Asus is not a mainstream gaming peripheral maker but they do sport a decent lineup. The company recently announced a new wireless gaming headset, the ROG Strix GO. There are a lot of good options for someone looking for a wireless gaming headset but the ROG Strix GO 2.4 stands out due to the versatility it offers with its primary USB-C dongle.
A USB-C connection is unheard of in gaming headsets, wireless or otherwise but if you take a broader view it makes perfect sense. Gaming in 2019 has moved beyond computers and consoles, handheld devices like the switch and smartphones have a considerable player base. The ROG Strix Go 2.4 comes with a USB-C dongle for wireless connectivity, which can be plugged in USB-C compatible devices for a hassle-free connection. For devices without a USB-C port, Asus has included a dongle and a 3.5mm audio cable.
AI Noise Cancelling Microphone
Asus also pointed out the microphone’s noise-canceling feature on the press release. The headset relies on an algorithm with a massive deep-learning database to filter out background noise. We haven’t tested this yet, but going by the video above, the noise cancellation does seem to be a class apart. Many companies try to sell gimmicky features and the promise of AI is oversold at this point, but the noise-cancellation actually seems to work unlike anything we have seen before and that too at a major convention which is a very audio rich environment.
This does take a toll on the overall soundstage and the voice sounds very flat, but that’s a given with gaming headsets which will always prioritize clear comms over audio quality.
ROG Strix Go 2.4 is engineered with an industry-leading, AI-powered noise-cancelling microphone for crystal-clear in-game voice communication. The algorithm draws on a massive, 50-million-record deep-learning database and tens of thousands of hours of training to accurately identify and counteract up to 95% of environmental noises. The upshot of this smart technology is that everything from keyboard clatter to background human chatter is virtually eliminated — ensuring crystal-clear in-game voice communication with teammates.
The ROG Strix Go 2.4 actually comes with two mics, you can see the detachable mic(bidirectional) but there’s also an internal one(Omni-directional) for on-the-go use.
The headset comes with 40mm neodymium-magnet drivers which are a standard for headphones, although this is not indicative of the headphone’s audio quality.
Asus has given the Strix Go 2.4 a massive 1800mAh battery and the company claims a 25+ hour battery life with a full charge. The headset is also equipped with a power-charging chip that supports up to 5V/900mA input enabling some sort of a fast charge giving users 3 hours of playtime with a 15-min top-up.
Coming in at 290 grams, this is not the lightest wireless gaming headset around. For comparison, the Bose QC35 comes in at 310 grams and the Steelseries Arctic 7 comes in at 280 grams, so the ROG Strix Go 2.4 comfortably sits at a median.
Thoughts, Availability, and pricing
Most new smartphones have ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack and the industry is adopting the Type-C standard, this gives the ROG Strix Go 2.4 a lot of versatility. These headphones will work seamlessly with phones and other handheld devices, so use cases won’t be limited to consoles or computers saving you the hassle of buying multiple headphones or using dongles to make things work. Asus is first to the market with this one and we will definitely see more gaming headsets adopt the Type-C standard with time.
The headset will arrive sometime in December and will be priced at £159.99 or $206 USD.