Today we are writing our ASUS ROG Azoth Keyboard Review to focus on and discuss the Azoth keyboard from ASUS. The Azoth line is as notable as other products from the company. However, the Azoth is its most refined keyboard yet.
The product offers a refined, enjoyable typing experience and a sound profile. It also comes with several features usual to custom keyboards but with the aspects of pre-built ones.
The keyboard has plenty of features that make the product even more eye-catching. To learn more about it, continue reading our ASUS ROG Azoth Keyboard Review. We will discuss its functions, features, design, and performance.
Our keyboard shipped in a typical-looking cardboard box. It displayed an image of the product, its name, and company branding.
Flipping the box, you will find another image of Azoth on display. It comes with its features, compatibility, and the functions of several keys.
Inside, you will find the following items:
Krytox GPL-205-GD0 Lubricant
8x Stabiliser Mat
3x ROG NX Switch
2m USB Cable
Quick Start Guide
ASUS ROG Azoth Keyboard Review – Design and Functionality
Let us continue this ASUS ROG Azoth Keyboard Review and look into its design and functions.
Azoth stands out as a wireless mechanical keyboard using a gasket mount system and boasting a 75% form factor. In contrast to a TKL configuration with 87% of the standard layout, the Azoth presents a more compact design.
It incorporates a column of four navigation keys instead of the traditional three-by-three arrangement. This strategic design choice allows the keyboard to maintain a reduced footprint. Plus, it is 326mm long, more than an inch shorter than most TKL keyboards.
Moreover, Azoth achieves this smaller size while preserving more functionality than a 60%b or even a 65% keyboard.
Azoth might be compact, yet its construction exudes sheer strength and durability. It boasts a substantial metallic upper panel in an elegant gunmetal grey shade, crowned with dual-tone Doubleshot PBT keycaps.
Beneath the upper panel, its framework is composed of plastic to ensure the keyboard maintains its optimal wireless performance.
Nonetheless, this plastic chassis is robust, harmonising with the overall craftsmanship of this keyboard. Weighing 1186g, the Azoth radiates durability from every angle. The keyboard features two sets of collapsible feet at the rear for added elevation and versatility.
The back edge of the chassis reveals several ports and functionalities. It also features a slide switch offering settings for power off, 2.4GHz connectivity, and Bluetooth. Adjacent to it is a concealed compartment for securely storing the 2.4GHz USB RF dongle.
To its right is a USB-C port for recharging the internal battery of this product.
ASUS ROG Azoth Keyboard Keycaps and Switches
As mentioned in our ASUS ROG Azoth Keyboard Review, the keyboard has PBT plastic keycaps.
The surface has a substantial and intricate texture, offering a satisfying tactile sensation that produces a pleasing sound when pressed. The legends adorning the Doubleshot keys are a secondary layer of plastic. This layout ensures their resilience against chipping or fading.
These keycaps are designed with backlight compatibility, enabling the RGBs to radiate. It is perfect for immersive gaming sessions in low-light environments. ASUS maintains its signature angular gamer font, which blends effectively within this context.
Beneath the keycaps, the Azoth keyboard features advanced ROG NX switches. These represent the latest iteration of the mechanical switch technology by ASUS.
There is minimal key wobbling, with the stabilisers and switches pre-lubricated. Layers of sound-absorbing foam and silicone are within the casing. Plus, four rubber feet on the underside anchor the keyboard on your desk.
We will also discuss the 5cm OLED screen in this part of our ASUS ROG Azoth Keyboard Review.
A dynamic monochromatic OLED display is at the top-right corner of the keyboard. Adjacent to this screen is a tri-functional control knob and button combination. These allow you to fine-tune embedded preferences and oversee multimedia interactions.
The display can exhibit content, including keyboard-related details, system variables, and personalised graphics and animations. You can configure all of these using the Armoury Crate from ASUS.
Key Features of the ASUS ROG Azoth Keyboard
OLED Display and Three-Way Control Knob
The two-inch OLED panel of the Azoth shows the keyboard status, connection mode, and PC/Mac mode. It can also display custom visuals, battery levels, and system parameters.
The keyboard also has a three-way knob for adjusting and tweaking settings.
Ultimate Versatility With the Tri-Mode Connection
Using 2.4GHz RF mode activates SpeedNova, a wireless technology with over 2000 hours of uninterrupted gameplay with minimal latency. You can also use Bluetooth to connect to three devices simultaneously or charge while playing via wired mode.
