CES 2018: Asus launches ROG Strix Flare keyboard

Jack Baker 11 January 2018

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Asus's ROG Strix Flare is another RGB keyboard in an already packed market.

On the CES 2018 show floor today, Asus's gaming brand Republic of Gamers released its brand-new mechanical RGB keyboard.

As far as mechanical gaming keyboards go, this keyboard is fairly standard at its core. Each key has individual RGB backlighting, and you can choose between Cherry MX red, blue, black and brown switches and N-key rollover (keys will still be registered even if multiple keys are pressed at once).

The keyboard's lighting can be controlled using Asus's Aura app. Aura's interface is a bit dated (this is the case with most RGB controller software), but the application certainly works the way it is supposed to. The Aura integration means you can control and sync the lighting alongside other Aura-enabled products like Asus's RGB motherboards, graphics cards, CableMod's compatible lighting strips, CoolerMaster's MasterFan Pro Air Balance RGB and others. There are 13 different lighting profiles available including new patterns. Your lighting profiles are saved on the keyboard using its onboard memory.

With customisation a priority for the keyboard, there is a blank acrylic insert that comes in the box so instead of having the ROG eye at the top of the keyboard, you can customise and choose what sits there. You've got total creative freedom.

The Strix Flare is also the first keyboard in Asus's lineup to support Armoury 2, software to configure your Asus peripherals. The software is automatically installed by Windows 10 when the keyboard is detected. Compared to the original, Armoury 2 is smaller and uses less memory while supporting more features.

The keyboard is filled with extremely useful added extras as well: an included wrist rest which attaches from the front, a volume wheel, media keys, a Windows key disable button, backlighting brightness and a cable groove underneath the keyboard to route wires such as those in headsets.

Australian pricing and availability has not yet been announced, but the keyboards will be available in February for US$179.99 (AUD$229.44) in North America.

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