Asus Rog Strix Scope

Asus Rog Strix Scope / Scope RX

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

Versions: Asus ROG Strix Scope | Asus ROG Strix Scope RX

Tech Specs for Asus ROG Strix Scope

Dimensions: 440 x 137 x 39 mm
Weight: 1070 g
Connection: USB
Illumination: Yes (RGB)
Key Rollover: NKRO
Numpad: Yes
Macro Keys: No macro keys
Media Keys: Yes (integrated)
USB Passthrough: No USB Passthrough
Switches: Cherry MX Brown, Cherry MX Silent Red, Cherry MX Speed
Keycaps: Laser etched ABS keycaps
Extras: Fully programmable, extra keycaps, keycap puller
Available since: Apr. 2019
Dimensions: 440 x 137 x 39 mm
Weight: 1070 g
Connection: USB (2 ports)
Illumination: Yes (RGB)
Key Rollover: NKRO
Numpad: Yes
Macro Keys: No macro keys
Media Keys: Yes (integrated)
USB Passthrough: Yes
Switches: ROG RX
Keycaps: Laser etched ABS keycaps
Extras: Fully programmable
Available since: Nov. 2020

Further Information on Amazon.com

ASUS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - ROG Strix Scope RX | Red Optical Mechanical Switches | USB 2.0 Passthrough | 2X Wider Ctrl Key for Greater FPS Precision | Aura Sync, Armoury Crate RGB Lighting
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Mechanical Keyboard Score

84

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Reviews


Tom's Hardware

March 11, 2021

4 out of 5 stars

"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."

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Trusted Reviews

February 2, 2021

4 out of 5 stars

"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."

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PC Mag

October 11, 2020

4 out of 5 points

"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."

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Vortez

May 8, 2020

Approved

"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."

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Kit Guru

April 21, 2020

9.0 out of 10 points

"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."

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Trusted Reviews

April 10, 2020

4.5 out of 5 stars

"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."

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TechRadar

May 9, 2019

4.5 out of 5 stars

"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."

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PC Gamer

April 26, 2019

80 out of 100 points

"A reliable workhorse that trades in flashiness for dependable performance."

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Kit Guru

April 15, 2019

8.5 out of 10 points

"This new ASUS ROG Strix Scope keyboard is overall a great looking and lovely feeling keyboard to use. The addition of having the 2X wider CTRL key is definitely a massive benefit when it comes to all gaming styles."

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