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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 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 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

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