ASUS TUF Gaming K7 review: lightning-fast gaming keyboard with dust and moisture protection


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In addition to the well-known ROG, ASUS has another line of gaming devices TUF. Called ASUS TUF Gaming

motherboards, laptops andall peripherals. Formally, TUF is positioned below ROG, but in fact everything is a bit more interesting. Under the brand ROG produced top-end devices with a common “extraterrestrial” design and a bunch of all sorts of chips and highlights. In TUF Gaming, the emphasis is on reliability and practicality. Most devices are visually made in a more "military" style (in any case, I have such associations). Today a new ASUS TUF Gaming K7 gaming keyboard has arrived to us, which doesn’t look too defiant, but it can do a lot.

  1. What is it?
  2. What is interesting ASUS TUF Gaming K7?
  3. What is included?
  4. What does the ASUS TUF Gaming K7 look like?
  5. How comfortable and what can the keyboard?
  6. What is out of the extra features?
  7. In the dry residue

What is it?

ASUS TUF Gaming K7 - wired gaming keyboardwith a standard layout, minimalist compact design, customizable lighting, dust and moisture protection according to IP56 and optical-mechanical switches.

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What is interesting ASUS TUF Gaming K7?


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Perhaps the most interesting features of ASUSTUF Gaming K7 are dust- and moisture-proof and used switches. The keyboard is protected by the IP56 standard, that is, it will not die if you shed tea on it, for example. Plus, you can wipe it painlessly with a wet rag to remove the effects of many hours of fierce game fights. The keyboard uses optical-mechanical switches that appeared several years ago and now a number of manufacturers of gaming peripherals use them. Their main advantage is the speed of response: instead of closing the metal contacts, an infrared ray interruption is used to register the pressing, which allows to significantly reduce the delay. The keyboard itself is compact, with a standard layout, a metal top panel and a customizable RGB backlight.

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What is included?

The keyboard came to us not in our own box, but the complete set. In the box you can find the keyboard itself with a fixed USB cable, a wrist rest with soft filling and documentation:


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What does the ASUS TUF Gaming K7 look like?

If you like “skeleton” keyboards, how are they?I love you, ASUS TUF Gaming K7 will definitely please you. It is very small in size: exactly to fit the standard layout, cut corners. And switches with keycaps (caps) rise above the top keyboard panel. The top panel itself is made of a thick gray aluminum sheet. It gives the necessary rigidity of the structure and adds aggressiveness visually. The rest of the design is high-quality matte plastic:


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Keycaps of standard shape, made of black plastic, no unusual features:


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There are no additional buttons for macros or multimedia functions control, for this purpose Fn + F6-F11 is used:


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Of the “decorative” elements (in addition to the backlight), it can be noted that the black inset in the upper right corner with the TUF Gaming logo is:


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Wrist rest made of plastic withsoft insert on top. Upholstery is made of imitation faux leather, inside - soft foam filler. No mechanical fasteners are provided, the keyboard is “fastened” only with magnets. But it keeps well, in this case it is enough. At the bottom of the stand there are six massive rubberized inserts, thanks to which the stand does not slide on the table:


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The bottom of the keyboard is made of a matte plastic plate. In the corners - four large rubber inserts, there are holes for draining the liquid:


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Folding legs are also equipped with rubber inserts for stability:


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The keyboard can be placed at two corners thanks to folding legs:


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The cable length is 1.8 meters, it does not have a fabric braid and ferrite filter, like most gaming keyboards. In general, not bad, but it feels quite flimsy and thin:


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ASUS TUF Gaming K7 is protected from moisture and dust, and the PCB has a protective coating, which (in theory) should prevent oxidation of the internal organs.

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How comfortable and what can the keyboard?


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ASUS TUF Gaming K7 Keyboard Layoutpractically standard, without additional buttons. The only thing that the most zadrots will notice, perhaps, is a slight shift of a number of function buttons: F1 is not above number 2, but a little to the left. But it seems to me that this is not a problem at all. Otherwise, everything is familiar: both Shift are long, Enter is one-story, Fn is on the right, instead of the Win button.


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Multimedia buttons are combined with F6-F11, and Fn +arrows are responsible for controlling the backlight. At + right Alt - record macro. Lock-indicators are located in a slightly unusual place: above the arrows. There are 5 of them there: Num, Caps and Scroll lock, macro recording mode and Win button lock.


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Of course, the most interesting thing about the keyboard isswitches. ASUS TUF Gaming K7 uses optical-mechanical switches TUF Optical-Mech Switches. Judging by the LK markings on them, this is Light Strike Libra, similar (or the same) used in A4Tech keyboards. Interestingly, the backlight LEDs, as in Cherry, are located above the design itself, but the specific shape of the lens makes the backlight more uniform. In fact, the test did not work: our sample was without Cyrillic engraving.


