A matching partner with the ASUS Claw gaming mouse that I reviewed last week, the STRIX Tactic Pro might just be the keyboard for you if you’re a gamer that makes full use of macros.
The STRIX Tactic Pro is a full sized keyboard with Cherry MX switches for key-press comfort and durability, it is also with a slightly added width to accommodate 10 macro keys on the left side, and it also has with a tiny palm rest that could barely rests any palm. The keyboard is backlit with orange colored LED.
The macro key is placed all over the place which I think is useful, there are 3 macro keys on the palm rest that’s easily accessed with the left thumb and the Macro Recording feature is located nearby as well.
On the right side of the keyboard are the medial control buttons and the NKRO key.
Here’s the view from underneath.
– Connector: Single gold-plated USB
– Anti-ghosting: True NKRO (6KRO switch included)
– Switches: Fully mechanical Cherry MX type
– Switch lifecycle: 50-million keystrokes
– Backlit: Individually-backlit (orange) keys with 4-level settings
– Cable: Braided fiber 1.8m
– Key cap material: Tough ABS
– Media keys: Volume control, play/pause, previous track and next track
– Macro keys: Up to 21 customizable keys (13 dedicated macro keys + 8 switchable macro/function (F1-F8) keys)
– On-the-fly macro recording
– Dual modes: plug-and-play hardware mode and software mode
– Gaming mode (disables WindowsÂ® key); Macro mode (reassigns F1-F8 as macro keys)
The keyboard works great as it is and the wealth of macro key is amazing, with up to 21 customizable keys. It even comes with on-the-fly recording
While the features page claims that the keyboard comes with 4-level settings (usually refers to brightness), I for one am disappointed that there’s total lack of LED customization from the software which I think is awkward since the mouse section of the software allows manage the LED. I couldn’t locate any form of LED control on the keyboard either, which is very unlike the many other gaming keyboards I tried, like say the ones from Cooler Master.
The keyboard also lacks many features which I think it ought to have, for example USB and audio pass-through, or detachable cable for storage.
The ASUS STRIX Tactic Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard retails at RM 499, which is quite steep for a keyboard with so many macro yet lacking many other features. Let’s not forget that if you’re using an ASUS ROG series motherboard, there’s the Keybot software that could revolutionize your existing keyboard.
What I think is great about the keyboard is the amount of macro keys available could be put to good use, especially if one uses software like Adobe Photoshop often. Imagine having all the shortcuts assigned to the macro keys on the left, all you have to do is press M10 instead of CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + S.