ASUS Cerberus Gaming Keyboard Review


ASUS Cerberus Gaming Keyboard Review


The Cerberus is a difficult product to nail down you do have to remind yourself this is a £40 keyboard and stop expecting everything Asus to be high end absolute epeen material.

As you might guess from the £40 price tag the Cerberus is a membrane keyboard. No mechanical switches to be found. This naturally lends a squishy air to proceedings, although fortunately the rubber ensures that your typing is about as silent as possible. If your rig is somewhere near other people then the quietness of your typing can be the difference between at it all day and "will you shut that racket up whilst I'm trying to read". Points to ASUS for the quietness. The lighting is excellent with clear backlighting that is bright and adjustable in brightness too. The Cerberus supports two profiles with two colours assigned, blue and red. Although the Cerberus doesn't have any software it supports key swapping and live macro recording. Freeing up some keys for the aforementioned macros are the dedicated media keys. It's nice to have them readily to hand rather than have to peer at each function key to work out which will pause in an emergency.

There have been some curious choices in the design of the Cerberus. Probably the oddest is to tie the backlighting colour to each profile, but equally limit the available features in them. This means that you have to make a decision as to whether you want to either have the lighting colour of your choice, or have the ability to record your own macros. If you want macro recording but blue backlighting then you're out of luck. Why on earth they'd give you an either/or situation is mind-boggling. Profile switching is achieved by holding control and pressing caps lock, a good idea because you need both hands on the keyboard. Resetting everything is done by control and delete, a bad idea if you're the type who needs to give their system a three finger salute, or if when attempting to adjust the lighting you're clumsy when aiming for the Page Up/Page Down keys. 

Now a lot of this we come to expect from an affordable keyboard. When you're paying under £40 you're expecting a product that's utilitarian rather eye-popping in its feature set. We don't really think that the few extra features that the Cerberus brings to the table are sufficiently explored or implemented to make this worthy of purchasing. For the same money you have the option of the Cougar 450K - with three colour choices and full software support - or the Corsair K30 which might only have one colour but is in a completely different league in terms of build quality.

If you had showed us the Cerberus Gaming Keyboard and covered up the ASUS logo we'd never guess it was from them. Typos on the packaging, features that needed major firmware bug fixes and some curious design choices are not what we've come to expect from them. However, the lighting is excellent, and as a keyboard it works fine. The dedicated media keys are nice and the splashproof/easy drain design could definitely save you if you do accidentally spill something on it. It's almost as if ASUS are a victim of their own success. We're so used to everything they produce being excellent that when a product such as the Cerberus Keyboard arrives those issues which might otherwise be minor seem magnified by our expectations.

With a market so crowded the it is still plenty good enough that if you want a keyboard with great lighting and a few handy features that doesn't break the bank then the Cerberus is definitely worthy of a closer look, and so it wins our OC3D Value For Money award.

ASUS Cerberus Gaming Keyboard Review  

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04-07-2009, 10:35:07

Yeah there looks like some in-out issues. There has to be some kind of balance either from fan speeds or air flow per/s.

U can have the biggest fans in the world blowing in - but if the air isn't allow out, the pressure will be enormous.Quote

04-07-2009, 13:57:06

Hi all ;-)

its not needed make new forum,i was not offtopic , and not have heat issues, its about the vapor-x having an heat issue and not do his job ,but you already did so thanks anyway.

my case is an A+ Case Twin Engine / XCLIO A380

can not adds link to noobie ;-)

must see so, the front fan is more to cool the harddisks and on the underside of the front is big gap (to reduce noise) so it will not blow so much in ,the overload air go down ,so its nm if set fast or low only/mostly for the harddisks cooling,

so the side fan do the work for the motherboard parts and the 2x 12 flow out enough air for both big fans.

but you have a point for under flow out , but like mostly there is no place to make an fan there, so this case is created to have close back output cards.

but my 2900xt was with the artic triple cooler 67 max(most had 90 degrees to with this cards) and the 3 fans almost never go round because its needed to set a fan tool (or on 70degrees) and set the fans higher, but that was not needed.

i must say its hugh but did great job, but with 2 cards was just 1a2mm between cards., artic on top, so the side did the job also good, and the second card was rear output so that blow his air out.

