ASUS ROG Claymore Core is a new mechanical keyboard from ASUS, which received its name in honor of the Scottish two-handed sword. What is the secret symbolism of the name? The fact that Claymore – a modular keyboard, which key number pad is removable. Moreover, it can be mounted on either the right or left side of the keyboard housing, improving thus the ergonomics of using the mouse (the hands do not have to breed away from each other). Unfortunately, the full version of this device will go on sale only in the new, 2017, year, and today is only available to customers base module TKL (Ten-Key-Less), called the ASUS ROG Claymore Core. Digital block it will be available to purchase separately and then, if necessary. Although, to me, these extra keys are not concerned in the games, as well as the vast majority of players. However, modularity – this is not the only advantage of this device. Let’s see what else there is good in him.
Packing the keyboard ASUS ROG Claymore Core looks very good, giving the buyer a fairly complete picture of its contents. Bright and juicy pictures of the product have both the front and the back of the box. It also indicated a short technical characteristics of the device, its main advantages and type of switches. However, no mention of the possibility of joining an optional digital unit!
Protection from damage during transportation is so good that I decided to take a picture of it separately, which do not normally do. The keyboard is wrapped in a soft cloth bag with ties, which can then be used during transportation, and is in a soft tray, covered with transparent plastic cover. It looks expensive and solidly.
The bundle includes a guide, a stylish piece of paper with congratulations from the manufacturer, two stickers with a red and white logos ROG and USB-braided cable. Unfortunately, there is no key for the dismantling of the keys.
Exterior design ASUS ROG Claymore Core is able to deliver aesthetic pleasure. The keyboard is made in the fashion trend now “skeleton” – the frame around the key is missing, the body size of the minimum, and the buttons themselves with switches dominate the top panel. By the way, this very uneasy panel. It is made of thick aluminum sheet, painted glossy black color and the surface is traditional for the latest gaming products ASUS relief in the form of drawings era “Maya”. And if this very good surface collects fingerprints, the buttons caps are made of opaque plastic. It does not slip and does not collect dirt and very pleasant to the touch. Illuminated ASUS ROG logo is located on the lower bezel facets in the middle.
The keyboard is present in Russian and English engraving. They are applied by burning the top layer of paint to a transparent base. English characters are located in the center of the buttons on the top and well-illuminated. Cyrillic is at the bottom right and looks more pale, which is especially noticeable in bright indoor lighting. The layout of the keys is absolutely standard, except for the lack of a digital button unit. The left and right Shift elongated, F1 is located exactly on the number “2», Win key is in its rightful place. It is possible to block the way, if you press in combination with the Fn (with the button itself is highlighted in white). A replay speed when entering characters can be changed by pressing the Fn + F1-F4. Fn + «1-6» key switches the six profiles stored in the onboard memory.
On the left sidewall of the keyboard wearing a rubber plug. It closes a connector for connecting the unit with the number keys, which can be purchased separately if required. Location digits to the left lets you use the mouse more comfortable during the game, because your hands do not have to breed too far from each other. Among the few drawbacks is worth noting that the possibility of false pressing the little finger, for example, instead of the Enter Shift.
Right all pretty standard. Enter and Backspace row and long. Lock-indicators are missing. Instead, white light LEDs for the corresponding buttons Caps and Scroll lock. Keyboard ASUS ROG Claymore Core has a fairly extensive customization capabilities without driver, using keyboard shortcuts. In addition it is the usual media controls and sound, using combinations of Fn + F5-F12, there are a number of exclusive features that are activated only with the ASUS motherboard and set them software ROG Armoury and Fan Expert. In particular, we are talking about the speed regulation system fans (Fn + «-» and «+») and synchronization between the backlight Aura devices (Fn + PrtSc).
When the system is off, you can activate the entrance to the BIOS / UEFI (Del), overclocking (F11) and memory (F12), or start the system from the keyboard by pressing the Enter key. And you can even reset the BIOS, holding at the start of the buttons C + L + R.Backlight control is also possible without a driver. Fn + arrow left / right touches effects, and Fn + arrow up / down adjust brightness. Combinations Fn + Del, End, PageDown change hue by adding 10 units of red, green or blue color in the current version of the backlight. You can record and hardware macros, hold both Fn and Alt. Alt key will start to blink white, then you need to type the command, once again press the Fn + Alt and click on which team will be appointed.Please note that there is no alternative layout mode, the macro immediately activated by pressing the key. Because it is assigned to any unused button or register another user’s profile.
On the right side wall of the keyboard also has a connector that allows you to connect a digital block of keys, and from this side. Useful for those who are used to the classic of its location.
As mechanical switches immediately apply the latest Cherry MX RGB Black, made in a transparent body and a flat built-in LED. This linear mechanisms that require 60 grams of force to activate, with the full path to the pressing of 4 mm and triggered after passage of 1.9 mm path. Tactile sensations of them pleasant enough, there is clearly the moment of activation and controlled pressing force. In addition, they are relatively quiet, if you do not hit the keys with full force or do not survive to the end of them. From my point of view it is ideal for gaming applications (especially if Red switches seem overly soft), and fast typing turns out to them very well. Assortment ASUS ROG Claymore Core is not limited to Cherry MX Black and the buyer will be able to easily find them in the version with switches Blue, Red or Brown, to your taste.Stabilizers on long wire buttons, but with special guide shafts on the sides. Accordingly, long button does not hang upon activation, and generally behave decently. The only thing that slightly confused – this hypersensitivity gap. He works at the slightest touch.
