Get your game on: gaming peripherals for gaming professionals

As much as people don’t like to admit it, you’re only as good as your gear is. There’s a reason full-body “fast suits” were banned in swimming events from 2009, for giving richer countries unfair advantages – that’s why there are so many unbroken speed records from that era.

The same principle applies to gaming. No matter how good you may be, talent will always be held back by a jittery mouse and sluggish keyboard. If you want to up your game and play like the pros, you’re going to need the gear that the pros do too.

Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver

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Admittedly, when you think of gaming peripherals, Kingston isn’t exactly the first name that springs to mind. Since they’re known primarily for memory products like RAM modules, SD cards and solid-state drives (SSDs), it’s understandable to harbor a healthy amount of skepticism when it comes to the quality of their gaming peripherals. You’d be surprised, however: the HyperX Cloud headset, and its newer brother the Cloud II, are still highly recommended by tech reviewers and professional gamers to this day.

It looks like the latest member of the Cloud family, the HyperX Cloud Revolver, aims to maintain that same standard of excellence. With huge 50mm neodymium drivers, the Revolver is capable of transmitting enemy footsteps with pinpoint accuracy, as well as delivering earth-shattering explosive bass when the situation calls for it. Memory foam earcups with plush leatherette covers ensure comfort over marathon gaming sessions. A detachable, noise-cancelling microphone allows for crystal-clear sound transmission when calling out enemy positions to teammates.

Razer Orbweaver Chroma

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As far as mechanical keyboards have come, sometimes a traditional keyboard layout just isn’t quite comfortable enough. But what if you’re already used to a keyboard layout and simply want a more ergonomic fit for your hand, that won’t cramp your wrist? Sounds like you’re looking for a gaming keypad.

Many have tried, and some have even come close, to challenging the Razer Orbweaver’s position as supreme gaming keypad – among them Logitech’s G13 and Razer’s own Tartarus. Nevertheless, all have fallen short of the glory of this 20-key beast. Coming equipped with Razer’s proprietary mechanical switches, designed for optimum performance and comfort, the Orbweaver also features fully adjustable wrist and palm rests, to get the perfect fit for your hand. Say goodbye to sore wrists, and hello to battlefield domination.

G.Skill KM780

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Yet another manufacturer that primarily makes memory products, G.Skill has recently been making waves in the peripheral market. With the Ripjaws SV910 headset offering full 7.1 surround sound, and the Ripjaws MX780 mouse sporting a fully-customisable shell, G.Skill’s initial offerings are a force to be reckoned with.

But it’s the KM780 mechanical keyboard that’s the star attraction of these new releases, coming with essentially everything but the kitchen sink. Boasting full RGB lighting and a choice of German-made Cherry MX Red, Blue or Brown mechanical switches, the KM780 also comes with six additional macro keys on the left side, three memory profiles to save key bindings, a detachable wrist rest, and a full suite of dedicated media keys, including a mute button and volume scroll.

Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum

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The mouse is the professional gamer’s bread and butter. Whether you’re lining up that perfect headshot or commanding an army from a bird’s eye perspective, finding the right mouse for your playstyle is key. Are you a claw gripper or a palm gripper? Do you need one, two, six, or twelve side buttons? Do you prefer light mice, like the Razer Orochi, or mice on the heavy side, like the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum?

If you can’t decide on a specific grip or button layout, then you can’t go wrong with the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum. To call it a jack of all trades would be a misnomer – the Chaos Spectrum is more of a king. With 11 programmable buttons, and an ambidextrous design, the Chaos Spectrum also has full RGB lighting and a whopping 12,000 dots-per-inch (DPI) optical sensor. Plus, it’s wireless. If you’re looking to cut your rodent’s cord, and Razer’s Mamba doesn’t quite suit your style, then the Chaos Spectrum is the weapon of choice for you.

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