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The line-up in­cludes new routers with huge amounts of band­width and low la­tency, amaz­ing pe­riph­er­als like head­sets with Quad DACs for su­pe­rior SNR and mousepads with Qi charg­ing, new Aura prod­ucts that’ll make your rig shine and im­mense mon­i­tors with bril­liant colour gamuts and re­fresh rates. Asus are also en­ter­ing prod­uct fields like power sup­plies and wa­ter­cool­ing for the first time. There’s so much to ex­plore, so let’s get stuck into it shall we? First up is Asus’ 802.11ax routers, in­clud­ing one of the first 10 Gbps gam­ing routers - the ROG Rap­ture GT-AX11000. Join­ing the AX11000 is the RT-AX88U. Both are 802.11ax gam­ing routers that sup­port ODFMA and 160MHz band­width chan­nels for low pings while max­i­miz­ing through­put on Wi-Fi. Both have a Game Boost Hotkey that when pressed low­ers pings and con­fig­ures a ded­i­cated Wi-Fi band for gam­ing. In ad­di­tion, the GT-AX11000 fea­tures a tri-band ra­dio and a 2.5Gbps Eth­er­net port. Both of these Asus new routers in­clude sup­port for Asus AiMesh net­work ex­ten­sion tech­nol­ogy. Speak­ing of AiMesh, Asus will re­lease the RT-AX92U 2-Pack, a con­ve­nient way to spread 802.11ax good­ness around your home, mak­ing Wi-Fi dead zones a thing of the past. 2018 will also see the re­lease of new Lyra mesh net­work­ing nodes. The Voice, which in­cludes an Alexa-en­abled smart speaker and the Trio, a set of two small and modern look­ing units to spread around your home. For 2018, Asus is mak­ing the move into power sup­plies and wa­ter-cool­ing. The ROG THOR is a unique PSU that looks stun­ning and comes in 850W and 1200W 80+ Plat­inum Rated flavours. There’s a cool OLED dis­play on the side that shows real-time power con­sump­tion. The huge heatsink dis­si­pates heat silently when un­der light load and a patented Wing-Blade fan cools ev­ery­thing down when things get in­tense. The PSU is Aura Sync com­pat­i­ble, so it can glow like with all your ex­ist­ing Aura gear. For those want­ing to get the best per­for­mance out of their rigs, Asus will in­tro­duce the ROG RYUO and ROG RYUJIN all-in-one wa­ter-cool­ing kits. The RYUO comes with a 120mm or 240mm ra­di­a­tor, while the RYUJIN has 240mm or 360mm op­tions and a hid­den fan for the VRM and M.2 area. Both have sweet OLEDs that dis­play re­al­time in­for­ma­tion like tem­per­a­ture, mes­sages or even an­i­ma­tions, while the RYUJIN also in­cludes IP52 grade Noc­tua in­dus­trial fans for ever­last­ing per­for­mance. Of course, they’re also Aura Sync com­pat­i­ble

For 2018, Asus is mak­ing the move into power sup­plies and wa­ter-cool­ing.

