The primary characteristic of the Falchion is its 65% TKL (Tenkeyless) type issue. Its compact dimension means it can’t solely match on the smallest of desks however is well transported too.
Options at a look:
- Interactive contact panel
- Wi-fi with 2.4GHz connection, works in dual-mode (wired)
- 450 hours battery life (no RGB)
- PBT Doubleshot keycaps
- Cherry MX switches
- Polycarbonate keyboard cowl that doubles as a tray
A large characteristic of the Falchion is its wi-fi connectivity. This is among the few, perhaps solely gaming keyboards of this dimension to be utterly wi-fi.
The connection comes through a 2.4GHz USB dongle with a 1ms report charge. I by no means seen the connection fail as soon as via my testing, giving me plenty of confidence to make use of this as my each day driver for gaming. Wi-fi know-how has come a great distance and, for my part, issues barely much less in the case of keyboards however I can perceive why some nonetheless favor wired peripherals.
Battery Standing Bar
The Asus ROG Falchion is rated for 450 hours of steady utilization. I used to be unable to place this totally to the check however left it on all through the week with out having to cost it up as soon as. I had the RGB lighting on so it naturally drains a lot faster and I ought to level out that to hit 450 hours Asus do state this is able to solely occur with the lighting switched off. This brings me on to a characteristic distinctive to the Falchion – the battery standing bar.
The standing bar exhibits you the battery life in real-time, that means you received’t must dip into the software program to search out out your keyboard is about to die. The keyboard places itself to sleep when not in use and whereas this has been a tedious characteristic with some peripherals previously, it really works nicely right here. The lighting shuts off when sleeping however what I really like is the actual fact it responds to the primary keypress and doesn’t must get up earlier than beginning to work. You too can change the sleep settings within the software program, prolonging the battery life.
Interactive Contact Panel
This must be the most effective options of the Falchion, I’ve by no means seen something prefer it on a keyboard as small as this, it’s wonderful innovation from Asus. The contact panel is positioned on the left flank of the board with 9 tactile steps. Out of the field, the contact panel is ready as much as management your media quantity but it surely doesn’t must be. You need to use the contact panel to create shortcuts for apps, to repeat and paste, it will possibly even be programmed as a macro key for gaming.
You’ll be able to change completely different facets of the contact panel via the software program, for instance, the center part of the contact panel wasn’t set to do something, so I rapidly set it as much as mute media when tapped.
The Asus ROG Falchion options Cherry MX RGB swap compatibility and whereas these received’t wow anybody anymore, they’re strong, dependable switches that by no means allow you to down. The mannequin I’ve right here has the Crimson variant, one thing I are inclined to desire when in search of a keyboard as I get pleasure from a linear type swap.
There’s a small quantity of pinging with the keyboard however a lot a lot lower than with the Corsair K65 Mini to the purpose you wouldn’t actually discover it or care. These really feel and sound of higher high quality, probably even lubed as they’re actually smoother.
At first look, it might appear unusual that I’m together with a keyboard cowl as a characteristic however right here me out, that is nice. The included polycarbonate cowl is of top quality and can be utilized as a mud cowl when you’re away from the desk. The quilt additionally has another use and may flip round to primarily be a keyboard tray.
There is no such thing as a actual motive to make use of it as a tray but it surely has been designed nicely and diffuses the RGB illumination across the edges. Asus has gone one step additional and included two small cutouts so you possibly can entry the contact panel and rear button/ cost port. We additionally see 4 rubber pads on the underside together with a rubber inside for max stability when on this mode.