Unparalleled Typing Experience with Silicone Gaskets
The silicone gasket mount design of the Azoth offers a pleasant, cushioned feeling when typing. As a result, it feels better than conventional mechanical keyboards.
It has a durable silicone pad with a thickness of 3.5mm for absorbing noise. Plus, PORON foam is present to absorb hollowness and case ping.
The build of a keyboard affects its performance and the experience of users. Later in our ASUS ROG Azoth Keyboard Review, we will discuss if the product delivered what the company promised.
ROG NX Mechanical Switches
ASUS meticulously optimised the ROG NX to deliver exceptional uniformity and a responsive keystroke sensation, ensuring swift actuation. The switches have lubricated base housings and stem that eliminate spring bouncing noise for a smoother click feel.
ROG Keyboard Stabiliser
The Azoth has pre-lubed keyboard stabilisers specially optimised for gamers. These reduce friction, allowing long keys like Shift, Enter, and Spacebar to offer the best keystroke feel.
PBT Doubleshot Keycaps from ROG
The PBT keycaps are highly durable and long-lasting. Plus, these offer a unique, premium feel. ASUS also optimised the design of the keycaps to resemble the Cherry profile. The shorter stems minimise wobbling and provide more comfort when typing.
Two pairs of keyboard feet allow you to adjust the height of the Azoth with three tilt angles.
Connectivity – USB 2.0 (Type-C to A) – Bluetooth 5.1 – RF 2.4GHz
Operating System: macOS® 10.11 or later, Windows 11
Dimensions: 326 x 136 x 40mm
Hands-on with the ASUS ROG Azoth Keyboard
This part of our ASUS ROG Azoth Keyboard Review is where we share information on its performance. We used the keyboard for two weeks to see how it fares. But before sharing these details, let us discuss the software for this product.
For customising the keyboard, you need the Armoury Crate software – a straightforward tool for customising several settings. Here are the things you can do with the software.
Customise All Keys
Program Lighting Effects
Record + Assign Macros
Change the Display on its OLED Screen
Armoury Crate has several tabs for seamless navigation. The first tab is where you can assign macros and remap keys. The software allows saving up to five profiles to conveniently and quickly swap between keymaps, macros, text strings, and more.
You will find 11 standard lighting effects in Armoury Crate, but you can do more. The second tab is Advanced Effects, which features a timeline resembling a video editor. This section is for creating custom animations, and you can adjust brightness, speed, and colour.
The OLED tab is for customising the 5cm display on the top right section of the keyboard. You can choose from animations and banners provided by ASUS or upload an image or GIF to display your graphics.
Additionally, the software allows you to create a customised info screen. It has hardware options that read frequency, temperature, voltage, and usage. Plus, you can find numerous screens that the OLED can cycle through.
The Azoth offered excellent typing quality. Thanks to the Doubleshot PBT keycaps, each key had a slightly textured feel that enhanced our experience. We also did not notice wobbling while testing the product for this ASUS ROG Azoth Keyboard Review.
The stabilisers helped make the keys stable. Our keypresses were also smoother and more consistent than other keyboards since ASUS pre-lubed the switches from the factory.
We liked the gasket-mounted design that made our typing feel soft. In addition, the silicone pads and foam layers inside the keyboard minimised the pinging and rattling of other keyboards.
When typing, we enjoyed its quick performance and responsiveness. It was highly reliable in gaming, whether connected via 2.4GHz, Bluetooth, or wired. Regardless of the game we played, we had no missed keypresses and did not notice any connection lag.
The low latency of the Azoth made it more responsive, which made our in-game experience highly enjoyable.
The backlight clarity of the Azoth was impressive and made the labels on the shine-through keycaps easy to read. Plus, the RGB was bright enough and visible under most lighting conditions.
Although the white-only lighting had a slightly reddish hue, we have no complaints since it did not impact the clarity. However, it may be an essential detail if you prefer purely white-only lighting for your setup.
ASUS ROG Azoth Keyboard Review Summary
The Azoth is an excellent keyboard that works excellently for typing and gaming. It has an adequate layout that retains the navigation keys for convenience while being compact enough to save space. Plus, its smooth, pre-lubed switches made our typing experience more enjoyable.
Aside from providing an excellent typing experience, its user-friendly software had comprehensive settings for tweaking the keyboard macros and OLED customisation. The interface was easy to navigate due to its clean layout.
We highly recommend the Azoth to anyone who needs a highly functional keyboard suitable for working and gaming. Visit the official ASUS product page to learn more about the ROG Azoth Keyboard.