Compared to Asus’ usual crop of PC peripherals, the ROG Strix Flare is a refreshing sight. Unlike the ROG Claymore, the ROG Strix X470F-Gaming motherboard or indeed anything else bearing the ROG moniker, the Flare doesn’t have a single bit of sci-fi / Aztec / cyber text pattern anywhere on its grey plastic chassis – and looks all the better for it. There is, admittedly, a tiny RGB ROG logo peeking out of a small, triangular cut-out in the top right corner (which can either be removed or swapped for your very own 3D printed something-or-other, according to Asus), but otherwise this is a decidedly plain – and dare I say even vaguely stylish? – mechanical keyboard.
Okay, so you’ve still got RGB LEDs up the wazoo, whether it’s the Cherry MX switches themselves, that aforementioned ROG logo, or – wait for it – its pair of underfloor RGB strips (yep, you heard me). Not everyone will be on board with all of that. But as mechanical keyboards go, the Flare does a pretty good job of making it all appear quite tasteful – and more importantly, doesn’t charge you extra for a number pad like its Claymore cousin.
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