Top 10 Best Gaming Accessories – October 2020

Best Gaming Accessories

Whatever your gaming setup is like, having a good few gaming accessories can really elevate the experience and we've picked out ten of the best gaming accessories you can get your hands on.

From headsets to keyboards, to mice and beyond, these are some of the best gaming accessories that money can buy. That doesn't necessarily mean that they're expensive, just that they're more worth what you spend than lots of other options.

Most of these accessories we've tested ourselves, while a few others were highly recommended by colleagues and friends. Whatever accessories you might need or want for your own gaming setup, these should do the trick. Also worth noting is that the accessories listed here are not for any one platform.

We'll also be updating this list on a monthly basis, so there may be changes from time to time.

Top 10 Best Gaming Accessories – Summary

Below is a summary table of the best gaming accessories that we've picked out.

If you're short on time and just want to see what we've selected, the table below has all names, prices, and buy links for ever accessory.

 

AccessoryCostWhere To Buy
JBL Quantum One Wired Gaming HeadsetFrom $250Amazon | B&H | Walmart
Razer Viper Ultimate Gaming Mouse$130Amazon | Best Buy | Walmart
Glorious Modular Mechanical Gaming KeyboardFrom $110Amazon
SteelSeries QcK Prism XL Gaming Mouse Mat$59Amazon | Best Buy | Walmart
EPOS | Sennheiser GSX 300 Gaming DACFrom $69Amazon | Best Buy
EPOS | Sennheiser GSP 300 Wired Gaming HeadsetFrom $82Amazon | B&H | Walmart
Sound BlasterX Katana Gaming Soundbar$250Amazon | B&H | Walmart
Xbox Elite Series 2From $173Amazon | B&H | Target | Best Buy
SteelSeries Arctis 1  USB-C Wireless Gaming Headset$100Amazon | Walmart
Razer Base Station Chroma$60Amazon | Best Buy

Top 10 Best Gaming Accessories – List

If you want a little more information on each accessory we picked, you can find that below.

We'll list each of the best gaming accessories on our list with short descriptions, prices, and buy links.

Best Premium Wired Gaming Headset

JBL Quantum One

Look, if you aren't messing around with your gaming setup and you want something that can only be described as otherworldly, get the JBL Quantum One.

This beast of a headset has loads of features and all of them are useful, and amp up the gaming experience to a level you've likely never experienced before.

From the little things like the USB-A to USB-C port connection, to the major things like the head tracking, the JBL Quantum One promises to deliver the most immersive gaming audio experience imaginable.

The head tracking in particular really makes you feel like you're in the game. And when paired with the Active Noise Cancellation you'll definitely stay focused.

Worried about not hearing friends or family if they need your attention for a quick second? Don't be. Because the JBL Quantum One also has a noise pass through. Simply turn this on from its dedicated button on the left ear, and you can now hear everything in the room while the game is basically muted.

I found this to be extremely useful when someone needs to ask me a question. As I could hear them perfectly without having to take the headset off. This is a pricey headset, but it's so, so worth it.

Best Gaming Mouse for most people

Razer Viper Ultimate

Razer makes some of the best gaming accessories on the planet. Period. And the Viper Ultimate is near the top of the pile in what Razer offers.

This is the latest version of the Viper mouse. It's wireless, so you can use it without being tethered if you need to. But it can also transform into a wired mouse which helps when you need to charge it.

It also features Razer Chroma, as well as Razer's patented HyperSpeed wireless technology for quick response times. It has a battery life of up to 70 hours as well. Though your mileage may vary depending on whether or not you turn the Chroma lighting on.

Whether or not the lighting is on, how bright the lights are, this all factors into the battery life. So keep that in mind when thinking about the 70-hour mark.

It also features a DPI that goes up to 20,000. Though you probably won't ever need it to be that high.

Best Gaming Keyboard

Glorious Modular Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard

  • Price: From $110
  • Where To Buy: Amazon

There are lots of great gaming keyboards out there, but the GMMK, otherwise known as the Glorious Modular Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, is the best.

It's also one of the best gaming accessories you can pick up, and also necessary since you need a keyboard for PC games. With the GMMK, you of course get mechanical switches but this isn't just any mechanical gaming keyboard.

You can actually swap out the switches. Whether they need to be replaced or not. And you don't have to do any soldering. You can just use the included tool to pop off the keys, pull out the switch, and slot a new one in.

Any MX switch is compatible and you can use any combination of them too. So if you like Cherry MX  Reds for most keys. Slot them in. Or you can use Gatreon and Kailh switches.

The GMMK also features RGB lighting, and it comes in three sizes – Full, Tenkeyless, and Compact. This isn't a wireless keyboard so you'll have to keep it plugged in. In terms of function and feel though, this is a stellar keyboard that doesn't need all the bells and whistles.

 Best RGB Gaming Mouse Mat

SteelSeries QcK Prism XL

A mouse mat is just a mouse mat. Right? Wrong. Not all mouse mats are created equal. And while the size of the mat you prefer may differ from what others prefer, you want a decent one.

