ASUS Strix Tactic Pro Gaming Keyboard Review
By Jason Vaught
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by ASUS.
The Strix brand, ASUS’ new performance-to-premium gaming brand, was launched in May of 2014. Modeled around the mythological Roman owl. In it’s line up is the Strix Claw (a 5000 DPI optical mouse), the Strix DSP (7.1 ch. USB headset), the Strix glide control/speed mouse pads, and the Strix Tactic Pro gaming mechanical keyboard. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Strix Tactic Pro keyboard to see if meets expectations and lives up to the ASUS name.
In this review, I’ll be testing the Cherry MX Brown switch version of this keyboard. The Cherry MX Brown switch is advertised as a quiet, tactile switch. Similar to a Cherry Blue, but without the noise. Cherry MX browns are advertised as both good for gaming and for typing.
The best way to test a keyboard, is to use it. However, we can also test the N-Key Rollover (NKRO) function that is advertised to work flawlessly over USB with this keyboard. I will also test the ease and function of the ASUS software for configuring the macro keys. I have been testing this keyboard with a variety of games and software for 40+ hours and am currently using the keyboard to type this review.
Features & Specifications
- Connector: Single gold-plated USB (Non-detachable)
- Anti-ghosting: True NKRO (6KRO switch included)
- Switches: Fully mechanical Cherry MX type
- Switch lifecycle: 50-million keystrokes
- Backlit: Individually-backlit (orange) keys with 4-level settings
- Cable: Braided fiber 1.8m
- Key cap material: Tough ABS
- Media keys: Volume control, play/pause, previous track and next track
- Macro keys: Up to 21 customizable keys (13 dedicated macro keys + 8 switchable macro/function (F1-F8) keys)
- Special features:
- On-the-fly macro recording
- Dual modes: plug-and-play hardware mode and software mode
- Gaming mode (disables Windows® key); Macro mode (reassigns F1-F8 as macro keys)