War­rior of a key­board

ASUS Cer­berus Mech RGB

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Peter Chu

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.

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