One of the best gaming accessories and the best RGB mouse mat, is the QcK Prism XL from SteelSeries. Since it's an extended mouse mat, it stretches across your desk and you can fit both your keyboard and mouse on it.

This mat in particular also comes with the RGB lighting strip around the edge in a dual section split. Though you don't have to use the 2-zone coloring and can set it to something else. It uses a microweave cloth material for the top so you've got that nice smooth glide for your mouse, and a fairly grippy bottom to make sure the mat doesn't move around.

Best Gaming External Sound Card

EPOS Sennheiser GSX 300 Gaming DAC

EPOS Sennheiser GSX 300 Gaming DAC

If you want to take your audio up a notch, consider the EPOS | Sennheiser GSX 300. It's an external sound card that was designed to work with a pair of gaming headphones to amplify your audio experience while gaming.

Of course it works for all entertainment, so you can use it for movies and music too.

The GSX 300 Gaming DAC features 7.1 Surround support, a fairly minimalist design that doesn't take up too much space, and it comes in white or black. Plus you can easily adjust things with the large dial on the front.

Best Budget Wired Gaming Headset

EPOS | Sennheiser GSP 300

EPOS Sennheiser GSP 300 Wired Gaming Headset

This is the perfect headset to pair with the GSX 300 Gaming DAC if you aren't looking to spend a boatload of money on the headphone setup.

There's a lot on board here that makes this a fantastic option with an affordable price. For one, it's Sennheiser so the audio quality is going to be amazing. It also has large cushy ear pads and a comfortable yet breathable headband.

The noise cancelling mic also flips up, which also mutes the mic during chat. So it's a very convenient design that makes it easy to pop in and pop out of chat at a moment's notice.

There's an on-ear dial for volume adjustment on the right side, and it comes with an adapter that lets you use the headset with more than just PC. Including PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac, Mobile, and any device with a 3.5mm audio port.

Best Gaming Soundbar

Sound BlasterX Katana

You have a vast selection of soundbars to choose from if you're in the market for one. But if you want one that's perfectly suited for gaming, the selection gets smaller.

The Sound BlasterX Katana is going to be your best option if you want something that's exceptional quality and geared towards gaming. It comes with a brushed aluminum finish with an RGB light bar at the base for that extra gamer look.

It also comes with a subwoofer, Dolby Digital 5.1 support, Multi-channel surround sound, and an IR remote for controlling everything. Because adjusting the sound on this thing without a remote wouldn't be very convenient.

Sound Blaster integrated Bluetooth into this as well. Which means you can easily connect it to any device that has Bluetooth. While it is meant for gaming, you could certainly connect your smartphone and stream music to it too if you wanted.

And it works for PC gaming, as well as PS4, Xbox One, and the upcoming Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PS5 consoles.

Best Gamepad For Xbox & PC

Xbox Elite Series 2

Probably one of the most expensive gamepads you'll ever buy, but worth it if you want a custom gaming experience that's hard to find elsewhere.

The Elite Series 2 is also one of the best gaming accessories because it can be used with both the Xbox consoles as well as Windows 10 PCs. So you can flip it back and forth between your gaming platforms.

Aside from having a wonderfully comfortable design, the Elite Series 2 lets you adjust a ton of stuff. You can adjust the tension on the thumbsticks, swap out the thumbsticks and the paddles, and even set up customized profiles dedicated to specific games.

The triggers have textured grips on them now too. Bluetooth is the wireless technology here, and the controller has a USB-C port for charging or for wired play. You can also get up to 40 hours on a single charge. So it'll last you a while before needing to plug it in.

Best Budget Wireless Gaming Headset

SteelSeries Arctis 1

Good quality wireless headsets can be expensive, but they don't have to be. Case in point – the SteelSeries Arctis 1 is a good quality wireless headset and it's pretty affordable.

Like nearly all SteelSeries gaming headsets, the Arctis 1 features a ClearCast microphone (this one is detachable instead of retractable) for voice chat. And the headset is Discord-certified so it'll work seamlessly when you're talking to your friends in whatever game you're playing.

It can also be used on multiple platforms including PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mobile, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and PS5.

The best part though is that the lossless wireless audio connects to devices using a USB-C transmitter. This makes it very easy to use with your phone if you like your mobile games. Since most phones these days charge using a USB-C port.

You'll need a USB-A to USB-C adapter though for devices that don't have a USB-C port. It also comes in a variety of color and design options. Like your standard black or white, as well as a special Cyberpunk 2077-themed model.

Best Gaming Headphone Stand

Razer Base Station Chroma

Razer Base Station Chroma

If you game, you may want to keep your setup as uniform as possible. That means having a headphone stand that matches the rest of your gear.

The best headphone stand for that is the Razer Base Station Chroma. It comes in the familiar matte black, as well as Razer's Mercury and Quartz colors. Though those models may be more than the black one.

The Base Station Chroma also of course has Chroma lighting at the base. It has three USB ports at the base as well so you can charge additional devices or keep them plugged into your PC without taking up your PC's actual ports.

These are perfect for having a nice organized location for your headphones and it puts them on display. So overall it adds to the aesthetic.