Low-Profile Asus ROG Falchion RX Review

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In keeping with this theme, Asus has released the ROG Falchion RX Low Profile, a tiny wireless mechanical keyboard, for $169.99. Its multifunction touch-sensitive control panel, shine-through keycaps, and mode selector for alternating between PC and Mac layouts are a few of its notable features. The price is almost too much, and its small size makes it difficult to operate at first. Our top pick for a low-profile keyboard is the Satechi SM1 Slim Mechanical Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard, but if you’re a gamer (although a very wealthy one), the ROG Falchion RX is a strong contender.

Elevating Mobile Typing to New Heights

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Since it is just 60% of a full-size keyboard, the ROG Falchion RX is deficient in a number pad and other features, most notably the entire function row. Asus made sure the ROG Falchion RX didn’t take up much room on a desk by cutting the board’s dimensions to 1 by 12 by 4.3 inches (HWD).  The entire height of the board is little over an inch, which is a result of the low-profile key switches—thus the “Low Profile” portion of the name. In comparison to conventional switches, low-profile ones are easier to press due to the smaller springs used in their construction.

The Falchion RX is incredibly portable due to its compact size. Its 1.3-pound weight makes it almost undetectable as an additional accessory for your laptop bag. The board as a whole does not have a stealthy appearance, in contrast to the switches. Similar to last year’s Asus ROG Azoth, which we also tested, the Falchion RX is both aesthetically pleasing and packed with features. The ABS keycaps’ see-through design makes excellent use of the space above the keyboard’s LEDs to showcase the top legends.

Similarly, the side legends are showy, but not quite to the same degree as the main legends. We thought they were printed on instead of shine-through at first, but testing in a darkened room revealed that they just don’t get as much direct light, so they have a more subdued glow. An aluminum top frame and a plastic bottom frame make up the Falchion RX. The first time you plug in the board (or switch it on if you’re connecting wirelessly), the “Republic of Gamers” branding lights up in RGB along the top edge of the frame. Every detail is reminiscent of the Asus ROG Ally, and we can’t help but think it would be a great match for that portable gaming device.

You may toggle between Bluetooth, 2.4GHz wireless, and wired connectivity at the top of the keyboard. There’s an additional toggle that lets you choose between Mac and PC layouts. On top, you’ll find a USB-C port, which you can use for both wired mode and charging the keyboard’s battery. Asus boasts that, with the backlight disabled, the battery life can be extended to 430 hours on a single charge. A slot for the 2.4GHz wireless connectivity magnetic USB-A dongle is located next to the charging port.

An analogous to a rotary knob seen on bigger keyboards, such as the Corsair K65 Plus Wireless, is a touch panel located on the other side of the top edge of the keyboard. The default behavior of this touch panel is to increase volume by swiping to the right and lower it by swiping to the left. You can see the physical button next to the panel, which controls many operations; you can see it here next to the strip.

In addition to the volume controls, this button also gives you access to three more touch-strip options. To navigate between tracks in media control mode, swipe right to get to the next one, left to go to the previous one, then tap to play or pause. In RGB-control mode, swiping to the right raises the brightness while swiping to the left lowers it. By utilizing the software program that comes with the keyboard, you can assign additional functions to a fourth option. A quick glance at the function-mode indicator located in the top-left corner of the keyboard will reveal which function is currently active.

The plastic cover that comes with it is the most eye-catching accessory. Its purpose is to rest atop the keys and shield them from any potential stains, such as food particles, dust, or spills. At first, we believed it was a bag, but when we saw that there was no way to secure it, not even with an elastic band, our hopes quickly faded. When not in use, the cover can be turned upside down to serve as a base for the keyboard. When the cover is in place, it won’t slide across the keycaps thanks to a tiny layer of rubber that’s within. A charging cable that converts from USB-C to USB-A and a wireless dongle extender are also included in the package.

Although the ROG Falchion RX’s typing experience isn’t quite up to par with that of a mechanical keyboard, it’s still far superior to that of a regular laptop without switches. The combination of a mechanical keyboard’s springiness and a laptop’s short travel distance makes it an ideal compromise for some users. It may be different from your usual experience due to the keys’ sensitivity; in testing, even a little pressure or accidental touch registered. In my experience, though, I was able to master the art of avoiding most inadvertent presses after only a few days of regular use. I averaged 59 words per minute on the Monkeytype test, which isn’t bad and would probably go up if I had more time to calibrate.
Software for the ROG Falchion RX: Acquire the Equipment

We thought the ROG Falchion RX could be controlled via Asus’ Armoury Crate, since we’re already familiar with it from using it with other ROG peripherals. In the process of debugging the software’s inability to detect the keyboard, we discovered that the Falchion RX’s product page had a link to an unrelated tool with an eerily similar name: Armoury Crate Gear.

When thinking about the user experience, it’s not a smart idea to create yet another tool, especially when considering how many control utilities a gamer might already have installed. More explicit instructions on how to install Armoury Crate Gear would have been useful, despite Asus’s claims that it is an easier tool to use than Armoury Crate. We also had a similar ordeal configuring the ROG Azoth, which necessitated a lengthy procedure to get it to function with Armoury Crate.

After installing Armoury Crate Gear, you will see the same layout of keys found on a high-end gaming keyboard. Key binding, RGB effect and color customization, and profile creation are all within your control. Five user profiles can be saved in the keyboard’s internal memory.

You can disable the three default functionalities or attach an additional input to the touch strip using the Armoury Crate Gear application. What would make this one-of-a-kind feature even more appealing would be the ability to modify the touch strip’s sensitivity and scroll speed, among other things.

The Final Verdict

Keep your profile down with some keyboards that include low-profile switches. The ROG Falchion RX, on the other hand, isn’t afraid to be flashy. Among its many desirable features is RGB illumination, an unusual but welcome addition to 60% wireless keyboards; in fact, its execution here surpasses that of several larger keyboards using conventional switches. The exceptional experience is completed by support for Macs and the distinctive touch strip. While the software user experience is inadequate and a locking mechanism for the plastic cover would have been nice, they are minor complaints.

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