Asus pulls out a set of rough-and-TUF peripherals

Asus boldly claims that PC gaming is in the midst of a renaissance. The company sees a new generation of gamers eyeing up their first PC build, and it's orienting its TUF sub-brand toward these neophytes. Along a budget-conscious lineup of motherboards, notebooks, and desktops, Asus is adding a series of peripherals to the TUF family. The new products include the TUF Gaming M5 mouse, the TUF Gaming K5 keyboard, and the TUF Gaming H5 headset. 

The TUF Gaming M5 mouse is a straightforward clicker designed for reliable operation. For the right and left buttons, Asus employs Omron switches rated for over 50 million clicks. The company claims that the rodent's paint is highly durable. Asus calls the Gaming M5 an ambidextrous mouse but didn't specify how left-handed users would make use of the two thumb buttons.

The optical sensor is Pixart's PAW3327, a unit capable of reading surfaces at up to 6200 DPI. Users can program all of the Gaming M5's buttons with Asus's Armoury II software and save their profiles to the mouse's internal memory. For a bit of flair, the accent lighting can be configured with Aura Sync. The rodent weighs in at 3.9 oz (110 g).

The TUF Gaming K5 keyboard is a similarly straightforward peripheral. As with the other TUF-branded items, Asus emphasizes its durability. The company says that the keycaps have an extra layer of paint to slow down the wear-out process. The K5 has a splash-resistant design, and it's rated to suffer a spill of up to 2 fl oz (60 ml) of liquid without damage. There's no word on what material Asus used as a backplate for the keyboard, though. Typing purists might lament that the unit has membrane switches, though Asus says they're designed to imitate the tactile feel of mechanical switches. The keyboard has 24-key anti-ghosting functionality and five-zone Aura Sync backlighting.

The last of the new TUF peripherals is the Gaming H5 headset. The unit employs Asus' in-house-developed 50-mm Essence drivers and backs them with airtight chambers. The headband itself is reinforced with stainless steel, and the microphone is attached to a removable boom. While the headset plugs into tried-and-true 3.5-mm audio jacks, Asus also includes a USB adapter that enables virtual surround sound functionality.

Asus plans to launch all of these peripherals in the third quarter of this year. The company will discuss pricing closer to product launch.

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    • Ummagumma
    • 2 years ago

    Ok, the mouse interests me, but only if the thumb buttons can be disabled in software since I do not game or anything like that; just lots of “office type mouse work”.

    The OMRON switches seem quite reliable and that’s always been a problem with mice that I have had in the past. I currently use genuine Microsoft mice since history has proven to me that they seem to hold up quite well.

      • ProfoundBoat
      • 2 years ago

      If you’ve never experienced having buttons like forward/back or copy/paste mapped to the side buttons on your mouse, I really recommend trying it. I use a gaming mouse at work with forward/back/refresh mapped to thumb buttons and I find it dramatically more comfortable than clicking UI buttons or keyboard shortcuts.

    • Ryhadar
    • 2 years ago

    Isn’t that Corsair’s ol gaming logo?

    • uni-mitation
    • 2 years ago

    Whoa! *looks at TR’s landing page*

    I didn’t know it was Asus week!


      • Waco
      • 2 years ago

      It’s Computex week. Expect it all week from various vendors depending on when they launch their press packages / booth schedules / whatever.

        • uni-mitation
        • 2 years ago

        I figured something was up.

        I await with abated breath to hear about the new fancy pants keyboard phone of the year!

        I seriously need a time machine: not to travel back in time, just to skip this phase. Then again, I am afraid of what is next. Implanted phones in your brains: very [i<]1984[/i<]! uni-mitation

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