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Asus announces ROG Claymore and Claymore Core keyboards

by Mark Tyson on 10 November 2016, 12:31

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Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced a pair of new mechanical RGB LED keyboards. Whichever you choose you will have "the ultimate gaming keyboard", says Asus. How can both models be the 'ultimate'? The unsatisfying answer to that riddle is that they are the same, but different. The ROG Claymore keyboard is a full sized traditional layout keyboard with detachable numpad, the ROG Claymore Core is a tenkeyless (TKL) version without the numpad bundled. However, you can add the Asus custom-made numpad to your Claymore Core if you feel like it, as it is "available separately in case you change your mind".

Whichever Claymore you choose, you will get a keyboard with an aluminium chassis etched with signature Asus ROG Mayan patterns. The RGB LED lighting is adjustable per-key and works with AURA Sync in partner with other Asus AURA products like chassis, graphics card, motherboard and more. Presets are provided so you don't have to fiddle around for ages for pleasing lighting effects. AURA pre-sets include; CPU temperature, Static, Breathing, Colour Cycle, Wave, Ripple, Reactive, Starry Night, Quicksand, and a Custom Effect of your own.

Asus equips the Claymore keyboards with the popular Cherry MX range of keys and buyers can pick from Red, Blue, Brown and Black varieties for their characteristic-feel preferences. Gaming keyboard niceties such as anti-ghosting keys, 1000Hz polling, and N-Key rollover are present and correct. Some gamers use macros to master their games and you can use and store macros in the built-in flash memory, as well as six user profiles. When paired with an Asus ROG motherboard these keyboards offer hotkeys for fan speed, lighting and overclocking controls.

Asus ROG Claymore keyboards come with eight adjustable feet, cable routing grooves, and large rubber feet for superior stability and grip. A 1.8m long braided fibre cable is provided to plug in the underside back of the keyboard and your PC USB 2.0 port.

The detachable numpad option for the ROG Claymore keyboards allows some interesting flexible usability choices. You can leave the numpad at home when you go to a LAN party for example. Alternatively you might find it invaluable to position the numpad left or right to suit your dexterity or gameplay style. The keyboards weigh 770g, or 943g with the numpad attached.

Asus didn't provide any availability or pricing infomration.



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Oh look. Another straight keyboard with LEDs.

Where has all the innovation gone in the market? Where's the ergonomic challengers? The Dvorak nutters?
Dashers
Where's the ergonomic challengers?
Yeah I would love an ergonomic back lit keyboard…. I absolutely hate working on straight keyboards having used ergonomic ones for the last 10 years.
More importantly… Why hasn't anyone come up with a better gaming dedicated keyboard? People spend so much money on hybrid devices, but there's got to be plenty of people out there (myself included) who find that the basic qwerty keyboard layout is at best a compromise for gaming purposes - it's obviously not designed with the “home” keys being ASDW. I feel like the Merc Steele series tried, did a horrible job when they created their completely flat side board with no tactile feedback (which of course failed), and no one else really even gave it a go.
globalwarning
More importantly… Why hasn't anyone come up with a better gaming dedicated keyboard? People spend so much money on hybrid devices, but there's got to be plenty of people out there (myself included) who find that the basic qwerty keyboard layout is at best a compromise for gaming purposes - it's obviously not designed with the “home” keys being ASDW. I feel like the Merc Steele series tried, did a horrible job when they created their completely flat side board with no tactile feedback (which of course failed), and no one else really even gave it a go.

There's always gamepads such as the Razer Orbweaver that are tailored for that perfect gaming experience. As for ergonomic backlit keyboards, there are boutique makers that make them, but they're usually upwards of 200-300 dollars.
plexabit
There's always gamepads such as the Razer Orbweaver that are tailored for that perfect gaming experience. As for ergonomic backlit keyboards, there are boutique makers that make them, but they're usually upwards of 200-300 dollars.

and US layout…. I've seen them and they all seem to be US layout which is really bad for someone in the UK who's used to their keys being in the right place :P.