Things to consider when buying…
Gaming monitors come in a variety of sizes with a number of different features. Consider more than just the screen size – just like a TV you’ll want your gaming monitor to have a high resolution that’s full of detail. And to make every image smooth in the heat of battle, choose a monitor with a high refresh rate (144 Hz is what most people look for) and low response time (measured in ms, the lower the better). Want to game in 4K? It’s worth checking what graphics card you have, so you can match your monitor to your desktop.
Stuck between picking a laptop or desktop? Gaming laptops are designed for convenience and portability, while desktops are stacked with power and can be easily upgraded.
Gaming headsets come in both wired and wireless options, so you can choose between the freedom of wireless headsets, and the improved signal of wired headsets. It’s worth thinking about what kind of microphone you want too. If you stream your gaming or want to stay in constant contact with your team, a boom mic is a great choice for clear audio. But if you’re not that chatty, integrated mics are more discreet.
When you choose a new gaming mouse, it’s worth considering whether you want wired or wireless. Wireless mice offer the mobility to navigate around a huge desk, whilst wired mice have a more stable connection and tend to be more affordable. Looking to adjust how sensitive the mouse is? Keep an eye out for the DPI number – the higher the number the more sensitive the mouse is to tiny adjustments. Some mice also have adjustable DPI, so you can switch from tiny movements in-game to a more standard sensitivity for finishing off a work project.
A good keyboard is an essential piece of gaming equipment, both for comfort and performance. A wireless keyboard will allow you to kick back in your favourite gaming chair, while a wired model won’t have you worrying about signal or running out of battery. You’ll then need to decide between a mechanical and non-mechanical (also known as membrane) keyboard. Some gamers prefer the tactile, audible feel of a mechanical keyboard with their traditional clicky keys that tend to be more responsive. But membrane keyboards are generally cheaper, and let's not forget that some people want to type in silence.