If you’re looking for a premium keyboard and have limited desk space, the Asus ROG Strix Scope RX TKL Wireless Deluxe is a compelling option.
It’s easy to underestimate the value of a compact tenkeyless keyboard, but, by ditching unnecessary keys in favour of a more focused design, these smaller options provide much more space for peripherals like gaming mice.
And, at least on paper, this is a keyboard with some interesting highlights, including optical key switches and a layout aimed squarely at gamers.
What’s it like to actually use, though? And is it worth the money? We’ve been testing it for a couple of weeks to find out.
The Asus ROG Strix Scope RX TKL Wireless Deluxe is a great keyboard for a number of different reasons.
Its key switches are wonderfully stabilised, as are their keycaps, meaning it doesn’t wobble or make horrid noises while you game.
It’s also intelligently designed with gamers in mind and has a wonderful build quality. All in all, there’s a lot to like here.
However, we’re not fans of the lettering, and it’s nowhere near as fancy looking as the Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro or the SteelSeries Apex 7 Ghost.
It also boasts a choice of connection options with 2.4 GHz RF wireless, Bluetooth and USB-C connections available. You can get as much as 76 hours of battery life out of the keyboard in its wireless mode. But you can also pair it with multiple Bluetooth devices, too.
This Strix Scope TKL also has several hidden highlights that aren’t immediately obvious. The most pleasing of which is the ROG RX optical-mechanical switches. Like other optical switches, these rely on a beam of light to actuate, and are therefore more accurate and durable than traditional switches.
We tested the red versions of these switches – ones that actuate with around 45g of force at 1.5mm. In other words, quickly, and with a reasonably light touch – ideal for gaming. You’ll soon feel a difference between these keys and other key switches, though. These RX switches are very different to the Cherry MX switches you find on most other gaming keyboards.
Unlike traditional Cherry MX style switches, which use a cross-like central core to attach the keycap, these switches use four pins. Along with the internal stabilisers, then, this means the keycaps are supported to minimise wobble. Larger keys have the usual stabilisers, as well, meaning even more stabilisation.
The keys on this keyboard are pleasant to type on, in our view – they’re wobble-free and comfortable. There’s also very little of the ping, rattle or other horrid noise that you commonly find on lesser keyboards. It’s not silent, but it’s much more pleasant than many other gaming keyboards we’ve tested.