ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Mar 30, 2021 at 09:46 am
ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL Picture
8.7
Gaming
3.4
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Office
7.8
Programming
4.9
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wired
Size
TenKeyLess (80%)
Mechanical
Yes

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL is an excellent mechanical gaming keyboard. It's a TenKeyLess keyboard without a numpad, and it's available in various Cherry MX switches. It has excellent build quality and is reasonably comfortable to type on, even without a wrist rest, though there's a Deluxe variant that comes with one. It has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys, as well as LEDs at the bottom of the keyboard to create an underglow effect. Unfortunately, its latency is a bit high and might not be ideal for serious, competitive gamers. Also, while its companion software offers plenty of customization options, it isn't available for macOS or Linux.

Our Verdict

8.7 Gaming

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL is an excellent gaming keyboard. It has excellent build quality, RGB backlighting, and macro-programmable keys. The Cherry MX Browns on our unit are light and responsive, and there are multiple Cherry MX switch options available to suit your needs. Unfortunately, its latency is a bit high for a wired keyboard and might not be ideal for competitive gamers.

Pros
  • Macro-programmable keys.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Great typing experience.
  • Comfortable to type on without a wrist rest.
Cons
  • Latency may be too high for competitive gamers.
3.4 Mobile/Tablet

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL is a wired-only keyboard and isn't suitable for use with mobile devices.

7.6 Office

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL is good for office use. It's well-built and comfortable to type on without a wrist rest, although there's a Deluxe version that comes with one if you need it. The Cherry MX Brown switches on our unit provide a great typing experience, and you can also get the keyboard in various Cherry MX switches to suit your preference. It's fully compatible with Windows, but a few keys don't work on macOS, and there's no customization software either.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Great typing experience.
  • Comfortable to type on without a wrist rest.
Cons
  • No customization software for macOS.
7.8 Programming

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL is good for programmers. It's a well-built keyboard that provides a great typing experience. It has macro-programmable keys, and its full RGB backlighting is great for those who like to work in the dark. The version that we tested doesn't come with a wrist rest, but most people should be comfortable without one. Unfortunately, there's no customization software for Linux.

Pros
  • Macro-programmable keys.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Great typing experience.
  • Comfortable to type on without a wrist rest.
Cons
  • No customization software for Linux.
4.9 Entertainment / HTPC

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL is bad for use with a home theater PC. It's a wired-only keyboard with no trackpad, which isn't ideal if you have kids who might trip over wires, and you need a dedicated mouse for navigation. On the bright side, it has full RGB backlighting for dark room viewing, and you can set the media controls as the default for easier access.

Pros
  • Great typing experience.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • No trackpad.
  • 8.7 Gaming
  • 3.4 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Office
  • 7.8 Programming
  • 4.9 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Mar 30, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Mar 25, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.6" (4.0 cm)
Width 14.0" (35.6 cm)
Depth
5.4" (13.6 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.98 lbs (0.900 kg)

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL is an 80% keyboard that lacks a numpad. It doesn't take up much space, which is great for gamers who need more space to move the mouse. If you want an even more compact board, check out the ASUS ROG Falchion, which is a wireless 65% model.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL's build quality is excellent. It has a plastic frame with an aluminum plate on top, and it feels very rigid, showing no signs of flex. The keycaps are ABS plastic, but they're high-quality and doubleshot, so the key legends shouldn't fade over time. The keys are stable and don't wobble much, although there's a slight rattle when shaking the keyboard. The rubber feet are very grippy and prevent the keyboard from sliding around, and the incline feet feel very sturdy.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
Wrist Rest No

The ergonomics are okay. It's a straight board that naturally sits at a 4-degree incline and offers one additional incline setting. It doesn't come with a wrist rest, but it's comfortable to type on without one and shouldn't cause fatigue over time. That said, there's a Deluxe version that includes one if you need it.

9.7
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Ok
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys, and there are also LEDs at the bottom of the keyboard to produce an underglow effect. You can customize the lighting through software. Unfortunately, the white backlighting has a pinkish hue.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
Yes (Wired Only Keyboard)
Length 6.0 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

The USB-A to USB-C cable is braided and should be long enough for most people's setup. It's also detachable, so you can replace it with a custom one.

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Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL is a wired-only keyboard.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps & Scroll Lock

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL has a few extra features. You can program a macro onto any key except for the Fn key, and you can do so through software or on-the-fly. The top row is set to media controls by default; you can access the function keys by pressing and holding Fn first or make the function keys the default by pressing Fn+Ins (Fn-Lock). There's a privacy button (F12) that minimizes all programs and mutes all sounds when pressed, and you can lock the Windows key by pressing Fn+Windows, preventing you from accidentally minimizing your game. If you'd like a wireless board with a modular numpad, check out the ASUS ROG Claymore II.

