Asus' ROG Falchion Is a Tiny Wireless Gaming Keyboard With a Handy Touch Panel

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Update July 22, 2020:

Asus officially announced the ROG Falchion gaming keyboard during a press conference for its new ROG Phone 3 today. We still don't know what specific Cherry switches it will use. But Asus confirmed that the side touch panel can adjust volume, as well as play and pause music, display the keyboard's battery status and zoom your screen in and out. You could also program it as a macro key. 

Asus said that the Falchion relies on a 2.4 GHz dongle connection and claimed up to 400 hours of battery life. The vendor also revealed a removable and transparent keyboard cover that can snap onto the back of the keyboard for protection or to modify the appearance of the RGB lighting.

Original article July 21, 2020:

When it comes to small keyboards, Razer might have just stolen the spotlight with its new Huntsman Mini, but Asus is now also rearing its head with the new ROG Falchion. 

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Other than both being small keyboards, the two couldn't be any more different. Asus' clacker comes with wireless connectivity, and it has arrow keys. Oh sweet arrow keys -- seriously, you won't know how much you use them till you lose them, which the Huntsman Mini happily reminded us of. 

With this 65% keyboard layout though, Asus' new keyboard is still very small, which will be helpful during gaming as it frees up desk space for your mouse. RGB lighting is a nice cherry on top, and all the keys you lose are still accessible as secondary functions. 

The left of the keyboard comes with a customizable interactive touch panel, which we suppose most will use as a volume slider. Other than that, there's not much to the keyboard. Asus hasn't even told us yet which options of Cherry switches it's hiding underneath the keycaps.

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No word on pricing yet, though if history has taught us anything, Asus is not afraid of charging a significant ROG tax on its best gaming keyboards. 

Niels Broekhuijsen

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.