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PCR’s guide to the latest gaming peripherals

From headsets, mice and keyboards to gaming-specific routers and monitors, here’s everything you need to get the most out of your gaming machine.

AD27QD Aorus Gaming Monitor

Specs: Digital LED, HDR, black equaliser and aim stabilizer, active notes cancelling, eye-care and ergonomic design, 27” screen.

“The most advanced LED systems in the market today enables the ability for the user to create their gaming atmosphere with the RGB Fusion App. The 16:9 aspect ratio gives the gamer twice the detail and means they can enjoy games and movies in their original size.”

Contact: CMS Distribution

NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming XRM570

Specs: DumaOS with advanced device management, geo-filter, QoS, hybrid VPN and networking monitoring, dual-core 1.7 GHz processor, 4 removable external antennas, simultaneous dual Wi-Fi bands.

“Upgrade your gaming experience with the XRM570 Nighthawk Pro Gaming Wi-Fi router and mesh Wi-Fi system. With the state-of-the-art DumaOS software and powerful mesh Wi-Fi system, minimise ping, reduce lag spikes, and game at top speeds from anywhere in your home. Never experiencing lagging mid-jump or mid-fight with Geo-Filter to minimise ping and limit distance to your host servers. With our Tri-Band Wi-Fi technology with dedicated backhaul, the mesh system extends reliable Wi-Fi throughout the home and delivers up to 100% faster Wi-Fi than traditional extenders.”

Contact: NETGEAR

HANNspree HG244PJB 24” Gaming Monitor

Specs: 24”, FHD, 1msec, 144Hz, AMD Radeon Free-Sync, 15M Active Contrast, 2x HDMI + DisplayPort, flicker free, ergonomic stand.

“Our 24” gaming monitor delivers seamless graphic performance for casual, regular and up-and-coming professional gamers. Thanks to AMD Radeon Free-Sync technology working alongside a super-fast 144Hz refresh rate and a turbo 1ms response time, fast moving action is smooth and objects in motion are perfectly sharp so that gamers can react like a pro even under intense pressure.” Martin Kent, Territory Manager, HANNspree UK.

Adesso Xtream G4 Gaming Headset

Specs: Vibrational speakers, virtual 7.1 surround sound, audio equalizer driver, built-in noise cancelling microphone, LED lighting, adjustable headband and earcups.

“The Adesso Xtream G4 Gaming Headset with Vibration takes your gaming experience to a whole new level. The built-in vibration system combined with the virtual 7.1 surround sound provide a different hearing sensation whether you are in-game or simply just enjoying your daily playlist. The audio driver further allows you to have different settings specifically to your own preferences. Along with the ergonomic design where the headband and earcup cushions are made with breathable materials, the microphone itself is also rotatable and delivers your in- game messages with clarity to your teammates. Last but not least, the LED lightings on both sides of the earcups offers a cool and stylish look for your ultimate gaming experience.”

Contact: Adesso

Gigabyte Aorus K9 Gaming Keyboard

Specs: Splashproof, modular switches, 100 million keystrokes, ultra-durable.

“Forget about conventional mechanical switches. The optical Flaretech switch is faster and has a longer lifespan than traditional mechanical switches. Aorus has utilised this technology to craft a stylish, ultra-durable performance keyboard that works flawlessly regardless of scenario, with up to 100 million keystrokes using the optical switches.”

Contact: Target Components

MIONIX Avior 7000 Gaming Mouse

Specs: Ambidextrous design, optical sensor, 7000DPI resolution, 128kb built-in memory, store up to 5 profiles, customisable LED lighting system with up to 16.8 million colour options.

“Whether you are a left-handed or right-handed gamer, the ambidextrous shaped Aviro 7000 gaming mouse from Mionix has been developed to give gamers astounding accuracy, smooth tracking and lightning fast power in their gaming battles. The Avior 7000 is packed with an array of features with in-built memory, spectacular LED lighting, nine fully programmable buttons and much more.”

Contact: Meroncourt Europe

Nitro Concepts S300-EX Chair

Specs: High-quality gaming chair in Inferno Red, comfortable and breathable cold foam upholstery, individually adjustable ergonomics, two comfortable cushions included.