Design
In The Box

  • ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL keyboard
  • USB-C to USB-A cable
  • User guide
  • ROG stickers

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Cherry MX Brown
Feel
Tactile
Operating Force
58 gf
Actuation Force
47 gf
Pre-Travel
2.2 mm
Total Travel
4.0 mm

Our unit has Cherry MX Brown switches, but it's also available in Red, Blue, Silver Speed, and Silent Red. The Browns have a short pre-travel distance and light operating force, making them feel responsive and light. They provide tactile feedback so that you know when a key has been actuated.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The typing experience is great. The ABS keycaps feel high-quality and nice to type on. The keys are stable, except for the spacebar, Shift, and Enter keys, which rattle a bit. Key spacing is fairly standard, so it shouldn't take long to get used to typing on it. The Cherry MX Brown switches on our unit are easy to actuate and provide good tactile feedback. It's comfortable to type on without a wrist rest and shouldn't cause fatigue after extended use. If you need a wrist rest, there's a Deluxe version that comes with one.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

Typing is quiet with the Cherry MX Brown switches, great for noise-sensitive environments. However, it may be louder if you use Cherry MX Blues.

7.1
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
13.9 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL has decent latency, though a bit high for a wired keyboard. It shouldn't be noticeable to most people, but it isn't ideal for competitive gamers looking for the lowest input lag. For a TKL board with a lower latency, check out the Fnatic miniSTREAK.

Software and Operating System
9.6
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Armoury Crate
Account Required
No
Profiles
5
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
Yes
Macro Programming
Software and Onboard
Ease Of Use
Easy
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

ASUS' Armoury Crate software offers an exceptional number of customization options. You can program macros, reassign keys, and customize the RGB backlighting. You can create up to five profiles and save them on the onboard memory, allowing you to access them on a computer that doesn't have the software installed. Unfortunately, it's only available for Windows.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL has decent compatibility. It's fully compatible with Windows. Every key works as intended on Linux, but on macOS, Print Screen and Scroll Lock don't work. There's no customization software for macOS and Linux.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL with Cherry MX Brown switches, but it's available in various Cherry MX switches, including Red, Blue, Speed Silver, and Silent Red. There's an Electro Punk variant with a black and pink color scheme, but it's only available with Cherry MX Red switches. Also, while our unit doesn't come with a wrist rest, there's a Deluxe version that does.

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL is an excellent gaming keyboard that provides a great typing experience. However, its latency is a bit high for a wired keyboard and might be disappointing for competitive gamers looking for the lowest input lag.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best RGB keyboards.

SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL and the SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL are both wired TenKeyLess gaming keyboards. The SteelSeries is better for the most part because it has more features, like an OLED screen, dedicated media controls, a USB passthrough, and it comes with a wrist rest. Also, it has lower latency and customization software for macOS. Both keyboards are available in multiple switch options.

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL and the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition are very similar wired TKL keyboards. The main difference is that the Razer has much lower latency, making it better for gaming. The SteelSeries is available in various Cherry MX switch options, but the Razer only comes with Razer's Linear Optical switches. The ASUS provides a much better typing experience mainly because the Razer's switches are extremely sensitive, which might lead to more typos.

ASUS ROG Falchion

The ASUS ROG Falchion is a slightly better gaming keyboard than the ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL thanks to its significantly lower latency. Also, you can use the Falchion both wired and wirelessly, and it has a touch panel on its left side that you can reprogram or set macros to. On the other hand, you can only use the Strix Scope TKL wirelessly, but its larger size gives it space for a dedicated F-row. Both boards are available with Cherry MX Red, Brown, Blue, and Speed Silver switches, but the Strix Scope TKL is also available with Silent Red switches.

Ducky One 2 RGB TKL

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL and the Ducky One 2 Mini RGB TKL are both wired TenKeyLess keyboards that are available in various Cherry MX switches. The only difference is that the Ducky has lower latency, making it a better choice for gaming. While we tested both keyboards with Cherry MX Brown switches, the Ducky provides a better typing experience because it has higher-quality PBT keycaps.

Razer BlackWidow Lite

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL and the Razer BlackWidow Lite are very similar wired TKL gaming keyboards. The Razer has slightly lower latency, but the difference shouldn't be noticeable to most people. The ASUS has onboard memory, which the Razer lacks, and its backlighting is full RGB, while the Razer's is only in white.

ASUS ROG Claymore II

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL is a wired TKL board, while the ASUS ROG Claymore II is a wireless full-size board with a modular numpad. The Claymore II is a better choice for gaming, thanks to its much lower latency. Also, it has a volume control wheel, a USB passthrough, and a plushy wrist rest. You can place the numpad on the left or right side of the board or remove it completely for a TKL size. It's available with ROG RX Red Optical Mechanical switches and ROG RX Blue Optical Mechanical switches. On the other hand, the Strix Scope TKL is available with a variety of Cherry MX switches.

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