ASUS Officially Unveils The ROG Claymore and Claymore Core RGB Keyboards
John Williamson / 3 years ago
ASUS’ ROG Claymore keyboards have been pictured quite a few times and one of the worst kept secrets in recent memory. Nevertheless, this new range has undergone a lengthy development period and consumers were eagerly awaiting the official announcement. After a few teaser images, ASUS has finally announced the new keyboards which look absolutely stunning. The ROG Claymore is the world’s first RGB LED-backlit keyboard with a detachable numpad. Additionally, the keyboard can be used as an 80% TKL for people with limited space.
On another note, the durable aluminium chassis with intricate Mayan-inspired detailing is really unique and helps the product to stand out. As expected, ASUS’ incorporated their Aura lighting technology which allows you customise each individually backlit key. The keyboard even contains cooling fan speed hotkeys which function alongside an ASUS motherboard to quickly change PWM values. In terms of specifications, both the ROG Claymore and ROG Claymore Core supports N-key rollover, on-the-fly macro recording and a 1000Hz polling rate.
Engineered for gamers
ROG Claymore is the world’s first RGB mechanical keyboard to have a detachable numpad design that allows users to use it as a full-size keyboard at home, or as an 80% TKL (an abbreviation of ‘tenkeyless’, which refers to the lack of a numpad) mechanical gaming keyboard at LAN parties. The detachable keypad can be placed to the left or right of the keyboard to suit different scenarios — on the left side of the keyboard as macro keys for MMO gaming, or on the right for a more traditional keypad placement. ROG Claymore Core is a compact TKL mechanical gaming keyboard and does not have a detachable numpad.
Both keyboards utilise German-made Cherry MX switches (Red, Blue, Brown and Black) for a responsive feel and up to 50-million-keystroke durability. Anti-ghosting and full N-Key rollover (NKRO) technology ensure all keystrokes are logged, no matter how many keys are pressed simultaneously. Each key is individually backlit and fully programmable. There is even on-the-fly macro-key recording and nine preset Aura light effects.
The unique keyboard design has won numerous design accolades including the 2016 Red Dot and Computex d&i awards. The keyboards are finished in aluminium and have intricate Mayan-inspired etchings on the keyboard chassis.
Pairing ROG Claymore and ROG Claymore Core to an ASUS motherboard gives users access to dedicated hotkeys for instant cooling control for improved gaming performance.
Exclusive ASUS Aura Sync RGB LED technology enables synchronised light effects when using these keyboards together with ASUS motherboards and graphics cards. Users can combine and control the LEDs on all Aura-enabled products via single software to achieve perfect, synchronised harmony. There is an array of LED effects and a colour palette of over 16 million colours, and users can even use Claymore’s backlit keys to reflect CPU temperature.
The keyboards have built-in flash memory for up to six (five customised and one default) user profiles. The intuitive ROG Armoury dashboard can be used to customise individual key, lighting and macro settings. It can even track statistical data like the total number of keystrokes made during a game.
Availability and Pricing
ASUS ROG Claymore Core will be available from 14th November 2016 in the UK from leading retailers. The Claymore which includes the num pad will be available at a later date. The MSRP of the Claymore Core will be £139.99 SRP. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.