Playing video games can be loads of fun, especially if you have the right hardware that's dedicated for the job, this being things like gaming keyboards, mice, headsets and such. With the holidays coming up it'll be ripe for opportunities to surprise the gamer in your life with some new and powerful accessories to take their gaming to the next level, because that's what the gaming is about, after all. With gaming having risen to immensely popular heights these days, there are a lot of different gaming products on the market so it can be tough to narrow down which ones to choose. To assist you, here's our list of the top 10 best PC gaming accessories.
Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse
Logitech makes plenty of PC equipment, but they also make tons of gaming peripherals from headsets to keyboards, to mice. The Logitech G502 Proteus Core mouse is one of the latest and best that Logitech has to offer, with a tunable weight system to get it feeling just right so it's comfortable for long gaming sessions or quick and fast action in short spurts. Alongside being able to adjust the weights, you can also tune and calibrate the optical sensor for the best possible tracking performance depending on the surface that your mouse will be sitting on. It also features a dual-mode scroll wheel, 11 programmable buttons, and a scalable DPI with a range from 200 to 12,000.
Razer BlackWidow Chroma Gaming Keyboard
If you like gaming on a PC, you'll need a gaming keyboard at some point if you want to be on the top of your game. no pun intended. The Razer BlackWidow Chroma is Razer's latest in the BlackWidow series of keyboards, and is essentially the same as the BlackWidow Ultimate, but with updated Razer mechanical switches under the keys and a full RGB spectrum of chromatic lighting options. you'll find 5 gaming macro keys off to the left side of the keyboard, while all the keys are programmable. It also features the number pad on the right side, media keys for managing playback control of your music, movies, and other media.
Razer DeathAdder Chroma Gaming Mouse
The DeathAdder is a tried and true gaming mouse from Razer, having been around for years as one of the best selling models. The Chroma version is their latest and greatest iteration featuring fully chromatic lighting, with a texturized exterior for better comfort and grip. It also features a scalable dpi up to 10,000 so gamers can tailor the sensitivity to their personal tastes. Aside from the lights and sensitivity adjustments, it also has five programmable buttons.
Corsair K70 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Corsair has been around for years and is one of the most trusted names in PC gaming accessories, and for good reason. They put out quality stuff. The K70 RGB Mechanical gaming keyboard is a full size setup with fully programmable RGB backlit keys that use Cherry MX switches. Each key also contains multi-color backlighting so there's nearly endless options for lighting configurations. While the keyboard can connect to the Corsair software for all your customization, the keyboard also features onboard memory so you can set your profiles and keep them when you take the keyboard with you. The keyboard itself is made from aircraft-grade aluminum so it feels a little more solid than some other options, and you have the capability to program any key to act as a macro.
Microsoft Xbox One Controller W/Cable For Windows 10
Not all your PC games can be played with a mouse and keyboard, or rather they can, but you won't want to use a mouse and keyboard for every single one. For those times when you need a gaming controller the Xbox One Controller W/ Cable for Windows 10 is a solid option. It works natively with Windows 10 games as well as many games on Steam, so you can plug it in, sit back, and enjoy. It features the dual joystick setup, four action buttons, left and right trigger and bumper buttons, and Microsoft's new vibration feedback design that's built into the triggers. This will also work for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows 7 machines.
Razer Firefly Hard Gaming Mouse Mat
Any gamer that takes their gaming a little more seriously will definitely want to have a better than standard mouse mat. It can mean all the difference in just about any game as mouse mat's designed specifically for gaming purposes have textured surfaces that allow for smoother glides of the mouse during gaming sessions. That's the case with the Razer Firefly Mouse Mat. Razer designed it with a micro-textured surface that works for games that need both speed as well as accuracy, so no matter what games you're playing you can ensure you'll be able to have the utmost control. The Firefly also comes with chromatic lighting that has 16.8 million customizable color configurations and not only looks cool, but it matches perfectly with some of Razer's other products that carry the same lighting feature.
