Asus ROG Azoth keyboard review

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Asus ROG Software – Armoury Crate

Asus ROG Software – Armoury Crate 

Asus Armoury Crate software has been available on the market for some time. It’s still not the best piece of suite that you can find. I had some stability issues in the past, and in one (or even two) moments, I had to re-install the suite to set up the device. There are some improvements applied constantly, but there are better options. After turning on the Task Manager, we see several processes consuming RAM and CPU. These may not be significant values and should not affect performance much, but I prefer something lighter. However, I understand the approach of ASUS, which wants to give users a place to manage all equipment with one program. It makes sense, but only if several of these devices exist. If we only use the keyboard, it becomes a light mess. In addition, the software can hang or not change a given setting (e.g., the content displayed on the OLED screen). It happens sporadically, but it does happen. 

 

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It is recommended to update the corresponding firmware for the first time. The update process requires the wired cable and 2.4GHz receiver to be connected simultaneously. 

  

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Setting can be made in the Armoury Crate.


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In the first tab, we can reassign the assignment of the keys one by one. 


 

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The second tab will allow you to choose if the backlit area to the right of the logo will indicate the battery level of the keyboard or be used in overall backlighting (the first option is more valuable). The lighting is managed in the third tab with ten pre-programmed effects, such as breathing, rainbow patterns, and lights that respond to keypresses. Let’s not forget that you can also synchronize the effects with other Asus RGB stuff compatible.


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In the third - you can set up the OLED.


 

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The fifth tab will indicate, in addition to a display in the Windows notification center when the battery is low, the level of battery life remaining. And finally, the last tab is used to check for updates to the keyboard firmware. Note that five profiles can be recorded and that it is also possible to record macros: a menu appears when you click on the icon representing the peripherals in Red on the far left of the window. Asus ROG Azoth is not as programmable as some other keyboards on the market, which would be especially helpful considering its meager size. Asus has focused on customization over programmability here, and I would have liked to see more of the latter.

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