Mech­a­nised and il­lu­mi­nated.

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ASUS is look­ing to change the play­ing field with this en­try-level me­chan­i­cal RGB gam­ing key­board promis­ing great specs at a price that most of us can ac­tu­ally af­ford.

Lay your hands on this baby and you’ll im­me­di­ately no­tice the rub­berised plas­tic that cov­ers ev­ery sur­face — this is a plea­sure to touch but a smudge mag­net. While the four in­cluded spare key­caps don’t get this rub­ber treat­ment, their or­ange-red colour en­sures those W,S, A, D keys still stand out. The key­board can lie flat or at a slight an­gle, but those who like a wrist rest should look else­where.

The over­all aes­thetic is min­i­mal­is­tic and taste­ful, which is quite re­fresh­ing. The only strong as­ser­tion that this is a gam­ing ‘ board is the RGB back­light­ing, of­fer­ing per-key colour con­fig­u­ra­tions with seven ef­fects that you can save to one of six pro­files. You can also save any macros you record to those pro­files, and eas­ily switch be­tween them by hit­ting Func­tion plus F1 through F6. The ease of con­fig­u­ra­tion is one of the Cerberus key­board’s great­est strengths, with the ASUS Ar­mory soft­ware mak­ing short work of set­ting up new pro­files.

The switches are Kai­hua branded and come in Red, Blue, Brown and Black — the Red switches we tested felt al­most iden­ti­cal to their Cherry coun­ter­parts. While there are al­ter­na­tive gam­ing key­boards with heav­ier fea­ture-sets, th­ese al­ways cost more (up to twice as much, in the case of the Razer Black­widow 2 Chroma) and for some, the sim­plic­ity of the Cerberus will be a key sell­ing point, rather than a draw­back.

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