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ASUS Cerberus Mech RGB Keyboard Review
Review By @ 04:03pm 12/10/17

Product: ASUS Cerberus Mech RGB
Type: Mechanical Keyboard
Price: $199.00 RRP
Availability: Out Now
Link: asus.com/au/ROG-Republic-Of-Gamers/CERBERUS-MECH-RGB/overview/

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.

Specs



  • 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.

Type Cast



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.
What we liked
Solid and weighty
Great keys
Per-key RGB lighting
Gaming features like anti-ghosting and disabling the Windows key via the board itself.
Macro recording
What we didn't like
Software is a little lacking
Rubberised finish, which looks and feels great, is a bit of a dust magnet
We gave it:
8.0
OUT OF 10
Latest Comments
Raven
Posted 10:06am 13/10/17
When are keyboard manufacturers going to learn that if you give me an $80 keyboard with volume buttons, I'll take it over a $150 one?

It's practically the only reason I bought the K75 over cheaper models :(
Hogfather
Posted 10:38am 13/10/17
I cant work without play/pause and volume keys
Strik3r
Posted 11:21am 13/10/17
I'm waiting for the Asus Horus GK2000 RGB to come out in Australia. I need my wrist pad!
KostaAndreadis
Posted 11:37am 13/10/17
Yep, I think one of the big things lacking in these gaming keyboards are proper wrist pads.... tried looking for a separate wrist pad the other day and couldn't find one...
Strik3r
Posted 11:59am 13/10/17
Any chance you can get ASUS to send you a reviewers copy of that ?? I'll gladly take it off your hands afterwards.

It's already available internationally. Thinking of getting it shipped here but gonna give it another couple of weeks to arrive locally.
KostaAndreadis
Posted 12:23pm 13/10/17
Hey Strik3r... i'll ask :)
Hogfather
Posted 12:30pm 13/10/17
Hey now, if there is loot going around we need to start looking at post counts and user ids I think!
Strik3r
Posted 12:50pm 13/10/17
I've always said you were a stand up bloke Kosta!

quality > quantity hoggy :P
KostaAndreadis
Posted 12:50pm 13/10/17
Hah! Actually with the number of hardware partners we've got at the moment. If anyone is keen on actually reviewing peripherals and PC hardware let me know.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 01:41pm 13/10/17
This ^^

Seriously guys, don't be afraid to put your hand up!
notgreazy
Posted 03:43pm 13/10/17
I'm waiting for a low profile, low key-profile mech keyboard. A few manufacturers are about to come out with them...

This ^^

Seriously guys, don't be afraid to put your hand up!

Yep! Sign me up. What hardware specifically?

My brother would be interested in mechanical keyboards, he loves em for some reason.
Strik3r
Posted 04:16pm 13/10/17
@Kosta - I have a full Asus Aura RGB system (case, mobo, ram, gfx all aura enabled) that I have just built, so if you can get a Horus for me to review, I can do a thorough job.
KostaAndreadis
Posted 04:51pm 13/10/17
Awesome... Striker I've put in a request as that sounds right up your alley... Greazy, mech keyboards shouldn't be problem either... HyperX are coming out with a low profile one soon... anyone interested drop me an email at kosta[at]ausgamers.com

This can extend to everything from peripherals to cases to cooling to perhaps even components and storage too

Then we can build a AsuGamers hardware review powerhouse together! :)
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