|Series||XA01 STRIX FLARE PNK/BN/US|
|Item model number||XA01 STRIX FLARE PNK/BN/US|
|Item Weight||4.69 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||17.8 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||17.8 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches|
|Color||Cherry MX Brown|
|Date First Available||June 5, 2019|
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ASUS ROG Strix Flare Pnk (Cherry MX Brown) Limited Edition Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Switches, Aura Sync RGB Lighting, Customizable Badge, USB Pass Through and Media CONTROLS
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- Limited two tone pink Edition Asus ROG Strix flare mechanical gaming Keyboard
- Cherry MX Brown RGB switches for faster response times and enhanced gaming performance
- 100 percent anti ghosting, full key rollover, and onboard memory for on the fly macro recording
- Customizable logo badge for adding your own flair to your gaming set up
- Asus Aura Sync RGB lighting features a nearly endless spectrum of colors with the ability to synchronize effects across an ever expanding ecosystem of AURA Sync enabled products
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The Ultimate Weapon
Feel the satisfaction of every keystroke with world-renowned Cherry MX switches. Enjoy instant access to dedicated media keys on the upper left while gaming. And experience an unparalleled level of personalization with a customizable badge illuminated by Aura Sync RGB lighting.
Cherry MX RGB Mechanical Switches
Constructed with Cherry MX RGB switches, ROG Strix Flare PNK LTD delivers the precise mechanical feel preferred by gamers and enthusiasts alike. The premium-quality switches are manufactured in Germany, and are renowned for offering optimal actuation and responsiveness with every keystroke.
Customizable Illuminated Badge
Your keyboard, your insignia. Design and create your personalized badge with the provided blank acrylic badge, and insert it directly into the keyboard to see it flare up with Aura. Or keep the pre-installed ROG badge and boast your ROG pride. It's your keyboard, show your flair!
Dedicated Media Keys For Gamers
Easily control your audio without switching out of your game or removing your right hand off the trigger. The dedicated media keys and smooth-scrolling volume wheel are positioned on the upper left of the keyboard, so you get instant access with your left hand.
Flare it up with vibrant per-key backlighting and underglow on both sides to extend the lighting beyond the keyboard. Powered by Aura Sync, the entire color spectrum and a range of dynamic lighting effects are at your command for you to create a keyboard that is uniquely yours.
The ROG PNK LTD Line
We're giving a big shout out to all the Pinkaholics out there with a new limited edition with unlimited charm. The ROG PNK LTD is a brand-new peripheral series that lets you boldly express your gaming lifestyle and equips you with the best weapons to win on the battlefield.
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The ultimate combination of gaming performance and personalization, the ROG Strix flare features responsive Cherry MX Brown RGB switches with Asus Aura Sync, sharing lighting effects across all aura Sync-capable products. Take control of your gaming experience with on-the-fly macros recording, USB pass through, integrated media controls, and customizable badge.
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The lighting, if you are into that kind of thing, is really good. Several choices on lighting effects, however I stick with "static". Build quality is pretty good and it feels solid. One thing I have a problem with is the lack of bumps to find the S key when gaming. It's marketed as a gaming keyboard but the only location bumps on the key caps are on the F and J keys which are the standards for finding 'home row' when typing. They need to add a 'bump' on the S key so you can more easily locate WASD while gaming. In addition, the wrist rest doesn't really snap to the keyboard and if you pick it up to move it, it's going to fall off. Not a big deal to most people I would imagine, but worth a mention.
I wish this keyboard had a row of macro assigned keys like the K95, but Asus kept the keyboard smaller by not adding them. Maybe not enough people use this, I'm not sure. This keyboard does not come with a key cap puller for easy cleaning. This is something that the K95 comes with and is the kind of attention to detail that Asus all too often miss with their peripherals (Claymore wrist rest anyone?). For the premium price, I expect attention to detail and perks.
As of right now the biggest miss for me is the software, I did not change my rating based on the software, as this is supposed to be a review of the keyboard, and to me, the keyboard is a 4 out of 5. The software would probably be a 2 or 3 out of 5. There is a lot of room for improvement. Right now if you want to enabled a profile for a particular game, i.e. changing certain important key cap colors such as WASD, etc, that can be done by linking the profile to a exe. The problem is, as far as I know, there is no easy way to switch back to a default profile once you shut the game down. Because of this, you have to open Armoury II and manually click back to your default profile. How that hasn't been addressed at this point I'm not sure.
To sum up, solid keyboard missing some details and perks you'd expect for the amount of money you pay. Software needs improvement as it's not good enough yet.
Queue the ROG Strix Flare. After being pissed at how bad my last few keyboards were I definitely didn't want to get another Corsair one. I've been a fan of Asus products for some time, with most of my PC being made out of ROG components and having a Zenfone; so I naturally went to see what Asus had to offer. The Claymore looks really nice, but its quite expensive and doesn't come with a wrist rest (from what I've seen), so I looked for other options. The Cerberus is a membrane board, and isn't RGB; but its cheap. I saw the Flare crop up in Amazon and it looked pretty good. I went and watched a couple reviews for it and was sold. I chose the MX Brown model.
Unboxing the Strix Flare was really nice. The keyboard was wrapped in cloth and, as per usual, the actual box itself was well designed and very simplistic. I went and got the ROG Armoury II software; which has less customization than Corsair's, but the UI is nicer and works far better. The Brown switches were immediately different from the Speed switches. I can rest my hand on the keys without accidentally inputting a bunch of random characters, and the feel of pressing the key is much more responsive thanks to the tactile bump. The heavier actuation force and farther actuation distance makes typing much more enjoyable. I no longer accidentally press wrong or extra keys, and the keycaps feel nicer under my fingers.
