ASUS showed off a ton of new products at CES 2023, and one segment that we wanted to focus on were their peripherals. More specifically, we wanted to focus on their new 540Hz monitor, a new keyboard and mouse, and chair.
ROG Swift Pro PG248QP
Every once in a while PC hardware hits a milestone of significance, and ASUS has just done that with their ROG Swift Pro PG248QP monitor. Breaking the 500Hz refresh rate barrier will allow the PG248QP to provide an insanely smooth and clear video output for gamers. Obviously this monitor is G-SYNC certified, but it also includes multiple voltage inputs to ensure that fast pixel refresh is more consistent across the entire panel.
Based on a modern TN panel in order to get a low enough response rate, the 24.1″ PG248QP has a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Calibrated at the factory to ensure the best color settings, this monitor will be ready to go out of the box. According to ASUS we expect to see the ROG Swift Pro PG248QP sometime in the first half of this year, but no pricing is available at this time.
The stand has even obtained additional improvements. The stand’s feet extend and lock into position, giving a wide base for support or folding for a smaller footprint on a desk. Therefore, a gamer can get into the zone by positioning their keyboard and mouse closer to their screen. Again, we anticipate learning more about the ROG Swift Pro PG248QP’s pricing and availability in the near future.
ROG Destrier Ergo Gaming Chair
What better way to enjoy your 540Hz ASUS monitor than by sitting down in a nice comfy chair. ASUS has you covered there as well with their ROG Destrier Ergo gaming chair. This chair features a premium exoskeleton metal frame that provides the groundwork for the mesh seating and back surfaces. This mesh has comfort, support, and breathability in mind, and an adjustable lumbar support section lets you dial in just the right amount of support in just the right place. The seating surface is adjustable, as is the reclining backrest. Height adjustment is also present, and ASUS has implemented a unique strap design for adjusting these settings as opposed to the standard levers found on most chairs.
PU foam on the 360-degree rotating arm rests equates to comfort no matter the position, and an adjustable headrest can be positioned in the ideal spot to give you extra comfort when sitting back.
The ROG Destrier Ergo gaming chair should be available sometime in Q1, and while not set in stone, we expect to see this chair with an MSRP around the $1,000 area.
ROG Azoth Keyboard
Based on a 75% form factor, the ROG Azoth keyboard has a solid composite material base, along with a metal top plate for premium stability. Multiple layers of gaskets and dampening materials are present to remove any unwanted vibrations in the keyboard, and also add to the premium typing sound, as do the double-shot PBT keycaps.
ASUS has equipped the Azoth with their own hot-swappable ROG NX mechanical switches that resemble standard MX-style switches, but with enhancements like pre-lubing, and gram force deviation binning at the factory to have the most consistent switch activation experience. There will be multiple switch colors available, including Red, Blue, and Brown.
A small screen is present at the top right of the keyboard, and offers a wide variety of display options that can be adjusted via software and controlled via a control toggle in the same area.
The Azoth also comes with a DIY switch lube kit featuring genuine Krytox lubricant, a switch opener, lube station, and more. Shipping in January, we expect to see the ROG Azoth with an MSRP between $250-300.
ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition
The ROG Harpe is an insanely lightweight wireless gaming mouse that really piqued our interest here at CES 2023. At just 54 grams in weight, and without any cutouts in the surfaces of of the mouse that make contact with your hand, the Harpe Ace is built with not only performance, but comfort in mind as well. The biopolymer body is what helps to keep the Harpe Ace low in weight, but is also more environmentally friendly.
A 36K DPI ROG AimPoint sensor is present, as are pre-binned mouse button switches with 70 million activation ratings. The mouse can also be adjusted via included grip tape that can be added to the sides and buttons of the mouse as you see fit.
Three connectivity modes are present; wired, Bluetooth, and wireless. The Harpe Ace even has room in the base of the mouse for the 2.4Ghz USB dongle.
As the name implies, the Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition has an Aim Lab Settings Optimizer that will help you fine tune your mouse settings via short training exercises.
Shipping in January, the ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition is priced at $150.