ASUS Strix Gaming Series
by matthew yap
Hoot goes the Strix, or ‘owl’ as it is known in Greek, a whole new range of gaming peripherals from ASUS. With RoG, is there really need another gaming series? Probably not, but it’s here to stay and we’ve got a whole set of it for review this month.
The Strix mouse is clearly meant for right-handed gamers and has enough buttons for MOBA or FPS players. I’m sure there are many gamers who will like the Strix Claw’s anodised plastic body, which is lightweight and gives it a firm grip. FPS gamers will also enjoy having the DPI clutch button, which allows for precision when sniping.
Control is important
To go with the Claw is the Glide Control mouse pad. It works well and the Claw strafes on its surface smoothly, so gaming experience can be a breeze. Of course, I made sure I adjusted the DPI to my liking.
The heart of the setup is ASUS very first mechanical keyboard – the Tactical Pro. You get your choice of Cherry MX keys and the unit we got uses Cherry MX Blue keys. I love the tactile feel as it reminds me of typewriters, making it sweet for typing. It’s got nearly everything too, with a whopping 21 programmable macro keys, a macro record button and multimedia buttons. However, I did hope that a wrist rest was packed in the box.
Tying it all in
If there’s one thing that’s a bit disappointing, it’s that the Strix software still isn’t optimised yet. Feature set is good with customisation of macro keys and functions, profile switching, as well as hardware and software mode. However, probably because of a bug or something else, it lags when switching from mouse to keyboard settings and the CPU usage spikes when that happens. Other than that there’s not much to it. As a whole, the new peripheral set from ASUS is pretty good, but there’s definitely room for improvements.
Strix Tactical Pro
Type: Fully mechanical Cherry MX keys
Anti-ghosting: True NKRO (6KRO switch included)
Macro keys: 21
Backlit: Individually-backlit (orange) keys with 4-level settings
Switch Lifetime: 50-million key presses
Size: 122.55 x 71.75 x 45.25 (mm)
Weight: 110g (without cable)
Cable: 2M with gold-plated USB connector
Resolution: Native 5000 dpi
Maximum polling: 1000Hz
Strix Glide Control
Size: 400x300mm surface
Weight: 208 g
Verdict ASUS fans would flock to this gaming peripheral set.