“In the age of RGB-lit motherboards, graphics cards, mice, keyboards and monitors, a matching gaming chair was needed in order to complete the scene. The Nitro Concepts S300 EX is breaking new ground, combining optimum ergonomics with extravagant racing looks in bright colours. This symbiosis makes it the ideal gaming chair for lifestyle- conscious gamers. The Inferno Red variant is coated in a durable PU leather coating, which is soft, high-end and extremely breathable. In combination with the porous cold foam upholstery, the S300 EX gaming chair offers a pleasant seated experience on warmer days. For every other day the deformation resistant cold foam provides a high degree of comfort even over long periods of time.”

Contact: Caseking UK

Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E.2 Gaming Keyboard

Specs: Built to withstand competitive gaming, 26-key special matrix including anti-ghosting, resistant to liquid spills and moisture, 9 variants of RGB lighting effects with modifiable speed/brightness built-in, 4 LED brightness levels, 12 built-in Windows functions.

“Elegantly simple, yet built to withstand the rigors of professional gaming, the S.T.R.I.K.E.2 is precision-engineered to provide impressive durability. With a toughened aluminium faceplate designed to withstand the most heated of gaming sessions, the S.T.R.I.K.E.2 is created with a double-shot injection process, fusing the chassis together and creating a seamless and extremely durable keyboard, battle-ready and always maintaining a clean and minimalist appearance.”

Contact: VIP UK

Blue Microphones Yeti Nano USB Mic

Specs:48kHz sample rate, 24-bit rate, 2 Blue-proprietary 14mm condenser capsules, 20Hz – 20kHz frequency response, comes in red onyx, cubano gold, shadow grey and vivid blue.

“Yeti Nano is a premium USB condenser microphone designed for PC gamers. Game streaming – whether that be through the communicative features in games themselves or live streaming games through Twitch, YouTube, or Mixer – is taking off in popularity. Inspired by the #1-selling Blue Yeti USB microphone, Yeti Nano features 24-bit sound quality, a compact design, and plug ’n play operation for instant streaming with your PC or Mac. With a no-latency headphone output and controls for headphone volume, mic mute and pickup pattern, Yeti Nano is the essential mic for today’s streamers.”

Contact: Blue Microphones

Marvo Scorpion G990 Programmable Gaming Mouse

Specs: RGB lighting, high profile design, 8 DPI levels, 20 million clicks, heavy-duty buttons.

“The Marvo Scorpion G990 mouse was developed to execute almost all game-relevant commands with the mouse. Spell or weapon selection can be done in seconds and accurately. Its 18 programmable buttons are great for MMO/MOBA arenas. With the high-performance Avago 9800 laser sensor including software and 6 weights, this powerhouse provides almost unlimited customisation options.”

Contact: Target Components

QPAD QH-92 Gaming Headset

Specs: Hi-Fi capable 53mm drivers, solid aluminium construction, closed cup for enhanced bass reproduction and minimal sound leakage, super-soft padded leather headband, detachable microphone, extra long cable, compatible with PC, PS4, Xbox One or mobile devices.

“For gaming you need unbeatable audio quality to guarantee that you hear every footstep approaching or door opening, and you will find that with the QH-92 which is the perfect headset of choice; with its hi-fi quality speaker driver’s delivering extreme audio performance. The QH-92 has been built for its durability and strength with a solid aluminium headband. Plus it includes a flexible microphone to ensure exceptional communication during intense gaming battles with your friends.”

Contact: Meroncourt Europe

HANNspree HG324QJB 32” Curved 2K Gaming Monitor

Specs: 31.5”, 1800R Curve, 2K QHD, HS-IPS, 2msec, 144Hz, AMD Radeon Free-Sync, 3,000:1, 2xHDMI + DisplayPort + Mini DP, flicker free, low blue light, ergonomic stand, multi-video modes.

“Gamers can now enjoy the heady combination of stunning 2K, 3,000:1 high contrast, ultra-fast 144Hz refresh rate, 2ms response time, AMD Radeon Free-Sync and 178° wide viewing angles. Furthermore, this 27” gaming monitor looks fantastic and is practical too. The 1800R curved panel makes everything more engaging while a super narrow bezel design makes for seamless multi-display gaming arenas.” Martin Kent, Territory Manager, HANNspree UK

Contact: Exertis, GNR Tech, Ingram Micro, Midwich, Westcoast

Razer Viper Gaming Mouse

Specs: Up to 450 IPS, 1000Hz ultrapolling, Razer Optical Mouse Switches with 70 million clicks life cycle, Speedflex cable, gaming-grade tactile scroll wheel, 69g lightweight ambidextrous design, Razer Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customisable colour options.

