Must-have Gaming Gadgets
They say a poor workman always blames his tools, but what’s wrong with having a nice toolkit, right? We take a look at some of the most intriguing and exciting gaming gadgets out there today.
Humanscale Freedom Chair
We’re all aware that posture is important, especially so with activities such as gaming that can cause us to be in a sedentary position for an extended time. Accordingly promotion of novel gaming chairs is big business in the world of Esports, with the likes of Razer’s Iskur gaming chair being a favorite among gaming aficionados. If you were looking for the best in class though, it would probably be Humanscale’s Freedom Chair.
This chair takes ergonomics to a whole new level, with sliding arm-rests that reposition themselves as you recline and technology that means the chair adjusts itself automatically to fit your unique body shape. With this you can rest assured you’ll be able to perform at the top of your game, whether you’re battling for control in Call of Duty or kicking back with a Nintendo Switch and a fun arcade title like Flowing Lights. All that innovation comes at a hefty price though. The Humanscale Freedom currently has an RRP of $1,169, but can you really put a price on comfort?
Elgato Green Screen Mouse Mat
This next one specifically caters to Twitch streamers. It’s never been so easy to produce studio quality content from your own home thanks to a whole host of products and services targeting content creators, YouTubers and podcasters. This little innovation by Elgato may seem mundane and simple, but for some streamers it’s a dream come true.
In the world of competitive sports, much emphasis is placed in media coverage of close-ups, replays and slow motion capture of pivotal moments. The same is true for Esports, the gameplay footage is only half the story. One way you can appreciate the true skill of an Esports athlete is by watching their hands. Elgato’s mouse-mat is designed to facilitate this by serving as a green-screen that can be placed below a keyboard or game-pad. By training a camera directly overhead, one can filter out the green mouse-mat, enabling you to superimpose your dynamic gaming handiwork onto your video feed. Revolutionary.
Razer Huntsman V2 Analog Keyboard
If you’re even half-way serious about gaming you probably already have a mechanical keyboard. If not, or if you’re looking to upgrade, many consider Razer’s Huntsman v2 to be the best money can buy. Razer’s innovative gaming keyboard features a unique set of key actuators that offer 360 degree input, effectively turning every key on your keyboard into a multi-directional thumb-stick for unparalleled flexibility and responsiveness. This is coupled with dual step actuation, giving each key two levels of sensitivity that can be mapped to different actions. Combine this all with Razer’s award winning Chroma RGB lighting tech, and a robust wrist-wrest and you have an extraordinarily piece of kit. Unsurprisingly it has a price-tag to match, coming in at $250.
<3>Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Asus’ Republic of Gamers is a near-legendary gaming brand that has been putting out innovative and impressive pieces of tech for many years. Recently they’ve been getting into the smartphone game, joining the likes of Razer and Lenovo in producing a new breed of super-powerful gaming smartphone.
Their latest iteration, the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate, builds on previous models and has a spec-sheet that wipes the floor with just about everything else in the mobile space. It boasts an industry leading Snapdragon 888 processor coupled with a staggering 18GB of RAM. In order to ensure prolonged gaming sessions, the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate has a 6000mAh battery with 65w fast charging. In tests, this enabled it to last 28 hours of continuous video playback on a single charge. A high refresh rate screen of 144hz will ensure your games look bright and responsive and dual front-facing stereo speakers are thrown in to add to the immersion. Where this device really comes into its own is with the variety of peripherals you can add on, including a full console-style game-pad, and a fan to increase thermal efficiency.