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ROG Falchion RX Low Profile Review: Minimalist, Premium Wireless Keyboard

Asus’ ROG brand has released quite a number of intriguing pre-built keyboards over the years, and the ROG Falchion RX Low Profile is one of its most unique offerings yet. While the idea of a low profile keyboard isn’t new, I actually find myself liking this wireless compact keyboard quite a bit.

But the biggest hurdle the ROG Falchion RX has to overcome is its price tag. Retailing at RM800, it is not a particularly affordable pre-built keyboard, though you do get a refined, premium wireless keyboard for that kind of money. Plus, I thoroughly enjoy using the Falchion RX as my daily driver, much to my surprise.

What It Is

One of the most touted features of the ROG Falchion RX Low Profile is its form factor. Thanks to its low profile switches and slim case, this is quite a compact keyboard. It’s said to offer a 65% layout in a 60% form factor, which I wholeheartedly agree with, even though I’m not thrilled that the keys are crammed together.

A protective cover is also provided with the Falchion RX, making it easier to lug the keyboard around while protecting it from dust when the keyboard is not in use. Interestingly, the cover can be placed underneath the keyboard too for safekeeping.

Aside from that, the Falchion RX comes with two switch options: clicky RX Blue switch (the one I received for this review) and linear RX Red switch. Both of these are factory lubed optical switches, and in the case of the former, it performs quite well – more on this further down the review.

The Falchion RX has a cool party trick too: there’s a touch panel on the top left frame of the keyboard. Using a dedicated button right beside the touch panel, I can adjust the volume, control media playback, change the keyboard lighting, and even launch specific apps. The keyboard’s LED strip also shows real time adjustment, which is a nice touch.

Of course, the Falchion RX also supports three connection modes: wired, Bluetooth, and 2.4GHz with the ROG Omni Receiver. There’s dedicated support for macOS as well, which essentially swaps around the modifier keys to match macOS’ keyboard layout.

The Good Stuff

Let’s start with the typing experience of the ROG Falchion RX Low Profile. While it does offer a stiff typing feel – the keyboard is tray mounted, as far as I can tell – there’s a…solid feel to the keystrokes, lending to a refined typing experience. It’s possible that this can be attributed to the RX Blue switch, which also feels great to type on.

Unlike conventional clicky switches, the RX Blue switch has more subtle clicking sounds that I find quite pleasant; you can hear this for yourself in the sound test above. The switch itself also feels smooth with a nice tactile feedback. All in all, I’m impressed with the performance of the RX Blue switch, and I’m personally quite interested to try out the linear RX Red switch as well, which I reckon will be equally as refined.

Beyond that, there’s the sound profile of the Falchion RX, which is great! It’s mostly the RX Blue switch that is audible, and everything else is dampened quite well by the keyboard’s two layers of silicone foams. Even the stabilisers – which look to have some factory lube – don’t have any form of ticking. All in all, I’m quite impressed with the sound signature of this keyboard, pre-built or not.

Another feature of the Falchion RX that I quite like is the touch panel, especially for adjusting volume. While it takes a bit of time to get used to the touch panel, it works just as intended. I love that it can recognise double tap inputs as well, allowing me to quickly mute the connected device.

And then there’s the wireless performance of the Falchion RX. I use the keyboard almost exclusively with the 2.4GHz ROG Omni receiver, and I didn’t notice any significant input delay throughout the review period. As a caveat, I am not a professional gamer, but from what I can tell, there’s no noticeable input delay in 2.4Ghz wireless mode or wired.

Last but not least is the RGB lighting of the Falchion RX. I personally don’t care for fancy RGB lighting with my peripherals, but I do have to say this keyboard has nice, consistent lighting across all keys. This is thanks to the fact that the LED is placed right in the middle of the switch, allowing it to shine through the keycaps.

The Bad Stuff

In my opinion, it’s really just the pricing of the ROG Falchion RX that may give some folks pause. For RM800, this pre-built keyboard has to contend with a number of very refined custom keyboards that offer more customisation and superior typing experience.

But it really depends on what kind of keyboard you’re looking to get, as there aren’t a lot of low profile options in the custom keyboard market. For what it’s worth, I can see myself paying RM800 for the Falchion RX, though I would love to get it at a lower price during special sales.

Is It Worth It?

If you want a sleek, premium low profile keyboard, the Asus ROG Falchion RX Low Profile is a great option. Not only does it offer a refined typing experience, it also has a pleasant sound profile, fast wireless performance, and a rather useful touch panel.

As I’ve said before, only the pricing of the Falchion RX that may limit its appeal in the mainstream market. But if you’re willing to fork out RM800 for it, you will certainly get a premium (and compact) wireless keyboard.

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