You want to become the best among the best in the virtual world. The bad news is it’s not all up to you – your gear might aid, but also cripple your performance. We want to help, so here’s a breakdown we made for you.
The Essential: Mouse
The most important piece of a gamer’s weaponry: the mouse. This is a tough choice because there are so many perfect mice available on the market, it really comes down to one’s personal preference. SteelSeries and Razer models Rival 600/710 and Mamba Elite, respectively, are the two flagship models of gaming industry giants; getting one surely won’t be a mistake. You’ll also probably do just fine with a Logitech G502 Hero.
The Clickety-Clack: Keyboard
In the world in which each millisecond matters, you’ll probably want a mechanical keyboard. The reason? It takes less time for mechanical keyboard key contacts to register a press, compared to membrane keyboards. In pro gaming, a couple of milliseconds are often a difference between a grand victory and an utter defeat. The best keyboard? Probably Razer Huntsman Elite – it’s lightning fast, durable, beautifully designed and RGB-illuminated.
The Not-So-Obvious: Mouse Pad
Most people gaming on budget neglect this one, but it’s easily as important as the mouse itself. Some materials eliminate friction, allowing the mouse to move as freely as your wrist demands; others suppress movements just a tiny bit, which is great for people with shaky hands. If you want the feeling of ice underneath your mouse, go with a Razer Destructor 2. The SteelSeries QcK Prism fits just about every other scenario, featuring a reversible cloth and hard mousepad. For true professionals, many other models come in various sizes, all the way up to eSports standards – think 0.3 square meters.
The Obvious: Monitor
This is, perhaps, where the diversity of models comes as a disadvantage. Widescreen 16:9 or 16:10? Or maybe an ultrawide 21:9, or super-ultrawide 32:9? Nvidia G Sync or AMD Freesync? We’ll have to leave this decision to you. Various ASUS ROG state-of-the-art gaming monitors easily fit each of these categories but come at a price. A really high price. A fine compromise, which could save you a lot of money and still offer great performance, would be a Dell Gaming model.
The Exotic: Performance Eyewear
When it comes to performance glasses, buying from Gunnar Optiks is probably the safest bet. Offering numerous models which fit everyone’s budget, Gunnar gaming glasses are designed to heighten focus, enhance visual endurance and elevate performance, giving you the edge over the competition. This is achieved by utilizing anti-scratch and anti-reflective lens materials which block harmful blue and UV light, providing a warm, yellowish image.
The Luxurious: VR Headset
If you desire to immerse yourself even further, there is only one way to go: buy a VR headset. Hyped in the 90s as the entertainment standard of the 21st century, VR was lurking on the edges of the known universe for years, only to make a spectacular commercial comeback with the introduction of Oculus Rift. Today, the Rift is the one dominating the market with its light, adaptable and comfortable design, crystal clear HD displays, and probably the best controllers in existence today. The headset itself is not too expensive, however, to fully utilize its specs, your PC must meet certain standards – and that might burn a hole in your pocket.