A while ago I reviewed the ASUS Claymore Core which stunned me with its high-quality build and design, including a full metal shroud. Despite the keyboard’s relatively high price, it set itself apart from competitors and was only let down by glitchy, inconsistent software. One of the standout features of this keyboard was a detachable keypad, which up until now, I haven’t had to pleasure of testing. Introducing the ROG Claymore Bond; transforming this tournament sized Claymore Core into the most expensive full-sized keyboards I have ever tried.
You can view more information about the switches, keycaps and more in my original Claymore Core review here.
As with the Claymore Core, the build quality of the Bond is impeccable. With a full metal shroud and Mayan inspired etchings (the same etchings found on the ROG Whetstone mouse pad), it shares all of the features I came to love in the Claymore Core with a few minor additions. At the top, the keyboard sports a volume wheel (also metal) that has a tactile response and a mute function (by clicking down). The keypad also features two metal bolts which gives the keypad an industrial look.
The Claymore Bond is surprisingly easy to attach to the Claymore Core. All you need to do is remove the rubber protectors and slide the Bond into place on either the left or right side of the Claymore Core. I love how ASUS has given people the power of choice over whether they put it on the left or right side, opting for more modularity than other brands. The only downfall of this is that the keypad can be disconnected if bumped. ASUS has tried to combat this by making the disconnect point high up on the Bond with about 5 millimetres of lift before it disconnects.
Once the Bond is connected it will automatically pick up the RBG colour of the ASUS Claymore Core using AURA sync. After a brief firmware update, the ROG Armoury software will also show the Bond attached to your keyboard. This software isn’t my favourite and you can read more about that on my Claymore Core Review.
The Claymore Bond is available in all of the switches that the Claymore Core comes in making it a consistent feel across your keyboard. I opted for the red switches to match my Claymore core but here is a bit of information if you’re making your choice.
Cherry MX Red: extremely fast and linear response (Actuation force: 45g)
Cherry MX Blue: fast response with light tactile and audible feedback (Actuation force: 60g)
Cherry MX Brown: fast response with tactile feedback (Actuation force: 55g)
Cherry MX Black: fast and linear response (Actuation force: 60g)
✔ Stunning build quality
✔ RGB lighting (with AURA sync)
✔ N-Key rollover (100% anti-ghosting)
✔ Easy installation
✔ Ability to use it on the right or left side of the claymore core
✖ Very expensive
✖ Can disconnect if bumped
The build quality of the Bond is stunning. It strikes a similar cord to that of the Claymore Core keyboard. With its easy attachment and Aura Sync it’s a worthy companion for those who truly need a keypad. The price is, however, absurd. Retailing in most of the major Australian online stores at $99-120 AUD, you can almost buy an entire keyboard which includes Cherry MX switches. This really begs the question, is a keypad that important to you? My advice… buy it in a bundle when you buy the Claymore Core; you will save around $30-40 AUD. As a standalone product and due to its high price, I rate this product 3.5/5.
Warning: This must be used in conjunction with the Claymore Core and cannot be used as a standalone.
What’s in the Box?
– Quick Start Guide
– ASUS ROG Claymore Bond
– Valour Protection Sleeve
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