Playing on a console is quite simple as pretty much all you need is in one package, with a few things you may buy to enhance the experience. PC gaming accessories is a lot more in-depth on what you should have to make for the best time playing. As I switched platforms from being primarily a console player sitting back on the couch to one at a desk with my whole setup within a few inches away from me, I have learned a lot. Hopefully, for those of you who are just hopping on board, you can learn a thing or two to be fully prepared when embarking on this ship.
Before we get started, I do want to leave this note for anyone. If you are starting out and want to master playing with a keyboard and mouse, I do have a list of games to improve your skills. Now, let’s dive into some PC gaming accessories that you need to have for the ultimate experience.
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1. A Good Monitor
To even use a PC, you will need a monitor. That is simple enough, but there is more to it than that. Shopping around for the right one for you can be daunting. You need certain elements when choosing the best of the best, regardless of your price range.
Look out for the resolution. This is what should be expected even for a novice who is not too tech-savvy. It will be a piece of cake to find something that is 1920x1080p, which should be the bare minimum. If you want to go for 4K, be aware that it is a steep price. Getting a 4K TV is pretty reasonable now, with some being in the 400-600 range at a decent size, but monitors are a different beast. You will surely have to chuck a good bit of money to go higher than 1920x1080, which is why a lot of people have opted for 2560x1440p. Either way, it is up to you.
The big thing I recommend is making sure the refresh rate, or hertz, is as high as possible. It is the measurement of how information is updated per second. For me, I have a 144 Hz Acer monitor that works like a charm. Sure, if you have a beefy rig that has a nice graphics card and processor, your frames will be high enough for a buttery smooth experience. With a high Hz, then it will be even smoother. Trust me; it makes a huge difference.
For a deeper look into the tech jargon and what to keep an eye out for, Toms Hardware has a great guide that breaks even more information down. These are highlights that the most basic of consumers will need to know beforehand.
2. Mechanical keyboard
While we are focused on PC gaming accessories, you don’t need to be a gamer to need a mechanic keyboard. Being more durable and easier to clean makes it far better than the standard ones that you probably have used in the past. For me, I got a prebuilt PC (which has basically become built with every part outside of the processor and SSD being replaced) that came with its own mechanical keyboard (the ARES Gamdias). It is pretty cheap, but I like what I have. Just don’t buy something standard, please.
If you are not in the same boat, then you will want to buy one. PC Mag has a great list full of a variety of choices that you can choose from.
We do have a review that praised the Mountain Everest Max if you need another recommendation.
3. Wrist rest
Okay, maybe it is because my 25-year-old body feels like it is 90, but my wrist kills me when I am on my keyboard for too long. That all stopped when I got a wrist rest. Place it right in front of your keyboard (which better be mechanical), and I can game or write for hours without needing a break. It is the biggest lifesaver and underdog that needs more praise. I got the Fellowes memory foam wrist rest, and it is a godsend. You can thank me in the comments.
Out of all of these PC gaming accessories, I love my mouse. If you find the one right for you, then you will be in heaven. Some personal preferences will factor into what works for you, and then there are technical aspects you need to consider before ordering.
First, you need something comfortable. This will differ for everyone has your grip, and hand size will make it easy or difficult when purchasing. You want to be comfortable, and I have been there using a mouse too small for my gangly fingers. Another factor in its feel is weight. I like mine to not be too light. I own the Logitech G502, which is 4.2 oz (or 121 grams). For me, that is perfect, and I can’t imagine going any lighter.
Secondly, you want a good sensor. You can choose between optical or laser. Some people will say one is better, while others will say the opposite. The gist is that the former will be dependent on its accuracy of the surface it is on while the latter works great on about anything, but the harder the surface, the better. Laser to me at the GOAT and are a must-buy. Plus, most manufacturers go down that road anyways, so why bother with optical?
