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ASUS' ROG Strix Go 2.4 wireless gaming headset has an AI-powered noise-cancelling mic

By Koh Wanzi - on 21 Nov 2019, 4:38pm

ASUS' ROG Strix Go 2.4 wireless gaming headset has an AI-powered noise-cancelling mic

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ASUS just made a wireless gaming headset with AI technology in it, and it's hoping that'll help win you over. The ROG Strix Go 2.4 features a noise-cancelling microphone that leverages AI to block out unwanted background noises, so your mates should be able to hear you more clearly. The microphone is often the weakest link on many otherwise great gaming headsets, so this could allow the ROG Strix Go 2.4 to stand out among the competition, assuming it works as advertised.

"The algorithm draws on a massive, 50-million-hour deep learning database and tens of thousands of hours of training to accurately identify and counteract up to 95% of environmental noises. The upshot of this smart technology is that everything from keyboard clatter to background human chatter is virtually eliminated – ensuring crystal-clear in-game voice communication with teammates," says ASUS.

ASUS ROG UK posted a video recorded using the headset's mic from the show floor at EGX 2019, and the results are pretty impressive, to say the least. The background noise has been cut out entirely, and the host's voice comes through very clearly. It's not perfect though, and the mic sounds like it could use a pop filter.

ASUS also has some audio samples for you to listen to on their product page, where the AI-powered noise-cancelling solution was able to block out things like the sound of typing. Of course, there's no way of confirming if you'll experience the same magic in practice until we get our hands on a unit. 

The ROG Strix Go 2.4 actually features two microphones. One of these is the detachable boom mic, but there's also a more discreet built-in mic that will work on its own. This makes it easier to use the headset with your phone or even Nintendo Switch when you're on the move. It weighs around 290g, and can be folded flat and packed up easily in your bag.

The headset relies on a USB-C connector for charging, and ASUS says it can last up to 25 hours on a single charge, while 15 minutes of charging should get you three hours of use. It can work in wired mode too with the included 3.5mm connector.

Finally, it uses a 2.4GHz connection and USB-C dongle, instead of Bluetooth. It will also come with a USB Type-A adapter for the dongle, so you can still use it with devices that don't have a USB-C port.

The headset launches in December in the UK for £159.99. There's no word on local price or availability yet.

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