The Asus ROG Falchion is a marvelous 65-percenter with numerous useful keyboard features, such as wireless connectivity, a touch slider, mechanical keys, and a case.
With compact 60- and 65-percent gaming keyboards taking all attention, it was only a matter of time before a keyboard producer began grafting quality-of-life traits onto the traditionally minimalist design. The Asus ROG Falchion 65 percent keyboard appears luxurious, with its touch-based volume slider and plastic, opaque cover.
Plus, it’s wireless, which is still comparatively extraordinary among mechanical keyboards. The Falchion is feature-rich, has unique sets of characteristics among 2021’s new compact keyboards. For that, Asus ROG Falchion is the top pick in the category of compact keyboards.
Though its additional features don’t add any noticeable extra surface area, the 68-key Asus ROG Falchion is little on the wide side for a compact keyboard. Measuring 12.19 by 1.69 by 4.13 inches (WHD), it’s on the large side for a compact device but not exceptionally large or small. As a 65 percent keyboard, the Falchion gets cut down to size by eliminating the function row, number pad, and some editing keys.
Unlike slightly smaller 60 percenters, the arrow keys in Asus ROG Falchion are in its bottom-left column, as well as Delete, InsertPage Down, and Page up in the right key column. It’s a little strange that Asus would put these keys, as they’re usually eliminated from smaller keyboards. It shows that they’re still around for the sake of symmetry —at the bottom of the column they put the right arrow. That sounds great, but we’ve noticed the Fnatic Streak65 and other compact keyboards utilize the additional space more efficiently.
The Falchion’s most prominent gem isn’t a key, though: It’s the touchpad. In place of a volume roller, which would attach some extra bezel, the Falchion highlights a tiny touch-based slider on its left-hand side. By default, it allows you to boost or lower volume by skidding your finger back and forth to lower or boost volume, respectively. Also, You can control the volume (up and down) by touching the edges of either side. There’s also an unassigned tapping input in the slider’s center.
The slider is responsive and swift. However, it doesn’t have similar exceptional control abilities as a volume roller. It’s still valuable, though, making tiny to average tweaks easy and quick. It’s also completely customizable, so you can make it do something else.
The Falchion emphasizes Cherry MX switches —which sounds sensible, given the keyboard’s high-end build quality and value. Even with major organizations producing their switches, Cherry’s keys are universal and appear attractive. Compare to other gaming keyboards Falchion’s linear switches have a sharper actuation point and need a smaller force to press.
It comes with an incredibly long battery life. According to Asus, the Falchion should last up to 53 hours with the RGB lighting on, and up to an astonishing 450 hours with the lighting off.
Despite the long battery, Falchion’s wireless connection makes it a unique kind. It syncs wirelessly employing a 2.4GHz connection by a USB dongle that builds a discernibly lag-free, stable experience. You can also USB-C charging cable to set up a wired connection. Also, on the rear side of the keyboard next to the power key, there is a magnetic dongle storage slot, hence it is suitable for travel.
Finally, the Falchion comes with an additional valuable accessory: opaque plastic protection that doubles as a shielding base and conceals the keys when they aren’t in use. It also has an opening that allows you to access the touch slider.
Present the armory
The Asus develop an app for its ROG’s gaming peripherals: Armoury Crate. The app has a visually-minded, sharp UI that makes it effortless to remap keys, design macros, and control power-related settings. The touch slider is completely configurable, with three taps—bottom, middle, and top and dual swiping motions.
The Falchion allows you to set up to five accounts in onboard storage, which is conventional for high-end keyboards. You can also store as many as you like locally. Further, the Falchion includes alternatives for changing to your onboard profiles without the Armoury Crate software.
You can easily configure lighting with keyboard-wide patterns, but you require to download a second app, Aura Creator, to set per-key lighting. It isn’t complicated, and Aura Creator runs exceptionally well, but there’s no valid logic for offloading the feature to the second piece of software.
The Falchion is one of Asus’ most high-grade keyboards in years and holds out as a robust keyboard choice. If you’re looking for a compact keyboard this will best for you.