You do want something that can provide some customizability. Some mice allow you to adjust the weight, and others have options for Dots per Inch (or known as Counts per Inch, depending on who you talk to). The DPI essentially is your sensitivity with the higher it is then, the less movement you need, but if you are moving more of your arm across a large area, then set it to something lower. That is all preference, so play around with it when you decide on what you want, then worry about how fast your cursor goes across the screen.
PC Gamer has a great list of mice you could also check out. Even better, at the end of it, they break down a bunch of jargon like angle snapping or lift-off distance.
5. Mouse pad
Let’s say you got your mouse, but what about the pad? Personally, I highly recommend getting something as big as possible. I mean it, cover your desk. I don’t have mine covering the entire desk (maybe if I upgrade desks, I will go for a new pad too), but it is quite big. I have the LIEBIRD Extended XXL gaming mouse pad. How “XXL” is it? 35.4Lx15.7W is its dimensions. That said, a friend of mine has something bigger than that, and yes, he is a maniac (who also owns an ungodly amount of mice).
Things you need to consider are how hard or soft it is, size (which I will emphasize again to go bigger than smaller), thickness, and edges.
I have something softer, which is generally made out of some kind of woven cloth fabric with a rubber base. Due to the material, it is easier to fold up for transport, does not wear out the feet of the mouse, but harder to clean. The other issue is that it might not be the best for a laser sensor as those tend to go best with something harder. The biggest tip for this option is to make sure it is stitched around the edges, or else it will wear out quickly.
If you go for a harder surface, it will most likely be made out of something like plastic or aluminum. It will work for any kind of mice you have, but it is a little harsh on the feet and can wear it out due to friction. The comfort is also not quite there, and it is not as easy to move around, but the plus side is that it is easier to clean.
The thickness can range from thin (2-2.5mm), standard (3-3.5mm), or thick (5mm). The slimmer ones are on, the lighter and easier to move side, but those may not be as flat as you would like depending on your desk. The standard might be the best option for how it sits on a surface. The thick ones will be the most rigid and comfortable of your choices.
Headphones are a nightmare, at least for me when it comes to PC gaming accessories. I have gone through so many because they either break or are not comfortable. Let’s break it down so you can get the right ones for you.
First, comfort. I have the Sennheiser Game One, which has all of the qualities I will talk about, but most of all, it is beyond comfortable. The fabric used around the ears and the top of the head make it so I can wear this all day if I have to.
When I purchased the Game One or anything else I had used in the past, I had to consider if I wanted it to be open or closed-back. Open will mean the acoustics will be better and I can hear what’s around me outside of the game if my phone is away and ringing or someone rings the doorbell without taking away immersion from what I am playing. Closed means the sound won’t be nearly as good, but it won’t leak out for others to hear and the bass might be better. But with the comfort factor, you may want an open-back as it will let your ears breathe and not get sweaty.
I am one of those people with a gaming chair, yeah, I know it isn’t that cool and I was convinced to get one. That said, it is not a terrible idea. But we are going to focus on chairs in general as a good office chair might be better, depending on what you find.
Look at the material as it will determine how long it will last and how breathable it will be. Mesh is less durable and harder to clean but keeps cool. Keeping cool and lasting longer is good for fabric materials, but it is also not as easy to clean. Leather might be more expensive, but it has the positives of lasting a long time and being comfortable to make it worth it.
Depending on your size, you may need to look at what will fit you best. Finding a gaming chair with some wiggle room to let you lean back or bring it up or down will greatly help both tall and shorter people.
Personally, I own and like the Homall that I have, but think it could be more durable (the armrests are slightly falling apart) and more comfortable. Maybe I will one day swap for more of an office seat than the racecar beds of gaming.
We do have two reviews for you to check out if you need to be pointed in a good direction. The Secretlab 2020 Titan model “has it all” for what you could want. Another option is the AndaSeat T-Pro 2, which we said in our review that whether you need it to play or work, that “it more than earns the “Pro” in its name.”
Do you have any different preferences for your PC gaming accessories? I am sure I must have said something controversial. Let me know in the comments.