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Review of gaming Keyboard ASUS STRIX TACTIC PRO

We continue to acquaint you with the devices of the new lineup of ASUS STRIX, which is aimed at amateurs and professionals of modern computer games. In previous articles we have already considered gaming headset ASUS STRIX DSP, manipulator ASUS STRIX CLAW and several pads, which made a very good impression. To have a complete set the used has to purchase a gaming keyboard. And this time in our lab we got gaming keyboard ASUS STRIX TACTIC PRO.

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This model is made in the same style which combines well with other devices of the lineup. Its construction uses qualitative materials and well-known switches Cherry MX. And this is only a small part of the benefits of the keyboard, a complete list of which we take a closer look below. We offer to start an overview of the product from the technical specifications:

Producer

ASUS

Model

STRIX TACTIC PRO (E8YHYHK01555)

Interface

USB 2.0

Connectivity

Wired

Switch type

mechanical (Cherry MX Black)

Key numbers

117

Key life, M of press

50

Sample rate, Hz

1000

Response time, ms

1

Built-in memory, МB

4

Q-ty of simultaneously pressed keys (Key Rollover)

Two modes: unlimited (NKRO) and up to 6 keys (6KRO)

Key highlighting

LED (orange), 4 levels and 3 brightness levels

Features

21 programmable  keys with possibility of immediate record up to 3 operation profiles; gold-plated USB-socket; multimedia panel; quick access to controls via [Fn] button, “Game” mode

Cable length, m

1,8

Color

Black

Dimensions, mm

515 x 176 x 45

Weight, g

1360

OS

+

Supported OS

Windows ХP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1

Warranty

12 months

Producer website

Producer website
Product page

Packaging and content

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Keyboard ASUS STRIX TACTIC PRO comes in a large cardboard box with a predominance of black and orange colors. Printing is quite restrained, but at the same time it is pleasant and informative. The front side contains a large image of a novelty, model name, logo and brand of product line of devices, as well as several icons that tell about the features of new item (switches Cherry MX with rapid response and service life of up to 50 million keystrokes, full support for technology NKRO when connected via USB, 21 programmable keys, the presence of special software with a simple intuitive interface and extensive personalization). The back side allows you to get acquainted with the specification and more expanded list of features of this model.

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Under wrapping is another box (from a cardboard), in which the keyboard is securely locked by polyethylene foam and cardboard dampers. Package of ASUS STRIX TACTIC PRO includes a quick start guide, warranty card, CD with proprietary software, four removable bright caps and tweezers to remove them for maintenance.

Design and elements layout

ASUS STRIX TACTIC PRO

Gaming Keyboard ASUS STRIX TACTIC PRO is executed in full-size format with the addition of several key blocks and decorative elements. The latter are represented in the form of inserts above the keyboard and a kind of projection in the center of the bottom, which is further enhanced by smooth transitions from straight edges to the beveled. Moreover, the keyboard is complemented by a stylish orange backlight, which gives a certain charm to the new product. This all creates a stable association with the image of starship which hints at the direction of the gaming device. This caused an increase the dimensions (515 x 176 x 45 mm) and a weight (1360 g). But thanks to this the keyboard is quite stable on the working surface, which prevents unwanted changes during intense gaming sessions. Subjectively, a full under palm area is missed.

The case of ASUS STRIX TACTIC PRO is made of reinforced ABS-plastic, which is at the top and at the sides has a soft-touch rubberized finish, very reminiscent of soft touch. This plastic is fairly resistant to minor mechanical influences and is highly resistant to the appearance of fingerprints.

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The lower part is a rough surface, which easily accumulate fingerprints. However, they are most noticeable on the key caps, which have a certain degree of gloss rubberized coating. On the whole the case is characterized by excellent build quality, which is confirmed by the absence of any backlash and clearances. In case of the active operation keyboard is not pressed and extra sounds are absent.

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To provide the secure fixation on the working surface the lower part is equipped with eight considerable rubberized legs and two plastic (rubberized tips). The last allow to change the angle of the keyboard. There is also a sticker with technical information and logos «ASUS» and «STRIX» (from the Latin "Owl").

