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How to Outfit Your Gaming Rig

Gaming Accessory Essentials: How to Outfit Your Gaming Rig

Jamie Finch
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Many of the latest gaming titles need powerful hardware if they are to run properly. As such, gamers will typically need an HP gaming rig that focuses on powerful graphics processor units (GPUs) and central processor units (CPUs). These components help provide a smooth gameplay experience with impressive visuals, but powerful hardware is not the only way to enhance your gaming experience.
In addition to the gaming rig itself, you can also buy a range of gaming accessories that help improve your comfort and the overall gaming experience. Some accessories can also help give you an edge over your competition, helping you get better results when playing against others.
Here’s a brief look at some of the most essential accessories for gamers from HP and how they can enhance your gaming experience.

Gaming mice

Gaming mice tend to come with various features that gamers find useful. For example, gaming mice tend to come with more buttons than standard mice do, and you can often assign commands to these buttons. Other popular gaming mouse features include fast response times and lighting, which is useful when playing in the dark.
One of the disadvantages of using mice is that they often come with cables that can get in the way and restrict movement. In some cases, the cable might even become caught on something during a game, leaving you momentarily vulnerable. Fortunately, wireless options like the HyperX Pulsefire Dart offer impressive gaming performance without the inconvenience of cables.
HyperX Pulsefire Dart
Instead, the HyperX Pulsefire Dart uses a wireless connection, and the battery lasts for up to 50 hours on a single charge. Not only that, but this mouse is also compatible with Qi wireless chargers, giving you continuous use without having to plug it in. And if you combine this mouse with a wireless keyboard, you can have a wire-free workstation.
This gaming mouse also has an ergonomic shape and leatherette padding help make this mouse comfortable to use over long sessions, and the split-button design offers more responsiveness. The HyperX also uses a Pixart 3389 sensor for the impressive accuracy that serious gamers need.
Another option is the HyperX Pulsefire Haste Gaming Mouse, which offers TTC Golden micro dustproof switches that offer impressive response times and durability. The cable is light and flexible, making it less of an inconvenience. This HP gaming mouse also has an ultra-light design and you can customise its aesthetics and functionality with help from our HyperX NGENUITY Software.
pulsefire haste gaming mouse
The lightweight nature of this mouse is thanks to its hex shell design. Not only does the design mean fewer materials are needed, but it also helps air to circulate, preventing them from becoming sweaty.

Mouse bungees

Another solution to dealing with troublesome cables is to use a mouse bungy. These devices help to keep your mouse cable tidy, but perhaps its most appealing aspect is the flexibility it offers. The flexible arm of the bungee gives flexibility on the mouse cable without restricting your movement.
Not only are mouse bungees useful, but they can also look fantastic with adjustable RGB lighting and other appealing features. Some even come with USB ports, letting you use them beyond cable management.
And don’t forget to buy a mouse mat to provide an optimal work surface. You can choose from small mouse mats just a few inches across, to larger options that cover most of your desk. You can even find mousemats with RGB lighting, ensuring you can see clearly at night.

Gaming keyboards

A gaming keyboard is arguably the most important accessory for gamers. This is because gaming keyboards come packed with more functionality that helps gamers react to situations quickly during games. As such, a good quality gaming keyboard will also have to be highly responsive to your actions.
For example, gamers need their keystrokes to be acknowledged by the computer as quickly as possible. Models like the HyperX Alloy Elite 2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard use HyperX Mechanical switches that ensure your keystrokes are registered as quickly as possible. And while the difference in delays can be a fraction of a second, that delay can still mean the difference between success or failure in many games.
HyperX Alloy Elite 2
Not all gamers need the functionality and extra keys of a gaming keyboard, and some gaming keyboards are quite bulky. If you don’t need all the whistles and bells and would prefer a more convenient, more compact option, the HyperX 60 Alloy Origins AQU Gaming Keyboard could be just what you need.
HyperX 60 Alloy Origins AQU
This petite gaming keyboard has fewer keys but retains many of the features of a larger gaming keyboard, including RGB backlighting. It also uses HyperX mechanical switches for fast response times and is made from aircraft-grade aluminium for durability.

Gaming headsets

As our technology develops, game developers have been able to add more features to games that help to add immersiveness. For example, in-game audio can now make you feel as though the game is all around you with advanced stereo speakers.
For example, stereo speakers will help to give you a sense of the direction of where sounds are coming from within the game. Such detailed information can help you react accordingly, boosting your performance.
If you’re looking for such immersive audio then the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Gaming Headset could be just what you need. This affordable option is lightweight and comfortable, making it ideal for long sessions. You will also have in-line audio controls and directional drivers that help keep you fully immersed in the game.
HyperX Cloud Stinger Core
And don’t forget that while quality audio is essential in many titles, it’s just as important that your teammates can hear you loud and clear. As such, gaming headsets tend to come with built-in mics, but serious gamers and streamers might want more clarity. In that case, the HyperX QuadCast S USB Microphone could be the ideal solution.
HyperX QuadCast S
This condenser microphone offers impressive sound clarity, thanks partly to its built-in pop filter and anti-vibration shock mount. The HyperX QuadCast S is also stunning visually, thanks to dynamic effects and customizable RGB lighting.
This great-looking stand-alone microphone also has a tap-to-mute function and an LED display that makes it clear whether the mic is live.

Gaming monitors

A gaming monitor will typically offer excellent quality graphics that help you get the most out of any title. In addition to impressive images, you can also expect gaming monitors to come with other features that are ideal for gamers.
Many gamers prefer to use large screens, in which case the OMEN 32c QHD 165 Hz Curved Gaming Monitor could be the ideal choice. You won’t miss anything on this large, high-resolution screen, while HP Eye Ease technology will help prevent eye strain without sacrificing image quality. This monitor also has plenty of ports, an adjustable stand and is also compatible with gaming consoles.
OMEN 32c gaming monitor
The OMEN 27q QHD IPS Gaming Monitor is another great choice for gamers, offering a 27-inch Quad High-Definition (QHD) display for impressive detail. This model offers vivid colours and a fast refresh rate for an immersive visual experience. You can also customise this monitor in various ways, which is made easy with the OMEN gaming hub.
OMEN 27q gaming monitor
The 165 Hz refresh rate ensures a smooth gaming experience, and the joypad OSD button helps make it easy for you to adjust this display to your liking. Integrated cable management will also help keep your desk clutter-free and tidy for work or play.

Gaming chair and desk

Gamers will often be at their rigs for hours on end, so you should try and get as comfortable as possible. Gaming chairs are one of the best options because they are adjustable and have conveniently placed cushions for comfort and support. Gaming chairs are also usually durable, which is often necessary because gaming chairs can receive rough treatment. Some will also come with added features like cup holders and footrests.
If you can, it’s also a good idea to consider buying a gaming desk. Such a desk will give you plenty of room for your keyboard and mouse. A quality gaming desk will also help give you easy access to your gaming rig while helping to keep it protected.

Summary

Which gaming accessories you need depends on a variety of factors such as which games you play and whether you prefer to play alone or in teams. For example, many gamers need a complex keyboard with tons of functionality, whereas others would prefer something more modest. If you’re unsure what you need, ask yourself how you will use your gaming rig and go from there.
Regardless of which accessories you want, you should also make sure any device is compatible with your rig before you buy. You should also shop around first before making any decisions, and the suggestions above make a good place to start.

About the Author

Jamie Finch is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. He's an experienced writer with almost 20 years of writing under his belt. He has a focus on marketing topics but enjoys writing on pretty much any subject under the sun. In his spare time, Jamie enjoys gaming, virtual reality workouts, and relaxing with friends and family.

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