Best Gaming Accessories for Your Laptop
You have a great gaming laptop, but it's probably not complete yet. After installing a few of your favorite titles, you're ready to jump in, guns (or wands) blazing. But what about the accessories? To get the best experience, you'll need a sweet gaming headset; a wicked-fast mouse; and a sharp, colorful monitor to put on your desk — plus other goodies like a mechanical keyboard and a powerful router.
Here are our favorite laptop gaming peripherals for use both at home and on the road.
Gaming Mouse - Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
Boasting 11 programmable buttons, a textured grip and a hand-friendly shape, the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum is one of our favorite gaming mice. A jack-of-all-trades device, the Spectrum can handle just about any gaming genre you can throw at it, with stellar performance. Gamers who prefer a heftier piece of hardware can add the included 3.6-gram (0.13 ounces) weights. You can also switch between resistant or near-frictionless movement.
Gaming Headset - SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism
The SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism headset has it all: a comfortable fit; a stylish, customizable look; and great sound quality. The headphones are platform-agnostic; they work with your laptop, smartphone, Xbox One or PlayStation 4. And thanks to the headset's excellent software, you can create separate profiles with different sound balance and lighting effects. There's also an equalizer with several helpful presets that deliver optimal sound for different types of games.
Gaming Monitor - BENQ XL2420G
No matter how big your laptop's display is, it could always be bigger. That's where the BenQ XL2420G comes in with the assist. The 24-inch, 1080p screen offers crisp detail with vivid color. With this monitor, outfitted with Nvidia's G-Sync technology, you're guaranteed butter-smooth frame rates. The monitor also has a Classic mode, which lets you tweak every setting to your exacting taste, including first-person shooter and sRGB presets.
Gaming Keyboard - Razer BlackWidow Chroma
If you prefer a mechanical keyboard to using your laptop's built-in keys, you should take a gander at the Razer BlackWidow Chroma. And you should take a long, loving look at it. Using Razer's Synapse software, you can map up to 16.8 million colors to the keys along with macros. The device also offers on-the-fly macro recording, which should come in handy for fans of massively multiplayer online games.
PC Gaming Controller - Microsoft Xbox One Controller
Say what you will about the Xbox One-versus-PS4 debate. Most gamers — console or otherwise — prefer the Xbox One controller when it's time to start button-mashing on a PC. The input device is lauded for its ergonomically friendly design, snappy button feedback and grippy analog sticks, which come in handy for those of us with sweaty hands. Typically, you'd need a USB cable to use the controller on a laptop. However, thanks to the Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Adapter ($25), gamers can snip the cord.
Gaming Router - Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena
The most powerful gaming laptop in the world can be rendered inert without a solid network connection. That's where the Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena router ($205) comes in. The device has a funky sci-fi look and is highly configurable, allowing owners to transform it into a wired device or tweak the power settings, so it doesn't broadcast past the walls of your house. In terms of performance, you can expect the router to push 2.35 Gbps of data over 2.4 and 5-GHz bands, allowing it to stream video and music on multiple devices while supporting a couple of computers passing content back and forth.
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New and Notable: Webcam - Razer Stargazer
Dubbed the "world's most advanced webcam," the Razer Stargazer is one of the first webcams to offer Intel's RealSense technology, which provides 3D scanning, facial or gesture recognition, and dynamic background removal. That means live streamers can place themselves into the frame without spending extra money or taking up space in your room with a green screen. Also, the camera offers automatic noise cancelling and HD video capture (60 fps at 720p, 30 fps at 1080p).
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