Comfort truly is paramount when it comes to setting yourself up as a gamer.
These days, the shackles are well and truly off when it comes to customizing your gaming setup and with an entire internet’s worth of accessories, essential gadgets, and vibe-setters at your disposal, the only thing that will limit you in creating that perfect space is your own imagination.
We all know that nothing can beat getting yourself the right computer – fitted with the best hardware and a suitable monitor, but once you get that out of the way, the question always revolves around what else it is that you can do to really nail down a vibe.
Is it the lighting? Are you comfortable? Are you striving for that instant wave of calm each and every time you sit down?
Thankfully, we’re here to guide you in the right direction with a set of ideas that could well be the different between a good gaming setup and an amazing one.
So without further ado, here are the Five Things Every Gamer Needs To Improve Their Setup.
Sure, this option may be in some ways dependant on where you’re living, but even still, whether it’s a hot summer’s day or just an incredibly intense online session, having the option of introducing a clarity-inducing cool breeze at a moment’s notice will be a priceless addition to your setup.
As far as options are concerned, the choice of price range is entirely up to you.
Standard desk fans can cost anywhere between $8 and $40 – with some standouts coming in the form of the OPOLAR Mini USB Table Desk Personal Fan and the ARCTIC Breeze Mobile USB-Powered Portable Fan.
If you’re truly looking to kick things up a notch, however, perhaps a look at a bladeless desk fan such as the Dyson AM06 is worth your while.
Silence is golden when concentration is required and as you would expect, if you’re prepared to pay a premium price, you’re going to have a much smoother experience using a desk fan.
With a starting price of around $220, it’s certainly not the cheapest entry to this list but if your budget allows for something a little steeper in value, you’re sure to reap the benefits of what is a luxury release from the British technology pioneers.
Suitable Gaming Chair
It may seem like an obvious suggestions but unless you’ve been in the market for one recently, you’re likely not fully aware of all of the fantastic gaming chairs that are being released each and every year.
Comfort and back-support are two things that are absolutely critical to your overall gaming experience and physical health – especially in the long-run – and when seeking out a suitable gaming chair, it’s best to look at it as a long-term investment.
For a good gaming chair, you’re easily going to be looking at anywhere from $100 to over $1000 – so like everything on this list, it all comes down to how willing you are splash the cash.
A great budget option like the GT Racing ProSeries offers a comfortable route towards a better overall gaming feel, while mid-ranged choices such as the Secretlab TITAN – while setting you back around $399 – still stands as a worthwhile step up for those looking for an added level of quality from their chair.
If money is no object and you’re hoping to find a long-term friend in your next gaming chair investment, it’s hard to look past the GDXHOME E-Sport Gaming Chair – which comes in with a starting price of around $850. A hefty price indeed, but without a doubt a completely top-of-the-line chair.
The veteran PC gamers amongst you will know exactly what we’re talking about when we stress the importance of a large mouse pad.
To be honest, going one step further and sorting yourself out with an entire desk-pad seems to be an increasingly popular route for the modern gamer and if you are truly looking leave no stone unturned, giving some thought to what fits into the way you want to play best is always a good route.
As far as the former option is concerned, it’s hard to look past the likes of Aukey’s Scepter Mouse Pad XXL and the Corsair MM30 Gaming Mouse Pad as far as an affordable deskpad is concerned.
Both come in at under $20 and both have been singled out in their field for providing a suitable, comfortable option to those hoping to give themselves a bit more room to manoeuvre in those tense in-game moments.
For those on the hunt for a traditional-sized mousepad, look no further than the SteelSeries QcK for a slick, affordable, and responsive pad in order to give you the easiest route towards increased mouse mobility on the market.
Excellent Gaming Speakers
This one seems like a no-brainer, right? But even still, you’d be surprised to find out how many gamers put their audio quality on the backburner in order to focus on things of far less importance.
Though the prices vary wildly, a set of solid speakers can change your entire gaming experience as soon as you decide to make that leap of faith.
Whether it gives you an added level of aural clarity when you’re in a fierce fire-fight or another level of perspective when listening to a stunning game soundtrack, you’ll likely hear the difference immediately as soon as you decide to make the investment.
Thankfully, there are budget options and major purchases aplenty on the market – giving you a wide range of choices when it comes to finding a speaker system that works for you.
The Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speaker comes in first amongst our recommendations with a starting price of around $99 – making it a sure thing for those among you who aren’t looking to break the bank in pursuit of great audio quality.
As far as the mid-to-high-priced options are concerned, either the outstanding Logitech G560 LightSync Gaming Speakers at $200 or the Logitech Z906 surround sound system at $300 would make for a perfect accompaniment to your existing setup.
Those who decide to pick up some LED lights for themselves are those who understand the importance of treating themselves once in a while.
Sure, they’re not the most essential entry to this list, but you can’t deny how well a nice set of well-selected lights can top off your entire room.
At the end of the day, building a gaming setup is all about comfort, all about making sure you feel right at home every single time you sit down to play.
With that in mind, we just cannot leave this list without drawing attention to some of our favourite lighting systems on the market – starting with the budget-friendly USB-powered Luminoodle Color Computer Monitor Backlight, which, if used tastefully, can really set the type of mood you’re after.
When you consider that the prices range between just $17-36, it really does make for an interesting possible purchase.
If you’re looking for something a bit more compact, we would suggest having a look into the Philips Hue Play Light Bar, which comes in at a reasonable $130 – but offers a classy, slick, professional-looking setup that can, of course, be used in tandem with many other systems at your own discretion.