Tuesday, May 29th 2018

ASUS Intros ROG Aura Terminal

ASUS introduced the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Aura Terminal, an RGB LED control module that puts out four addressable RGB LED channels. This box plugs into one of your motherboard's USB 2.0 headers to interface with Aura Sync RGB software, and power is drawn either from a 4-pin Molex connector (if installed inside your case), or from a 45W power brick (if installed externally).

The ROG Aura Terminal supports up to 90 LEDs per channel, and up to 210 LEDs in all, working out to up to 4.2 meters in addressable RGB LED strips. The package includes two 30 cm and one 60 cm RGB LED strips, a 45W power adapter, a Molex to 2-pin DC adapter, a 9-pin USB 2.0 header to USB type-A adapter, stickers, and cable ties. ASUS Aura Sync RGB software is used to control all outputs from the box, including its glowing ROG logo. You also get ROG Halo, a feature that lets you task RGB LED strips stuck behind your monitor to work as ambient mood-lighting. The company didn't reveal pricing.
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10 Comments on ASUS Intros ROG Aura Terminal

#1
Vayra86
Inb4 astronomical price tag.

Its ROG after all.
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#2
Midland Dog
ive been waiting for asus to make one of these, my case is rgb but my motherboard has no header, so my asus 1060 has to be controlled through software while the case has a remote hopefully this will unify my lighting
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#3
erixx
Will this open Aura to any brand of motherboard? Just a journalistic question.
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#4
Caring1
It's only a matter of time before automotive manufacturers start fitting vehicles with RGB's :wtf:
All it needs is built in software to control the outputs.
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#5
CheapMeat
Caring1 said:
It's only a matter of time before automotive manufacturers start fitting vehicles with RGB's :wtf:
All it needs is built in software to control the outputs.
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#6
Brcly_Kallistra
erixx said:
Will this open Aura to any brand of motherboard? Just a journalistic question.
In theory, absolutely yes. You can already install Aura on non-Asus motherboards, it just won't work. Using the USB header now means it (the software) has something to detect and recognize.
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#7
DeathtoGnomes
Caring1 said:
It's only a matter of time before automotive manufacturers start fitting vehicles with RGB's :wtf:
All it needs is built in software to control the outputs.
Actually [RGB] lighted cars have been around since the early 90s, from what I recall around Michigan, a bunch of local laws were changed to ban lighting for various reasons, including a claim that it blocked radars, which could "let them" impound your car.
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#8
AnarchoPrimitiv
Only 90 LEDs per channel? That's lame, that means 144led/m strips cannot be used which is pretty sad considering I can go on Amazon right now and for $15 buy a generic digital controller than can control 2048 pixels...what gives? Oh wait, the ROG motto is "less for more" isn't it? Why buy such a product? My arduino and open source library can do such much more, is probably way cheaper and can be learned by anyone after watching one YouTube video....laziness? Brand slaves?
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#9
DarkHill
AnarchoPrimitiv said:
Only 90 LEDs per channel? That's lame, that means 144led/m strips cannot be used which is pretty sad considering I can go on Amazon right now and for $15 buy a generic digital controller than can control 2048 pixels...what gives? Oh wait, the ROG motto is "less for more" isn't it? Why buy such a product? My arduino and open source library can do such much more, is probably way cheaper and can be learned by anyone after watching one YouTube video....laziness? Brand slaves?
Ease of use - its that simple
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#10
silentbogo
Just like NZXT Grid was an overpriced glorified multichannel PWM controller, this thing is going to be an overpriced glorified USB to One-wire adapter with some mosfets for power distribution.
What's worse, is that in both cases instead of using an unoccupied serial header (which will operate at the same speed and lower latency) they are wasting a pair of USB ports(one full header) on a single USB device.
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