ASUS Cer­berus Me­chan­i­cal RGB

Il­lu­mi­na­tion at a de­cent price.

APC Australia - - Super Guide » Gaming Keyboards -

ASUS is look­ing to change the play­ing field with its lat­est en­trylevel Cer­berus de­vice, with this 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 both a plea­sure to touch and an in­stant smudge mag­net. While the four in­cluded spare key­caps don’t get this rub­ber treat­ment, their or­ange-red colour en­sures those WSAD keys still re­ally stand out.

The key­board can lay flat or at a slight an­gle, but those who like a palm rest will need to look else­where. With the min­i­mal­is­tic aes­thetic, the only strong as­ser­tion that this is a gam­ing key­board is the RGB back­light­ing, of­fer­ing seven dif­fer­ent light­ing ef­fects and per-key colour con­fig­u­ra­tions. You can save these ef­fects to any of the six pro­files, along with any macros you record, and switching be­tween them is a mat­ter of hit­ting the ap­pro­pri­ate func­tion keys. 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, although to a de­gree, that is at the ex­pense of more elab­o­rate light-ef­fect tweak­ing. The switches are Kai­hua branded and come in the fa­mil­iar Red, Blue, Brown and Black — the Red switches we tested felt al­most iden­ti­cal to their Cherry coun­ter­parts, with just ever-so slightly less re­sis­tance.


The sim­plic­ity of the Cer­berus will be a key sell­ing point, rather than a draw­back.

$150 | WWW.ASUS.COM/AU Me­chan­i­cal Kai­hua Kailh Red, Blue, Brown or Black switches; per-key RGB; 44.8 x 15.0 x 3.5cm; 1,250g

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