Asus were kind enough to send over their ROG Falchion for me to play around with and I’ve spent about two weeks or so with the device. In that time, I used it on and off for playing games and the keyboard’s best feature lies with the fact that it’s super portable, feels really satisfying to type on and has absolutely gorgeous RGB lighting. Vincent over here at NexusHub already took a look at this keyboard last year and reviewed it, so if you want to learn more about its tech specs and other specific details, head on over to the review here.
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Now onwards as to why I’ve written this article. Well to be completely honest it’s because I’ve always been a strong supporter of the full-sized keyboard club for some time now but have slowly warmed up to the idea of a portable wireless mechanical keyboard for certain use cases. I’ve reviewed a Coolermaster SK620 which is a 60% keyboard and loved using that. However, given the fact that the SK620 was still tied down by a cable, I never truly experienced the portability of simply plugging in a minuscule wireless dongle and being able to use a keyboard freely from any position in a room.
Using the Asus Rog Falchion in the lounge with my laptop hooked up to the TV, I could literally sit on the couch and use the keyboard to control the laptop and access my media with a level of freedom that was surprisingly great. Is this what I’ve been missing out on for years? Is this why people opt to buy these tiny portable wireless keyboards in the first place? Or those wireless devices which do the exact same thing for their media PCs? If that’s the reason, then yeah, I’ve been sold on this. Sure the price of entry is high since the Asus ROG Falchion is first and foremost an expensive gaming keyboard but being able to type away from the comfort of the couch has been amazing.
The Asus ROG Falchion’s layout is slightly different to most smaller keyboards. Firstly it’s a 65% keyboard and has a non-standard ANSI layout. This means that it already has more keys than a 60% keyboard, namely the entire column on the right hand side pictured below. Fans of Page Up, Page Down, Delete and Insert rejoice for they are ever-present here in full physical form and can be pressed without the need to press an Fn key.
This same feature is a highly problematic part of the ROG Falchion keyboard. Why is it problematic? Well, the answer lies with the fact that because of this, the right hand side of the keyboard seems to be far more cramped. It’s as if all the buttons have been crammed together and it feels so squashed.
If you’re using this keyboard to type long articles such as this one, chances are you won’t really encounter this problem much. If however, you need to use the arrow keys on the right hand side, along with entering, Right Shift and Backspace, you will immediately notice that the smaller key size makes a massive difference. Your hands and fingers will have to adjust to the smaller keys on the right hand side while contending with the fact that the entire left-hand side of the keyboard is perfectly fine and feels normal. It’s an odd situation and hopefully, Asus can refine this with future revisions of this product.
So ultimately while Asus has crafted a solid 65% keyboard here, be warned that while it is portable and wireless, the odd key sizing on the right hand side of the keyboard makes a noticeable difference. You’ll have to acclimatize to this through using the keyboard a lot and even then you might not find it to your liking.
Using the Asus ROG Falchion for gaming was great. Pair this keyboard up with a wireless mouse, hook your gaming laptop up to a big-screen TV and you can effectively enjoy some stellar gaming from the comfort of your couch thanks to the portability on offer here. Who knew that something as simple as getting rid of cables and shrinking the side of a keyboard would be so great for gaming away from a standard desktop setup?
60% and 65% keyboards offer a lot more portability than their full-sized brethren. If they are wireless, this fact is exponentially enhanced and it’s great. Whether or not users will want to fork out the extra cash though, is entirely up to them but after having used this wireless keyboard, I’m glad to say that there is a definite advantage in having the added portability and smaller size on your side. If you’re a fan of numpads though, you’d best look elsewhere. My lounge is now a portable, wire-free keyboard zone courtesy of the Asus ROG Falchion (until I have to give this keyboard back to them that is).
*The Asus ROG Falchion was provided to NexusHub by Asus South Africa and was sterilized and returned shortly after this article was written
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