Asus’ Upcoming Gaming Headset Taps AI to Block Out Noise

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Asus is looking to win over those seeking the best gaming headset (opens in new tab) with a standout feature: a microphone with noise-cancellation powered by artificial intelligence (AI). 

The upcoming Asus ROG Strix Go 2.4 detailed today uses Asus Essence 40mm drivers built into what’s said to be an air-tight chamber designed for rich sound with emphasis on the bass. 

The highlight feature, the bi-directional boom-mic, uses a noise-cancelling algorithm that Asus' announcement said was trained on a database of over 50 million records for tens of thousands of hours. Asus claims this allows it to identify and counteract up to 95% of unwanted noise, that means everything from keyboard (opens in new tab)clatter to other people talking. There’s also another mic built into the headset for mobile use that  packs the same AI-powered noise-cancelling features.  

Asus released a video today showcasing the mic in action on a noisy showroom floor:

As per its name, the ROG Strix Go 2.4 uses a 2.4GHz wireless connection with a USB-C dongle for mobile devices like smartphones and the Nintendo Switch.

The on-board battery is rated for 25 hours of continuous use, with the 5V / 900mA power-charging chip reportedly enabling 3 hours of juice from just a 15 minute charge.

A standard USB-A adapter for the dongle and a 3.5mm audio cable are also included for maximum compatibility. 

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To make things even easier for mobile gamers, the headset weighs only 0.6 pounds (290g) and features a compact design that folds down for easy carry with the included pouch.

The ROG Strix Go 2.4 launches in December for £159.99, but U.S. pricing and availability haven’t been announced yet. 

Asus ROG Strix Go 2.4 Specs

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Speaker Drivers 40mm Asus Essence
Speaker Impedance 32 Ohms
Speaker Frequency Wireless: 20-20,000 Hz; 3.5mm: 10-40,000 Hz
Mic TypeBoom: bi-directional; Built-in: omni-directional
Mic Frequency100-8,000 Hz
Mic Sensitivity -54dB
Connectors 3.5mm, USB-C dongle with USB-A adapter
Accessories Carrying case, charging cable, 3.5mm cable, USB-C to USB-A adapter
Weight 0.6 pounds / 290g