Custom keyboard enthusiasts may have a reason to switch loyalties for a near fully-customizable Asus ROG keyboard revealed at CES 2023. Pricing and availability details are scanty at the moment but that doesn’t stop us for luring over this premium mechanical keyboard with a three-layer insulated design for sound dampening.
Called the Asus ROG Azoth, the keyboard released alongside a range of gaming hardware – including a Wi-Fi router and a gaming chair – comes with a premium aluminum finish. Azoth feels refined and durable on the outside, but within it has been designed softly, way up, in three layers of foam cushioning so the peripheral delivers a more satisfying sound on every click.
The look of a keyboard is secondary anyway. The heart of a mechanical keyboard is the switches and that’s where Asus has put in a lot of genius to get it desirably right. These hot-swappable switches – customizable with your personal choice – are pre-lubed ROG NX mechanical switches.
Switches are provided in linear NX Red, tactile NX Brown, or clicky NX Blue: red meant for fast response, brown and blue, however, requiring slightly more pressure. For user convenience, Asus has trimmed the stem height of the keycaps to give them a Cherry keycaps profile for utmost typing comfort. But if that’s not enough for you, you can also swap out the original switches and replace them with your choice, effortlessly. Asus provides a lube kit with the keyboard for swapping convenience.
Beyond the switches and its aluminum layout, the ROG Azoth even convinces with a utility OLED display on the top right. The screen displays system information and notifications for you, which is also customizable with a three-way knob on the side.
Courtesy of the ROG SpeedNova wireless technology, the Azoth can connect wirelessly at 2.4GHz. The keyboard offers up to 2,000 hours of backup if RGB and OLED screen is turned off. For quicker on-the-go connectivity, you can sync up via Bluetooth and allow the Aura Sync function to tailor the built-in RGB backlighting to flaunt your style.