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The Best Gifts for PC Gamers this Holiday
September 19, 2023
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Do you have friends, family, or a significant other who are serious PC gamers? Are you looking for great holiday gaming gift ideas for them? Then you’ve come to the right place.
Discover the best gift ideas for your PC gamer this holiday. HP® has what both serious and casual PC gamers alike need at prices you can afford. Help them up their gameplay without overspending…or going through your entire holiday shopping budget in one clip.
Holiday gift ideas for gamers
If you’ve got a big budget for the gamer on your list, why not treat them to a brand new gaming computer. They’ll flip for these powerful gaming laptops and desktops. Are they already sporting a top-notch gaming setup? Add style and comfort to their gameplay with accessories and upgrades.
1. HP OMEN Transcend (16t-u000) laptop
The HP OMEN brand is made for gamers, but anyone can enjoy the stunning graphics and lag-free performance of these devices. The HP OMEN Transcend (16t-u000) laptop is one of the brand’s highlights, and it delivers a 13th Generation Intel® Core™ processor and NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ graphics optimized for use with Windows 11.
The laptop features upgraded cooling features, too, so long gaming sessions aren’t an issue. Plus, the robust 512GB solid-state drive (SSD) lets gamers store more games locally.
A highlight of this portable gaming rig is the 16.1-inch WUXGA screen with TUV Eyesafe Low Blue Light for comfortable viewing under a variety of lighting scenarios. It’s also loaded with ports for accessories and monitors and includes a game-ready keyboard with excellent response and feel.
Want more power? Customize this HP OMEN with up to 2TB of storage, 32GB of RAM, and an Intel Core i9-13900HX processor to make this gift last the next several years of gaming trends.
2. HP OMEN (17t-ck200) gaming laptop
Another notable must-see from the HP OMEN line is the slightly larger HP OMEN (17t-ck200) gaming laptop. The stunning 17.3-inch display features Full High Definition (QHD) visuals delivered at a 144 Hz refresh rate with a 7 ms response time - customizable to a Quad High Definition (QHD), 240 Hz refresh rate, and 3 ms response time display.
This laptop comes loaded with other gaming features, including a backlit RGB keyboard with 26-key rollover and anti-ghosting key technology. The OMEN Gaming Hub platform connects you to other players, helps you stream your content, and lets you monitor computer performance, including resource allocation and temperature.
The beautiful case design and rich sound from the Bang & Olufsen speakers are just icing on the cake. But what about the specs? This laptop features up to an Intel Core i7-13700HX processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU (16GB) to power all of your favorite titles.
3. Victus Gaming Laptop (16t-s000)
Another option for gamers on-the-go is the HP Victus line, which have changed the way pros and hobbyists work and play with more budget-friendly options.
The Victus Gaming Laptop (16t-s000) is fully customizable, but the base specs start bold with Windows 11 OS, AMD Ryzen™ 5 7640HS processor, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 graphics. It’s also loaded with 16GB of memory and a 512TB SSD to store even the biggest titles, like “Call of Duty: Warzone.”
The HP Victus comes in three striking color options, too: Micah Silver, Ceramic White, and Performance Blue. And it boasts the Wide Vision 1080p HD camera, which includes temporal noise reduction to ensure your streams are free of outside distractions.
4. HP Victus 15L gaming desktop PC
HP Victus isn’t just for gamers on-the-go, because it’s home to desktop models, too. The HP Victus 15L gaming desktop bundles impressive tech specs with the expansion potential of a powerhouse workstation.
Sleek white styling wraps around the stunning internal components, such as the NVIDIA GeForce RTX and 12th Generation Intel Core i7 processor. Other perks include 16GB of RAM and hybrid storage featuring a 1TB HDD and a 512GB SSD. Dual channel memory keeps you moving even when running multiple programs at once.
The port selection is impressive, too. The HP Victus 15L includes 9 USB ports in total, plus RGB lighting control to mix up the PC’s visuals. The desktop is a good value on its own, but this bundle comes with the mouse and keyboard, as well as access to the OMEN Gaming Hub software.
5. HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Gaming Headset
If your gamer enjoys playing competitively online, then they’ll appreciate an elite gaming headset like the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Gaming Headset. Incredible tech specs and an immersive soundscape (like DTS® Headphone:X Spatial audio) help ensure that they’ll be able to communicate with friends, teammates, and maybe even enemies on the battlefield or in the arena. The lightweight suspension headband evenly distributes its weight for comfortable extended gameplay.
6. HyperX Cloud II Wireless Gaming Headset
Give your gamer the experience of freedom to move about while playing with the HyperX Cloud II Wireless Gaming Headset. With a wireless connection via USB, they’ll be able to play virtually non-stop on up to 20 hours of battery life, while staying connected and immersed in-game for longer periods of time. It features 7.1 virtual surround sound, which provides greater precision, depth, and clarity for their gaming experience: enabling them to hear everything in-game, and even pinpoint minute sounds.
7. HyperX Cloud MIX Gaming Headset
If your gamer enjoys playing competitively online, and wants to have a seriously cool headset - both literally and figuratively - then check out the HyperX Cloud MIX Gaming Headset.
This awesome headset features dual chamber drivers for less sound distortion. This helps to separate the bass frequencies from the mids and highs to provide more accurate and smoother audio. It also features a high-resolution audio frequency range of 10 Hz to 40 kHz, so you can hear the depth and details of your game for full immersion.
You'll of course enjoy HyperX's well-known comfort and durability with pliable leaterette and dense memory foam, perfect for those marathon gaming sessions. Its reliable aluminum frame is also built to last the daily wear and tear of gaming.
8. HyperX Alloy Core RGB gaming keyboard
Keyboards are a big deal for every user but especially gamers, who need lightning-quick responses from every key. The HyperX Alloy Core RGB gaming keyboard offers all of the essentials and many of the extras, including HyperX’s signature radiant light bar. It has six lighting effect options (Color Cycle, Spectrum Wave, Breathing, Solid, 5 Zones, and Aurora), three brightness levels, and loads of style.
Durability isn’t an issue either. This keyboard is made with a reinforced plastic frame and has spill-resistant keys made to handle up to 120 ml of liquid. Other perks include comfy, soft-touch key surfaces with anti-ghosting technology and key rollover. Gamers can also lock their keyboard when they get up from their desk without the need to exit the game, which reduces the chance of accidental keystrokes by curious pets or kids.
Weighing just under 2.5 lbs, the keyboard has a nearly 6-foot cord and is compatible with PC as well as PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One consoles.
9. HyperX Alloy Origins PBT HX red mechanical gaming keyboard
Another highlight of the HyperX lineup is the Alloy Origins PBT HX gaming keyboard. This super-durable keyboard has a full aluminum body made to withstand years of competitive play at three different tilt angles for comfortable positioning. Plus, the layout is designed to conserve space, so it can fit neatly into most setups.
The mechanical switches offer reliable keystrokes and a lightweight feel while providing pre-installed PBT keycaps with side-printed lettering. That means the numbers and letters won’t wear off after just a few months of use. They can also handle more than 80 million key presses.
With a brighter LED, more customizable RGB lighting scenarios, custom macros, and the anti-ghosting features gamers love, this may be the best piece of gamer gear you give this year. It even features a detachable cord, which means no more pinched connections!
The Puslefire Core features no-slip and textured grips and is perfect for both palm and claw grip users. They can also personalize it to their own style with customizable RGB lighting, DPI sensitivity, and more with HyperX NGENUITY software.
11. HyperX Pulsefire Haste Wireless Gaming Mouse
Give your gamer the right tools to send their game, and team, to new heights of winning with the HyperX Pulsefire Haste Wireless Gaming Mouse. Engineered for precision, this gaming mouse features TTC Golden Micro Dustproof switches that are optimized to provide gamers with faster response times and a lifespan of 80 million clicks. This mouse also features an ultra-light hex shell design for a lighter mouse without sacrificing durability.
There are buttons to let them make on-the-spot decisions and adjustments, including everything from DPI to polling rates, all without having to interrupt their gameplay. And those playing first-person shooters (FPS) will appreciate this: it features up to 100 hours of battery life on a single charge, so you'll rarely worry about a dead battery mid-match.
