ASUS recently announced its various new products from its gaming sector in the ongoing CES Las Vegas 2015 showcase. These line-ups includes offerings from both ASUS and ASUS Republic Of Gamers (ROG). The new offerings are the 27-inch ROG Swift PG27AQ 4K/UHD gaming monitor with super-narrow bezel and NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, and the ROG G20 compact gaming desktop and GR8 console-inspired ultra-compact gaming PCs. Also on display are the ROG Enthusiast SLI Bridge for all (two-way, three-way and four-way) SLI configurations, ROG Spatha wireless mouse, Sica high-precision optical wired mouse, and ROG Whetstone ultra-smooth silicone-fabric mouse pad.
On display from the gaming side is the true-to-life 120Hz MG279Q gaming display, plus the latest Strix Series gear including the Strix 7.1 true 7.1 surround gaming headset, Strix Claw optical gaming mouse, Strix Tactic Pro mechanical gaming keyboard and Strix Glide Control and Strix Glide Speed gaming mouse pads.
The shining star of the ROG’s CES stand is the Swift PG27AQ which features a vivid 3,840 x 2,150 pixel 4K/UHD resolution. It has in-plane switching panel for wide viewing angles and a superb 1,000:1 contrast ratio with 300cd/m brightness for realistic gaming. Not only that, it also features NVIDIA G-SYNC technology which synchronises the refresh rates to the GPU thus eliminating screen tearing and minimizing stutter and input lag to deliver the smoothest gaming experience possible. Additionally, it also includes an easy to navigate on-screen display with a five-way navigation joystick and hotkey shortcuts with an ergonomic design with full tilt,swivel, pivot and height adjustment, and a smart cable management system using a super narrow bezel design.
Next up the slate is the ROG G20 compact gaming desktop PC which features a compact 12.5 liter case and is powered by a 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor that is paired with an NVIDIA GeFroce GTX 980 graphics card for intense gaming and unwarranted home entertainment with the WQHD 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution. The G20 is also amazingly silent at just 22dB when in idle mode, and it sports a brave design with a matte-black finish, aggressive lines, Mayan inspired markings and light effects that are completely tunable with 8m colours. As part of its accomplishments, it has already received critical acclaim such as winning the Good Design Award 2014, Best Choice of the Year and Golden Awards at Computex 2014 and a 2015 CES Innovation Award.
The ROG GR8 console sized gaming PC is also one of the new products on display which features an Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics for maximum gaming in Full HD. It possesses up to 16GB DDR3L memory, a HDD or SSD, built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi and comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1.
The CES Innovation Award Winning GR8 also has a built-in Miracast receiver for wireless HD entertainment screen mirroring, special slide-off covers easy access to the 2.5-inch drive bay and SO-DIMM memory for fast upgrades.
Enthusiastic gamers who tinker around with powerful graphics will adore the new ROG Enthusiast SLI Bridge for making sturdy SLI connections in style. Emblazoned with an illuminated ROG logo and a sleek aluminium lustre, while adding essential finishing touches to enthusiast gaming rigs and is compatible up to four way SLIs.
Moving on to gaming peripherals is the ROG Spatha gaming mouse which is designed to provide gamers an added advantage in MMO and RPG games. The Spatha has six customisable macro buttons which are perfectly positioned for thumb operation, while putting advanced controls within instant reach. Additionally, the Spatha also comes with a charging dock and the intuitive ROG Armoury utility to aid gamers in almost every aspect of Spatha’s operation.
The next gaming mouse on the list is ROG’s Sica gaming mouse that has been optimised for MOBA games and it comes with a high precision optical sensor for precise pixel control for any situation. Its ambidextrous design makes it perfect regardless of hand orientation. ROG Sica also benefits from an improved socketed-switch design which gives gamers the freedom required to tune the mouse to their preference fast and efficiently.
Gaming mice would not be complete without the proper gaming mouse pads, thus ROG has brought forth the Whetstone gaming mouse pad which was designed with input from pro-gaming team Taipei Assassins. The mousepad is a hybrid silicone-fabric mousepad that offers a precise, ultra-smooth and silent mouse tracking and controls. With the similar Mayan inspired texture from ROG, Whetstone utilises solid bonding and heat sealing techniques to deliver a durable and high quality finish plus it has an easy roll material which is great for portability. The Whetstone is also coated with a special water resistant material thus providing the full protection for gamers allowing them to bring the pad anywhere, anytime.
Setting up the frontlines for gaming displays for ASUS is the MG279Q, a sleek 27-inch display with in-plane switching (IPS) technology and WQHD 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution, and it also offers over 120fps and a 5ms GTG response time. This display unit has a gamer friendly design with an exclusive five-way navigation joystick for quick navigation and a dedicated GamePlus hotkey. Connection-wise, it includes DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, two HDMI ports (for native WQHD) and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) 2.0 socket for 1080p connections to mobile devices, plus simultaneous charging. MG279Q also has a built-in dual USB 3.0 hub for device changing and data transfers that are up to ten times (10X) faster than USB 2.0.
The popular Strix from ROG makes an appearance with more new products such as the Strix 7.1 true surround gaming headset. This headset is their top of the line true 7.1 surround gaming headset which boasts a premium design with 10 discrete drivers to truly bring an immersive surround sound and precise positioning as well as stunning lighting effects to let gamers expose their uniqueness. Other features includes a comfortable protein leather padding and a multi-purpose plug-and-play USB audio station.
FPS gamers are also included in this progressive line-up with the Strix Claw gaming mouse which gives players the precision, comfort and edge in their shooter game of choice. It includes right-handed ergonomics, Japanese-made Omron switches, gaming grade 5,000DPI optical sensor, angle-snap-free movement and flexible DPU controls top ensure each movement is tracked accurately and responded immediately.
No gaming setup is truly complete without a suitable gaming keyboard, and the Strix Tactic Pro mechanical gaming keyboard provides all that is required by gamers. Featuring ultra-durable, illuminated, mechanical gaming keyboard that is made for precision and reactiveness, it is available in black,blue,brown or red Cherry MX switches and it employs the highest specification N-Key Rollover technology over USB and it also comes with 13 easy to reach macro keys.
Last but not least are the Strix Glide Control and Strix Glide Speed gaming mouse pads which are the perfect complement to the Strix gaming gear range. Both these pads are made from premium materials and tailor made to suit different gaming styles.
The Strix Glide Control is suited for the gamers seeking accurate controlled movements while the Strix Glide Speed is design for smooth gliding and precision.