ASUS ROG Strix Flare Review

👤by Weston Dakin Comments 📅15-06-18
Conclusion
As a whole, we have been impressed by what the ROG Strix Flare brings to the table. The design doesn’t follow all the usual trends, and ASUS has made the Flare forge its own path. This choice may divide opinions, but it is arguably a very attractive and stylish keyboard. The construction as a whole nearly meets the more premium price point thanks to the great fit and finish. The only thing that does prevent this, is the slight flex the keyboard does suffer from. The rest of the feature set is well thought out and implemented in a manner that just works. The media keys being a prime example. ASUS could have placed the media keys on the right side of the keyboard, but knowing their core audience, they have placed them in a location that is easy to use on a daily basis. Things like a USB pass-through, macro support, 100% Anti-ghosting and N-key rollover further strengthen the appeal of the keyboard.

Gaming performance is again another strong suit and the ROG Strix Flare is a very capable gaming keyboard. The mechanical switches - Red, in this case, are fast, fluid and very linear making this ideal for fast-paced titles. If you play other genres of games, then the Flare is also available with either MX Black, Blue or Brown. The included wrist rest also helps reduce fatigue when gaming for long sessions, although not soft touch like advertised it is very smooth and comfortable.

General everyday use is good too. Although designed with mainly gaming in mind, the Strix Flare is pretty great to type on thanks to the well thought out layout and generous key spacing making it a solid writing companion for those that require a keyboard for work as well as play.

If you’re a fan of RGB then you’re in luck. The Strix Flare and the accompanying software provide a plethora of features to set the lighting up in a variety of different ways. One addition we would like to see is the ability to be able to select the under-glow lighting or removable badge and add a custom effect to that. At the minute this doesn’t appear to be an option, but it is something that would further enhance the overall experience.


The ASUS ROG Strix Flare does do enough to stand out from the competition thanks to its bold design, impressive feature set and great all-around performance.

Pros
+ Good selection of Cherry MX switches available
+ Dedicated media keys
+ Comfortable for both general use and gaming
+ Detachable wrist rest
+ Brilliant RGB illumination
+ Has macro options
+ Design customisation available
+ Well designed and intuitive software

Neutral
+- Price
+- Thick cable could pose an issue for cable management
+- Styling may divide opinion

Cons
- Keyboard does have some flex


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