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The main difference and advantage compared toThe “classical” mechanics is that the interruption of the infrared beam is used instead of closing the metal contacts to register the pressing. In the “mechanics”, the closure is accompanied by vibration, with the result that the signal is unstable and a read delay is used to avoid false alarms. This feature is absent in the optomechanical switches, which allows to significantly reduce the delay. ASUS claims that the response time of the “mechanics” is 5 ms (although it can actually be up to 30 ms), and the opto-mechanical switches work in 0.2 ms:


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In addition to the speed of response, this solution is moredurable due to the absence of friction of metal contacts. Declared service life of 100 million clicks. TUF Gaming K7 is available with two types of switches: tactile (gray, as we have on the review) and linear. Tactile reminiscent of the sensations of Cherry MX Blue and give a distinct click, and the trigger point feels good. 50 grams of force is required for the actuation, the stroke before the actuation is 1.5 mm, and the full stroke - 3.55 mm. Feels linear closer to MX Red or Black. full stroke is 3 mm, the activation distance is 1.5 mm, and the required force is 47 g:


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Difficult to measure real speed differenceoperations between mechanics and optical mechanics without specialized equipment. But, according to personal feelings, the buttons really work very quickly and accurately. I did not observe false positives. I think most lovers of quick shooters and action games will appreciate the advantages of optical-mechanical switches. Although ASUS TUF Gaming K7 is very good in general. The only thing that is solely for games is to look at the linear version, for use in games and for work - tactile, as we have on the review. But the latter have a small nuance: they are quite loud and not sure that in the office with a lot of people this will be the best solution. More to the switch claims did not arise.

The keyboard is equipped with RGB-backlit with a bunch of different effects that can be switched without software:


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What is out of the extra features?

To customize the keyboard using a proprietaryASUS Armory II utility (common to all ASUS gaming peripherals). At the top of the application there are icons with connected devices. In the first window called “Keyboard” you can switch profiles and customize the values ​​of the buttons. The keyboard has a game mode with the Win button turned off, but if you prefer, you can also disable the Alt + Tab and Alt + F4 combinations. The backlight is also configured in this tab. The next tab is responsible for recording macros. There is a possibility to edit and adjust the delay. Next - synchronization ASUS Aura (if there are several devices). And the tab with the statistics of clicks:


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Although not essential for basic functionsuse software. The keyboard has a built-in memory in which you can immediately write macros. There is a set of useful quick button combinations. In addition to the above combinations for multimedia control there are:

  • Fn + Win - disable the Windows button
  • Fn + right Alt - start and end of the macro recording, after which you need to press the desired button to assign it
  • Fn + 1-4 - switching profiles
  • Fn + left and right arrows - switch backlight modes
  • Fn + Del - color customization, increase in red, 10 gradations
  • Fn + End - increase blue
  • Fn + PageDown - increase green
  • Fn + Esc - reset to factory settings (long hold)

In the dry residue

Keyboard ASUS TUF Gaming K7 - the rarea case when there’s nothing to complain about at all, and I don’t want to do that. In the process of use, she left about herself the most pleasant impression. It is equipped with very fast and durable opto-mechanical switches (and there is a choice between tactile and linear), has a simple but very reliable design, while it looks cool, it also has protection against dust and moisture according to the IP56 standard. It has a bunch of additional features and built-in memory for storing your own settings and macros, and for a snack, a fully customizable RGB backlight with support for ASUS Aura Sync. But still, engineers saved a little on one element: with such a design and possibilities, it is somehow strange to see a thin cable without braid and the possibility of replacing it. The keyboard will go on sale on June 2, but for now you can pre-order it for 3000 UAH. After entering the sale will cost 3500 UAH.

5 Reasons to buy ASUS TUF Gaming K7:

  • very fast and durable optomechanical switches;
  • convenient, reliable design, high-quality materials;
  • IP56 dust and moisture protection;
  • stylish appearance and RGB-lights;
  • built-in memory, the ability to configure offline and convenient software.

1 The reason not to buy ASUS TUF Gaming K7:

  • thin cable without braid and replaceable.

ASUS TUF Gaming K7

Wired gaming keyboard with standardlayout, minimalist compact design, customizable lighting, dust and moisture protection according to IP56 and very fast and durable optical-mechanical switches.

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ASUS TUF Gaming K7

Switches
Optical-mechanical TUF Optical-Mech Switches (LK, Light Strike Libra)

Life time
100 million clicks

Progress to the point of operation
1.5 mm

Trigger force
50 g

Backlight
Rgb

Connection
USB wired

Cable
1.8 m

Dimensions
439x131x37mm + 439x77x18mm (wrist rest)

Weight
794 g + 194 g (wrist rest)

Additionally
IP56 dust and moisture protection

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