12. HyperX Pulsefire Mat Gaming Mouse Pad
A quality mouse pad can make the difference between recovering from a near miss and actually hitting the target. The HyperX Pulsefire Mat Gaming Mouse Pad has a non-slick rubber base with a large surface. Ideal friction allows for precise, fluid, and split-second controlled mouse movements and gaming success.
With its seamless anti-fray stitched edges, it's designed to provide resistance to daily wear and tear, providing even your casual gamer with professional-grade technology. And at only 1.67 lbs, it’s also easy to pack away for mobile gaming.
Gifts for serious gamers
13. OMEN 27s gaming monitor
The OMEN 27s Gaming Monitor is the ideal monitor for gamers with a speedy 1 ms GTG response time with Overdrive, 240 Hz refresh rate, and NVIDIA G-SYNC® technology. These impressive specs help gamers dominate fast-paced, smooth, and input-lag-free gameplay in combat while playing with crystal-clear visuals. It also offers convenient connection options for the entire gaming arsenal, including a DisplayPort, 2 HDMI ports, and 2 USB-A ports.
14. HyperX QuadCast S USB Microphone
Perfect for gamers who command an audience, or simply want to communicate with the best sound quality, the HyperX QuadCast S USB Microphone is a great gift for your gamer boyfriend, girlfriend, or significant other. It features radiant RGB lighting and dynamic effects that bring a gaming set-up together.
This USB microphone features tap-to-mute with an LED sensor for an easy pause in communications, has four selectable polar patterns to optimize recording, and is compatible with PC, PS4 and PS5, or Mac OS. It is also equipped with a built-in anti-vibration shock mount to isolate sounds coming into the mic when unintentional bumps occur.
15. HyperX Armada 25 FHD gaming monitor
The HyperX Armada 25 FHD gaming monitor is more than just a stunning display, because it also alleviates so many of the problems that plague standard monitors. It comes with a sturdy desk mount and ergonomic arm, reducing the need to shop around for the right way to secure it.
But what about the performance? With a 240 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time, you’ll catch all the action and never miss any of the good stuff. The FHD resolution on this IPS display is compatible with NVIDIA G-SYNC®, too, so you’ll avoid stuttering and lag.
The monitor alone weighs just over 6 lbs and comes with 2 HDMI 2.0 and 1 DisplayPort 1.4 ports, so you can mix and match additional displays for the perfect setup.
Gifts for gamers who have everything
So you’d like to buy a gift for the gamer who has everything. You’ve got a decent amount of cash to spend, and a mouse, keyboard, or carrying case just won’t cut it if you want to make a big splash. You want to be the best present-giver ever. What to buy? What to buy? We’ve got a few suggestions right here.
16. HP OMEN 27c QHD curved monitor 240Hz
If a curved gaming monitor is a new concept, you’re going to love the possibilities of this holiday gift idea for gamers. The HP OMEN 27c QHD curved monitor offers a more immersive viewing experience than traditional flat screens.
With a full 27 inches delivering QHD resolution, this 1000R display also comes with HP Eye Ease with Eyesafe® Certification. This tech provides always-on blue light blocking to ease eye strain and make those long gaming sessions more comfortable. It comes with AMD FreeSync™ Premium Pro, too, to make sure compatible games don’t lag or stutter on this stunning screen.
The HP OMEN 27c is also compatible with so much of your gear. It features ports like DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack, standard USB, and USB-C right on the monitor body.
This large display weighs just over 15 lbs, so leave some room under the tree.
Making the list
From gaming laptops, desktops, and monitors to cool gaming accessories like headsets, keyboards, mice, and backpacks, there is something here that’s sure to please your gamer, whether you’re buying for a novice or a seasoned player. Here’s hoping that these suggestions help you get through that holiday shopping list with fun and good cheer. Happy holidays!
About the Author: Linsey Knerl is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. Linsey is a Midwest-based author and public speaker. She has a passion for helping consumers and small business owners do more with their resources via the latest tech solutions.
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