So you’ve put together your own desktop gaming machine from board to casing, or maybe bought one of them pricey laptops made specifically for resource-heavy games. But the job isn’t finished—you need to accessorize, Mr. Hotshot Gamer.
Because we know money’s tight after that huge initial investment, we’re providing you with several wallet-friendly choices for gaming accessories. And don’t think of these as pantawid; they may have a lower price tag, but they’re also built to last you many, many trips to the top of the rankings.
These mice play
No sir, that stock, boring-looking mouse of yours isn’t good enough for your games. Facebook games, sure. Real games? No.
Upgrade to the Razer Abyssus V2 wired gaming mouse, which gives you a 5000DPI optical sensor for better accuracy and responsiveness, rubberized side grips, three-color backlighting, and programmable Hyperesponse buttons. It can also be used regardless of your dominant hand and grip—say, whether you’re left- or right-handed, or if you play with a fingertip, palm, or claw grip—so you’re ready to go as soon as you plug it into your USB port. Buy the Abyssus V2 for P2,799 online or at RazerStore Manila at SM North EDSA, or your nearest authorized Razer distributor.
If you want something even more affordable, go for Redragon’s M710 Memeanlion Chroma Gaming Mouse. It also has a 5000DPI optical sensor (DPI levels are adjustable!) and textured side grips, and can be used by both left- and right-handed players. But it also provides more customizable buttons (8) and color modes, as well as three switchable user profiles. It’s a good shot for US$18.99 (around P980). Get this mouse at either Redragon’s US website, or through retailers like PCHub (P890 on Facebook) or individual sellers at Shopee Philippines.
We don’t know about you, but the whole gaming experience just isn’t complete if your opponents on the other side of the world (or street) can’t hear your every whoop, grunt, or effort at smack talk. Or maybe you might just want better sound quality to go with your games, keep the noise to a minimum while you’re at home, or protect yourself from your mother’s repeated “kaka-computer mo ‘yan, ‘nak!” response.
Kingston’s HyperX Cloud Stinger headset makes long hours of play comfortable with its 90º rotating ear cuffs, HyperX memory foam, and intuitive volume control. You’ll also avoid irrevocable brain farts with the noise-cancelling mic’s swivel-to-mute feature, and its light weight won’t make you feel like your head’s in a vise. Buy the 50mm-driver Cloud Stinger at DynaQuest PC for P2,590, Techwarez on Lazada for P2,245, or GameOne.ph for P2,195.
If your budget is even lower, consider Cooler Master’s Pitch Pro Gaming Earphones. We’re big fans of having untangled cables, super-deep bass, and interchangeable ear tips for comfort—and we get all that with these earphones. We’re also fans of its P1,420 price tag, courtesy of PCHub.
Headsets and mics not your thing? That’s all right; sometimes we prefer playing with a full speaker set, too.
Logitech’s THX-certified Z623 speaker system with subwoofer sounds super non-budget at US$149.99 (around P7,750), but hear us out. It’s hard to find a complete system with a relatively small footprint; or one that can do high, mid and low frequencies well. It’s also not exactly new, but remember, budget. DynaQuest has the Z623 in stock for a lower P6,650.
If that’s simply out of your reach, you have another option. We haven’t heard from Creative in a while, and seeing its SBS A350 2.1 Speaker System listed on Asianic’s website with a P1,650 price tag makes us happy. It’s also a 2.1 speaker system with adjustable bass levels like the Logitech Z623, but Creative boasts that its Dual Slot Exposure (DSE) design makes for a better, deeper sound quality.
You can argue that your default keyboard can handle your games as well. Then again, it’s hard to beat hardware made specifically for the task.
What we really like about the Logitech G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard is that it’s not as out-there compared to other gaming keyboards’ aesthetics. It still has that RGB lighting scheme we’re familiar with, but its more subdued tones—combined with the Prodigy’s mech-dome keys, spill resistance, and integrated palm rest—gives off a classy vibe. You’ll definitely want to continue using it after the game’s done. Buy the G213 at Logitech’s website for US$49.99 (around P2,600), or at DataBlitz for P3,395 (ask first for availability and updated price).
If you want local flavor to go with those keys, get the Rakk Kimat RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This Filipino-made board sticks to the basics: programmable, RGB-backlit, full-height keys. Oh, it comes with a keycap puller too, real handy for cleanup time. It’s yours for P2,220 via EasyPC branches.
Now you see it
What’s the point of splurging for your gaming machine and not being able to see the results?
We saw this gem over at PC Express—the 24” ASUS VG248QE gaming monitor—and we think it should be part of your setup. This P16,100 monitor has a 1ms response time and a 144Hz refresh rate, along with built-in speakers and multiple connectivity options. You can also change the way you use it. You can tilt or swivel the screen, adjust its height, or switch to a vertical orientation.
You could also go much lower in price point, and score this 22” BenQ GW2270HM monitor from PCHub for only P5,500! It may be two inches smaller and have none of the aforementioned monitor’s perks, but its HDMI input, built-in speakers, wide viewing angles, 3000:1 contrast ratio, and BenQ’s Low Blue Light tech will be more than enough for most players.
You’ll be spending hours sitting down and powering through every game in your library—your squeaky office chair or that extra dining-table chair or Monobloc just won’t do. Say hello to the Sharkoon Game Skiller SGS1 Gaming Chair, which is ready to give you ample support and comfort for those long sessions. Get it for P7,999 at PCWorx, or P6,530 at PCHub.
Want a throne without wheels—and love seeing bright green in your gaming area? EasyPC’s foam-and-leather Rakker ALO Gaming Chair is a stationary and ergonomic option with a super-nice price of P2,995. Right now the EasyPC website says it’s out of stock, but check with its partner stores for availability.