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ASUS Cerberus Dual LED Color Backlit Gaming Keyboard (Cerberus Keyboard)
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- Dedicated media control buttons and 12 programmable Macro f-keys
- Red/Blue switchable LED backlighting
- Full internal SECC metal plate for enhanced durability
- Splash-proof design with drain holes ensure spilled liquids exit quickly
- rubberized feet prevent accidental slipping
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Featuring an efficient design with dedicated media keys, programmable macro f-keys (f1-f12) and red/blue LED backlighting, Cerberus Keyboard is great for gaming, yet subtle enough for every day. For long-lasting durability, Cerberus Keyboard is built with an internal steel plate and designed with drainage holes so accidental spills can exit quickly.
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-- very quiet gaming keyboard (a rare combination)
-- 19-key rollover: QWE / ASD / ZXC, Tab, Left Shift, Left Alt, Left Ctrl, B, Space, Arrow keys.
-- keyboard stays firm when keys are pressed (internal metal plate)
-- keys are firmly in place -- the keycaps do not wobble
-- keys are slightly concave (in a vertical-cylindrical manner)
-- keys are ABS and coated to have a slightly rough/matte finish
-- F and J have a small bump so you can quickly find the ASDF JKL; homekeys for typing -- also 5 on numberpad
-- dedicated media and volume keys
-- additional function capability (binding of F-keys to activate Browser, Mail, Calculator, etc.)
-- Macro capability, 'rapid fire' capability
-- windows button quickly/easily disabled/enabled
-- Red or Blue LED backlighting with 4 levels of brightness and a 'breathing mode' (oscillation between low and high brightness)
-- "spill proof" (did not test)
-- braided cable
-- very solid/sturdy build -- does not feel cheap/flimsy
-- no software installation necessary
-- longevity of rubber dome mechanism? 8 million keystrokes claimed
-- aggressive styling with thin vertical slots on each side accented with salmon pink -- the coloring is consistent with other 'Cerberus' themed products (mouse, headphones). Also, when the red LED backlighting is on its lowest setting, the coloring on the side actually matches to give the illusion of being lit by red LEDs.
-- product registration on Asus website supposedly activates a warranty period after purchase, but the duration of that warranty is not actually specified or advertised anywhere, only that the duration varies by region. So, 'spill proof' keyboard with non-descript warranty period.
-- the top surface of the bottom row of keys is elevated in a manner that makes presssing the spacebar more challenging than it needs to be. If it were up to me to improve it, I would consider tapering the bottom row of keys down. As it is now, thumbs rest on the side of the spacebar and have to be moved very close to your index finger to activate. A high wrist position is necessary to make that comfortable. This could be a personal preference.
-- the matte finish on the keys appears does not appear to be uniformly applied
-- This keyboard could actually work well for both quiet gaming and word processing based on features identified above.
-- I compared this keyboard to Microsoft Sidewinder X4 (comparable red backlighting, but loud), SteelSeries Apex 300 (white backlighting, but loud), Zalman ZM-K600S (no backlighting), Logitech K800 (quiet, but no rollover capability), and the Corsair Strafe MX Silent (quiet mechanical). The Asus Cerberus actually sounds quieter than the K800 because the noise has a lower pitch.
-- This is a modestly priced non-mechanical gaming keyboard that happens to be very quiet. That fact should be given greater prominence in the advertising because many gamers are likely to have roommates that are trying to sleep. A good comparison might be to the Gigabyte Force K7, also reputed to be a quiet gaming keyboard (scissor switches), but at the time of this review it is no longer in production. The Corsair Strafe MX Silent (the red LED version is ~$90 at time of this review) is an excellent keyboard for ~$30 more that is only very slightly 'louder' due to a mix of high and low-pitch sounds.
Loudest --> Quietest
-- Microsoft Sidewinder X4 (membrane) -- typing is loud due to wobbly keycaps -- loudest (full N-key rollover)
-- SteelSeries Apex 300 (membrane) -- typing is loud due to wobbly keycaps -- almost as loud as Sidewinder X4 (20-key rollover)
-- Zalman ZM-K600S (membrane) -- slightly quieter than Sidewinder X4 with lower-pitched noise (full N-key rollover)
-- Corsair Strafe (Cherry MX Silent) -- very quiet, mix of low and higher-pitched noise, like a mouse chewing through cardboard (full N-key rollover)
-- Logitech K800 (scissor switches) -- very quiet, high-pitched noise, like soft footsteps on tile (limited rollover capability)
-- Logitech K810 (scissor switches) -- very quiet, high-pitched noise, like soft footsteps on tile (limited rollover capability)
-- Asus Cerberus (rubber dome) -- very quiet, low-pitched noise, like soft footsteps on carpet (19-key rollover)
I included a badly done but simple video to show others how the pulsing lights work if you are interested.
Only fault I could give is that if you are set on blue LED's beware, it disables the gaming features cutting out half of the things that make a good keyboard great.