Here is the side view of the keyboard. Folding legs changing the angle of the housing and lift the rear section 10 mm upwards. Profile of keys has an ergonomic, but not particularly aggressive form of tilt varies from row to row. Sami caps have a small indentation in the middle. Work on this keyboard is equally convenient for both folded and laid out with legs. The need to use coasters under the palm does not arise.
Additional external ports and connectors back there. Removable cord plugs into the socket on the bottom of the keyboard and does not protect against inflection.
USB-cable is encased in nylon braid and is flexible and soft. It’s easy to get the desired shape. Total length – 1.85 meters. from the keyboard connector is a specific form of protection against incorrect connection. Choose it by the parties will be difficult to replace in case of cable failure.
The bottom of the housing is made of matte plastic and looks quite vividly. Massive rubber feet are stuck not only on the corners, but in the middle, so that the keyboard is very stable.
To lay the cord has a kind of cable management system that allows you to display the wire is not only back, but also on the sides. In practice it is implemented is not very comfortable, the cable has to be bent at the base, and the grooves of the side he eventually falls.
Rubber lining is, in particular, and on the fold-out legs.
The keyboard has a beautiful RGB-backlit with additional effects, which can be controlled via the driver, or directly, keyboard shortcuts. The choice has five brightness levels. When you start losing the effect of the diodes of the light wave, and then switched to a predetermined composition individually for each profile. Highlighting between the buttons is not evident. Themselves inscriptions traditionally look – bright Latin characters on the top and bottom dim Cyrillic.Logo highlighted only after device initialization system. Because it can be regarded as a kind of keyboard performance indicator.
Peeping out from under the LED buttons provide a soft glow and dazzle. The angle at which they appear to be too bright, there is only one and it will have to look for specifically. Parasitic reflections on the surface, too, is not observed.
As ASUS ROG Claymore Core software uses a generic driver ROG Armoury (current version is 1.01.08, the keyboard firmware version – 1.04.03). It is able to operate as a constant, and be switched on demand, that in view of the availability of on-board memory on the device very user-friendly. Updating firmware and software can only be forced by the user’s command. The choice of 12 interface languages available.
The first screen will prompt us to set up appointments to key commands, providing the ability to save them in one of the six onboard profiles. Automatic start of each profile can be linked to the start of any application. For game mode is configured not only disable Win-key, but such harmful combinations like Alt + Tab, Alt + F4, Fn + «+/-», that can throw the user out of the game.
To reassign available keyboard and mouse commands, macros, launch programs or Web sites, multimedia commands and the basic combinations of Windows. You can completely disable this or that button.
Backlight settings do not look very rich. Among the possible options – static lighting with choice of colors (single for all buttons), breathing, color-cycle, wave, run away from pushing a wave of space, lights only the buttons pressed, random flickering buttons and the vertical wave ( “quick sand”), roll down when you press.
In addition, you can adjust and “mix” of the lighting effects for each individual button. It is through this point is given by an individual color keys. Personally, I found it not at once. It is necessary to select a set of keys, and then bind them to the specific effect with a choice of color, intensity and characteristics of the work.
Simple makroredaktor allows you to record and save a combination of keystrokes and mouse, taking into account a time delay. The maximum number of characters – 50, considering the fact that the command is written into each depression and release, and time delays between them. In the settings you can set the default delay parameter and the number of repetitions for the teams. All available macros are stored in the PC memory, a list of them can be seen on the left side of the window.
Section statistics allows to calculate the number and frequency of clicks on the main game unit buttons – QWERASDF, Shift, Ctlr and Space. Who and why would you want me to tell difficult.
Let us turn to the keyboard test.
Ergonomics ASUS ROG Claymore Core is typical of TKL. Due to the lack of a digital hand block located closer while using the keyboard and mouse, and a more favorable angle. This eliminates the extra stress of the shoulder girdle and wrist joints. The angle of the body and keys allows continuously without using ASUS ROG Claymore Core palm stands, hands in this little tired. The layout is fairly standard, but getting used to it took a few days. Because of the smaller size, I occasionally missed the right hand by the buttons. Nice shape and cover caps keys promotes a comfortable tactile feedback when pressing the keys. Behavior Cherry MX RGB Black switches on the check proved excellent. T
hey are responsive and well-controlled speed, linear response and low noise. Well suited for both games, as well as for printing. The surprise, however, is the space bar, which is activated at the slightest pressing. Perhaps the reason lies in setting up the stabilizers. By the way the stabilization of long keys is excellent, they do not warp even when you press the corners.Highlighting looks good, but the Cyrillic characters will still be read in the light of bad and look faded. Fortunately, in the dark, they can be seen better. Most of the keyboard functions can be set up and without having to install drivers.Because it can be used without preparation on any computer. The software makes sense to use only during initial setup.The keyboard supports the complete antigosting (NKRO) all of its 87 keys On USB-connection and it’s wonderful.
Mechanical Gaming Keyboard ASUS ROG Claymore Core turned out pretty interesting and remarkable in its TKL-class device. Among its advantages may be noted the beautiful exterior design and workmanship, the use of best-in-class Cherry MX RGB switches, the presence of multi-color backlight, built-in memory of six profiles, and recording macros on the fly, antigosting NKRO and detachable cable. In addition, as necessary, users can turn to the ASUS ROG Claymore Core standard keyboard by acquiring the numeric keypad. Which, in turn, can be mounted both left and right.
The only drawback of this keyboard is that some of its functions can be implemented only in conjunction with the parent by ASUS. However, the company itself sees it rather as a pleasant bonus for fans of the brand, rather than as a problem.Furthermore, ASUS ROG Claymore Core differs sufficiently high price as compared to similar pads of this class. This is partly because not so much an additional charge for the brand, as the use of expensive mechanical switches and a thick aluminum sheet on the top panel.