Razer Kraken Pro 2015
Just as gaming mice and keyboards can be instrumental in providing you with improved and tactical gaming performance, a great quality gaming headset is just as important to hear everything you could possibly imagine in-game. If you're looking for a great quality gaming headset, look no further than the Razer Kraken Pro 2015 model, which is often used by many different professional eSports players. It's also affordable at only $79.99 compared to some of the other options out there. The Kraken Pro 2015 has been designed to be super comfortable and lightweight in feel so it can be worn for extended periods of time. Razer has used 40mm neodymium magnetic drivers that are optimized to provide deep bass as well as clear high and mid-range tones for excellent audio. If you need to adjust the volume at any time the in-line mic and controls sit on the wire connecting the headset to the computer, and if you need to fire up the chat you can extend the retractable mic which sits tucked away inside of the left ear until you need it. When you're done gaming at home, you can still take the headset with you and use it for your smartphone or tablet for mobile games, movies, or music too making it versatile in its uses.
SteelSeries XXL Gaming Mouse Pad
Not all mouse mats are hard, and they don't need to be. However, you still want them to be designed for precision and speed so you can perform at your best in any games you play whether they're online, competitive, or simply just for fun. Depending on your taste you might also want enough room for your mouse to be comfortable while you play. If you usually swing wide across the mat having lots of space is a huge benefit, something which the SteelSeries XXL gaming mouse pad provides quite easily. It has a non-slip rubber grip on the bottom to help keep it from moving, meaning it stays put while you play so you can focus on the game and not having to resituate the mat. On the top it has a soft and smooth cloth surface that your mouse can glide across with ease. The most significant part about this mouse pad though is that it's almost 3 feet in length so you can fit your gaming keyboard and your gaming mouse on it with plenty of room for movement. If you don't use a gaming keyboard and you play on a gaming laptop, there's easily room for the mouse and the laptop too.
SteelSeries H Wireless Gaming Headset With Dolby 7.1
If you want your gaming audio to be completely wireless, SteelSeries' H Wireless Gaming Headset is the perfect solution. It features Dolby 7.1 virtual surround sound for a truly immersive and crystal clear audio experience. Like other SteelSeries headset the mic is retractable and extends from the left ear for easy access and convenient storage when you're not using it. Since this headset is wireless it comes with rechargeable batteries, but the last thing you need is to run out of power right in the middle of the game, so SteelSeries has packed in two Li-ion battery packs that are hot-swappable, meaning you can keep one charged while the other is in use, and when it's about to die you can simply flip it out for the other without having to disconnect the headset. For ease of use, adjusting the volume on the headset is nice and simple as the controls are positioned on the earcup. With a wireless headset you might think you need to worry about losing audio from time to time or experiencing latency or interference, but thanks to the design of the H Wireless transmitter and technology which is always circumventing interference by frequency hopping on a constant basis, you'll never experience interference, just excellent quality audio. The SteelSeries H Wireless Gaming headset also works for more than just PC, and can be used for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, as well as Mac, Apple TV, PS3, Xbox 360, Roku devices, and home theater setups, so you can pretty much use it with anything where you want great sound.
Razer Naga Epic Chroma Wireless MMO Gaming Mouse
If you're asking yourself why Razer products are on this list multiple times, the answer is because their gaming peripherals are top notch and some of the best you'll get. The Razer Naga Epic Chroma is 2015's reboot of the Razer Naga Epic wireless MMO gaming mouse from a few years ago, and while it's designed mostly for MMO games it can be used with any PC game you have. It's been slightly redesigned for an updated look and improved feel when gaming, but still retains the signature 12-button setup on the side for accessing all your skills and abilities in-game, along with 7 other buttons to help you maximize your skill access. The Naga Epic Chroma can be used in either wired or wireless mode depending on how you feel, and when you need to power it back up you can dock it on the charging cradle. The chromatic lighting features a vast amount of configurable color options too if you enjoy the lighting aspect as it does look cool.