Asus ROG Strix Scope II 96 Wireless review

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Introduction

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope II 96 Wireless, abbreviated as Strix Scope II 96, is a more compact gaming keyboard that offers wireless functionality. Among its features is the integration of what ASUS marketed as ROG NX Snow switches, they provide a tactile response. The keyboard also includes vibrant RGB lighting and has a design that prioritizes user comfort. A nice feature of the Strix Scope II 96 is the included magnetic wrist rest. This addition, which can be securely fastened, encourages ergonomic support and comfort, especially during prolonged gaming sessions. The ASUS ROG Strix Scope II 96 Wireless, henceforth referred to as the Scope II 96, has a sturdy metal top layer, enhancing the overall feel of the keyboard. While metal isn't the sole determinant of quality it adds a positive feel to the Scope II 96's build. The Scope II 96 offers 96% functionality akin to a full-size keyboard but is closer in size to an 85% board. This compact size, despite its key count, is one of its distinguishing features.

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The keyboard is also equipped with a range of other attributes:

  • Switch Compatibility: The Scope II 96 is hot-swappable with both 3-pin and 5-pin mechanical switches, offering flexibility in switch choices.

  • Connectivity: This wireless keyboard supports connections via Bluetooth, 2.4 GHz, and wired options. A notable addition is the 2.4GHz ROG Omni Receiver, allowing both a mouse and a keyboard to connect through a single dongle. This is especially useful for those with limited USB ports.

  • Battery Life: ASUS claims an extended battery life for the Scope II 96. Without RGB lighting, the keyboard is expected to last up to 1,500 hours on a single charge. With the RGB lighting activated, it is estimated to run for 90 hours.

  • Additional Features: The first five F-keys come pre-programmed as hotkeys, catering to the Xbox Game Bar and recording functionalities.

Considering ASUS's success with the Asus ROG Azoth (review), recognized as a top mechanical keyboard in 2023, the Scope II 96 has high expectations to meet. The Scope II 96 is priced steep though, at $179.99. This keyboard introduces an interesting layout and features lubricated switches and is hot-swappable. It also boasts efficient wireless connectivity options.

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