so i need buy 1 4890 more that blow out air in back at bottom, or new pc case , or another cooler, thats saying to me not well job for the vapor-x that claim have better cooling and less noise.

but my opinion is: if want have better cooling with vapor-x you have much noise, if want have less noise have hotttt cards.

i am not a big overclocker and do not know much about it instead of most of you guys

but for me is heat nr1 important after power , because if buy top card it will mostly do his job on power parts

they did say hd2900xt was a hottie and after it was a flop, yeah a hugh megaflop producer (powerrrrr lol) but the first new card it could realy beat it was 3870x2 , also temp where cool for my case, also in crossfire

so if testing graphic topcards that always run hot, its a need for all people to know what it do in a case and when the case is closed,( but i understand it cost big time if do all that change all times, for testing ;-)) also of course its here about a apart kind of cooling called Vapor-x thats be testing, because the temps say what can do with it. for more overclocking, so this card runs in closed case very hot and do same job as the closed ones.on both (vapor-x and rear output cards) if set fan 70% to max its much noise but cooling is okay, so its a matter for people to know its not do his job quiet and cool, if not have the good case for it, so maybe its a need to have a case with the psu at bottom, or if can place fans there to flow air out. ;-)

greetz all tc ;-)Quote

05-07-2009, 10:21:01

hi all ;-)

i tried something this days to make the pc's airflow better, so tried make the 4890 vapor-X card cooler in idle mode/power mode

i tried rotate the fan on side plate ,so it blow out the air, but that realy didnt much matter for the vapor-x

only my processor and motherboard get hotter then 3 to 5deg.

i did take the big fan out ( it realy not give so much air) and replace it with 2 fans 12cm and 8 cm .

i tried 8cm fan flow in/out under and 12cm fan out/in above it

also 12 under 8 above it in and out, only 12 and only 8 flowing in and out,

it all realy not make a different

i tried set and 8cm fan on backside under graphiccard (just outside under the cable) , i have 3 ports open there, also that was not helping.

also just with open case all be hotter some degrees, and little homefan tru it then it down a little.

so lets say my case will not do the work to keep/make the vapor-x cooler ;-)Quote

27-07-2009, 13:10:51


i did buy a new vapor-x 2gb now and same story with the temps.

its so it have an extra coolblock on on the backplate side from memory.

so the processor should make it more cool also now.

i put them in crossfire now to see what happen but of course it crashing overtimes with fans on 100% and open case.

i play on 5040x1050 so its ofcourse will more heated then normal with that resolution.

i did write to sapphire to ask how and what and tell my story and ask if its possible get 2 reference coolers for it, i will send the vapor-x koeler back with smile on my face.

i did buy an artic Twin Turbo and Scythe Musashi but that 2 not fit on a vapor-x .f want leave the back coolblock on it, and Scythe Musashiwill hit the dvi output with an heatpipe,

so buy now a zalman gv1000 and that will fit good , but in crossfire can only use 1 bridge , or need longer one because it hit the heatpipe , and that will be very hot.

this are temp with 2gb on top and the 1gb with the zalman gv1000 under it.

23 degrees home temp disp=85deg mem = 112 deg shader =96 deg.for the 2gb on top with 100% fan on and fulload (crysis)4400 rpm.

for the 1gb now this are the temps with 3500rpm )(100%)

disp =66deg mem 77deg shader= 63deg.

i change them to but it was not much different , so 1gb up and 2 gb down

in idle mode with case open and 100% fans the temps are (23 home temp)

in crossfire.

2gb = disp 54 deg mem 76 deg shader 60 deg

1gb = disp 50deg mem 58deg shader 48 deg

of course they run now both in 1gb mode , i tried this one to see if better then should sell the 1gb and buy another 2gb.

so for me its not cool any way and crashes much .

i did set an home fan 12cm fan in front of the cards, we use for the kithen in a window its loud and blowing alot air .

de 2gb will go down around 8 a 10 deg then and the 1gb 5a7deg down.

this also with open case, but then atleast i not crashing in my games.

so i not know how and what but for me realy nothing work to make vapor-x cooler then this, with my case closed it will not work . with case just only open also no good work. with fan blowing on it it also just be hot mem around 100deg. that with fan 100 %. so i will buy other cooler also for the 2gb version .

this realy sucks

greetz kaasieQuote

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