the ASUS ROG Claymore, their successor to the Strix Tactic Pro, ASUS didn’t just release another mechanical keyboard. They released a keyboard that came with genuine Cherry MX switches and a modular mechanical keyboard.
Made from plastic and aluminum, the Claymore is solidly built. The housing of both the keyboard and numpad does not flex much with excessive force.
The bottom of the keyboard is equipped with four rubber feet with the top feet acting as risers if you want to angle the keyboard. It’s microUSB port is found at the bottom as well together with cable channels for easier cable management.
Connecting the keyboard and the numpad is as easy as sliding one into the other. The numpad can be positioned either at the left or right part of the tenkeyless keyboard.
As an RGB keyboard, the housing of the keys are transparent to give off a cleaner and more even look. Despite that, the lighting can only fully go through the top characters of the keycaps.
The Claymore comes with the usual extras such as media keys, profile keys, and onboard lighting controls. Since ASUS is pushing the synchronization of all of their products, the keyboard also comes with controls to overclock, BIOS, boot up, and fan speeds if you have an ASUS motherboard.
The version that we have uses genuine Cherry MX Blues. For the unfamiliar. Cherry MX Blues require 55cN to actuate. It has a tactile click that you can feel and hear once the keys register.
The typing and gaming experience with ASUS ROG Claymore was pleasurable. The switches helped with typing and gaming as we can feel the keys actuating and we can quickly lift off to press another key.
The plastic they used on the housing of the keyboard is harder than most that we’ve used. It sounds harder as well. Whenever we bottom out the keys, we can definitely tell the difference between the Claymore and other Cherry MX Blue-based keyboards.
The ASUS ROG Claymore might be a tad too expensive to some, but it’s a price worth paying for the plethora of options and solid build the Claymore brings to the table.
AT A GLANCE
Cherry MX Blue
Cherry MX Brown
Cherry MX Black
Cherry MX Red