Asus ROG Aura Terminal
BIG GAME COLOUR
Mostly, the RGB phenomenon has been all about making things look dazzling, very few applications utilize the addressable lighting capabilities for useful purposes. Many integrated systems like Asus Aura Sync can be used to show lighting colour or intensity based on CPU load, so that’s handy.
The ROG Aura Terminal is designed to take the lighting outside your box, and do so in a beautifully unique way. You see, it can cast the colours you are watching in a game (or media) back against the wall the PC is sitting against. Philips threw a similar technology into the TV market many years ago and the faithful swear by it. The idea is that you, of course, aren’t really looking at the colours behind the screen because you’re focused on the screen itself, but they ll your peripheral vision and create an illusion of a far greater area of immersion.
It works. In FPS and driving game testing there’s a wonderful sense that you’re part of a bigger, all-encompassing world. It’s controlled by the Terminal box, which connects via USB. Off it hang LED strips from four channels. Each channel can handle strips of up to 90 LEDs, and Asus supply a pair of 30cm strips for the sides of your monitor, and a longer 60cm strip for the top. Using the Halo software you assign which area of the game screen you want beaming out and it’s granular enough to give a very precise rendition of the screen area – so blue skies, trees, explosions, all feel like they’re emanating beyond the screen. Also granular is the detail. Because the strips have LEDs roughly 2cm apart the detail can be impressive.
It’s simple to setup, and it takes the data directly from the GPU so games don’t need to be ‘supported’. It can also be used to shine the usual RGB pretties when not beaming game data, so cycling waves, etc.
It’s a very clever way to big-up your gaming experience. Works best in a darkened room, and with a clear wall relatively close behind the screen.
Aura Sync • USB 2 interface • 4 channels; up to 90 LEDs addressable per channel
$179 • www.asus.com.au