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Review: ROG Azoth Wireless Gaming Keyboard

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ASUS’ Republic of Gamers has a reputation for producing high-quality gaming products, including gaming gear, peripherals, PCs, laptops, and smartphones. Their latest offering, the Azoth Wireless Gaming Keyboard, is no exception. This keyboard is loaded with features and connectivity options and takes it a step further by offering a fully customisable experience.

Every key on the keyboard is hot-swappable and the board itself is designed to provide the best tactile experience for gamers. Additionally, the ROG Azoth comes with a DIY Switch Lube kit to ensure consistent performance. The Azoth aims to satisfy both gamers and keyboard customizers by providing a comprehensive package.

The build quality of the ROG Azoth keyboard is impressive. Its three-layer system ensures a comfortable and responsive typing experience that surpasses many keyboards I have tested in the past. The addition of small silicone gaskets provides extra cushioning, which greatly enhances the feel and comfort of keystrokes. This unique feature sets it apart from other mechanical keyboards I have used, and it truly provides a one-of-a-kind typing experience.

The ROG Azoth keyboard features an aluminum top frame, but unlike enthusiast models in the market, aluminum is not present throughout the body. The keyboard has a solid weight to it, but it is not as heavy as many gaming enthusiasts keyboards out there, due to its plastic bottom.

However, the use of plastic serves a purpose in this design. One of the standout features of the Azoth is its support for 2.4GHz low-latency wireless and Bluetooth connectivity, in addition to a wired connection. It is rare to find a keyboard of this caliber that supports wireless connectivity, mainly because it is difficult to transmit a wireless signal through aluminum. To address this issue, Asus ROG compromised by using plastic in the design, and it proves to be a wise decision.

The Azoth also comes packed with a 2-inch OLED display that can be customised to display information about system operations, control multimedia functions, and manage certain keyboard functions. It comes with a small knob and button controller that makes it quite practical to use. It essentially creates a shortcut menu for some basic functions, saving the hassle of loading up the Armory Crate software.

The ROG Azoth is equipped with ROG’s SpeedNova 2.4GHz RF and the latest Bluetooth technology, providing seamless wireless connectivity. In addition, the keyboard comes with a braided USB-C to USB-A cable that can be used for charging and as a third mode of connection. Connecting wirelessly is a straightforward process on both Mac and PC.

The keyboard only looks and feels great, but it also provides an exceptionally smooth typing experience. Its 75% profile makes it ideal for setups with limited surface area. The Azoth offers a DIY experience that’s accessible to even the most inexperienced users.

With the provided tools, swapping out keys is a breeze, allowing you to easily switch between an NX brown tactile typing experience to an NX Red (linear) or NX Blue (clicky) experience on the fly. Although it may seem intimidating at first to remove keys from the board, the design of the cavity that houses each individual key makes it easy to slide keys in and out of their slot, and a satisfying clicking sound confirms that the key is in place.

The NX Brown Keys come pre-lubed to ensure a smooth typing experience, but ROG also provides a cleaning and lubing kit to help maintain the keys in pristine working condition. This system is designed specifically for those who are new to the DIY keyboard experience, and it works great, offering gamers a new level of customization for their keys and board.

The Azoth’s battery life is impressive, even with the power-hungry OLED screen. When I started using the keyboard straight out of the box, it had around 50% of the battery life remaining. Despite daily use for a week, I only had to charge it once, and as I write this review, I still have enough juice left on the keyboard.

Asus ROG has truly outdone itself with the release of the ROG Azoth. It is one of the best gaming keyboards they’ve ever produced and the best enthusiast keyboard I’ve seen from a well-established brand in recent times.

Price: $250

ROG Azoth Wireless Gaming Keyboard $250
  • Final Rating
4

Summary

The Azoth also comes packed with a 2-inch OLED display that can be customised to display information about system operations, control multimedia functions, and manage certain keyboard functions. It comes with a small knob and button controller that makes it quite practical to use.

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Razer Launches Fortnite PC Peripherals Collection

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Razer has announced the launch of the new Razer | Fortnite collection – the official Fortnite licensed PC gaming peripherals. In a deal brokered by IMG, the Razer | Fortnite collection includes four of Razer’s PC gaming peripherals inspired by Fortnite’s iconic Battle Bus and Supply Llama. Each product also comes with an in-game cosmetic which can be claimed using a redemption card found inside the box.

Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro – Fortnite Edition
Shoot your shot and hit the mark with a wireless, ultra-lightweight ergonomic mouse that feels incredibly comfortable to hold. Click heads and crank 90s at will with the response that is trusted by the pros. The Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro – Fortnite Edition also comes with the Cliffhanger in-game Pickaxe.

Razer BlackWidow V4 X – Fortnite Edition
Turbo build like a boss with an advanced RGB mechanical keyboard featuring 6 macro keys. Do it all without skipping a beat thanks to smooth, silent switches. The Razer BlackWidow V4 X – Fortnite Edition also comes with the Demon Skull in-game Pickaxe.

Razer Kraken V3 X – Fortnite Edition
Your Jam Tracks differently with beefy sound and greater immersion in a lightweight, ultra-comfy RGB headset. The Razer Kraken V3 X also boasts a crystal-clear mic for seamless communication with your squad. The Razer Kraken V3 X – Fortnite Edition also comes with the Raptor in-game Glider.

