ASUS Announces ROG Horus GK2000 Mechanical Keyboard

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2016 - 07:00 AM |
Tagged: ROG, Republic of Gamers, mechanical keyboard, GK2000, cherry mx red, asus

ASUS has announced a new mechanical keyboard from their Republic of Gamers division, and the Horus GK2000 sports an aluminum upper body, with Cherry MX Red switches under the ABS keycaps.

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The keyboard is a standard 104 key layout, with an additional 5 macro keys to the left, and wheels for volume and backlight control on the right side. It features 1000 Hz polling rate and offers a 2x USB 2.0 hub and 3.5 mm audio passthrough. As mentioned above key switching is handled by Cherry's MX Red, a linear switch which provides a lower actuation force than the MX Black.

In addition to the angular styling and large detachable palmrest, the GK2000 also offers adjustable (red) lighting to further enhance its appearance. We've seen quite a bit of the black/red color scheme for products targeting the gaming segment, and in this case it compliments the design of the company's ROG Swift monitors and other gaming products.

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Specifications:

  • Interface: USB 2.0 (1000Hz) with NKRO (can be disabled)
  • Layout: Standard 104 + 5 macro keys (left) + ROG key (right) + volume and backlight wheels (right)
  • Keyboard switches: Mechanical Cherry MX Red 45 g, 2 mm actuation, 4 mm travel
  • Volume knob: Infinite wheel switch (scroll to increase/decrease backlight)
  • USB hub: 2x USB 2.0
  • Audio pass-through: 1x audio, 1x mic
  • OS support: Windows XP/ Windows Vista /Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows 8.1/ Windows 10 32/64 bit
  • Approx. dimensions: 52.65 x 17 x 4.9 cm
  • Palm rest: 47.2 x 8.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Cable: 180 cm braided cable
  • Keycaps: ABS with UV grip coating
  • Materials: 3 mm brushed aluminum, 3 mm sandblasted aluminum, ABS underside 
  • Weight: 1700 g

No pricing or availability information accompanied the announcement.

Source: ASUS

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February 8, 2016 | 12:10 PM - Posted by Dusty

Grossly over-stylized.

February 9, 2016 | 02:15 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Definitely. The weird thing is, if you took off the wrist wrest, unscrewed that giant wing on the top and hacked off the side curb feeler... things, it would be a fairly simple plate. It might look fairly sleek without all the bolt-ons. Someone mod it!

February 8, 2016 | 12:42 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Disappointing the WASD keys are not colored and/or textured...

February 8, 2016 | 06:33 PM - Posted by JohnGR

The PR from ROG says, if I am right, that you can manage the backlight intensity for every key individually.

February 8, 2016 | 06:44 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

talking about the key itself not RGB colors

these should work just fine and they match

http://www.corsair.com/en-us/fps-backlit-key-caps-keycap-puller-and-palm...

February 8, 2016 | 12:51 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

More BLING! Not tacky enough! More Bling!

February 8, 2016 | 01:10 PM - Posted by domnatr6

Yeah, not sure I want this sitting on my desk. Keyboard that doubles as a Klingon Bat'leth.

February 8, 2016 | 01:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Dear Asus design team:

WTF?

February 8, 2016 | 01:29 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'm just going to start chalking this up to curltural differences, cause Asus's stuff has been fugly for a long time now.

February 8, 2016 | 03:06 PM - Posted by remc86007

Why would anyone want a keyboard to be wider than it has to be? It just takes up room from your mouse.

February 8, 2016 | 03:39 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This thing looks ridiculous. Reminds me of KITT in super pursuit mode. Ha

February 9, 2016 | 12:03 PM - Posted by fvbounty

I'll sticky with my Ducky Shine 5 thank you!

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