With many smartphones and laptops doing absent with the 3.5mm headphone jack, and not a large number of USB Kind-C headphones and earphones to be had, it’s difficult to retain the usage of good wired headsets. Even if there are adapters and digital-to-analogue converters (DACs) to be had, these are not all the time compact and easy to use. Asus’ latest product, the AI Noise-Canceling Mic Adapter, hopes to fill in a hole that is somewhat niche, but will come in very handy for many who need it, especially in case you are working from home and are making more voice and video calls than usual.
Priced at Rs. 2,800, the Asus AI Noise-Canceling Mic Adapter can be utilized with smartphones, PCs, Macs, and the Nintendo Switch. Aside from the core operate of letting you plug a 3.5mm headset into a device that does not have the headphone jack, it also offers environmental noise cancellation, which promises to support voice call quality. Learn how this tiny device performs, in our review.
Just plug the Asus AI Noise-Canceling Mic Adapter in
There is not much in the box of the Asus AI Noise-Canceling Mic Adapter, beyond the device itself and a USB Kind-C to Kind-A plug adapter. Depending on the device you’re the usage of the Asus AI Noise-Canceling Mic Adapter with, you can need either one or both components. The device is functional as soon as it’s plugged in with no extra work required. There is a built-in DAC for analogue 3.5mm output, even supposing this didn’t make the sound any better than the usage of the usual DAC and 3.5mm headphone jack on my MacBook Air.
One end of the device is the USB port, and the other end is a 3.5mm socket, into which you plug in headphones or earphones of your choice. Asus recommends that the AI Noise-Canceling Mic Adapter be used with a headset that has a built-in microphone, and I used it with the 1More Quad Driver earphones for this review.
While it worked fine with an Asus ROG Phone 3 (Review) and Google Pixel 3 XL (Review), I had trouble plugging the adapter into a OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition. Even if it from time to time got the connection correct and worked for a couple of seconds, it wouldn’t reliably stay in place.
When plugged into a MacBook Air the usage of the USB Kind-A plug adapter, the device worked polite. You do of class lesson want to set the audio to route through the USB port when the usage of a PC or Mac, but this is easy enough. You need to point out here that the device doesn’t turn your simple earphones into noise cancelling ones. There’s only environmental noise cancellation for the microphone here, because of this that it simply cuts out background noise in your surroundings in order that your voice is transmitted as clearly as imaginable.
The Asus AI Noise-Canceling Mic Adapter cuts out background sound from the microphone
Aside from letting you use your 3.5mm headset with your source device, the Asus AI Noise-Canceling Mic Adapter has built-in microphones that listen to your environment, the usage of this to chop out background sounds on calls. On voice calls the usage of my smartphone or my laptop, the adapter made an audible difference in the quality of voice being transmitted.
It was once in a position to properly isolate my voice, cutting out background sounds such as the hum of my ceiling fan and a robot vacuum cleaner working correct next to me. The person on the other end of the call reported that my voice was once indeed clearer, and quickly switching to the 3.5mm jack on the laptop with the same twosome of earphones brought the background sound back into the call, suggesting that the device was once doing precisely what it is meant to do.
There is not much to the Asus AI Noise-Canceling Mic Adapter — it serves precisely two purposes, and works polite enough (given it plugs into your device properly). Then again, at Rs. 2,800, this adapter seems a bit expensive for what’s on offer. The noise cancellation only works for outgoing voice, making this a somewhat expensive purchase simply to make your 3.5mm headsets usable with devices that do not have a headphone jack, or to reinforce voice quality.
That said, in case you are searching for something this particular in operate, this is one of the few such devices that you’ll be able to buy. It is advisable to also imagine an entry-level DAC such as the Shanling UP2 or iBasso DC01, even supposing these don’t feature environmental noise cancellation.
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