Asus has expanded its line of gaming peripherals Republic of Gamers (ROG) gaming headset from Strix series. The highlight of Asus ROG Strix Wireless Gaming Headset is its ability to connect both wirelessly and by cables, built-in battery for 10 hours of battery life and support for multichannel audio virtualization 7.1. Next, we will consider in detail the features of the new product.
Asus ROG Strix Wireless Headset comes in an interesting package. Headset itself is placed in a plastic box, set in a cardboard box with an open front part, and it’s all packaged in a clear plastic cover. Packing strict, but well be noticeable on the shelf.
Beautifully looks Asus ROG Strix inscription depicted as if the lights multicolored neon lights. Good visible through the clear plastic cup headset is turned 90 degrees, the viewer looks orange owl eyes.
In general, the presence of the external eye owl is a hallmark of all Asus ROG Strix series. On the reverse side of the package, you can find information about key features of the headset and its full specifications.
The Greek Asus ROG Strix means owl, but according to the mythology of the ancient Romans and Greeks Asus ROG Strix is a bird, which is the result of the metamorphosis, fed on human flesh and blood, and brings bad news – bird of ill omen, although in general the treatment is just an omen, not necessarily bad. In today’s world the name Asus ROG Strix called earless owls. Both dishes are placed stylized owl orange eyes, and complete the picture of a well recognizable eyebrows night bird.
The cups can be rotated 90 degrees and then the viewer will look just two owl eyes. Right cup moves only counter-clockwise about 110 degrees and below orange eyes and a silver engraved emblem of ROG. On the left ear, in addition to bright orange eyes are buttons to adjust the volume level, turn on and off the wireless mode and switch to enable or disable the microphone.
At the bottom of the left ear are three ports: micro-USB, and two sub mini jack 3.5 mm. Front for the microphone, and rear for direct connection to a PC or controller Playstation 4.
The microphone is detachable, which is undoubtedly a positive moment, as It extends the scope of the headset, for example, for use in a mobile device path. The boom microphone is made of soft and elastic rubberized plastic, which keeps well defined shape.
Headset ear pads are made from pleasant to the touch, soft synthetic leather black color that provides a snug and comfortable fit to the head, creating a good sound insulation. Speakers 60 mm in diameter covered with soft red zvukopronitsaemoy matter.
Headband headset consists of two independent parts. The outer part is made of flexible plastic, the same as that of enclosure plates. The outer part of the headband looks massive, but susceptible to bending when a force is applied.
The inside of the headband is made of synthetic leather with stylish stitching orange color, in harmony with the eyes of an owl on the plates.
On the surface of synthetic leather embossed inscription Asus ROG Strix. To the listener’s head adjacent four bulk bags, closed with a soft synthetic leather.
The interface cable is encased in textile braid and equipped with a plug type mini-jack. This cable is useful when you connect a headset to a mobile device such as a smartphone.
Wireless USB adapter with the size of a small flash drive has a plastic housing, painted black.
On one side is placed the emblem ROG orange, and nearby there is a LED that lights up when connected to a PC.
On the side of the adapter is a button to initiate the process of pairing with a headset. To use the headset in wireless mode you need to do the following simple sequence:
Asus offers on its web site to download the firmware application for Asus ROG Strix Wireless Headset. Brand application Strix Sonic Studio (SSS) with simple and clear, but if you have any difficulties, you can always click on the question mark in the upper right corner of the utility window and get help.
The large number of settings available SSS application, which can be changed on the fly, for example, while listening to music and just hear the change. The application provides predefined profiles that you can use and modify to your liking.
In total there were 10 sections and have the opportunity to create your own and store it in the cloud for access from other devices. The application does not support Russian-language interface, but it is likely it will be corrected in the future, considering that the Asus designers usually do not forget about the Russian language.