“Control the outcome of any battle with a gaming mouse that combines high precision, a cutting-edge lightweight body, and the fastest actuation in gaming. Meet the Razer Viper – featuring industry-leading mouse technology that’s designed with and tested by Team Razer athletes to deliver a mouse that’s bred to tear up the pro scene. Every click actuates at the speed of light. The Razer Optical Mouse Switch utilises an infrared light beam to register a click, resulting in an industry-leading response time of 0.2 milliseconds. Its instant actuation eliminates debounce and unintended clicks, giving complete control in execution. Engineered with 99.4% tracking accuracy and up to 16,000 DPI, the Razer 5G Optical Sensor offers deadly precision.”

Contact: VIP UK

uRage Airborne Vibration Joystick

Specs: Ergonomic design, optional dual vibration function, 12 programmable control keys, 8-way hat switch, USB-A plug, Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista, Mac OS X.

“Sports, shooter, racing or simulation game – no matter what the genre, the uRage Airbourne Joystick will take you to where the action is at. Providing smoother, more realistic motions in comparison to a standard mouse or d-pad controller, the ergonomic easy-grip design, 12 programmable control keys, 8-way hat switch, thruster control and optional dual vibration feedback promote a hands-on gaming experience. A solid, hard-wearing control base for any heavy-duty gamer, the Airbourne’s robust rubber feet keep it firmly planted on any flat surface during play.”

Contact: Hama UK

AOC C27G1 Monitor

Specs: 27”, 144Hz refresh rate, 1 ms MPRT, VA Panel, Full HD, flicker free, AMD FreeSync, 3-sides frameless, adjustable stand.

“The AOC C27G1 of the popular G1 series was designed for competitive and casual gamers. This display provides an immersive gaming experience thanks to its 1800R curvature, Full HD resolution with 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms MPRT. The 3-sides frameless design makes the AOC C27G1 the perfect fit for a multi-monitor battle station.”

Contact: Tech Data, Exertis, VIP UK

Razer Kraken X 7.1 Headset

Specs: 7.1 surround sound, ultra-light at 250g, bendable cardioid microphone, custom-tuned 40 mm drivers, on-headset controls, cross- platform compatibility.

“Ultra-light comfort with crystal clear communication and accurate positional audio. The new Kraken X makes it possible to experience complete gaming immersion without feeling like you’re wearing a headset. Ultra-light at just 250g and ultra-immersive with 7.1 surround sound. Sit tight and play for hours – your gaming marathons are about to be a breeze. Equipped with 7.1 surround sound software so you can experience accurate positional audio when gaming – you’ll be able to pick up the direction of where the action is coming from so you’re ready to pounce into a gunfight. Featuring custom-tuned 40mm drivers, the Razer Kraken X produces clear and balanced sound from thundering explosions in all-out wars to subtle footsteps in stealthy covert operations.”

Contact: VIP UK

Adesso iMouse X3

Specs: Programmable driver, adjustable weight, multi-color LED backlight, adjustable DPI, gaming grade optical sensor, forward and back buttons, micro-switch.

“The Adesso iMouse X3 Multi-Color 9-Button Programmable Gaming Mouse fulfills your ergonomic needs and provides top gaming grade specifications for your ultimate gaming experience. The mouse itself is equipped with 9 buttons, each fully programmable with the user friendly programmable driver. It also has an adjustable weight system where users can remove different weight blocks tailored to their most comfortable level. Together with the programmable driver, the LED lights provide lighting in dark environments and different lighting effects.”

Contact: Adesso

Acer Predator XN3 Gaming Monitor

Specs: NVIDIA G-SYNC, 24.5” FHD (1920×1080) gaming monitor, 144Hz refresh rate, quick 1ms response time, zero frame design.

“Make frame tears and blur a thing of the past with a refresh rate revving up to 240Hz and a response time of 1ms. With an NVIDIA G-SYNC display, you’ll play at the peak of tear-free gaming – which syncs up in a way that few other technologies can rival. Full HD 1080p – the same resolution the pros use. Now this speed-infused display is yours, strapped atop its two-armed, fully ergonomic stand.”

