To find out the latest and greatest in gaming gear, gaming accessories and video games, we have tested out a whole bunch of top products. We have been keeping track of all the best gaming console reviews so you don’t have to. Curious about Xbox One, Nintendo Switch or PlayStation 4 games? We’ll let you know about all the updates and latest developer news. Below you’ll find our favorite gaming devices, consoles and accessories, including headphones and related devices.
The best gaming accessory we tried was easily the ASTRO Gaming A50 Headset, which offers wireless connectivity, an aesthetically pleasing angular design and advanced audio drivers that deliver unparalleled sound quality. We also liked the high quality manufacturing components, including durable earcups, and a best-in-class battery that gets more than 15 hours of use on a single charge. Keep reading to learn more about the ASTRO Gaming A50 Headset and the other items on this list.
Award: TOP PICK
WHY WE LIKE IT: The best gaming headset in the business, with easy integration with Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, and a fantastic lithium ion battery that gets 15 hours of use on a single charge.
The ASTRO Gaming A50 Headset is of a fantastic quality, with extremely comfortable earcups, a best-in-class battery that gives 15 hours of use on a single charge and advanced audio drivers that deliver crisp sound, making both in-game music and human voices pop. We also liked the included charging base, which allows instantaneous adjustments along a variety of metrics, including just how loud voices are in comparison to noise effects and music.
Though this product excels while being used with the Xbox One, PC or PlayStation 4, it isn’t really designed to integrate with the Nintendo Switch, though that is more the console’s fault. Additionally, we found the model to be somewhat stiff at first, though it became much more comfortable with repeated use. This is one of the best ps4 headsets and best Xbox One headset you can buy today.
Award: HONORABLE MENTION
WHY WE LIKE IT: Best gaming chair on the market, featuring heavy duty aluminum alloy construction, an extremely comfortable seat and a highly adjustable design that is suited for most body types.
This Vertagear S-Line SL4000 Racing Series Gaming Chair is a fantastic product that is made almost entirely from heavy duty aluminum alloy and features an extremely comfortable foam seat design. We also loved the adjustability on offer, which allows this chair to easily suit a wide variety of body types, and the tilting feature, which comes in handy while playing intense video games that require some movement.
Though this product does excel as a gaming chair, it does not feature built-in speakers, which is something of a bummer. Also, it does require a manual installation, which we found to be slightly time consuming, though it was nowhere near the lengthiest install among the gaming chairs we tested. This chair will also work very well with the best gaming desk.
Award: BEST VR HEADSET
WHY WE LIKE IT: Stellar all-in-one VR headset that delivers on its promise to deliver PC-quality virtual reality in a budget-friendly, and cord free, package, including a pair of Oculus Touch controllers.
This Oculus Quest All-in-one VR Gaming Headset is truly a plug-and-play device, requiring just wireless access to the Oculus mobile app in order to function, eschewing the many cables and powerful computers that are required to get the most out of the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive. The headset is great, delivering on its promise of budget-friendly VR, and it ships with a pair of Oculus Touch controllers, which we found to be of an extremely high quality.
Though the library is large, and growing, it does not allow access to some AAA virtual reality titles, whereas the Rift or Vive can play just about anything. Additionally, the Oculus Guardian system, which creates a virtual barrier as you play so you won’t run into furniture or walls, occasionally experienced a hiccup, though it wasn’t a huge deal. This is actually one fo the best gaming consoles you can buy right now.
Award: BEST GAMING KEYBOARD
WHY WE LIKE IT: Features a unique membrane design that operates and feels like a mechanical keyboard, with an excellent backlight, for nighttime gaming, and a budget-friendly price point.
The Rii RK100+ Gaming Keyboard is a truly unique product, offering a membrane design that operates and feels like a mechanical keyboard. This allows the company to offer the product at a budget-friendly price point without sacrificing too much on the feature set. The backlight is one of the best we tried, making using a gaming PC in the dark an absolute joy, and the weight and form factor are both on point.
