A gamers’ guide to hardware

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Do not jump on hype-trains when it comes to products. Having fully customizable RGB does not equate to a good quality product. (Photo: Pixabay)
With the sheer conglomeration of gaming consoles, computers, gizmos, and gadgets, it is getting more and more difficult to understand what hardware you should and can invest in to improve the general quality of your gaming. اضافة اعلان

There is an overwhelming amount of gaming headsets, each with specifications that most people do not even understand. The same can be said for gaming mice,  with companies advertising a mouse’s weight as a selling point, even though many consumers would not know whether that weight truly suits them or not.

It is clear that it is no longer a simple purchase to make, whether due to the vagueness of what current hardware has to offer or just the absurd price tags. So, let us try and delve into the nitty gritty of gaming hardware and see if the journey to upgrading your setup can become a not so tedious one.

What hardware are you currently using?
Purchasing hardware will definitely vary when it comes to what you are already gaming on, whether it is exclusively consoles, PC, or whatever else you  use. Having a broad sense of what things there are out there to purchase will always come in handy, but it is not always a good idea to buy things purely based on what you know. For instance, let us say you are playing on computer and also have a console around; you cannot always purchase one thing that is going to work for both, and more often than not, it might feel like a wasted purchase if you do.

So, think what you currently are using most, and then work your way up from there.

What could improve your current rig?
If you are currently spending your time burning through games on Xbox or PlayStation, maybe look into things that can streamline your setup. One excellent purchase would be a multi-charging port for your controllers; this, of course, only applies when you have more than one controller to use, but having the option to charge them both at the same time in a nice compact hub does make your life a bit easier.

Another purchase that truly ups the ante when it comes to improving your console gaming would be a solid choice in headset. Most headsets in the market are not exactly optimized for gaming consoles, so make sure you do your research! The SteelSeries 7P/7X are an excellent choice for all PlayStation and Xbox lovers, and also has a much cheaper price tag than the official console headsets. They are comfortable, wireless, and, most importantly, have a fairly decent microphone as well, improving both your online and solo experiences when gaming.

If PC is more your thing, consider investing in a reliable keyboard, mousepad, and mouse. When it specifically comes to PC gaming, the market is filled to the brim with products that you could want to buy. A safe bet for a keyboard to invest in would be the Corsair K70 Mk.2, but if you find that to be too bulky for your current setup, then the Corsair K70 RGB TKL Championship Series would be more up your alley with its sleeker design.

Now if either of those seem a bit too pricey, or if you just are not certain whether you would like using mechanical keyboards, then maybe try the Keychron C1. It is much cheaper than most keyboards you are bound to find, landing at about $65, it is compact, and one of the most reliable budget keyboards out there. On the other hand, when it comes to a gaming mice, it all comes down to preference. Find yourself a vendor that has some on display that you could get a feel for, most gaming mice out there are pretty similar when it comes to their specifications and quality, but find something that feels good in your hand. Getting yourself a large mousepad to go with whatever mouse you end up getting would be ideal, so maybe look into Logitech, Corsair, or SteelSeries for some reliable options.

Finally, if you are a Nintendo fan and are hooked to your Switch, you definitely need to get your hands on the official pro controller Nintendo has to offer. If those seem a bit too pricey and you are okay with sacrificing the wireless aspect, Nintendo does have wired controllers for a fraction of a price, and a similar ergonomic feel as well.

At the end of the day, doing your research, as boring and tedious as it sounds, will always be your best bet. Do not jump on hype-trains when it comes to products. Having fully customizable RGB does not equate to a good quality product. Hopefully this helps push you in the right direction when it comes to where and how you should spend your money, and, most importantly, keep on gaming.

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