Contact: Acer

Philips Momentum Monitor

Specs: 31.5”, 60Hz refresh rate, 4ms GtG, MVA panel, 4K UHD, flicker free, supports 1.07 billion colours.

“Momentum 4K UHD display with Ambiglow enables console gamers to experience a new level of immersion. Adaptive-sync and low input lag make fast action games look flawless. VESA-certified DisplayHDR 600 and Ultra Wide-Colour range provide a dramatically different visual experience, delivering an image quality that will truly get you in the moment.”

Contact: Tech Data, Midwich, Exertis, VIP UK

Endgame Gear XM1 Esports Gaming Mouse

Specs: Omron switches, Pixart PMW3389 high end optical sensor, low-friction glides, lightweight, all grip types, right-handed.

“The new kid on the block for gaming peripherals, Endgame Gear has set the cat among the pigeons with their first XM1 Gaming Mouse. Designed in Germany, it has both a sleek and minimalist look while being packed with fantastic technology such as the cutting edge PMW3389 sensor from Pixart, and preselected (for 1ms response), durable mechanical Omron switches. In order to keep the Endgame Gear XM1 as light as possible, it limits itself to just the most important buttons and avoids any unnecessary RGB-LED lighting. The XM1, developed for use in tournaments, makes for the perfect gaming mouse for pro gamers needing maximum focus and precision and performance over extended periods of time.”

Contact: Caseking UK

AVerMedia Live Streamer Starter Kit

Specs: Live Gamer Mini 1080p capture box, Live Streamer Cam 313 1080p webcam, USB condenser microphone.

“One box with all you need to start streaming gameplay and creating your own YouTube or Twitch channel. The Live Streamer Starter
Kit features AverMedia’s Live Gamer Mini 1080p capture box with hardware encoding and Rec4 streaming software, AverMedia’s Live Streamer Cam 313 1080p USB webcam with 2 built-in microphones, and AVerMedia’s USB Condenser Microphone AM310 for a great- value, professional all-in-one setup to create your home studio.”

Contact: Target Components

TP-Link Archer C5400X Gaming Router

Specs: 1.8GHz quad-core CPU and three co- processors, 1x GE WAN, 8x GE LAN, 2x USB3.0, LED panel.

“The Archer C5400X is TP-Link’s first Gaming router and is designed to power the performance demanded from high-end gaming rigs. It operates over three Wi-Fi bands with fast speeds of 5334 Mbps to enable seamless gaming, making it easier to streamline networks and help users to stay competitive during in-play experiences.”

Contact: Exertis, CMS Distribution, Tech Data, Spire Technology

uRage Illumination 2-in-1 Starter Kit

Specs: Includes gaming keyboard and mouse, LED illumination, ergonomic design, USB-A connection. Mouse: 3000dpi optical sensor, adjustable dpi, Teflon feet, 7 fast-response buttons, 6 custom-assignable buttons, 2m cable. Keyboard: Fast-response keys, anti-ghosting, integrated wrist rest.

“The visually captivating LED display of the uRage Illumination 2-in-1 Starter Kit is sure to cast a light on any late-night gaming sessions, featuring an ergonomic mouse and keyboard duo complete with night vision gaming mode. Manufactured to the specifications of the modern gamer, the illumination mouse features one-touch adjustable dpi up to 3000 for high optical precision and ultra-fast in game reaction speeds. Teflon feet promote smooth, fluid movements, whilst 7 fast-response keys and 6 custom-assignable keys permit complete control uniquely tailored to the user. Equally exceptional in performance, each high-durability key of the illumination keyboard can be simultaneously lit-up on command in one of four illumination modes.”

Contact: Hama UK

Acer Nitro Mouse NMW810

Specs: USB, 1.50m cable, 4000 dpi, 8 buttons, 6 colour backlight LED.

“Maximise your gameplay by making use of eight buttons – one of which is Burst Fire – allowing you to shoot in quick succession three times with a single click. Adapt the mouse further with up to 20g of additional weight (4 x 5g each). Match the mouse’s speed to your preference via six adjustable DPI levels. Each DPI level also adds a little “flare” by alternating the LED colours as you move up each stage.”

Contact: Acer

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