ASUS Cerberus Mech RGB
ASUS are a name that PC gamers have looked to for many years now. I remember buying an ASUS motherboard many years ago, and if I’m being honest it’s still working happily moving on to Windows 7 after many years having fun in Windows XP. But outside of the motherboard, GPU, and laptop market ASUS has also made a name for itself with great peripherals too. The latest keyboard from the company, aimed at gamers, is the ASUS Cerberus Mech RGB. Which, as the name suggests, is another mechanical keyboard with RGB lighting to hit the market. And thankfully, it’s a pretty great one too.
Look and Feel
Solid can often be sued to describe peripherals, which refers to build quality often citing weight. The ASUS Cerberus Mech RGB is not only solid, it’s the sort of keyboard that you’ll need two hands to even think about making it budge or move after it’s situated on a desk. Which is actually really impressive, because in the world of PC gaming tech keyboards are the only real items where a weight of well over 1kg makes any sort of sense.
The Cerberus has a great soft rubberised finish which helps amplify the RGB lighting. It’s a great feel that works well with the Kaihua mechanical switches. The extra weight and the quality switches, rated at 70-million-keystroke-lifespan, make for a great type. And an even better game. Using the special coloured keys supplied to replace the standard WASD keys on the keyboard (which are bright orange and look great in contrast to the rest of the keys), the performance in titles like Overwatch and Quake Champions was exceptional. And as per other some other keyboards the switches are available in different colour/loudness varieties.
- Switch Type: Kaihua RGB Mechanical Switch
- LED Color: RGB
- Polling Rate: 1000 Hz
- Cable: Wired, USB 2.0
- Dimensions: 448 x 150 x 35 mm
- Product Weight: 1250 g
From a pure hardware perspective it’s hard to look past the ASUS Cerberus Mech RGB as a gaming keyboard, especially when you add in nice little touches like true 100% Anti-ghosting – which means that no keystroke is lost to time and always remembered even when you mash on the board like some sort of maniac. Also great, a small little gaming button that disables the Windows key for those moments when you accidentally hit it and are then taken out of the game only to alt-tab back to witness a respawn counter.
In our time with the ASUS Cerberus Mech RGB the only thing we weren’t all that happy with was the supplied Cerberus software. Taking up only a tiny portion of the screen without being able to resize makes setting up macros and profiles a little cumbersome. Also, and this comes from the perspective of someone that has grown to love RGB lighting in the last couple of months, the number of different stock RGB settings is a little underwhelming. The RGB rainbow simply moves too fast, and we couldn’t figure out an easy way to slow it down. Ahem.
Minor negatives aside the ASUS Cerberus Mech RGB is a solid entry from the well-known hardware maker, both figuratively and literally. It’s weighty, has a great feel, impressive keys, and several design features perfect for gaming.