ASUS ROG Strix Flare Mechanical RGB Keyboard Review
The Strix Flare comes in a package that will be familiar to anyone who has seen a Strix box before. The large, multicoloured, ROG logo and clear product image are backed up by the chrome text to have an instantly recognisable product. It's a change to see the ROG logo in the top right being red rather than the chrome that it usually is.
Inside we have a couple of ROG stickers, a very nice wrist rest that will help keep your wrists pain free, and a blank logo insert so that you can get your clan logo, name, or pretty much anything you can think of made up and installed in place of the ROG logo.
The gun metal grey chassis looks very nice with the diagonal line that runs from the right hand edge of the light up logo all the way across the keyboard and even onto the wrist rest showing how much attention to detail there is on the Flare. The key font is crisp and large so there should be a decent amount of light showing through, whilst the left hand corner is dedicated to the scroll/volume wheel and dedicated media keys.
On the underside we find large rubber feet as well as a large ROG logo. Given how rare it is to even see the bottom of your keyboard let alone pay attention to it, we like the attention to detail.
The Flare has moved the scroll wheel across to the left hand side from where we normally find it. Perhaps there is some copyright issue with Corsair that they are the only company allowed to have it on the right, although this placement on the left means you can adjust it easily without taking your hand off the mouse.
As is so often the case with mechanical keyboard there is a Cherry MX switch to be found beneath the modern fonted keycap. The background is also lightly coloured which should help your colour choice really pop, as we'll see on the next page.
The logo slides in and out with a tool-free click. We're nowhere near artistic enough to create our own, but we know what the community is capable of and can't wait to see some of the designs that appear. With a large hole available to beam the LED through you could even create a 3D model that would light up. Even if you just leave it as the ROG logo it still looks good enough.
Around the back, next to the logo, is the USB pass through, handy for plugging in headphones, mouse or even just a USB stick with your profiles on it.