Unfortunately, not provided any indication of the battery level in the current version of the SSS. On the headset itself also has no built-in battery indicator level, but when the battery capacity is close to zero, the LED for the On / interface flashes. This creates certain inconveniences. Of course, you can connect external power to the headset, but it just turns it into a wired solution in the event of an unexpected full battery discharge.
To measure the frequency band we played involved stand Bruel Kjaer 4153 – Artificial Ear / Ear Simulator (corresponding to IEC 60318-1 standard), which is able to emulate the ear impedance at frequencies up to 16 kHz.
Here is the opinion expert Maxim Liadov: In general, Asus ROG Strix Wireless Headset sounds acceptable, better than expected from her in appearance and futuristic plastic housing. If lay EQ “mumbling” at 100 Hz, it is possible to listen to music, gaming headphone that is considered a high estimation. It should be noted that it is possible for a long time to sit and listen to music in Asus ROG Strix Wireless without a headache from the distortion in the sound and other typical problems of game models. The main problem in the typical headphone frequency response is not differences, namely that the distortion in the sound. If the sound is sandwiched, without details, it is impossible to listen to this for a long time. AFC can simply correct EQ, and low-cost models to do this it is necessary.
Asus ROG Strix Wireless Headset is aimed at fans of games on the PC, so the first thing it will check it with those applications. Of course, the tests we used and a set of music tracks in various styles. During the test we played Doom, Furi, Arma 3 and CS: GO, as compared with our reference ones headphones Sennheiser HD 449. When the wire connection headphones connected to an external sound card Creative Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1.
In wired mode wireless connectivity and sound Asus ROG Strix Wireless is characterized as smooth, but sometimes heard blurred, like mixing sounds at low frequencies. As a result, it lost expression on compositions with rich bass. Applying EQ solves this problem.
Note that if the wirelessly connected to the headset power cord, it becomes audible route guidance, perceived as background noise.
Testing has shown that Asus ROG Strix Wireless headset features a high-quality removable microphone. The two sides easily recognize your voice and celebrate its natural tones and lack of background noise in the background.
Practice has shown that the headset control buttons on the left cup is difficult to find by touch, because they merge with the cup body. They have a little more to lift above the surface or be equipped with relief.
Firmware Asus ROG Strix Sonic Studio has proved very useful when the headset is used in wireless mode.
With SSS can customize and save profiles for use in different applications, such as FPS games, and listen to Heavy Metal. True to switch between profiles have to apply to the SSS, as no hardware button on the headset itself does not provide for this.
Also in the SSS can enable multi-channel audio virtualization and, if necessary, turn the reverb to simulate more accurately, for example, the acoustics of a large stadium. The use of such technologies a matter of taste, and if you do not like the color of the sound, you can always disable it all.
We could not reliably measure the battery life of the headset, because no battery indicator, in addition to the flashing notification that the battery capacity is already close to zero, is not provided. Always check if the light flashes is not always convenient, but in the end headset worked with us a little over ten hours without wires.
For Asus ROG Strix Wireless headset support PS4 stated in wireless mode. To console saw the wireless adapter you need to update the firmware, which is available on the Asus website. Unfortunately, our headset firmware update stopped working in wireless mode. So we were not able to test this version of the work. The wire Strix Wireless mode without any problems connected to the gamepad PS4, but only without the support of the microphone mode.
At the time of writing Asus ROG Asus ROG Strix Wireless Headset is not yet available in retail stores anywhere in the world. But Asus company told us that the recommended price will correspond to Russia 13000 rubles. At the current rate is about 200 USD, and it is a very attractive price for the set of capabilities possessed by Asus Strix Wireless.
This headset can be played in two modes – with a wired connection and wireless. At the same time, you can wirelessly play at least 10 hours and if you want to use virtualization mode multi-channel audio. It is important to note that the headset does not distort the sound, which means that it can be used for listening to music. Let us add to all the above great quality removable microphone and the ability to connect to gaming consoles, and mobile devices.