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Asus ROG Horus GK2000 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Unleashed

Asus recently released their latest gaming peripheral, the Asus ROG Horus GK2000 mechanical gaming keyboard, to which I believe looks (far) better than their previous mechanical keyboard the Strix Tactic Pro. Asus ditch the owl and went with the falcon for their new keyboard. For your information, Horus is an ancient Egyptian god (god of the sky and kingship) that has a head of a falcon. We might be seeing a Horus gaming mouse and gaming headset soon to match the Horus GK2000 mechanical keyboard. Who knows, Strix might be done for and we might be seeing Horus graphics cards with HBMs. Speculations aside, the Asus Horus GK2000 features Cherry MX Red switches with red LED back lights (sorry no Chroma guys), 3mm aluminum surface, anodized keyboard plate, and is powered with a 32-bit MCU (microcontroller unit) with 4MB of onboard memory. Check out the rest of its features, specifications, price and availability from the official news below.

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Asus ROG Horus GK2000 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Asus ROG Horus GK2000 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Released

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) announced the Horus GK2000 mechanical gaming keyboard. It has a built-in 32-bit micro-programmed control unit (MCU) and 4MB of onboard memory, plus an intuitive ROG user interface that allows users to customize macro and function keys for complex multi-key commands with just a single keystroke. ROG Horus GK2000 has a premium, high-quality feel and has CNC-processed aluminum accents with a special topcoat finish. It also features a removable palm rest, 2-way adjustable feet, and a detachable stand for mobile devices

Built-in 32-bit control unit
The Asus ROG Horus GK2000 has an embedded 32-bit MCU and 4MB of onboard memory that processes and stores macro functions as well as lighting and profile settings. Users can program up to 80 macro commands for mouse, PC, and media-control functions. They can also program the keyboard to initiate complex multi-key commands with one keystroke. A total of 10 user profiles can be stored in the onboard memory, and users can simply drag and drop profile settings saved on their PCs to transfer them to the keyboard.

Horus GK2000 utilizes Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, and features 4mm of key travel for tactile, responsive keystrokes. It is durable too, and has an expected lifespan of 50-million keystroke lifespan. Each individual key is backlit by red LEDs, and features ergonomically-shaped keycaps that are ideal for gaming or typing.

Horus GK2000 features 100% anti-ghosting with N-Key rollover (NKRO) technology to ensure each keystroke is detected no matter how many other keys are pressed. The N-Key rollover function can easily be switched on or off via its own hotkey.

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Distinctive ROG engineering
The Asus ROG Horus GK2000 has a premium, high quality feel and features CNC-processed aluminum accents with a special topcoat finish. It has intricately-engineered ‘wings’ and an anodized keyboard plate with a brushed finish to give it an aggressive appearance.

Horus GK2000 has LED-backlit keys with five preset default lighting modes and a sixth for user-customized settings. Users have the option to light up the entire keyboard, or limit the lighting to specific keys.

Horus GK2000 has dedicated multimedia controls that put everything at the user’s fingertips — they can simply turn a dial to adjust volume, or change LED illumination effects without having to lift their hands off the keyboard.

Horus GK2000 was designed with user ergonomics in mind, and has a removable 47 x 83mm palm rest to support gamers’ wrists during marathon gaming sessions. The angle of the keyboard can be adjusted too, thanks to two-way adjustable fold-out feet. Horus GK2000 even comes with a detachable stand for mobile devices, allowing users to place them on the top left or right wing of the keyboard for easy viewing.

There are two USB ports situated at the rear of the keyboard for easy connections to external flash drives and other peripherals; there is also a built-in audio port for headsets

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Take it to LAN parties
The Asus ROG Horus GK2000 has its own specially designed neoprene carry case. This unique case has a prominent ROG logo and features a soft inner lining to protect Horus GK2000 from scratches. It even has internal compartments for users to store peripherals and other accessories.

Asus Horus GK2000 Price and Availability

Asus hasn’t announced the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the Horus GK2000 or when is this mechanical gaming keyboard going to hit store shelves. Asus has been teasing this keyboard since the previous year and I think its time for it to taste a gamers fingers.

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Asus Horus GK2000 Mechanical Keyboard 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 45g, 2mm actuation, 4mm travel
Volume knob Infinite wheel switch (scroll to increase/decrease backlight)
USB hub 2 x USB 2.0
Audio pass-through 1 x audio
1 x 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 x4.9 cm
Palm rest: 47.2 x 8.3 x 2.4 cm
Cable 180cm braided cable
Keycaps Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) with UV grip coating
Materials 3mm brushed aluminum
3mm sandblasted aluminum
ABS underside
Weight 1700g
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