High-Tech Gear for Gamers
Whether you're seeking gift ideas for the gamer in your life or you need to pick up some high-quality hardware for your new PC, upgrading peripherals is always a smart investment. To help you make a smart purchase, we've rounded up a few of our favorite gaming accessories. Kick back and click through some of the best high-tech headsets, keyboards, and mice on the market.
Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse -- $100
The R.A.T. 7 owes its unique appearance to a customizable metallic design. You can swap out palm rests, pinkie grips, and weights to tailor this programmable gaming mouse so that it feels perfect in your hand.
Razer Onza Tournament Edition Gamepad for XBox 360 -- $50
This tournament-ready controller works with both an Xbox 360 and a PC, giving you a fully customizable gamepad for all of your favorite action games. The programmable buttons are a nice addition, but we really enjoy being able to adjust the resistance on each analog stick to match our personal preferences.
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Gaming Keyboard -- $130
The BlackWidow Ultimate is a fully programmable, backlit mechanical keyboard that’s perfect for PC gamers who find themselves frequently switching between multiple games on short notice. The mechanical keys feel great during long sessions, and on-the-fly macro recording lets you easily save common key combos for high-level play.
Razer Mamba Gaming Mouse -- $130
The Mamba sports both a laser and an optical sensor; this 6400-dpi 4G Dual Sensor System allows the mouse to calibrate itself to any surface and even continue tracking if you lift it off the table. With both a wired and wireless mode, the Mamba works well when you're gaming at home or on the road.
Astro A40 Gaming Headset With Mixamp Pro -- $250
The A40 is an excellent Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound headset that works well with any device carrying a headphone jack. Pick it up in a bundle with the Mixamp Pro, and you can use the A40 to voice-chat with friends on Xbox Live or PlayStation Network.
Astro AStar Earbuds -- $80
These svelte earbuds are designed specifically for gamers on the go, and they'll work well with portable gaming systems such as the Nintendo 3DS or Sony PlayStation Vita. Music sounds great too, and you can even use the wind-shielded microphone for hands-free calling on your smartphone of choice.
SteelSeries Scope Gaming Glasses -- $99
These gaming glasses are tinted amber to filter out high-intensity blue light and relieve eyestrain, making marathon gaming sessions easier on your eyes. The lightweight frames have an antireflective coating that reduces glare from the screen in dark rooms. The glasses are available in either standard or prescription models.
SteelSeries Spectrum 7XB Gaming Headset (for XBox 360) -- $180
The 7XB is an excellent high-performance wireless gaming headset for blasting through Xbox 360 games without disturbing people around you. The headset sounds fantastic, feels lightweight, and works with an Xbox 360, a PC, or a Mac (though voice communication is available only on the Xbox 360).
Filco MajesTouch 2 Camouflage Edition Gaming Keyboard -- $150
Filco has earned a reputation for making keyboards that are tough enough to survive extended PC-gaming sessions, and the elegant MajesTouch 2 is no exception. Its keys feel great to type on, and its no-frills approach makes it ideal for serious gamers who want to keep a low profile.
SteelSeries 6Gv2 Gaming Keyboard -- $99
The SteelSeries 6Gv2 is an affordable mechanical keyboard that provides satisfying feedback without a lot of bells and whistles. Mechanical keyboards are known for being significantly more durable than standard keyboards are, and the antighosting feature allows you to press keys simultaneously for faster gaming.
SteelSeries Sensei Gaming Mouse -- $90
The Sensei is a high-performance mouse that packs a tiny ARM processor to perform advanced motion-correction calculations, alleviating input lag and freeing you from having to install driver software. Advanced features such as adjustable lift distance, programmable macro commands, and customizable LED lights make the Sensei a terrific input device.