As usual, Asus had plenty of new products to show off at their CES 2023 showcase. We were very impressed by the ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 3D OLED and the Vivobook Pro 16X 3D OLED as they demonstrated the world’s first glasses-free 3D OLED technology. Being able to freely move through and manipulate 3D objects with nothing more than a pen peripheral was especially fun to try out. However, as there were so many Asus CES product announcements to cover, today we will focus on the Republic of Gamers peripherals line-up. Let’s dive into our favorites from the show.
ROG Swift Pro PG248QP 540Hz Gaming Monitor
Of course, the first thing to stop us in our tracks at the ROG display was an actual gaming display. The ROG Swift Pro PG248QP was unveiled as the world’s first 540Hz gaming monitor. It is a 24.1-inch FHD monitor with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. It houses a G-SYNC processor that not only combats tearing and input lag, but also includes a built-in NVIDIA Reflex Analyzer. This analyzer captures end-to-end system latency to ensure that you get the most optimal gaming experience. The monitor also features a built-in ESS DAC to provide you with near-zero latency surround sound.
The ROG Swift Pro PG248QP even incorporates a new monitor stand design with retractable claws and a small desktop footprint. You can get a glimpse of it from this Asus ROG video here.
Pricing and availability for the ROG Swift Pro PG248QP 540Hz Gaming Monitor is still TBD.
ROG Azoth Gaming Keyboard
The ROG Azoth is just not another 75% wireless keyboard, it is a physically customizable one as well. Under its metal top cover and silicone gasket mount you have hot-swappable and factory-lubed ROG NX mechanical switches, ROG keyboard stabilizers, and ROG PBT doubleshot keycaps. This keyboard even comes with a bundled lube kit allowing you to customize the typing feel to suit your tastes. Going beyond that, you have an imbedded OLED display, MacOS support, and three connectivity options: SpeedNova 2.4Ghz wireless, wired and Bluetooth. If you choose to play with the OLED display and RGB lighting off, you can get up to 2000+ hours of wireless play.
The ROG Azoth Gaming Keyboard, going for $249.99, is available for preorder now. You can check it out by clicking here.
ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition Gaming Mouse
The ROG Harpe Ace is a 54-gram ambidextrous esports gaming mouse co-designed with eSports professionals for FPS gaming. It features the 36,000 DPI ROG AimPoint optical sensor and the same ROG SpeedNova wireless technology and connectivity options seen in the ROG Azoth. Built to last, this mouse’s left and right clicks utilize ROG Micro Switches, touting a 70-million click lifespan. On its sides, you have anti-slip mouse grip tape while on the bottom you have ROG Paracord and 100% PTFE mouse feet. Last but not least, the ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition gaming mouse can be fine-tuned via the Aim Lab Setting Optimizer to meet your exact tastes.
The ROG Harpe Ace is designed to pair nicely with the ROG Hone Ace Aim Lab Edition mousepad. This 508 x 420mm mousepad features a hybrid cloth surface that allows for precise control. It also houses a protective nano-coating to resist water, oil, and dust.
The ROG Harpe Ace will go for $149.99 and is coming soon.
The ROG Hone Ace, priced at $29.99, is available for preorder now. You can check it out by clicking here.
ROG Raikiri Pro PC Controller
This Xbox-licensed controller allows for wired and wireless play on PC while supporting wired play on Xbox’s latest-gen consoles. The controller sports a very familiar Xbox controller layout while also sporting four rear programmable buttons. Also on the rear are trigger locks, allowing you to physically adjust the trigger’s travel distances before actuation. On the bottom of the controller, you have a 3.5mm jack for connecting your wired headset into the controller’s built-in ESS DAC. Continuing the trend of ROG tri-mode connectivity products showcased at the show, the Raikiri Pro can connect to a PC via wired USB, 2.4Ghz wireless, or Bluetooth.
What makes this controller unique from many of the similarly-equipped Xbox controllers we covered here is its OLED display as well as its level of customization. The OLED display can not only display custom imagines, text or animations, but it can provide handy feedback such as charging status, mic mute, or profile indicators. Through the Armoury Crate software, the four buttons on the rear can be customized to perform in-game commands or toggle analog stick sensitivity settings. Going further, the software also allows you to tweak quality of life settings like vibration levels and analog stick deadzones, among other settings.
It was a surprise for us to encounter a PC/Xbox controller unveiling during this showcase. From what little time I got to spend with the Raikiri Pro at CES 2023, I was already intrigued by its features, making me especially eager to check this controller out.
The ROG Raikiri Pro Controller is expected to be tentatively released in April 2023, with pricing to be determined.
† Product details and some product hero images provided by Asus PR.