Console gamers are getting most of the attention this holiday season. But that doesn’t mean PC gamers have to be forgotten while you're doing your holiday shopping. International Business Times sifted through several different PC and mobile gaming accessories to bring you the best holiday gift ideas for the PC gamer in your life. Whether you’re looking for a new PC gaming keyboard, mouse, headset or other accessories, IBTimes has you covered for every type of budget.
While PC gamers love the plethora of gaming headset options on the market, not all of them are suitable for each PC gamer’s need. Take a look at a couple headsets that balance price and quality here.
Under $100: Logitech G430 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
Logitech (NASDAQ:LOGI) has grown over the years to become one of the most-beloved accessory providers to the PC gaming market. Logitech’s latest G430 7.1 Surround Sound gaming headset is just as reflective of that. IBTimes was able to test out the G430 over several rounds of EA (NASDAQ:EA) DICE’s “Battlefield 4” on both PC and Sony (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation 4. What was surprising was how clear the G430 headset was across the entire sound spectrum at most volumes. While the bass does distort slightly at maxed out volume, you’d be hard-pressed to find a headset that sounds just as good at the budget-friendly price of $79.99. The long G430 headset cable also ensures that you’ll have enough cable length, should you want to use it on your next-gen console from the couch and the mesh foam padding is soft, comfortable and washable.
Under $150: Corsair Vengeance 2100 Dolby 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset
Corsair is mostly known for its superb selection of computer memory and solid-state drive (SSD) products. However, the company also provides a wide range of PC gaming accessories for the discerning PC gamer. Its flagship Vengeance 2100 Dolby 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset is a prime example of that. The sturdily built Vengeance 2100 headset connects to your PC wirelessly using a 2.4 GHz USB transmitter. With a 10-hour battery life, you can keep playing for hours without worrying about needing to plug this headset in to charge all the time. What you'll notice immediately with the Vengeance 2100 headset is the sound quality, which is delivered clearly and accurately with its large 50mm drivers. While the Vengeance 2100 normally retails for $129.99, you can find it for as low as $99.99.
A good gaming mouse is accurate, comfortable and built for hundreds of thousands of clicks. Take a look at a couple gaming mice to consider for a holiday gift this season.
Under $100: Feenix Nascita
The Feenix Nascita is a high-quality gaming mouse with minimalistic design choices. While the Nascita may not have a ton of buttons, it more than makes up for it with its precision laser and comfortable design. The Nascita gaming mouse features an LCD screen that displays the mouse’s current sensitivity, which can be adjusted on the fly through the two buttons below the mouse wheel. The two side buttons add a little more function, but may leave players of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) craving for more buttons to map controls to. The Feenix Nascita retails for $97.
For extra accuracy, the $36 Feenix Dimora mouse pad is a welcome companion with the Nascita gaming mouse. However, those with tight desk spaces may find it problematic to find a spot for the Dimora due to its large 13.8”x11” size.
Under $80: Corsair Vengeance M95
The first thing you notice with the Vengeance M95 is its solid weight, which is partly due to its aluminum unibody design. In addition to on the fly adjustable mouse sensitivity buttons, the Corsair Vengeance M95 also features a “sniper button” which reduces the mouse sensitivity for those times where minute aiming adjustments need to be made in a match of “Call of Duty: Ghosts” or “Battlefield 4.”
The sniper button can also be remapped along with the eight additional side macro buttons to suit different play styles and game types.
Under $150: Corsair Vengeance K95
The Corsair Vengeance K95 is one well-built mechanical gaming keyboard. IBTimes evaluated the K95 in several games of “Battlefield 4” and “League of Legends” and was thoroughly impressed. With its anodized-aluminum chassis it’s staying in place on your desk. Combined with its Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, you’ll be tapping away without additional clicks. And it looks great with its customizable individually LED-backlit keys. For MMO players, its 18 macro keys are also a godsend to speed up your gameplay. The Vengeance K95 retails for $149.99.
Under $200: ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro
Don’t want to be limited to whatever Cherry MX switches are offered on a gaming keyboard? Take a look at the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro. ROCCAT lets you choose what switches are put into your gaming keyboard, whether they’re Cherry MX browns, reds, blues or blacks. While the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro retails at around $169.99, you can find it as low as $148.95 on stores such as Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN).
Other PC Gaming Accessories
Anker Astro3 12000 mAh External Battery
When gamers are away from their gaming PC, they usually still have a tons of gadgets on them. Get them a great stocking stuffer, such as the Anker Astro3 12000 mAh External battery. Up to three devices can be charged with its two USB ports and one “smart” 2.4A USB port for high power draw devices such as an Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad or Samsung (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) Galaxy Tab. If all ports are being used the Anker Astro3 will output the maximum of 4 amps. IBTimes tested the Astro3 by charging an iPad, iPhone and a PS4 controller simultaneously. Each device had about half of their full-charge capacities left before the charge test. Even after charging, the Astro3 had an ample 20-25 percent battery charge left, enough for another smartphone charge. The Anker Astro3 is available direct from Amazon for only $49.99.
Gunnar Gaming Eyewear
PC gaming sessions can easily last for hours on end, which can make your eyes tired and strained. IBTimes had a chance to test out a couple pairs of Gunnar gaming eyewear which claims to help reduce strain and improve focus. While we were initially skeptical, after a few games in, we did notice that our eyes weren’t as tired. For prescription eyewear users, Gunnar also offers prescription gaming glasses. They’re well built, and wide array of styles are available, including the Intercept and Phenom models that IBTimes has a chance to test out. Gunnar eyewear is available online starting at $69. However, you can also get the Gunnar Intercepts at retail stores such as Best Buy (NYSE:BBY).