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ASUS ROG Claymore Keyboard Review

There is a chance that when you first saw the price of the ROG Claymore, you snorted with derision and thought to yourself, ‘no keyboard could be worth that much!’

Respectfully, I would have to disagree with you. For starters, the Claymore not only looks great thanks to its Mayan-inspired detailing, but build quality is also of the first degree thanks to the aluminium construction.

Then there is a detachable numpad. This is not just a gimmick, either – it can be used on the right-hand side as a traditional numpad, or you can move it to the left-hand side of the keyboard and use it for your macros in-game. This is very innovative idea which could be useful for many.

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Gamers will find many feature they appreciate, too, including having up to 5 user-configurable profiles saved directly to the keyboard’s in-built memory, as well as N-key rollover and a Windows-key lock function. There are even more features available if you have an ROG motherboard – you can control your fan-speed and even overclock your CPU directly from the Claymore.

Lastly, we even got to play around with ROG Sync – the technology which let you sync the lighting effects between the Claymore and the ROG Spatha mouse. This offers some very cool functionality which is only going to get better as ASUS tell us they are continually improving the lighting sync technology.

All-in-all, then, the ROG Claymore is an excellent gaming keyboard. There is nothing I dislike about it – that is, except the steep £199.99 price-tag. Even then, the Claymore is jam-packed with features – and, after-all, if you want the best, you have to be prepared to pay for it.

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You can buy one from Overclockers UK for £199.99 inc. VAT HERE.

Pros

  • Great build quality.
  • Cherry MX RGB switches.
  • ROG/Aura Sync technology is very cool.
  • Lots of gamer-friendly features.
  • Can overclock your CPU directly from the keyboard if you have a ROG motherboard.
  • Detachable numpad is genuinely useful.
  • Detachable cable.

Cons

  • It is admittedly expensive.

KitGuru says: The ROG Claymore is the best keyboard I have ever used. It has a price-tag to match, but if you want a keyboard that not only looks great but is also packed to the rafters with useful features, look no further than the Claymore.

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Rating: 9.0.

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