REVIEW | ROG Claymore Gaming Mechanical Keyboard – When You Absolutely Have To Be ExtraSeptember 22, 2018
“The ROG Claymore is definitely something to consider in buying if modularity and maximum usage peaks your interest – a premium modular keyboard that is user friendly and easy to adjust to..”
Keyboards have been something important in the tech industry – It was more than just a peripheral. and in the times of innovation and improvement, how can a brand really stand out? and is there a reason to not “overshoot” for the stars?
The ROG Claymore is one of the keyboards in the market that would definitely catch anyone’s attention – even the purest of the keyboard enthusiasts will look at this premium consumer grade peripheral as a reference of feature and function tied up with form.
Being a modular keyboard which caters both to people who wants a TKL keyboard to the people who wants the numpad at the left side of keyboard – the modularity of this keyboard is superb.
Dimensions: 360 x 145 x 45 mm
Weight: 0.943kg – Cable Attached
Cable Length: 1.8m
Cable Type: Braided Fiber
Connection: USB 2.0
Keyboard Backlighting: RGB
Anti-Ghosting: N-Key rollover
Polling Rate: 1000 Hz
Macro Keys: All keys programmable
Macro Recording: On-the-fly and software support
Support OS: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7
Switch Options: Cherry MX Red, Blue, Brown or Black
The Claymore’s outer box is in the slim side with all the markings, branding, and basic button instructions at the back. Conveniently, all of the design markers and technical specs are also at the back.
Upon opening the outer box, The main box that houses the keyboard itself is snug and has zero rattle
ROG upon unboxing already gave us a premium feel with the velvet bags of the main core keyboard and numpad.
The velvet bags that has the 2 keyboard pieces was the one responsible for the 0 rattle on the box and also provides an extra protection during shipping and handling.
On the bottom of the box – housed the gold plated USB cable that ROG provides in the neat anti-static like bag
The Claymore is built with hard plastic and a top aluminum plate that holds the keyboard together and prevents any major flex without compromising an increase in dimension and weight.
The aluminum top plate is a little glossy, but still remains resistant to finger prints and smudges.
Keycaps are ABS, but upon using the keyboard they have some grip when typing even with the non-textured surface. It has a standard layout for a keyboard which makes it highly compatible with the majority of the aftermarket keycaps.
The USB cable that came with the keyboard is thinly braided which is great to prevent future tethering. However, it falls under the more stiffer category. I do however appreciate the slot in the keyboard that locks the cable in place when connected.
The whole keyboard itself feels solidly made – I did wish they made a locking mechanism for the detachable numpad as it felt wobbly even with the stand engaged. But it really didn’t pose an issue while using since it didn’t disconnect even with the wobble.
It also didn’t need to have any specific software support to link with the main core keyboard, literally plug and play through the slide on slots on either the left or right side of the main board.
The software that drives the Claymore is the “ROG Armoury II” and is compatible with most ROG peripherals. You can set macros, lighting modes, sync lighting, and perform stats on your button use.
The software felt it has everything that really mattered for a general user of the keyboard and it was straightforward and didn’t feel quirky nor overwhelming.
Performance and Use
The ROGs take for a premium modular keyboard was welcoming and something that I expected to be overwhelming. However, ROG made it feel user friendly and easy to adjust to.
The modularity of the keyboard gave it a specific spot in the market to be the keyboard that would 99% of the time work for you. an example is when I’m typing articles and doing some general work – I would have the numpad on. Then I could just remove it if I wanted to play or needed the extra space for some other stuff in my desk.
The volume wheel on the numpad felt very responsive and really reflected to the real time volume change in the screen. they main core board also has media keys which made it flexible to people who decided to remove the numpad.
The Cherry MX switches made this keyboard worth the buy as well as even having a variety to choose from when you decide to make the purchase. It carries premium in its choice of switch manufacturer and made removal of keycaps simple and non-straining.
A wristrest could have been a great modular addition to the Claymore. They didn’t have to make it a built in like most wrist rests but a modular option to add in a 200$ premium board
The ROG Claymore is definitely something to consider in buying if modularity and maximum usage peaks your interest. The build of the keyboard directly sides with the premium market – from minimizing the whole footprint of the keyboard from packing all of the features they can; ASUS ROG really wanted to deliver the most on this top tier peripheral.
The Alpha and the Omega – This keyboard is both a TKL, a full sized keyboard, as well as a keyboard which has the numpad at the left side. It fulfills the form factor of all the major keyboard sizes in the market.
High Capacity – ASUS ROG beefed up with this keyboard to carry as much features it can while still being user friendly. from macro creation to media keys and other function buttons. The Claymore has most and even more features you’ll need to drive your everyday life.
Putting “U” in Support – Software support is great and works with other ASUS ROG peripherals. User friendly interface and all the essentials packed in a non-overwhelming UI gives this keyboard an interface that most user can adjust to
Wibbly Wobbly – The numpad being a modular take for the keyboard has no direct locking mechanism to the core keyboard. making it wobble a bit in some cases
All or Nothing – The price of the keyboard is up there in the premium market, while this is marketed for the premium market. some consumers might be looking for a keyboard that has a less price and only features that they plan to use. (200$ so the price fluctuates from 10,000 php to 9.500 php)
We’re glad to drop the “Premium Pass” award for this keyboard that deserves its rightful place in the premium market with all its features and additions.