Asus’ AniMe dot matrix display is a somewhat rare feature, rarely emulated by products from other companies and rarely presents in the line of laptops from Asus. This rarity does not mean that it is a bust. It’s purely aesthetic, but the matrix technology it uses allows you to customize the look of your tech without applying stickers to it.
If that appeals to you, but more of a desk person, Asus’ new line of peripherals has you covered. As part of its ROG line, the company is also bringing AniMe Matrix technology to a headset and keyboard.
We’ve known about the ROG Delta S Animate for a while now, so what we were really hoping to see from CES this year was the pricing and release info for it. Sadly, those details are still under wraps for now, but the Delta S Animate is still worth a look. An upgrade to the already fantastic Delta S headphones, the Animate has many of the same features as its predecessor, including 50mm neodymium magnetic drivers and 32 ohm impedance, but its real selling point is its ergonomic D-shaped ear cups with screens. customizable external animated dot matrix. Like on Asus laptops, these displays can play short personalized pixelated animations, either on their own or in response to audio and in-game activities such as kill sequences. You can also configure them to display static images, of course, and there are included animations already built into Asus’ Armory Crate software.
You’ll be limited to white, but if you’re a streamer, this pair of cans should be a unique way to add that extra touch to your diet.
In a similar vein, Asus is also announcing today the ROG Fusion II 500 headset, which has similar specs to the Delta S Animate but has more traditional circular ear cups with RGB screens rather than AniMe Matrix screens. That RGB should wow an audience as well, which is a great excuse to pay extra for lighting effects that you won’t be able to see when actually using the headphones.
Of course, if you’re not a streamer and don’t want lighting effects that you won’t be using, there are also the Tuf Gaming H1 and H1 Wireless headsets. Asus didn’t let us know the specs for these ahead of time, but these are likely updates to the company’s existing H1 headsets. The existing cans are slightly weaker than the Delta S Animate and ROG Fusion II 500, with 40mm drivers instead of 50mm, so maybe we can expect a 50mm upgrade today. If so, they’ll be a good option for anyone who doesn’t need a flashy headset. We’ll update this article if we learn more.
Returning to AniMe Matrix, the new ROG Strix Flare II Animate keyboard comes with a matrix display that you can actually see when using it. This means that it not only comes with the same features as the Delta S Animate, but can also display system status indicators such as brightness level and battery life, on top of that. send you email notifications and time and date reminders.
As for the keyboard itself, it’s full-sized, hot-swappable, and comes with your choice of blue, brown, or red ROG NX switches. The keys are double-shot PBT and the keyboard has preset stabilizers under larger keys like the space bar to help reduce noise. There’s also sound-absorbing foam inside, an aluminum alloy top plate, USB 2.0 passthrough, and 8,000Hz polling rate.
Per-key RGB and a light strip on the front of the keyboard accentuate AniMe Matrix visuals with even more illumination. In an odd twist, you can cover the light strip with a detachable leatherette wrist rest, but the wrist rest itself makes up for it with its own forward-facing light strip.
Finally, for the Flare II hardware, there are dedicated wheels for play / pause, skip track and volume. Plus, two general-purpose hotkeys are right next to the media keys to accommodate any purpose you need.
When it comes to software features, the Flare II Animate is compatible with Aura Sync and on-the-fly macro recording using a special two-key combo. This is in addition to the AniMe Matrix customization built into Armory Crate, of course.
Asus will also release a version of the Flare II without the AniMe Matrix display, if you still haven’t sold on it, although this version also lacks hot-swappable switches.
Finally, for this year’s CES, Asus’ ROG Peripherals team is also pulling the curtain on a trio of mice, though there aren’t any unusual lighting effects to brag about here. The TUF Gaming M4 Air, however, targets the ultra-light category with a body covered with triangular cutouts. It has a 16,000 DPI optical sensor and weighs just 47g. Despite the electronics being open to the air, Asus also claims it has IPX6 water resistance to help guard against spills or, let’s face it, sweaty palms. 6 buttons allow minimal mapping options, but for something more advanced you’ll want to upgrade to ROG Chakram X.
This mouse can push up to 36,000 DPI and can also connect via USB 2.0, Bluetooth 5.2 and 2.4 GHz RF. Its left and right mouse buttons have ROG microswitches inside, and it replaces the cutout-centered body with a closed body with 9 areas of RGB. You will also get 7 programmable buttons, a DPI swap button, a mode change button, and a pairing button. What’s really exciting, however, is the analog stick built into the left side of the mouse. This type of control is invaluable for games like flight simulators, but is rare on many PC peripherals. But if you are not sold, you can also switch the stick to a digital input mode to gain 4 additional buttons.
Meanwhile, if you liked the sound of the TUF Gaming M4 Air but want something wireless, the TUF Gaming M4 Wireless is just that. You’ll lose the cutouts on the body, the maximum DPI will drop to 12,000, and the weight will now be closer to 62g, but you’ll gain 2.4GHz and Bluetooth LE connectivity in the tradeoff.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any pricing and release date information for all of these devices yet. So far, we know that the ROG Fusion II 500 headset will hit stores in the first quarter of this year, as will the ROG Chakram X mouse. Both versions of the Flare II keyboard have a clearer time slot for late January. of this year, and are also the only products here for which we have pricing information. The Flare II Animate is expected to sell for $ 219, while the regular Flare II will retail for $ 179.