26 July, 2018   Rakesh Sharma    Reviews .  ROG STRIX FLARE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Today we are reviewing a very cool looking keyboard from ASUS. This is the new ROG STRIX FLARE keyboard, a full mechanical gaming keyboard with German-made Cherry MX RGB switches for faster response times and enhanced gaming experience. The RGB lighting effect is extended from keys to the sides of the keyboard with addressable RGB light bar on both sides creating side glow onto your gaming desk creating great gaming environment. Keyboard also comes with customizable RGB badge to give it a personal touch.

Now let’s see what ROG STRIX FLARE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard has more for us.

Features

  • German-made Cherry MX RGB switches for faster response times and enhanced gaming performance - the choice of professional gamers
  • 100% anti-ghosting, full key rollover, and onboard memory for on-the-fly macro recording
  • Customizable logo badge for adding your own flare to your gaming set up
  • ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting features a nearly endless spectrum of colors with the ability to synchronize effects across an ever-expanding ecosystem of Aura Sync enabled products
  • Integrated Media Controls keep your hands on the keyboard during intense gaming sessions
  • Designed for Comfort with detachable wrist rest, USB pass through, and headphone routing channel to keep your mind on the game

CHERRY MX RGB - MECHANICAL SWITCHES
Constructed with Cherry MX RGB switches, ROG Strix Flare delivers the precise mechanical feel preferred by gamers and enthusiasts alike. The premium quality switches are manufactured in Germany, and are renowned for offering optimal actuation and responsiveness with every keystroke.

CUSTOMIZABLE ILLUMINATED BADGE
Your keyboard, your insignia. Design and create your personalized badge with the provided blank acrylic badge, and insert it directly into the keyboard to see it flare up with Aura. Or keep the pre-installed ROG badge and boast your ROG pride. It's your keyboard, show your flair!

DEDICATED MEDIA KEYS FOR GAMERS
Easily control your audio without switching out of your game or removing your right hand off the trigger. The dedicated media keys and smooth-scrolling volume wheel are positioned on the upper left of the keyboard, so you get instant access with your left hand.

DETACHABLE WRIST REST
Get extra support and comfort with the soft-touch wrist rest, or easily detach it from the keyboard if you don't need it. The wrist rest hooks into subtle grooves at the bottom front of the keyboard, so Strix Flare looks just as good with or without it.

USB PASSTHROUGH
A handy USB passthrough at the back of ROG Strix Flare lets you conveniently connect your gaming mouse, headset or other devices.

AURA SYNC
Flare it up with vibrant per-key backlighting and underglow on both sides to extend the lighting beyond the keyboard. Powered by Aura Sync, the entire color spectrum and a range of dynamic lighting effects are at your command for you to create a keyboard that is uniquely yours. Additionally, Strix Flare's lighting can be synced with the extensive Aura ecosystem to create a gaming environment that really shines.

AURA SDK
ASUS Aura SDK allows developers to take full advantage of the vast ecosystem of Aura Sync-capable PC gear. From in-system illumination to peripherals and beyond, the SDK provides an evolving toolkit of options to enhance games and software with RGB lighting. Game effects, alerts, and audio can all be portrayed via Aura-compatible hardware, creating subtle or dazzling visual cues to augment the action.

ROG ARMOURY II
ROG Armoury II is an enhanced driver-based software that offers more extensive controls while using less system resources. An intuitive UI lets you easily tune ROG Strix Flare to suit your gameplay – create profiles, customize colors and lighting effects, map keys, record macros and more. You can even track hardware stats during gameplay for data analysis.

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Specifications

Package

The keyboard comes in a black colored cardboard box with an image of the keyboard and the legendary ROG logo on the front right of the box . Back of box covers details about the product features along with specifications.

Inside the box

Along with the keyboard box also includes a quick start guide, Warranty notice , a wrist rest, customizable badge and ROD stickers.

Looks

The keyboard is designed with total gamers in mind. Volume scrolling wheel, dedicated media keys, windows lock key and lighting key, all are relocated to left hand side of the keyboard for easy in game keys control without moving your hand away from the mouse.

Customizable illuminated badge comes pre installed with ROG logo.

Braided USB cables and a USB passthrough port .

A closer look at the actual Cherry MX RGB switches under.

Installation

Bundled Software

ROG ARMOURY II ROG Armoury II Software Package can be downloaded from ASUS website. The software gives complete control to set different RGB backlit profiles, to apply Macro settings, assigning keys for launch of programs and more.

Pros

  • Cherry MX RGB switches
  • Nice design and feel
  • Side RGB lighting
  • Customizable illuminated badge
  • Wrist-rest
  • Nice placement of media key
  • A very smooth and big volume wheel

Cons

  • Nil

Conclusion

Playing games on the ROG STRIX FLARE keyboard was a very comfortable experience. I personally use a Corsair K70 LUX keyboard and often use the media keys during game play. Every time I must move my hand away from the mouse to adjust volume makes me feel disconnected from game as have to readjust the in-game pointer. But in ROG STRIX FLARE keyboard these media keys are shifted to left hand side so now I can easily move my fingers away from direction keys to adjust volume without losing my in-game target.

Beside that I like the side RGB lighting the ROG STRIX FLARE mechanical gaming keyboard offers along with the customizable illuminated badge, giving ability to add personal touch to the hardware.

At a price of approx. Rs.9200 + taxes the ROG STRIX FLARE mechanical gaming keyboard is a nicely designed keyboard keeping gamer in mind, giving a great gaming experience and worthy of our PC TeK REVIEWS CHOICE Award.

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