ASUS' ROG Strix Magnus is a beast of a gaming microphone

Now that ASUS' Republic of Gamers brand has thoroughly tackled the realm of gaming PCs, the company is looking to up its accessory game with the beastly ROG Strix Magnus gaming microphone.

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Built with hardcore gamers and pro streamers in mind, the ROD Strix Magnus packs plenty of flair with a bold design and aura LED effects that will sync up with the LEDs on your other ROG devices. A manual hardware switch also lets you change the recording pattern of the studio-grade condenser capsules on the top of the mic. An aux-in and headphone jack are also included, as well as a USB port for powering charging your devices.

If you're a big fan of ASUS bold ROG design aesthetic, then this definitely isn't a bad option. You'll be able to get your hands on the ROG Strix Magnus in Q2 of 2017 for around $150.

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  • Gamers using voice chat with this and speakers are rude. If they use this with a headset or for broadcasting, etc. Go for it. Shouldn't hear myself through their mic.. This is a neat idea, though would like to see something more creative?
  • I would expect it to have a feature similar to how my laptop microphone works, the driver and its software interpret the audio being output on the speaker and strip it from the audio being recorded/transmitted from the microphone input.
  • Oh that's cool. So my friends are just using cheap mics with normal speakers and no software. I'll let them know.
  • Just got the Yeti Mic from amazon for $109 gets over 4,000 4.5 star reviews well see if I made the right choice or not, I love Crosshair formula V gamers motherboard.
  • $150 for a gaming, thanks.
  • Whats wrong with a 200% markup? ASUS gotta eat too. /s
  • Haha. And I'm not even saying this isn't a good mic, but when I use a $2 mic for gaming and it's actually very clear I just don't get the point of spending more than $20 on a gaming mic.
  • Really, if the mic you are using meets your requirement, perfect.  If the people you converse with in-game can hear you fine, without distortion and with a comfortable equalization (not too much high-end, not too much bottom), then you've invested wisely.  If you're doing any streaming of your games, though, I highly doubt your mic would be satisfactory.  Stick with the mic that best suits your needs.
  • To be fair, the ROG is​ geared more for the streamers.  As such, having a studio-grade microphone is a must if you're basically producing a gaming show.  Personally, I'm not into watching other people play a game, but I do produce a video netcast, and have invested quite a bit of money in studio microphones, booms, soundboard, headphone distribution, cameras, etc.  I can't stress enough how important a really good microphone is if you're producing a quality show, whether it's gaming or something else.  Most of the quality game streamers I've checked out are using higher-end mics and they are either on headphones or some sort of earset.  $150 for a quality mic, particularly one like this that has adjustable pattern (broadcasters get why this is important), is actually a good price.  I spent close to $900 on just three mics, so it's worth it if you get the sound quality you need. What I WOULD love to see is a sound demonstration of the ROG, across its adjustable pattern range.  
  • Ah, I completely forgot about using this for streaming. That makes much more sense.
  • Fair enough. I'm just commenting on the fact that anything gamer approved (targeted towards "gamers") is usually overpriced. More often than not, you're paying for a flashy package with some gimmicks thrown in.
  • Once you attache LEDs to anything. You're entering premium territory. Gotta pay to play!
  • Generally, LEDs do look cool.  And, if you are streaming in a way that the audience can see the mic, there's nothing wrong with adding some visual spice--as long as it doesn't actual distract.  LEDs on-camera can actually create problems depending on how strong they are and whether they are in front of the main image (say, YOU, for instance) or behind.  If you're using one of the green-screen solutions, having LEDs in front of you can also create issues.  Just some things to consider for the streamers out there.
  • So, who else thought of a deo stick ..  
  • "ROD" "powering charging" - just incase you wanted to fix the copy... otherwise, this looks interesting, I'm looking for a good desktop mic!