ROG Strix Flare II Animate Review

I feel like the guys over at ROG are purposely naming their products to be as difficult to remember as possible, the ROG Strix Flare II Animate is one of the most complicated and long winded names I've ever come across. It is also, however, a very solid product and aside from the main selling point being a sort of a gimmick, it's one of the best keyboards I've ever used.



ROG is a brand that just about every gamer knows, they not only sell some of the best accessories on the market, but they make PC’s, laptops, tablets and just about everything in between. So whenever they tell me they have a product available for review I instinctively say yes. This is not only because of the reputation they have in the gaming world, but also because every product they have sent me so far has been a damn good product. In fact I currently use multiple ROG products daily and the ROG Strix Scope RX (another fun name to remember) is the best keyboard I've reviewed…… Until now!


Pros

Cons

Excellent Build Quality

A Bit Pricey

Intuitive Media Keys

USB Passthrough

AniME Matrix Feature Is A Bonus

Extremely Vibrant RGB

Very Satisfying Mechanical Switches


The ROG Strix Flare II Animate is quite similar looking to the Strix Scope RX with an additional row of intuitive media buttons across the top as well as that “aniME LED section” that while its a really cool and fun little addition that some will love, personally, I found ended up being a bit of a gimmick. One of the main things you'll notice about the Strix Flare II Animate is just how vibrant this thing looks. It really is the most impressive looking RGB I've seen in a gaming keyboard. The depth in the colours is incredible and really adds to your overall setup. The RGB strip along the front is a nice touch and can be removed to fit a magnetic wrist wrest which in turn houses an RGS strip along the front. This level of attention to detail is something that is a bit of a theme for the ROG Flare II Animate.



When it comes to performance, the Strix Flare II Animate has all the features and specs you expect from a high end gaming keyboard including things like an 8000hz polling rate and an incredible 0.125ms response time making it up to 8x faster than other leading gaming keyboards. Featuring ROG NX mechanical switches with Lubricated stem for smooth clicks, lubricated housing to eliminate bouncing noises, fast actuation and ROG-tuned force curves for great keystroke feel with great ke