With just how connected the world is today, a microphone is more of a necessity these days and less of a luxury. Applications such as TeamSpeak and Discord have made online gaming much easier and much more accessible while apps like Skype have moved meetings from conference rooms to living rooms. However, a low-quality mic can make you sound distorted and muffled, making it harder for people to hear you clearly. This can cause you to lose a match online, or make a bad impression on a potential employer.
As any streamer or YouTuber will tell you, a high-quality mic is a must have on the desk of any potential content creator. There are several viable options beyond integrated camera mics. You can always set up an audio interface with an XLR microphone but that can get very expensive even though it offers the best quality. Most people go with a simple plug and play USB mic, though they are usually hit or miss. I was very excited when ASUS launched their ROG Magnus USB microphone. Since ASUS doesn’t affix the ROG logo to just any old product, I expected nothing but good things from this mic. So, let’s see how it did.
ASUS’s Take on the ROG STRIX MAGNUS USB Condenser Microphone
ROG STRIX Magnus USB condenser gaming microphone with AURA RGB lighting and environmental noise cancellation (ENC) for gaming/streaming.
“ROG STRIX Magnus is the first microphone designed especially for game streamers. Featuring three individual studio-grade condenser capsules for pristine recording quality, environmental noise cancellation (ENC) technology, a compact form factor, and AURA RGB lighting, ROG STRIX Magnus goes above and beyond traditional microphones to help you deliver the highest-quality content to your audience.”
Three studio-grade condenser capsules for enhanced clarity and sensitivity
Designed for live streamers with compact form factor and environmental noise cancellation (ENC)
Stylish and customizable Aura RGB lighting effects
Auxiliary port for recording audio from musical instruments and mobile devices
Comes with external USB hub for connecting additional devices