The main feature of the Falchion is its 65% TKL (Tenkeyless) form factor. Its compact size means it can not only fit on the smallest of desks but is easily transported too.
Features at a glance:
- Interactive touch panel
- Wireless with 2.4GHz connection, works in dual-mode (wired)
- 450 hours battery life (no RGB)
- PBT Doubleshot keycaps
- Cherry MX switches
- Polycarbonate keyboard cover that doubles as a tray
A massive feature of the Falchion is its wireless connectivity. This is one of the few, maybe only gaming keyboards of this size to be completely wireless.
The connection comes via a 2.4GHz USB dongle with a 1ms report rate. I never noticed the connection fail once through my testing, giving me a lot of confidence to use this as my daily driver for gaming. Wireless technology has come a long way and, in my opinion, matters slightly less when it comes to keyboards but I can understand why some still favor wired peripherals.
Battery Status Bar
The Asus ROG Falchion is rated for 450 hours of continuous usage. I was unable to put this fully to the test but left it on throughout the week without having to charge it up once. I had the RGB lighting on so it naturally drains much quicker and I should point out that to hit 450 hours Asus do state this would only happen with the lighting switched off. This brings me on to a feature unique to the Falchion – the battery status bar.
The status bar shows you the battery life in real-time, meaning you won’t have to dip into the software to find out your keyboard is about to die. The keyboard puts itself to sleep when not in use and while this has been a tedious feature with some peripherals in the past, it works well here. The lighting shuts off when sleeping but what I love is the fact it responds to the first keypress and doesn’t have to wake up before starting to work. You can also change the sleep settings in the software, prolonging the battery life.
Interactive Touch Panel
This has to be one of the best features of the Falchion, I’ve never seen anything like it on a keyboard as small as this, it’s excellent innovation from Asus. The touch panel is located on the left flank of the board with 9 tactile steps. Out of the box, the touch panel is set up to control your media volume but it doesn’t have to be. You can use the touch panel to create shortcuts for apps, to copy and paste, it can even be programmed as a macro key for gaming.
You can change different aspects of the touch panel through the software, for example, the middle section of the touch panel wasn’t set to do anything, so I quickly set it up to mute media when tapped.
The Asus ROG Falchion features Cherry MX RGB switch compatibility and while these won’t wow anyone anymore, they are solid, reliable switches that never let you down. The model I have here has the Red variant, something I tend to prefer when looking for a keyboard as I enjoy a linear style switch.
There is a small amount of pinging with the keyboard but much much less than with the Corsair K65 Mini to the point you wouldn’t really notice it or care. These feel and sound of better quality, possibly even lubed as they are certainly smoother.
At first glance, it may seem strange that I’m including a keyboard cover as a feature but here me out, this is great. The included polycarbonate cover is of high quality and can be used as a dust cover when you are away from the desk. The cover also has an alternative use and can flip around to essentially be a keyboard tray.
There is no real reason to use it as a tray but it has been designed well and diffuses the RGB illumination around the edges. Asus has gone one step further and included two small cutouts so you can access the touch panel and rear button/ charge port. We also see four rubber pads on the bottom along with a rubber interior for maximum stability when in this mode.