Once considered a niche hobby for kids, gaming has evolved into a multi-billion-dollar industry, growing by leaps and bounds. Gaming has become so prolific that pro gaming, also known as esports, has become a legitimate contender in the world of professional sports.
For those thinking of breaking into the pro gaming scene or wanting the best gaming PC setup possible, pro gaming gadgets and accessories are necessary to step up your game. As computer technology advances, gaming hardware has evolved beyond a keyboard and mouse or controller. Here are a few of the best pro gaming gadgets for Windows 11.
Redragon K585 DITI One-Handed Gaming Keyboard
Keyboards are a PC gamer’s best friend, but there are more intuitive ways to control a game. It can be hard to find one perfect for you and they come at a pretty hefty cost. Enter the Redragon K585 DITI one-handed gaming keyboard — a fully customizable one-handed gaming keyboard.
This mechanical keyboard was tailor-made for professional gamers. It includes fully programmable key mapping to customize your controls — allowing you to have break-neck reaction times to up your game.
Being a half-keyboard, it fits most hand sizes like a glove — although you might have to toy around with it a bunch to get the settings just right. Other design features include Outemu blue switches that are fully mappable and fun. In fact, all of the keys are satisfying to hit — even if the space bar is in a slightly awkward position.
The Redragon K585 DITI one-handed gaming keyboard also has a detachable wrist rest for better comfort. Seven macro keys were added along the left and right sides, giving you more custom options. Finally, the RGB lighting gives it that pro-gamer feel without being obnoxious or distracting.
The cost is the best part of the Redragon K585 DITI one-handed gaming keyboard. Most keyboards designed for gaming will set you back quite a bit. However, you can get all the functionality and customization of a gaming keyboard at just $40 tops with the Redragon.
Even if it does take some getting used to, the features you get for this price point make it one of the best pro gaming gadgets for Windows 11 PCs.
Wooting 2 HE Gaming Keyboard
If you’re in the market or a full-sized gaming keyboard, you can’t go wrong with the Wooting brand. Known for being the standard in pro gaming keyboards and other accessories, the Wooting 2 HE Gaming Keyboard is still considered their crowning achievement.
The Wooting 2 HE offers a mountain of features and customization options. Analog key controls give gamers more significant control over their game. The keyboard measures the range of the key’s depression — a softer tap can give a different signal than a harder one. This feature is perfect for those competitive games that require more intuitive controls.
The keys and switches are made by Gateron, a company famous for their Lekker switch. These use magnets to measure the pressure on each key, with each amount of force corresponding to a different action in the game.
For example, you have separate keys for walking and running on a standard keyboard. With the Wooting 2 HE, one key can do both actions depending on how hard you press it. Pressing the key lightly will enable your character to walk and pressing it harder will make them run.
The analog key control feature also allows for a wide range of other functions, such as rapid trigger functionality, to help gamers get the most out of their reaction speeds. Dynamic keystroke features allow you to map multiple actions to keys depending on how they are pressed — a feature that can make a massive difference in the fast-paced world of competitive gaming.
While the price is a bit steep — $195 on average, there’s no arguing about the quality. If the saying “you get what you pay for” is true, you’re getting your money’s worth with the Wooting 2.
Roccat Kone XP
Of course, what is a keyboard without a mouse? A good mouse is half of your control in the world of competitive gaming. Many pro gaming mice are available on the market, but very few come close to the performance of the Roccat Kone XP.
While some might be turned off by its somewhat garish RGB lighting design, the Roccat Kone XP has it where it counts — versatility, speed and customization. Its ergonomics are superb — lightweight and fit well in the hand. It also comes with 15 mappable buttons, a scroll wheel and 14 “easy-shift” options for a total of 29 possible actions.
Intuitiveness is the most essential feature of any pro game gadget and the Roccat Kone XP doesn’t disappoint. The Roccat has a 100 million click rating for any mouse’s optimal speed and reaction time.
Dell Alienware AW3423DW
Last but certainly not least, every pro gamer setup needs a high-definition monitor as the cherry on top. And it doesn’t get more high definition than the Dell Alienware AW3423DW.
The first QD-OLED monitor from Dell’s Alienware brand, this ultrawide PC monitor was made from the ground up for high-performance gaming. Features include native G-SYNC variable refresh rate support or FreesSync. The monitor also comes with many settings to reduce burn-in from OLED displays.
Of course, being a QD-OLED monitor allows the Dell Alienware AW3423DW to display an enormous range of colors in both SDR and HDR. The screen is 34 inches with a 21:9 aspect ratio, making viewing all of your game display easy despite its large size.
All in all, the Dell Alienware Aw3423DW monitor is almost the perfect monitor for pro gaming. A few flaws and the steep price — $1,27999 on Amazon — hold it back from being completely perfect. However, this display is a must-buy for anyone looking to get into the pro gaming scene.
The Right Hardware to Step Up Your Game
In the world of competitive gaming, your hardware can make all the difference. Get the right pro gaming gadgets to take your game to the next level. The proper keyboards, mouse and monitor are essential to make it big in the pro gaming scene.
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