After testing the Asus ROG Gladius III Wireless, it is the turn of the keyboard that “accompanies” it in order to get to the test of writing with the Rog Claymore II, one of the highest models of the range also from Asus, due to its price as through its technical properties.
The first thing you notice is the sight of this keyboard in the packaging, it is its rather elegant design. This measures 462 x 155 x 39 millimeters with a total weight of 1.1 kg, which makes it a rather modest keyboard with a few special features that we will come back to later. The key holder comes in the form of an elegant brushed aluminum plate with a frameless bottom, which gives the impression that the keys are floating above the keyboard. Yes / Yes.
Asus also wanted to be as comprehensive as possible by offering users the option of a wired connection (via the 2 meter braided USB cable) or a 2.4 GHz radio link. No Bluetooth compatibility, however … the desire to offer the best straight away? Hard to say. We tried to make the two connection methods pretty consistent throughout the test. In wireless mode and thanks to its large 4000 mAh battery, you have announced a lot of time with no less than 60 hours of autonomy, with 50% RGB lighting.
Full size or TKL
As mentioned above, the main specificity is this Asus ROG Claymore II is the option to remove the number pad and turn it into a keyboard in TKL format in no time at all. To do this, simply slide the magnet and rail system to ensure a good hold. It is even possible to place the left number pad on the keyboard when the heart tells you to. In short, an excellent surprise that is inevitably reflected in the invoice. Because yes, the tension doesn’t have to last any longer, the keyboard is available for the price of … 280 dollars. For this price the user has to get their money’s worth.
Full of possibilities
In the interesting proposals we also find a USB pass-through, usable of course if you are wired. The keyboard benefits from multimedia keys like this excellent sound wheel, which with its canel aspect is always a delight. Also note the presence (optional) of a very comfortable palm rest to … relieve your wrist. Finally, it is possible to easily adjust the inclination height with your feet. Only one height is possible and that is a shame for a keyboard in this price range.
Excellent sensations under the fingers
Asus opted for ROG RX Optical Mechanical Red or Blue Switches. This is the red version that we were allowed to test, you can freely choose your color when purchasing the keyboard. To know that the blue clicks because it makes a characteristic activation sound, while the red is more linear and less loud in its course. Both in simple office use and in games, the keyboard does its job very well and is really fun with very pleasant key feedback and very good typing speed.
The RGB lighting on this model is just superb and one of the best on the market today with even brightness across the entire key so you can play in total darkness with no thunder. As always, everything is fully customizable via Armory Crate, Asus’ in-house software, which allows you to assign macros, change the RGB, redefine buttons, etc.
EXCELLENCE AT A CRAZY PRICE
It is currently one of the best keyboards on the market, high quality switches, excellent workmanship, fine materials … Claymore II has nothing to envy the competition, if not its simply crazy price. 280 dollars for a keyboard is a sum that few users are willing to invest in a device, however good it is. Besides, it’s hard to go wrong with this choice.
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