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 March 2021         Ian Chiu

For those who are particularly picky about getting the most out of their gaming experience, these are some of the most hardcore (and offbeat) gaming peripherals tailor-made for this purpose.

Logitech G Pro X Superlight Mouse

Perhaps the lightest gaming mouse ever with wireless connectivity

Logitech’s G Pro Wireless has been the de facto gaming mouse for those who don’t want to be tethered to a cable during hours-long gaming sessions. Two years have passed since its debut, and Logitech has followed up with a successor that intends to surpass its predecessor.

Logitech G Pro X Superlight Mouse

The G Pro X Superlight’s design is a game-changer in the world of gaming accessories, emphasizing a lightweight build that tips the scales at just 63g. It’s as if Logitech has drawn inspiration from casinos not on gamstop — streamlining their offerings to focus on core essentials, maximizing performance while trimming excess. To achieve this featherweight status, certain features like the DPI control button, RGB lighting, and extra side buttons were omitted, resulting in a product tailored for the dedicated right-handed gamer. Additionally, Logitech provides the option to remove the LightSpeed receiver compartment cover for those who want to shave off even more weight. And to ensure smooth, seamless movements during those high-stakes gaming moments, they’ve equipped the Superlight with PTFE feet that minimize friction without any additives.

The Superlight with Logitech’s HERO sensor (max. 25600 DPI) is rated for 70 hours of “constant motion” battery life before it needs to be recharged over micro-USB. The minimalist five-button mouse doesn’t feature a fancy shape that you would find on an MMO gaming mouse. Logitech wants to keep it simple based on users’ feedback.

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Asus ROG Delta S Headset

Eye-catching gaming headset with top-of-the-line DAC and true multi-platform compatibility

As far as gaming headsets go, Asus ROG Delta S is definitely in the high-end spectrum.  At the core of this pair of oversized cans is ESS Sabre 9281 PRO DAC with Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) renderer.  This makes the Asus more than just a gaming headset as audiophiles will immediately recognize the significance of MQA in the hi-res music streaming arena.

Asus ROG Delta S Headset

The ROG Delta S is paired with 50mm neodymium drivers that inherently deliver a large soundstage.  Its signature D-shaped ear cups are also specifically designed for ergonomics to match the shape of human ears to minimize fatigue during hours-long gaming sessions.  In addition, Asus has bundled both leatherette and fabric mesh interchangeable ear cushions depending on the level of breathability and sound isolation you need.

No gaming headset wouldn’t be complete without a good microphone.  The ROG Delta S is no different.  Its removable unidirectional microphone – certified for Teamspeak and Discord – comes with its own A.I. processor to suppress a variety of ambient noises in order to keep your voice audible and clear for your teammates.  If you need customizations as everyone would, Asus’ Armoury Crate software controls the headset’s backlighting, and provides a host of settings, including virtual surround sound, equalizers, RGB lighting, etc.

Lastly, as a USB-C headset, the ROG Delta S has what it needs to be cross-platform friendly for gaming laptops, Android smartphones and PlayStation 5 as well as Nintendo Switch.

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Kingston HyperX Alloy Origins 60 Keyboard

Pint-sized USB-C gaming keyboard with semi-quiet keystrokes and RGB lighting

Kingston’s HyperX Alloy Origins 60 (quite a mouthful) is the company’s first 60% mechanical keyboard.  Being a 60%, it has the most minimalist QWERTY keyboard layout as you won’t find function keys, numpad nor navigational keys.  This makes the Alloy Origins 60 – measuring at just 296 by 106mm – an ideal gaming keyboard for those with little desktop space to spare.

Kingston HyperX Alloy Origins 60 Keyboard

Kingston’s mechanical keyboard itself comes with in-house Red linear mechanical switches.  You get a relatively quiet keyboard without disruptive audible feedback associated with HyperX’s Aqua and Blue.  Compared to Cherry MX Red, HyperX’s version gives slightly less travel distance at 3.8mm, and at the same time, is rated for 80 million keystrokes.  HyperX Alloy Origins 60 sports an aircraft-grade aluminum body which should add greatly to its longevity.  The exposed LEDs on key switches – controlled via Ngenuity software – also give off a spectacular display of their RGB lighting effects.

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Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSD

A really fast external SSD drive to carry games on the go

Visually impressive triple-A games, including the likes of Forza Horizon 5, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Final Fantasy VII Remake, weigh in at between 100GB and 150GB. Internal capacity could easily fill up in a matter of hours with a couple of these games installed. Moving these games to an external drive ensures your system drive has room to breathe – particularly so for laptop gamers often with limited options to upgrade their PC’s internal storage.

Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSD

The Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSD more than qualifies as external storage for gamers primarily because of its performance and equally important, RGB lighting. The drive is rated speeds up to 2000MB/s over USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (a.k.a. SuperSpeed USB 20Gbps). If you are a gamer who frequently upgrades your rig, then you might have at least one 20Gbps USB-C port. Otherwise, the drive’s fallback mode is USB Gen 2×1 (10Gbps) as Gen 2×2 ports are still a novelty for many.

RGB lighting feature is ubiquitous in the world of PC peripherals – especially ones for hardcore gamers. It isn’t a surprise that the Seagate also sees the lure of RGB and joins the rainbow light show with its FireCuda. As with other full RGB keyboards, headsets, and mice, this drive has a toolkit that lets you customize LED settings from colors to effects (i.e. solid, breathe, flash, spectrum wave). It is also fully compatible with Razer Chroma software for those who already own a collection of Razer’s RGB-enabled devices.

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Razer Kishi Gamepad

USB-C gamepad dedicated to bring console-level controls to Andorid mobile gaming

In foreseeable future, we might see ourselves spending more time playing blockbuster games on mobile devices through various cloud services.  A dedicated game controller will undoubtedly become a necessity as its physical directional controls and buttons inherently provide far more accuracy than its onscreen counterparts.  To ease the transition, Razer has something in store for gamers who are ready to make the switch from console to mobile.

Razer Kishi Gamepad

Razer’s new mobile gamepad – dubbed the Kishi – is designed to fit the majority of Android smartphones in that its belt mechanism can stretch to accommodate different screen sizes.  The Kishi also conveniently docks with a smartphone using the now-ubiquitous USB-C so you don’t have to worry about Bluetooth pairing and battery recharging as well as latency associated with a wireless connection.  Moreover, there’s also a power passthrough to keep recharging your smartphone when Kishi occupies your phone’s USB-C port.

The gamepad itself inherits a typical console controller layout with a directional pad, a pair of clickable analog thumbsticks, and four thoughtfully positioned buttons as well as triggers.  Whether or not the Kishi will lend to an enjoyable experience remains to be seen as Razer hasn’t shipped the controller due to logistical complications surrounding coronavirus.

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Tobii Eye Tracker 5

Accurate eye and head tracking provide additional gaming controls when mouse and keyboard aren’t enough

Tobii Eye Tracker 5 is a standalone unit that captures your eye and head movement and translates into highly accurate coordinate data for game interactions.  This is all done with some illuminators in front of the tracker that reflect near-infrared light off your retinas.  Essentially speaking, this nifty sensor bar – designed to be mounted below a monitor – is a supplemental PC gaming input that adds a new layer of immersion to your favorite games.

Tobii Eye Tracker 5

As the successor of the 4C, the Eye Tracker 5 now puts even more emphasis on PC gaming as its killer application.  First and foremost, Tobii has further boosted the performance of the onboard processor so that it handles the eye-tracking load more efficiently to minimize penalty on game performance.  The new sensor bar can now track at 133Hz frequency, 40 percent more than its predecessor.  Its field of view has been upped to 40 x 40 degrees.  Head tracking also benefits from a new algorithm to ensure a more accurate head movement capture.  Last but not least is a new flex mount to be used on even curved screens.  If you want to experiment with head and eye-tracking capabilities on PC games (supported list), the Tobii is the only way to go.

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Razer Hydra 3D Motion Controller

This is sorta a Wii remote except it’s for FPS on a PC

If you are like many PC gamers, you probably have been tempted to buy a Wii or a Kinect so you can interact with your games in a whole new way.  It seems Razer in partnership with Sixense has brought something like Wii controller to the PC gaming market with the new Hydra.  Much like those console-based 3D motion tracking controllers, the Hydra allows you to really interact with your games in a whole new way.

With that being said this is not some Wii clone as this bad boy is reported to be eons more precise thanks to its magnetic motion sensing technology so you won’t be flailing around like a goofball (or at least that is how we felt when playing with our Wii… before we sold it).  The Hydra is compatible with 125 titles including Portal 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Left 4 Dead 2, Bulletstorm and etc.  This means it is no one-hit-wonder and should become even more prevalent as time goes by.

While its reported precision and robust list of compatible games are impressive, what’s really awesome is the fact Razer states it is going to be a lag-free, ultra-low latency device.  This should hopefully translate into that “edge” all gamers are looking to get on their competition.  The expected release date is May of this year and will be available in a standalone (which includes two controllers and a base station) and a combo version which will ship with a limited edition Portal 2 (with extra content specifically for the Hydra).

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  • 4 Hyperesponse action buttons
  • Rapid-fire trigger and bumper for faster in-game response

That’s all for now. If you happen to stumble upon any offbeat yet cool PC gaming controllers that aren’t listed here, you are more than welcome to tell us in the comments below.

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