Computex 2018: ASUS ROG Gaming Peripherals Announced: Gladius II Wireless Mouse, Balteus Qi Pad, Delta Headset

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2018 - 07:30 AM |
Tagged: ROG, Qi, peripherals, mousepad, mouse, headset, asus

ASUS ROG has also announced a few new peripherals at this year’s Computex: a headset, a mouse, and a mousepad that includes a Qi wireless charger. All of them have RGB lighting. All of them. Even the mousepad.

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Let’s start with the mouse. The ASUS ROG Gladius II Wireless is a wireless mouse that is built around the Pixart 16000 dpi sensor. It apparently uses two separate wireless connections, one RF and one Bluetooth, to optimize between connection speed and connection latency. ASUS claims to have tweaked the sensor to allow 24 hours on a single charge (if the RGB lighting is disabled). Interestingly, they don’t say whether this can be charged with Qi, which would have tied in to their announcement of…

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The ASUS ROG Balteus Qi is a 370mm x 320mm mousepad that includes Qi wireless charging and 15 Aura Sync RGB lighting zones, where each RGB zone can be individually set. Interestingly, they don’t say whether any of their mice can be charged with Qi technology, so either it’s a glaring omission on the press release’s part, or ASUS intends users to place their phone on their mousepad when they go to bed? It seems like charging a wireless mouse with a mousepad would be an interesting use case, and is something I’ve been considering with Logitech’s solution, although it’s hard to get in Canada. Hopefully the mice actually are Qi-compatible and this is the actual use case.

Also, the mousepad contains a USB 2.0 pass-through port, so you can easily plug-in devices on your desk, like a keyboard, without resorting to a USB hub.

Another version, the ROG Balteus, without the “Qi” suffix, will also be available… without the wireless charging system.

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Lastly, the ROG Delta is a USB headset that connects via Type-C. At first that sounds like, “Well, why would they intentionally use the less-common plug when every PC has a Type-A?” The reason is simple: it also works with Android devices. ASUS doesn’t state much about the headset’s specifications, although it has a “quad-DAC array” (digital -> analog converter) with a 127-dB(A) signal to noise ratio.

All of these devices are coming in the second half of the year. None of their pricing details are known.

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Corsair's new quartet of wireless peripherals sing in Qi

Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2018 - 01:33 PM |
Tagged: corsair, K63, wireless keyboard, Dark Core RGB SE, wireless mouse, mm1000, lapboard, Qi

The Tech Report combined four related Corsair products together for a review, as they may all curl up on your lap together.  The K63 wireless keyboard you see below sports Cherry Red switches and several of the function keys have uses specific to HTPC and Android TV to ensure you can stay put on your couch.  TR recommends turning it off between uses as the sleep mode is not very effective at reducing power draw.  The Dark Core RGB SE mouse is also wireless; charging via Qi as opposed to using replaceable batteries and it too comes with the recommendation for owners to turn it off when not in use. 

Tying these together is the MM1000 mouse pad, which is where you charge your mouse or compatible device, as it is a Qi charging station.  There is a charging spot on the mat as well as a plug for a puck if you need the space on the mouse mat or have multiple devices to charge. All of these combine on the K63 Wireless Lapboard to form a perfect excuse not to get up from the couch.

Check out all the details at The Tech Report.

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"Corsair's K63 Wireless keyboard, Dark Core RGB SE mouse, MM1000 mouse pad, and K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard promise a seamless transition from gaming at a desk to gaming in the living room. We took these peripherals from point A to point B and back again to see just how they unplug and play."

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Forget the Wallendas; get a charge out of doing it without a wire

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2018 - 01:00 PM |
Tagged: Energous, Qi, wireless charging, Powermat

Wireless charging has been present on several popular phone models and occasionally in demonstration models of laptops, but somehow it is more popular on toothbrushes than mobile devices.  The Qi standard was declared the winner when Apple bailed on the Airfuel Alliance late last year, but according to what The Register is seeing that doesn't mean there isn't going to be competition for selling you charging hardware.  Recently Powermat joined up with the Qi standard, Energous announced the WattUp Mid Field charger and their partnership with Apple and even Intel has joined in with Ossia Inc and their magnetic resonance charging tech.  Get a brief overview of the players here.

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"Last week wireless charging company Powermat quietly joined the Wireless Power Consortium, which certifies Qi-compatible products. Apple built Qi charging into all three new iPhones in September, having already supported it in its Watch since it launched in 2015."

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Source: The Register

The fight for a wireless power standard is down to two

Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2015 - 01:19 PM |
Tagged: Qi, wireless power, Airfuel Alliance, Wireless Power Consortium

We have seen several solutions for wirelessly charging your mobile devices emerge recently which cause some to worry this would create an ecosystem of incompatible solutions.  Today two of the major players in Wireless Power merged to form the Airfuel Alliance.  Those two players were supported by Broadcom, Intel, Samsung and several others while the WPC is backed by big names such as Microsoft, Motorola, Philips and Qualcomm.  WPC's branding is Qi, while AA's members use a mix of magnetic resonance and induction systems with Rezence being their widest known branding.  Currently there are products such as the Apple watch which use Qi, with Intel prototyping charging stations using AA's solutions.  With only two major players left there is much less chance of this particular market fragmenting and becoming frustrating for consumers.  Read on at The Register for more.

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"The battle for wireless power supremacy is now a straight fight between two groups following the merger of the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) into the Airfuel Alliance."

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Source: The Register

Qi charging with the TYLT VÜ

Subject: Mobile | September 12, 2013 - 04:34 PM |
Tagged: TYLT VÜ, wireless charging, Qi

A feature on the new Samsung phones which we have not had much chance to use is the wireless charging feature called Qi.  The TYLT VÜ is a product which will change that as you can use it to charge your phone wirelessly that came about as the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign.  At $70 from their online store it is not the least expensive accessory available for your phone but it is certainly one of the most interesting. LANOC finished a review of the device and found it charged the phone in about the same time as a wired charger does, you will never have a drained battery with the VÜ around.

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"It’s amazing how far technology has gone when you look at the mobile phone market. It really wasn’t that long ago when the RAZR flip phone was the hip thing to have. Now most people have large screens, fast internet, and more processing power than you would ever have imagined. With that in mind, it does seem a little crazy that we still have to plug our phones in all of the time to charge them. When I picked up my Nexus 4, the wireless charging feature was one of the most interesting to me. Today I will finally be able to show off what it’s all about with the new TYLT VÜ wireless charging pad."

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Source: LANOC