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In addition to for the above-mentioned projections, the front side of the case has fairly mild wire length of 1.8 meters. In output it is framed by stiffness sleeve (prevents bend), and hidden away in a nylon braid, and in the end there is ferrite filter (protection against spurious signals) and gold-plated connectors USB 2.0 (resistance to oxidation processes). The front part comprises a protrusion in the center and the logo of the manufacturer is closer to the left side of the keyboard. Side faces have no any additional elements.

The layout of the keys is presented in a classic American version (US ANSI) with a one-level [Enter] and oblong [Left Shift] and [Backspace]. The additional keys, except the [Fn] (located on the site [Right Windows]) include a fairly broad range of not only functional activities (submitted for a number of [F] button a, a part of the system and some buttons digital unit), but also a considerable number of additional keys. The last are represented by several blocks.

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The left side of the keyboard has ten additional keys ([M1] - [M10]) execute macros. Above them is place the logo and name of the series. In the central part is a small ledge for hands (under [Space]) are three membrane buttons ([M11] - [M13]) to record macros. Row of keys [F1] - [F8] (optional numbered [M14] - [M21]) enters the macro mode with a combination [Fn] + [F11]. Above the function keys are a number of indicators:

  • [P1] - [P3] - signal the activity of one of the profiles (activated by a combination [Fn] + [Print Screen], [Scroll Lock] and [Pause Brake], respectively);
  • [G] - reports of the mode "game" that locks down [Windows] and thereby prevents unwanted folding of screen during the game (activated by a combination [Fn] + [F12]);
  • [M] - indicates that the function keys [F1] - [F8] work in macro mode and work out actions for the [M14] - [M21];
  • [REC] - signals the start of the macro recorder (activated by a combination [Fn] + [RIGHT ALT]);
  • [NKRO] – specifies about the activation of mode «No Key Rollover» (activated and deactivated combination [Fn] + [PGUP]);
  • [Num Lock], [Caps Lock] and [Scroll Lock] - indicators of the appropriate keys.

It should be noted that ASUS STRIX TACTIC PRO under Windows OS media has full support for the mode «NKRO» (the possibility of an unlimited number of simultaneous pressing of keys without locks) when connecting with the interface USB 2.0 (traditionally this mode is available only when connected to the PS/2). If required the function Key Rollover will run in mode «6KRO», i.e. correctly handles only six keys. Above the numeric block there are four media control buttons and scroll wheel of volume control. 4 MB of internal memory are used to store user profiles settings.

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The keys of this model are based on mechanical switches Cherry MX Black (there are versions with Cherry MX Brown, Cherry MX Blue and Cherry MX Red). They can be called a great solution for games, but for typing another type switches is recommended. Among the features Cherry MX Black we note uniform pressing (very mild stroke) without clicking and tactile sensations. Operate and release points are at the same level, which is useful in games where you need to carry a lot of frequent clicks. The keys have a high caps with classical trapezoidal shape and cylindrical top bevel edge. Their dimensions are 18 x 18 mm near the base, and in pressed area 15 x 13 mm. Under the caps (at the top) are LEDs. It should be noted that in the package there is a set of interchangeable caps of orange color (unmarked) for WASD-block and tweezers to replace them. In general, mechanical keys are noticeably louder than the membrane, but the sound of them appears only when fully pressed (to stop).

Application of symbols is executed by durable laser engrave in a single white color scheme. Latin has fairly large symbols that are easy to read. Cyrillic is much smaller, but good readable (depending on the lighting conditions in the room).

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LED illumination of saturated orange operates in three available modes: "Off", "Full light all the keys," "Pulse illumination of all keys." Key combination [Fn] + [Num 2] and [Fn] + [Num 8] adjusts the backlight brightness. There are three levels of its graduation (including the disabled). It is impossible to prepare individual illumination of necessary keys. It should be noted that due to the nature of the location of the LEDs (at the top of the base of the buttons), there is a slightly uniform backlight. That is, the main ones (Latin) are highlighted perfectly, and the rest (including Cyrillic) are mediocre.

In general, we have the modern gaming keyboard, which gives the impression of high-quality devices with several predatory appearance and relatively broad functionality. In addition, ASUS STRIX TACTIC PRO is characterized by excellent performance and the selection of quality materials that provide not only a pleasant tactile sensation, but also long service life.


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