A pile of new equipment—sporting new features—fine-tunes desktop gaming.
ACER PREDATOR X34
This 34-inch display packs nearly two times as many pixels as a standard HD monitor and gently curves to fully saturate your field of view. It’s a first-person shooter’s dream screen, with a special mode to brighten gloomy dungeons and a crosshair-bolding mode for snappier sniping. Oh, and there’s no lag, so when you get blasted you’ll have only yourself to blame.
LOGITECH G703 + POWERPLAY
You don’t have to plug in this wireless gaming mouse to charge it—just pushing it around on Logitech’s Powerplay pad keeps it juiced up at all times. The mouse responds as quickly as my reflexes, and I don’t have to worry about battery life anymore. That peace of mind is well worth the asking price: $100 for the mouse, $100 for the pad.
ASUS ROG STRIX GL 12
This desktop PC is so powerful you won’t need to overclock it to get stable, fast gameplay. The chassis is stuffed with bleeding-edge processors like Intel’s latest Core i9 CPU and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPU; plus, the three fans and dual isolated air chambers will keep things chill during your long hours of Apex Legends.
RAZER BLACKWIDOW ELITE
The Elite is a loot box of a keyboard, with dedicated media keys for controlling music, a detachable wrist rest, and a digital dial that can control volume or whatever function you want. The customizable RGB lighting under each snappy, clicky mechanical key can even be programmed to light up differently for every character in Overwatch.
STEELSERIES ARCTIS PRO + GAMEDAC
Headsets made just for gaming often feel uncomfortably rigid and sweat-inducingly hot. This unit stretches around the cranium like a pair of snowboarding goggles, and its soft earpads stay on the cool side for hours. The sound from the high-fidelity speakers is among the best I’ve heard in a pair of gaming headphones. I also like dialing in separate levels for the sound of the game and the chatter of my online teammates.
STYLING MICHELLE MAGUIRE
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