ROG peripheral lineup gets a massive boost at CES


— 12:55 PM on January 5, 2017

Judging by the number of new gaming peripherals we're seeing from CES 2017, the market for them must be hot right now. Asus is rounding out its ROG lineup with a microphone, several new mice, and a pair of routers aimed at gamers.

The microphone is a new entry in Asus's ROG lineup. The ROG Strix Magnus is a compact microphone marketed toward live-streamers. It contains three studio-grade condensor capsules and offers environmental noise cancellation. It also serves as an external USB hub and includes configurable Aura RGB lighting effects.

Asus is letting loose four new gaming mice, too. The first is the ROG Gladius II, an optical mouse equipped with Asus's Aura Sync RGB lighting and Omron switches. These durable switches are rated for 50 million clicks, and can be swapped out easily so that users can customize click resistance and extend the life of the device. Users can adjust DPI on the fly with two different buttons. The first is a familiar DPI toggle behind the scroll wheel. The second is a thumb "sniper" button that temporarily drops the sensitivity for extra aiming precision.

Next up are two new ROG Strix mice. The first is the ROG Strix Evolve, a rodent with four interchangable top covers that provide four different ergonomic designs. Left-handed gamers in particular might appreciate having a mouse cover designed specifically for them. The second mouse is the ROG Strix Impact, a lightweight, ambidextrous mouse that's precise and simple. Like the Gladius II, the Strix Evolve and Strix Impact have Aura Sync RGB lighting and Omron switches.

The last mouse in the list is the ROG GX970. The mouse features a swappable side panel that can be equipped with either a two-button version or a ten-button variant. Asus packs both those panels in the box, too. Onboard memory, along with companion software, allows users to create and store different profiles for these buttons. Users can also adjust the weight and balance of the mouse with a customized weight system, and adjust the tracking speed up to 12,000 DPI.

Asus also has a pair of routers aimed at gamers who want to optimize their network traffic. The ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 offers tri-band Wi-Fi and an eight Gigabit Ethernet ports. The router's magic happens courtesy of an unnamed 1.8GHz quad-core CPU. Asus' Gaming Center software gives users a tool for quickly monitoring and adjusting network traffic. The software also keeps tabs on ping speeds for popular games. The second ROG router, the GT-AC5300, has two gaming-dedicated LAN ports which the included GameBoost feature can use to prioritize game network traffic.

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