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ASUS Cerberus Mech RGB
ASUS, a brand most commonly associated with souped-up graphics cards, extravagant motherboards, and over-thetop gaming systems, is complementing – and effectively completing – its lineup of products with gaming peripherals like the Cerberus Mech RGB mechanical keyboard.
Instead of going with popular opinion by fitting the Cerberus Mech RGB with Cherry MX switches, the keys are equipped with Kailh Blue switches instead. But don’t be too quick to think that the typing experience would be impaired as a result, though, as we definitely enjoyed typing on the Cerberus Mech RGB just as much as we did on keyboards with Cherry MX Blue switches.
But there were some noticeable differences between the two switches, however. The Kailh Blue switches of the Cerberus Mech RGB felt ever so slightly easier to actuate, compared to the Cherry MX Blue switches of the HyperX Alloy FPS, which felt a little stiff beneath our fingers. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as we could hammer away on the Cerberus Mech RGB for extended periods without ending up with weary fingers.
As the ‘RGB’ acronym in its name would suggest, the Cerberus Mech RGB is endowed with individually programmable backlit keys. This means if you have the time and patience, you can assign each of the Cerberus Mech RGB’s keys a unique color using its accompanying software utility. Don’t worry, the backlight of the Cerberus Mech RGB is luminous enough to ensure that your hard work can be seen under the glare of the brightest fluorescent lights.
It’s worth mentioning that you don’t necessarily need to have the Cerberus Mech RGB’s software utility installed to make the most out of its features, as you can adjust the brightness of its backlit keys, cycle through its seven lighting effects, and switch its key rollover mode (6-key or N-key) directly on the keyboard itself.
As a matter of fact, you can even record complex macros and allocate them to any of the five available gaming profiles without having to depend on its bundled software. The macros are stored on the keyboard, so you won’t have to reassign them from scratch when you connect the Cerberus Mech RGB to another PC.
As a whole, we’re impressed by the features of
concLuSion the aSuS cerberus Mech RGB has the potential to be a real crowd-pleaser.
the Cerberus Mech RGB. We do wish that it had a detachable cable, as that would make it convenient to bring around for tournaments and LAN parties.
the software utility of the cerberus Mech RGB isn’t the most intuitive we’ve seen, but it’s undoubtedly comprehensive.