for a colour­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. Af­ter a new head­set to yell trashtalk out to your bud­dies on Fort­nite or Over­watch and to lis­ten to some tunes? The ROG Delta head­set plugs in via USB-C, pro­vid­ing a com­plete dig­i­tal sig­nal for the four (yes, four) ESS Sabre DACs, that when com­bined, pro­duce crys­tal clear sound with an im­pres­sive 127dB SNR. The ROG Delta is also su­per comfy, en­velop­ing your ears with syn­thetic leather cush­ions and a breath­able mesh to stave off sweat. If ca­bles weigh you down, the ROG Strix Fu­sion 700 and ROG Strix Fu­sion Wire­less head­sets could be more your style. The Fu­sion 700 utilises Blue­tooth 4.2 and USB 2.0 so it can be hooked up to your PC, PS4, Nin­tendo Switch and your smart­phone or tablet. Touch con­trols on the left ear cup let gamers eas­ily an­swer and dis­con­nect from calls, as well as in­stantly ad­just vol­ume and other au­dio set­tings. The Strix Fu­sion Wire­less uses dual 2.4GHz an­ten­nas for sta­ble, low-la­tency au­dio trans­mis­sion, even in en­vi­ron­ments with mul­ti­ple Wi-Fi net­works. The ROG Gla­dius II Wire­less gam­ing mouse is heav­ily in­flu­enced by es­ports pros and brings the same com­fort and pre­ci­sion you love in the Gla­dius II Ori­gin, but with 3 con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions: 2.4GHz don­gle, Blue­tooth or a re­move­able USB ca­ble. The Gla­dius II Wire­less fea­tures Pixart’s fourth gen­er­a­tion PMW3390 op­ti­cal sen­sor with 16,000DPI res­o­lu­tion for ex­cel­lent pre­ci­sion and is Aura Sync com­pat­i­ble to match the rest of your sweet Aura setup. You need a smooth mousepad for your rad gam­ing mouse and Asus has you cov­ered with the Bal­teus Qi. Not only does it have a 32cm di­ag­o­nal sur­face with a durable hard sur­face that of­fers con­sis­tent track­ing and Aura Sync com­pat­i­bil­ity with 15 light zones around the edge, it has a built in Qi charger in the top right cor­ner! Plonk your Qi com­pat­i­ble smart­phone on there and it’ll charge it whilst you game, su­per use­ful. Asus has a solid pedi­gree of qual­ity dis­plays and in 2018 that con­tin­ues with four ab­so­lute beau­ties for your eye­balls to feast on. The ROG Swift PG65 is a 65” 4K beast with 1000nits bright­ness, 120Hz re­fresh, Nvidia G-Sync sup­port and DCI-P3 colour gamut. The ROG SWIFT PG35VQ is smaller at 35” but has a 3440x1440 Quan­tum Dot HDR dis­play and man­ages DCI-P3 colour gamut whilst also sup­port­ing 200Hz re­fresh and Nvidia G-Sync. If ul­tra-wide im­mer­sive gam­ing is your thing, the VG49V is a 49” big-boy with an 1800R cur­va­ture, 3840x1080 res­o­lu­tion and 144Hz re­fresh with sup­port for Ex­treme Low Mo­tion Blur and GameFast for su­pe­rior view­ing com­fort. Those who game on con­soles as well as PCs will en­joy the 32” 4K CG32 con­sole gam­ing mon­i­tor, which sup­ports VESA Dis­playHDR 600 10bit colour and DCI-P3 and is Adap­tiveSync com­pli­ant. It’s also got a 4-port USB hub in the base of the mon­i­tor’s stand, so you can charge your con­trollers un­der the dis­play when not in use. Asus kicks the Aura Sync colour ex­pe­ri­ence up a notch with ROG Halo - am­bi­ent RGB syn­chro­niza­tion to re­flect in-game ac­tion when LED strips are mounted be­hind the mon­i­tor. The CG32 con­sole gam­ing mon­i­tor sup­ports ROG Halo out of the box and for all other mon­i­tors, the ROG Aura Ter­mi­nal hooks up to your PC over USB and with LED strips con­nected, brings games to life. Asus is also proud to be part of the TUF Gam­ing al­liance. Part­ner­ing with other ma­jor com­po­nent man­u­fac­tur­ers, the TUF Gam­ing Al­liance is a bur­geon­ing ecosys­tem of prod­ucts like moth­er­boards, DRAM, lap­top and desk­top PCs, chas­sis, key­boards, mice and head­sets with gamer-pleas­ing fea­tures that guar­an­tee com­pat­i­bil­ity and aes­thetic har­mony.

Lyra mesh net­work­ing nodes


ROG Rap­ture GT-AX11000, RT-AX88U and RT-AX92U 2-Pack

Asus VG49V curved dis­play

Top to bot­tom, ROG Delta, ROG Strix Fu­sion 700 and ROG Strix Fu­sion Wire­less

TUF Gam­ing al­liance mobo, case and key­board

Left ROG Gla­dius II Wire­less gam­ing mouse and Bal­teus Qi mousepad

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