Best PC gaming accessories

Best gaming accessoriesThat crusty old Compaq keyboard and mouse with a ball stolen from computer lab aren’t going to cut it for serious online fragging, or any sort of gaming, for that matter. Here are some of the hottest PC gaming accessories on the market today.

Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard $200

Logitech’s top-of-the-line gaming keyboard allows players to customize everything from the macros on the programmable “G-keys” to the color of the backlighting, and a mini video display will anything from YouTube videos to the ammo left in a clip.

Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard

Razer Mamba Gaming Mouse $130

A hairsplitting 5600 DPI laser sensor, corded or cordless operation and onboard memory for macros makes this one of the most precise and powerful gaming mice available.

Razer Mamba Gaming Mouse

Razer Nostromo keypad $70

Designed as a replacement for the keyboard in FPS, MMORPG and RTS games, Razer’s one-handed Nostromo puts 15 programmable keys and an eight-way thumb pad at your fingertips, with three toggles for different key mappings.

 Razer Nostromo Keypad

Astro a50 wireless gaming headphones $299

Astro has made a name for itself as one of the best gaming headset manufacturers in the world and the a50 headphones marks its flagship set. These bad boys pump out professionally-tuned 7.1 digital surround sound that will please even the pickiest audiophile.

Astra A50 wireless gaming headphones

Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog $260

Do you really need perfect replica of the exact control system found in an A-10C Warthog with 52 different controls? For true flight sim fans, the answer is yes – and this is it.

Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog

RatPadz XT $25

The best mouse in the world is worthless when you’re dragging it across a gouged-up particleboard desk. RatPadz gigantic XT gaming surface offers all the room you need to move in a textured and durable material.

RatPadz XT

Altec Lansing FX5051 5.1-channel Surround Sound Gaming Speakers $250

Five surround-sound satellites help you feel out where your enemies are hiding, and dual 6.5-inch subwoofers deliver all the impact of the firefight when you finally find him. A single USB connection makes it possible to connect to any PC, even those without 5.1-channel analog outputs.

altec lansing fx5051

SteelSeries 7G Gaming Keyboard $150

When you don’t need lights or custom keys, this industrial-grade gaming keyboard that harkens back to the legendary IBM Model M uses 18k-gold-plated mechanical switches for crisp key presses and a lifetime of 50 million keystrokes per key.

Steel Series 7G Gaming Keyboard

Microsoft Wireless Xbox 360 Controller for Windows $60

Looking for the familiar Xbox 360 gamepad layout in a PC version? Microsoft makes an identical replica for use with Windows. There are also a number of unlicensed wireless adapters, labeled Xbox 360 wireless controller gaming receivers, that will allow you to use an Xbox 360 controller with your PC for a fraction of the price ($10 – $20). However, many of these are poorly built. There are some diamonds in the rough that will stand the test of time, but we can’t recommend these on our best PC game accessories in good faith. Stick with the Windows-designed Xbox 360 controller for the most reliable way to bring the gamepad to your PC.

microsoft wireless xbox 360 game controller for windows

Razer Naga Epic gaming mouse $130

Razer has optimized this high-sensitivity mouse for MMO games and equipped it with 17 different programmable buttons. It also comes with three interchangeable side panels so you can customize the grip and avoid hand cramps during those epic 6-hour raids. LEEEROY JENKINS!

Razer Naga Epic gaming mouse

Logitech G27 racing wheel $299

This dual-motor force feedback steering wheel was designed by Logitech to give the most realistic feedback of any wheel on the market. You’ll experience traction loss, weight shift, and road feel recreated smoothly and accurately.

Logitech G27 Racing Wheel

Thrustmaster T16000 M ~$40-50

If you don’t want to break the bank just to get your hands on a high-performance joystick, then look no further. Thrustmaster’s T-16000M is ambidextrous, ergonomic, and equipped with some of the most accurate sensors on the market.

Thrustmaster T16000 M

Razer Black Widow Ultimate $140

Razer’s top-of-the-line mechanical gaming keyboard is not only one of the slickest looking keyboards we’ve ever seen, it’s also one of the fastest. In addition to keys that give tactile feedback, the Black Widow allows you to set new macros on the fly, without needing to navigate any pesky driver menus.

Razer Black Widow Ultimate

Razer’s BlackWidow Lite is a mechanical keyboard designed for work and play

Razer's latest keyboard comes with a minimalist design that will appeal to professionals. But don't let the all-black aesthetics fool you, as the BlackWidow Lite comes with mechanical keys that makes it a great gaming companion.

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