Essential PC Gaming Accessories
A hobby, a lifestyle, a job — no matter how you look at it, the gaming industry is enormous, with a plethora of accessories to bolster and improve the experience. Products all around the world are being designed and built around different aesthetics, features, and services, but ultimately, all have the same goal: to make each gaming session awesome.
Gaming Mice: Logitech G600
Mice, along with keyboards, should be the starting place for any gamer. A regular mouse will do in a pinch, sure, but there is an entire market out there dedicated to servicing the needs of a hardcore gamer. Take, for example, the Logitech G600. This MMO gaming mouse retails from Logitech at $59.99 and features an ergonomic design with 20 customizable buttons, custom-coloured backlighting, a gaming-grade laser, and on-the-fly DPI switching.
Gaming Keyboards: Corsair K70 LUX RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Switches
As with mice, any gamer knows that fast, accurate input is necessary to succeed. This makes mechanical keyboards, as opposed to run-of-the-mill membrane keyboards, ideal for gamers. Cosair’s $159.99 K70 LUX RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX switches offers programmable backlighting, an aircraft-grade aluminium body, dedicated multimedia controls, and keys that actuate precisely and accurately every time with no audible click.
Gaming Headsets: Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2
Being able to hear when an enemy approaches; appreciating the soundtrack of your favourite video game; listening and communicating with your teammates — undeniably, a big part of gaming is the sound. For most gamers, that means investing in a good headset is absolutely necessary. When looking for the ideal headset, one needs to consider specs like comfort, surround sound, microphone quality, and wireless versus wired connectivity. For many, that means looking no further than Razer’s $199.99 Tiamat 7.1 V2. This durable, wired headset offers surround sound through 10 discrete drivers, delivering pinpoint positional audio with ease. With additional features like an audio control unit, customizable lighting, and an ergonomic design that not only blocks out unwanted sound but remains comfortable throughout extended periods of gaming, this headset remains a solid choice for any gamer.
Gaming Monitors: Acer Predator XB1
If being able to hear enemies is important, then being able to see them is paramount. Every gamer knows that being able to experience a game at its intended resolution only enhances the experience; and, with 4k monitors becoming more widely available, that can only mean one thing: now is the time to witness the beauty of games like never before. Take, for example, the Acer Predator XB1. Retailing at $899.99, this 27″ powerhouse of a monitor comes with UHD resolution (3840 x 2160) and 1.07 billion colour support that performs smoothly and spares no details. Its ergonomic stand lets the monitor to pivot, tilt, swivel, and move up or down, allowing users to find that perfect viewing angle, while the screen itself performs at a 4ms response time. For hardware, too, the Predator is not lacking: it comes with two built-in speakers, 4 USB 3.0 ports, and both an HDMI and Displayport option.
Perhaps the most important aspect of gaming, though, is the gamer’s comfort. Any gaming session can be soured instantly by not having the proper gaming chair, which is designed to provide hours of long-lasting support and comfort. And while there’s a tremendous amount of chairs available – most notably in the racing-style, popularised by Twitch streamers and eSports athletes for their comfort and style – the right type of chair for you will depend on how you play. PC gamers, for example, will typically need a traditional office-chair style gaming seat. Console gamers tend to play in front of a TV rather than at a desk, so they may opt for a different style of chair to play comfortably.