The board itself looks more simplistic than the K70, and it feels nicer despite being made out of plastic. The RGB elements are done better imo, and the under-glow on the sides is cool. The media keys are easier to reach because they aren't hidden behind tall keycaps anymore, I would prefer them to be above the numpad, but I think the trade-off is acceptable. The volume nob is larger and feels better when you roll it. There is no volume mute button, which is kind of unfortunate, but at least there's media keys. I don't feel like the Windows lock button is necessary, but I've rarely used them before, so maybe its nice for someone else. Actually having on-the-fly macro recording is nice as well (if it was on the K70 I never knew how to use it). The wrist rest feels nice, despite not being padded. However I think they cut back here, the wrist rest does not seem to actually attach to the board, not even with magnets. I just seems to kinda rest in the grooves cutout for the wrist rest, if you lift the keyboard the wrist rest will fall off.
ROG Armoury II, the software used to control ROG peripherals is really nice. Macros are universal across lighting profiles (I absolutely love this). The Flare has onboard storage, which I expect at this pricepoint, and is nice (no more mismatched RGB while booting up). This also means I don't have to install software and copy files over to a DVD or USB drive just to use the keyboard on my laptop, or another PC. The Flare also has built in profile switching buttons (thank you) and you don't have to unplug the keyboard to factory reset (also a nice touch, I think).
There are probably better keyboards for less, but I prefer Asus products and I don't think it was money poorly spent. I'm loving this keyboard and I highly recommend it for those who like MX Brown (or similar) switches and want a nice, high quality RGB mechanical keyboard.
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No tiene fallas. Es hermoso, bien pensado, bien diseñado y todos sus componentes son de alta calidad. La función RGB es de las mejores que he visto en teclados gamer, absolutamente hermoso.
El descansa muñecas deja un poco que desear pues si mueves un poco el teclado se zafa, una simple unión con imanes y sería perfecto.
Ahora lo malo, malísimo: EL SOFTWARE.
Asus de verdad es conocido por hacer de los mejores Hardwares en el mundo pero con uno de los peores y mas deficientes softwares y lamentablemente no es posible disfrutar al 100% sin un software que, ya no digas esté bonito, moderno bien diseñado como los de otras marcas, si no que simplemente FUNCIONE.
El Teclado funciona a traves del software ROG ARMOURY II y prepárate para la porquería que es. Lento, mal diseñado, como que lo hicieron con prisa. Todo básico, hasta pareciera el software de un teclado genérico, de verdad un asco.
Y lo peor de todo es que si personalizas un perfil con elementos de luz, se traba a tal grado que te inhabilita el teclado, solo parpadea, como que se reinicia y vuelve a parpadear y tienes de resetearlo, perdiendo TODO lo que tengas configurado o personalizado. Tampoco hay donde poder hacer un EXPORT e IMPORT de tus perfiles, así que si se bugea (y creeme, lo hará) tendrás que resetear el teclado y perder TODO lo que hiciste.
Me cansé de configurarlo, es una pena que pagué más de $3,000 pesos por un teclado RGB para personalizarlo como se me de la gana y no puedo, se bugea y hay que resetear. De plano ya me harté y tengo los perfiles por default.
Lástima que Amazon no me deje regresarlo ya pasando los 30 días porque para éste rango de precio no es aceptable que tenga éstas fallas. Si estás pensando comprarlo de verdad creo que te irá mejor con otras marcas.
Eso si, el día que ASUS deje de comerse los mocos y se ponga a desarrollar sus softwares como los de la competencia, ese día cambio la calificación a 5 estrellas.
Sin embargo el software rog armoury crate es una vil porqueria, pesimo software, para configurar el aura sync tienes que escoger con la tecla function mas cualquier perfil del 1 al 5 ya que el 6 es el default y ese no se puede configurar, eso no te lo dicen en ningun lado, y aun asi a veces no agarra, yo pude hacerlo funcionar con el el perfil 2 ya que te da la opcion de cambiar de perfil por el software pero no lo recomiendo.
La iluminacion es un gran fuerte de este teclado no por nada es muy codisiado por los fans de asus rog strix, igual si no lo puedes ajustar desde aura sync trae modos de la opcion dispositivo que puedes ponerle pero solo puedes colocarle un efecto y a lo mucho uno o dos colores segun el efecto ademas del arco iris, y el ciclo de colores que cambian consecuentemente pero con aura ya puedes combinar y multiplicar los efectos a tu placer y si tienes un mouse rog tambien puede ser afectado por efectos del teclado ya que es requisito un teclado rog para habilitar todas las funciones de efectos como rizado, lazer, etc.
Es un gran teclado, biene con una insignia personalizable, biene con un puerto usb adicional para conectar lo que quieras, evidentemente el teclado requiere dos conexiones, del teclado y del puerto usb que trae.
Tuve un problema al segundo dia, derrame algo de agua, y le cayo adentro del switch de una tecla y esa tecla ya no se detectaba, ya estaba pidiendo reclamo cuando investigue que eso a veces pasa en estos teclados con agua o suciedad, al final cancele la solicitud de cambio ya que lo resolvi con aire comprimido hechandole en el switch salio agua a lo que volvio a funcionar sin problemas, tambien consideren usuarioa de laptops o notebooks de poco watage ya que tuve problemas de energia con el teclado ya que con todo el rgb encendido me duraba unas 4 horas antes de que dejara de funcionar y me detectara un ptoblema de energia insuficiente en el sistema asi que cuidadito ;c .
I love the media keys, and the rest on the front of the keyboard does make it more comfortable to use, even if it isn't soft. The incline helps.