In theory, assembling the best of everything would create something ‘ultimate’. Apply this ethos to the world of keyboard warriors, and this is the gaming setup you’ll find.
Gaming used to be a fun arcade session in a garage. Now, it’s a $150 billion empire as Forbes estimates. Let’s not forget, it’s no longer only just a game, but a sport. And to compete in professional environments you need professional tools. As the titans of gaming industry push the boundaries of domestic gaming further, more and more advanced gaming commodities come forth. And with India’s on-going digital revolution, the floodgates have opened to us as well.
In this list, we’ll be talking about the best of the best. Handpicking the ultimate devices from each category and curating the best gaming setup you can build in India. Of course, we’ve excluded processors and graphic cards as they’re subject to personal preference and system suitability.
To capture every detail – Samsung Ultra Wide Curved Monitor (48.9″)
This 124-cm panel is almost equivalent to having a natural peripheral. Having this as a part of your gaming setup gives you not only a superior view of the game but also the crispness of QLED detail. It’s almost as wide as three commercial desktops put side-by-side, moreover, it’s even bezel-less. This mega-screen also focuses on R&Gs more, thanks to Samsung’s new Metal QD technology that highlights natural colours. Dedicated to gamers, it boasts a refresh rate of 144 Hz and a gaming-staple ambient lighting feature.
Price: Rs 1,75,000
Available at Samsung’s online store.
For the sharpest audio – HyperX Cloud Orbit S
When we think of precision 3D audio, it’s all about hearing beyond a conventional stereo setup. Here’s a headset that takes you into a different dimension altogether with its reactive sound system. This isn’t just your regular 3D headset. HyperX has been acing the audio end of the gaming spectrum for years now and this is their latest craft, The Cloud Orbit S. Rather than having a single centre of focus, it takes our head movement into account. For example, if there’s a car honking in the game on your left and you face your head into the opposite direction in real life, the car’s honk will seem softer. This real-time tech is brilliant for wider screens and for games where audio attentiveness plays a major role. A must-have in a modern-day gaming setup.
Price: $330 (Rs 25,100* approx)
Available at HyperX’s online store.
The world’s most powerful gaming laptop – Alienware Area 51M
Dell’s gaming-focused Alienware division is responsible for designing some of the hottest tech commodities in the gaming world, and their latest Frankenstein production is the Area51M. Packed with Intel’s 9th generation of Core i7 and Core i9 processors, it uses NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX cards for top-end graphics. Currently holding the title of the world’s most powerful gaming laptop, it boasts up to 64GB of RAM. The 17″ display is framed by a magnesium alloy body, powered by a 90Wh battery – one of the largest ones you can carry onto an airplane.
Price: Rs 2,52,000 onwards
Available at Dell’s online store.
For touchscreen warriors – Asus ROG Phone
Besides being a great smartphone even by 2019 standards, the ROG has been gifted with additional specs to make it an ace gaming smartphone. Take the customised in-case cooling solution, for example, which allows one to get the most out of the Snapdragon 845 processor and 8GB of RAM (the dedicated X Mode in the phone software should help here too). Or the way that the charging and audio ports are on the side of the device so you can easily hold it in landscape mode.
Price: Rs 69,999
More details on Asus’s official website.
For precision in control – Logitech G502 Lightspeed
You can tell at first impression itself that G502 Lightspeed takes business seriously. At a hefty price of Rs 10,500, the best doesn’t come cheap but every centimetre of this tech bug is packed with excellence. On the inside, you’ll find a Hero 16K sensor which can support a resolution of up to 16,000 DPI. The sensor has been paired with a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M-based SoC. The combination helps bring automatic surface adjustments, letting users use the mouse on different types of surfaces. All 11 buttons of the Logitech G502 LS are customised.
Price: Rs 10,500
Available at Logitech’s online store exclusively.
For mastery in movement – Razer Blackwidow Elite
The ultimate keyboard for the ultimate gaming setup. The Razer BlackWidow has always been the gold standard for gaming keyboards. Over the years, we’ve seen plenty of hyper-advanced keyboards from their labs, but this one takes the cake – The Razer Blackwidow Elite. The brand, dedicated to serving gamers, stated that every key comes with a lifespan of 80 million clicks. It offers tournament grade precision and tons of additional control buttons such as volume knob, instant record button, and secondary function options as well. Moreover, there’s a wrist-rest pad to take care of you during longer gaming sessions.
Price: $169 (Rs 12,800* approx)
Available at Razer’s online store exclusively.
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