20 Must-Have Gaming Accessories in 2015
Good Gaming Accessories for PC and Console Gamers
This review will be separated into 3 sections; the best gaming accessories for PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3. I'll also list other more in-depth posts I've written on each of these subjects. You can skip to the platform of your choice by using the contents at a glance section below.
Whether you're a professional tournament player or game casually on weekends there are a few must-have gaming accessories that make gaming more comfortable, effective, or just more fun. While most of these won't make up for a lack of skill or practice, they are nice to have around.
I've written posts on just about every piece of hardware or accessory you can imagine. Throughout my tests I've found a few products that stand out above the rest. Below I'll give you the short list of these accessories.
If you want to see additional accessories or learn more about a particular model, then you can get additional information by visiting other posts I've featured below.
Must Have Accessories for PC Gaming - A Good Gaming Chair
I currently use this Lorell Executive chair for both work and at my home office. The mesh on the back of is extremely durable and it has a high back for better support.
It's great for a tall guy like me (6'4") and is relatively inexpensive when you compare it to designer brands like Herman Miller. While it costs between $150 to $200, you'll find that overtime it's well worth the money for something that will help to limit any back pain you experience over time from long gaming sessions. I also like the playseat office chair below.
If you're tall, like me, then having a high back and a chair which doesn't hurt your back is important. This executive chair from Lorell gives me just that.
I use it with my current setup and like how the mesh back holds out so well over time.
Logitech G13 Vs. Razer Nostromo
If you're going for a keypad, in my opinion your choice really comes down to the Logitech G13 or the Razer Nostromo. Take a look at my post on the best gaming keypad for more information. In it I basically explain how I'd use the Logitech G13 if I had larger hands and was worried about the gaming keypad slipping on the table. Otherwise the Nostromo is a good option as well.
The Tartarus gaming keypad connects by way of USB port and has 16 fully-programmable buttons. It makes using macros or switching weapons super easy. You can also use the scroll wheel on the side in place of your mouse wheel.
Comfortable and built ergonomically for your hand the G13 gives you 5 profiles for its 25 programmable buttons.
Best Wireless PC Gaming Headsets 2015
Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of really great gaming headsets out there, but for me it really comes down to two. If you're a professional gamer and want the best of the best, then go with the Astro A40. You'll need the wired version to participate in MLG level tournaments.
G930 A great Mid-Level Option
If you're not a Pro, then go with the G930. It's inexpensive, fits most heads, and has 7.1 surround sound. I use it every single day. For more information on this headset and to see an interactive gamer poll on these headsets, here's my post on the best gaming headset.
You can occasionally find the G930 on sale for around $100. If you find it at that price, then snatch it up.
Yes, the A50's have been released, but because they're wireless MLG won't be using them anytime soon. There are definitely some advantages to using the old version vs. the 2014 version as well including customizable logos.
3 Top Rated Keyboards for PC Gaming
There's a lot of different directions you could go with a gaming keyboard. If you're an MMORPG player, then you probably don't have to have a mechanical switch keyboard and should look for something with as many Macros as humanly possible. Also, even FPS gamers can enjoy something like the G19's LCD screen when it comes to looking at round data or listening to music. Here's a post you can look at for the best gaming keyboard overall.
For time or reaction sensitive gamers who have to have that extra little advantage, you'll want to go with a mechanical keyboard. I recently initiated a poll among gamers to see which mechanical keyboard they like best. If you're looking for one, then you'll find some additional information there.
The G19s gives you Twelve programmable G-keys with three macros per key for 36 single keypresses or complex macros.
Razer Blackwidow Mechanical Keyboard
Razer's Blackwidow mechanical keyboard is the most popular around. While I like other models like the Corsair K95, in polls I've done this is the choice of my readers.
3 Must-Have PC Gaming Mice in 2015
Best FPS Gaming Mouse:
I've had the chance to review, own, and use just about every mouse on the market. After reviewing 10 options the best FPS mouse of 2015 came out to still be the Razer Deathadder. In my opinion it still has the best Avago sensor around and with its 2013 revision is my favorite overall.
The 2013 Razer DeathAdder offers a better sensor than the previous version and extends on its ergonomics by adding rubber to the side buttons.
Released in 2015 to replace the popular G500, the G502 has a lot of the same great features of the G500 and still manages to upgrade a few others. As someone who used the G500 for several years I like some of the new customizable options the G500 has to offer.
This new mouse has gained popularity since it's release in 2012. It has great precision and a lot of the same feel that you get from a mouse like the DeathAdder or G500. If you're on a budget, then this new gaming mouse is worth a try.
Logitech Extreme 3D
Cheap, easy-to-use, and effective, the Logitech Extreme 3D is what I use to fly jets and helicopters in Battlefield 3. Find more information about this joystick as well as others here in my post about the best PC gaming joysticks.
A Budget Pro Joystick for PC Gamers
Cohesion XP 2.1:
This chair is comfortable and has decent speakers. It's not going to necessarily replace your headset altogether, but it's comfortable and makes console gaming more enjoyable.
Xbox One play and Charge Kit
If you have an Xbox One you know how many AA batteries you can go through in a weekend. The Xbox One Charge kit takes away that problem and recharges your controller within 4 hours.
After talking to a lot of gamers these are the two console headsets that most prefer. They aren't overly costly but aren't the cheap models that last a month either.
Best Xbox One and PS4 Gaming Headsets 2015
Here's a few of my favorite Xbox One / PS4 headsets. These make life easier for both communication with your friends and in hearing the subtle sounds that many games have.
A Good Wireless Gaming Headset for the PS3
Great sound and depth, the Sony Wireless Stereo headset is one of the best on the market for under $100.