The ROG Strix Scope is a series of mechanical keyboards from the gaming line of Asus.
Time to take Control
Name and font already give away that the Strix Scope is clearly a gaming keyboard. But it is not only its appearance, also its features are primarily tuned towards gaming. The keyboard offers RGB lighting, 100% anti-ghosting, macro support, on-board storage for profiles and a game mode to disable the windows key. All pretty standard, but the Strix Scope also has a unique characteristic that stands out: Its left CTRL key is about two times wider than it usually is. The idea here is to make playing games that make much use of the CTRL key more comfortable, especially FPS games come into mind.
The ROG RX Switch
While the original ROG Strix Scope features Cherry MX switches, the newer ROG Strix Scope RX, released at the end of 2020, features ROG RX. The ROG RX switch is a linear optical switch from Asus. Instead of establishing a metal contact, it uses a light signal to detect actuation. This allows to cut the bounce time to basically zero which makes faster input recognition possible. Additionally, the switch features a unique stem that was designed with stability in mind. More precisely, it shall reduce wobbling and increase consistency. As a drawback, no common keycaps will fit onto the stems. But with its rather unique bottom row, it might be difficult to find matching keycaps for the Strix Scope anyway. If you plan on swapping the keycaps out nevertheless, you are probably better off choosing the original ROG Strix Scope instead of the ROG Strix Scope RX.
Versions of the Strix Scope
There are different versions of the ROG Strix Scope available. The name reveals which version is sold:
- Strix Scope: keyboard with Cherry MX switches
- Strix Scope RX: keyboard with ROG RX switches, USB passthrough and revised body
Additionally, a name suffix tells you about the form factor or the included accessories:
- Deluxe (DLX): a wrist rest is included
- Tenkeyless (TKL): the keyboard is without numpad
Tech Specs for Asus ROG Strix Scope
Further Information on Amazon.com
Mechanical Keyboard Score
The mechanical keyboard score is our overall score for a keyboard. The score is based on the available ratings and critics and makes an easy comparison between different mechanical keyboards possible. It is also used for our mechanical keyboard ranking.
March 11, 2021
"The Asus ROG Strix Scope RX is a compelling keyboard with optical switches, per-key RGB lighting and many gaming-focused features. It's only limited by its size and keycaps."
February 2, 2021
"The Asus ROG Strix Scope RX is a high-quality and relatively affordable gaming keyboard, but it's light on features when compared to rivals."
October 11, 2020
"The Asus ROG Strix Scope Electro Punk finds its niche as a tenkeyless mechanical gaming model for players who want a small keyboard with a big personality."
May 8, 2020
"The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL Deluxe offers everything a serious FPS gamer will want, assuming they’re happy with the Tenkeyless compromises, but the quality control and software let it down a bit."
April 21, 2020
"This keyboard is an absolute dream for FPS players. Of course, if you’re looking for a full-size keyboard this is not for you but the tenkeyless design really excels for the target audience of the Scope TKL Deluxe. The features and functions available on this board means you’re almost sacrificing nothing at all, the RGB is excellent, the design looks great, the extra features work well and overall, we’re huge fans."
April 10, 2020
"The Asus Strix Scope TKL Deluxe is a marvellous option for those looking for a sleek and sturdy TKL board that features some brilliant key switches. First impressions last, and Asus's decision to use Cherry MX switches and staple features such as a brushed aluminium top-plate mean there are few better wired gaming keyboards around."
May 9, 2019
"The Asus ROG Strix Scope is an effective mechanical gaming keyboard that focuses on the essentials, rather than dazzling potential buyers with superfluous features. It’s a gamble that pays off."
April 26, 2019
"A reliable workhorse that trades in flashiness for dependable performance."