Pretty much every PC gaming accessory now has an option for full-spectrum colored lighting. Unlike ordinary mouse pads, Corsair’s RGB mouse pad connects by USB to your computer or console to provide power for the customizable LED lighting around its edge. It also features a USB port that can be used to connect other devices, such as a mouse. The working surface of the pad is basic black, but the material is a low-friction micro-textured material designed for mice with optical or laser sensors.
Keyboards used for gaming suffer a lot of wear and tear, which is why keyboards with precision mechanical switches designed to withstand millions of keystrokes started to replace cheaper and less robust versions several years ago. The K95 RGB Platinum keyboard from Corsair is built to last for years, with Cherry MX Brown mechanical key switches and an aluminum frame. It also lets you program six different key sequences, has media playback keys and a USB port, and each key can be programmed to have any backlit color you want.
Headsets that use smartphones to generate virtual reality imagery are a lot less expensive than standalone VR headsets like the Oculus Rift, though obviously you’ll have to factor in the cost of a compatible high-resolution mobile device. Google’s latest version of its Daydream View headset works with Google’s own Pixel smartphones and an expanded range of Android-based phones from Samsung, Asus, LG and Motorola, among others. Unlike some cheaper all-plastic smartphone VR headsets, the lightweight Daydream View is covered with breathable fabric and designed to stay comfortable for long periods of play.
A quality keyboard might not seem like the most important piece of esports gear, but it’s still a crucial component for playing just about every title. Shooters use, at the very least, a handful of keys for movement, and more complex genres like real-time strategy and MOBAs rely heavily on much of the keyboard. Plus, it’s one of the biggest and flashiest PC gaming accessories. It’s no wonder pro gamers want one that works well and looks good.
We think the following is gear gamers should upgrade if they’re able. Again, you can either do so systematically as you gather some cash, grab a few at once, or setup an entire new rig — it’s all on you! Or perhaps even start building your own gaming computer if you want to save some money as well. If there are some different recommendations or even gear you feel we left out, let us know in the comments. Just as a heads up, click on the links below of the gear to jump to that specific section’s recommendation. We’ll also link you to some of our guides in case you want some more information or additional gear picks to compare and contrast.