Razer Goliathus Extended Chroma – Fortnite Edition:
Make your setup lit with a large, soft gaming mouse mat featuring unique LED edge lighting powered by Razer Chroma RGB. Track opponents flawlessly thanks to a surface optimized for speed and precision. The Razer Goliathus Extended Chroma – Fortnite Edition also comes with the Dauntless Dragon in-game Glider.

The pricing of these devices is as follows:

  • Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro – Fortnite Edition $169.99
  • Razer BlackWidow V4 X – Fortnite Edition $169.99
  • Razer Kraken V3 X – Fortnite Edition $99.99
  • Razer Goliathus Extended Chroma – Fortnite Edition $99.99
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Soundcore by Anker H30i Wireless Headphones Review: A Bass-Boosted Budget Buddy

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Soundcore by Anker’s new H30i Wireless Headphones is a new addition to the company’s already established range of audio products. The H30i sports a familiar on-ear design. Available in black and light ivory, the aesthetics are clean and minimalist. The build quality feels surprisingly sturdy for the price point of AED 130.

An adjustable headband with metal reinforcements ensures a comfortable fit for most head sizes. Soft, leatherette earcups provide decent passive noise isolation. At a feather-light 183 grams, the H30i disappears on your head during extended listening sessions. The earcups swivel flat for easy storage in the included pouch, making them a travel-friendly companion.

Sound Quality
The H30i prioritises bass. Bass lovers will find themselves grinning from ear to ear. Anker’s signature BassUp technology delivers powerful, punchy lows that thump satisfyingly on genres like hip-hop and EDM. However, this emphasis on bass can sometimes overwhelm the mids and highs. Instruments such as guitars and vocals can sound slightly muffled.

The saving grace is the Soundcore app. This app unlocks the H30i’s true potential. It offers a variety of EQ presets, including a custom option, allowing you to tailor the sound signature to your preference. The “Electronic” preset, for example, does a good job of boosting clarity in the highs without sacrificing too much bass. Overall, while the H30i might not be an audiophile’s dream come true, it delivers a fun and engaging listening experience, especially for bass enthusiasts.

Battery Life and Connectivity
The H30i shines in the battery department. Anker boasts a staggering 70 hours of playback on a single charge, which is phenomenal for wireless headphones at this price point. During testing, we achieved close to that figure, making these headphones ideal for long journeys or all-day listening sessions. Even heavy users will likely only need to charge them once a week.

The H30i utilises Bluetooth 5.3, offering a stable connection with minimal lag. Multipoint connection allows you to seamlessly switch between two devices, making it convenient for juggling work calls and personal music listening.

Call Quality and Features
Call quality on the H30i is pretty good, too. Your voice will be audible on the other end, but background noise might be a bit more prominent than with some pricier headphones. Integrated controls on the earcup allow for volume adjustment, playback control, and answering calls. These controls are fairly intuitive and easy to use.

The H30i also offers a gaming mode that prioritises low latency for a more synchronised audio experience. While the difference might be subtle, it’s a welcome addition for casual gamers. Unfortunately, the H30i lacks active noise cancellation (ANC), a feature commonly found in higher-end models. However, it isn’t a biggie considering the relatively low entry point.

Verdict
At its price point of AED 130, the Soundcore H30i offers exceptional value for money. The combination of phenomenal battery life, comfortable design, and powerful bass response makes it a compelling choice for budget-conscious listeners who prioritise powerful low-end. The ability to customise the sound signature through the app adds further value.

Price: AED 130

Soundcore by Anker H30i Wireless Headphones AED 130
  • Final Rating
3.5

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The H30i utilises Bluetooth 5.3, offering a stable connection with minimal lag. Multipoint connection allows you to seamlessly switch between two devices, making it convenient for juggling work calls and personal music listening.

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Logitech Launches Signature Slim Keyboard in the Middle East

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Logitech has announced the Middle East launch of its new Signature Slim K950 Wireless Keyboard designed to simplify the experience across personal and work computers throughout the region. For people with a single workspace for both professional and personal tasks, the Signature Slim products are beautifully designed solutions that look good in the home or office. With more features than typical entry-level keyboards and time-saving software customization, this keyboard creates a seamless, magical experience to manage work and life at the desk.

“We created the Signature Slim keyboard as the perfect companion to the Signature mouse we introduced two years ago to help the many people who juggle work, life and everything in between,” said Art O’Gnimh, general manager of the Core Personal Workspace Solutions business at Logitech. “Signature Slim helps you stay in control of professional and personal worlds, connecting effortlessly to both your home and work computers.”

The Signature Slim K950 brings familiar responsive laptop-like typing to the desk in a slim design. Optimize your desk time and daily tasks with Logi Options+ App, the software that will enhance your experience with the Signature Slim Keyboard. Transition easily between work and leisure with shortcuts such a volume control, play/pause and mute/unmute or use Smart Actions, which gives you the power to skip repetitive actions by automating multiple tasks with a single keystroke, to start or end your day in one touch. The Signature Slim K950 is now available for purchase at leading in-store and online retailers across the region.

Signature Slim K950 keyboards are designed in line with Logitech’s goal to create product experiences that improve people’s lives. This means considering environmental and social impacts as part of every design decision. Both products are certified carbon neutral, just like the rest of Logitech products, and the paper packaging comes from FSC-certified forests and other controlled sources. The plastic parts in Signature Slim K950 include certified post-consumer recycled plastic to give a second life to end-of-use plastic from old consumer electronics.

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