Though this keyboard successfully apes a mechanical design in many ways, it does not allow for the swapping of keycaps, which is something of an oversight. Also, you cannot customize the lights, though we thoroughly enjoyed the rainbow light pattern on offer. Also check out our guide on the best smart glasses.
Award: BEST GAMING MOUSE
WHY WE LIKE IT: Features a best-in-class 16,000 DPI optical sensor, translating to extreme accuracy and sensitivity, with customizable RGB lighting and a rugged scroll wheel that performs exactly as advertised.
The Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse is the perfect choice for your gaming PC build, as it features a 16,000 DPI optical sensor, the highest we tried, which translates to an extremely accurate and sensitive performance. We also loved the customizable RGB lighting, with access to millions of colors and dozens of preset profiles, and the rugged scroll wheel, which has been rubberized for maximum accuracy.
Though this product does offer compatibility with gaming consoles, such as PlayStation 4, you will not be able to access the proprietary software with a console, which limits customization options. Additionally, though the seven programmable buttons on offer are awesome, we found that some models we tried had slightly more, as many as nine programmable buttons. Be sure you also invest in this, one of the best gaming mouse and one of our top rated gaming headsets.
Award: BEST GAMING CONSOLE
WHY WE LIKE IT: The PlayStation 4 Slim is a fairly budget-friendly way to access Sony’s massive library of titles, with a 1TB hard drive built-in and shipping with the classic DualShock4 wireless controller.
The Sony PlayStation 4 Slim is, in a word, iconic, offering budget-friendly access to the company’s fantastic library of titles, with over 200 Game of the Year awards among them, and featuring the gamer-friendly design the console has become known for. It ships with a built-in 1TB hard drive, which is great, and the classic DualShock4 wireless controller, which offers dozens of hours of game play on a single charge.
Those looking for portable gaming, however, should look elsewhere, such as to the Nintendo Switch, as the console’s cloud gaming service still has multiple hiccups. Also, though the Slim does work well with the PlayStation VR device, the PlayStation Pro was built from the ground up with VR functionality in mind and, as such, offers a better gameplay experience.
Award: BEST GAMING PC
WHY WE LIKE IT: Extremely high quality gaming PC bundle that includes a computer with a powerful ninth generation Intel Core processor and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card, shipping with a fantastic gaming mouse and keyboard.
The CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme Gaming PC is a spectacular all-in-one gaming PC bundle that has everything you need to get going with recent Steam releases, including full integration with popular VR systems, including Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The graphics are state-of-the-art, thanks to the included NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB video card, and the storage is plentiful, with a 240GB solid state drive and a 1TB hard disk drive. We also loved the included gaming mouse and keyboard, both of which are of a high quality.
Though we found the Intel Core i5-9400F 2.9GHz 6-Core processor to be fast enough to run modern games at advanced settings, there are speedier processors to be found with different gaming PCs, though the differences tend to be negligible. Additionally, it only comes with 8GB of DDR RAM, though it is easily upgradeable with a maximum of 64GB of RAM.
To help narrow to the above list, we took a look at nearly every aspect of gaming, placing a particular emphasis on the kinds of accessories that make it such an enjoyable hobby. We tried out a bevy of popular gaming headsets before finally picking a favorite, as we did the same for gaming keyboards, gaming chairs and other accessory types.
The above products are useful for PC gamers and for console gamers alike, though there are certain exceptions. We made sure each and every product we chose featured a high build quality, often with long lasting warranties, and performed as advertised. We also tried out a handful of VR-centric accessories and consoles, as virtual reality has continued to gain a foothold in the market.
As far as gaming consoles go, we ended up choosing the PlayStation 4 Slim as our favorite, though the PlayStation 4 Pro and the Nintendo Switch were also beloved by our team. The Pro offers a 4K-friendly experience that is built to enhance VR while the Nintendo Switch allows access to the company’s excellent library of content, while offering true portability.