CES 2023: hands-on with the ASUS ROG 540 Hz monitor, new gaming chair and more!

ASUS showed off a ton of new products at CES 2023, and one segment we wanted to focus on was their peripherals. More specifically, we wanted to focus on their new 540Hz monitor, a new keyboard and mouse, and a new chair.

ROG Swift Pro PG248QP

Every once in a while PC hardware hits a major milestone, and ASUS just did that with their ROG Swift Pro PG248QP monitor. By breaking the 500 Hz refresh rate, the PG248QP is able to provide insanely smooth and clear video output for gamers. Naturally, this monitor is G-SYNC certified, but it also includes multiple voltage inputs to ensure fast pixel refresh is more consistent across the panel.

Based on a modern TN panel to get enough low response, the 24.1″ PG248QP has a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Factory calibrated to ensure the best color settings, this monitor is ready to go out of the box to go . 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 standard has even received additional improvements. The feet of the stand can be extended and locked into position, creating a wide base for support or folding for a smaller footprint on a desk. Therefore, a gamer can get in the zone by moving their keyboard and mouse closer to their screen. Again, we expect to learn more about the price and availability of the ROG Swift Pro PG248QP in the near future.

ROG Destrier Ergo gaming chair

There’s no better way to enjoy your 540Hz ASUS monitor than by sitting in a nice comfortable chair. ASUS has you covered there too with their ROG Destrier Ergo gaming chair. This chair has a premium exoskeleton metal frame that forms the basis for the mesh seat and backrests. 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 seat is adjustable, as is the adjustable backrest. Height adjustment is also present, and ASUS has implemented a unique strap design to adjust these settings, unlike the standard levers found on most chairs.

PU foam on the 360-degree swivel armrests equals comfort no matter the position, and an adjustable headrest can be placed in the ideal spot for extra comfort when reclining.

The ROG Destrier Ergo gaming chair should be available sometime in the first quarter, and while not set in stone, we expect to see this chair with an MSRP around $1,000.

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 damping materials are provided to remove unwanted vibrations in the keyboard and also to enhance the premium typing sound, as are the double-shot PBT keycaps.

ASUS equipped the Azoth with their own hot-swappable ROG NX mechanical switches that resemble standard MX-style switches, but with enhancements such as factory pre-lubing and gram force deviation binning to have the most consistent switch actuation experience. Multiple switch colors are available, including red, blue, and brown.

At the top right of the keyboard is a small screen that offers a wide variety of display options that can be adjusted via software and controlled via a switch in the same area.

The Azoth also comes with a DIY lube kit that includes genuine Krytox lube, a switch opener, lubrication station and more. Shipping in January, we expect to see the ROG Azoth with an MSRP of 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. Weighing in at just 54 grams and with no recesses in the surface of the mouse to contact your hand, the Harpe Ace is built with not only performance, but also comfort in mind. The biopolymer body helps keep the Harpe Ace low in weight, but is also more environmentally friendly.

A 36K DPI ROG AimPoint sensor is featured, as well as pre-programmed mouse button switches with 70 million activation ratings. The mouse is also customizable via included grip tape that can be added to the sides and buttons of the mouse as you see fit.

Three connectivity modes are provided; wired, Bluetooth and wireless. The Harpe Ace even has space in the base of the mouse for the 2.4 Ghz USB dongle.

As the name implies, the Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition has an Aim Lab Settings Optimizer that helps you fine-tune your mouse settings through short training exercises.

Shipping in January, the ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition costs $150.

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