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The ASUS ROG Strix Scope has an extra-large Ctrl key for FPS gamers

By Koh Wanzi - on 17 May 2019, 11:05am

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope has an extra-large Ctrl key for FPS gamers

ASUS ROG Strix Scope

ASUS has announced the ROG Strix Scope, a mechanical gaming keyboard built with FPS gamers in mind. For starters, it has an extra-wide Ctrl key for all you crouch spammers out there. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with the standard-sized Ctrl key, but it is a vital part of the controls in any shooter game, and I suppose it doesn't hurt if it were a little easier to reach. 

ASUS calls this its Xccurate Design, and the ROG Strix Scope's Ctrl key is over twice as wide as traditional Ctrl keys. In a similar vein, the Windows key has been shortened as well, presumably to reduce the chances of hitting it accidentally and tabbing yourself out of game. The keyboard also comes bundled with silver WASD keys if you prefer greater contrast. 

One other interesting feature is the so-called Stealth key, which is bound to F12. This is a one-touch shortcut that will let you instantly hide all running apps and mute all audio, which sounds great for when someone catches you playing games when you shouldn't be. 

Convenience actually seems to be the order of the day here, and there's a Quick Toggle Switch that will let you toggle between either accessing the function keys or secondary media controls directly. This means you don't have to constantly hold the Fn key if you want to do something like adjust the volume, which does sound pretty useful. 

Cherry MX RGB switches are used here, and their transparent housing should mean more even lighting for both the primary and secondary legends. ASUS is offering a decent range of switches, including Red, Brown, Blue, Black, Silent Red, and Speed Silver, so you can pick between linear, tactile, or clicky options. 

Elsewhere, the ROG Strix Scope utilizes a floating-key design, which gives a cleaner look and makes clearing out any accumulated debris easier. It's also topped by an aluminum top plate that lends a nice bit of rigidity to the overall build. 

Finally, per-key RGB lighting customizations are supported as well, and you can set up your own profiles in ASUS' Armoury II software. You can store up to six custom profiles in the onboard memory, so your settings will follow you wherever you go. 

The ROG Strix Scope is available to buy now at S$269.