Gaming has come a long way in the past 30 years; as well as a general improvement in gameplay, graphics and just about everything else, gaming, in general, is more accepted than it once was. While it was once hard to imagine celebrities endorsing and playing games, it’s now easy to find celebrities like Drake playing games and even streaming online.
As gaming becomes more popular, more people define themselves as gamers. While that’s well and good if you’re in the gaming community, it may be a bit difficult for those that don’t get games to buy game-related gifts for birthdays, Christmas and other events.
Fear not; with Christmas fast approaching, we at Tech Advisor have listed some of the top gifts for gamers, helping you find the perfect present for the gamer in your life.
For PC gamers, a dedicated gaming keyboard can make the difference between winning and losing, and amongst the best on the market is the Logitech G513. Released earlier this year, Logitech’s latest keyboard sports an aircraft-grade 5052 aluminium top sheet and floating keys that help the high-end keyboard stand out in a sea of mechanical keyboards.
Gamers also benefit from the unique Romer-G Linear Switch that is quieter and faster than the standard Cherry MX Red switch, and individually backlit keys provide a light show like no other.
If that’s a little pricey, check out our complete list of the best gaming keyboards available right now.
Razer Naga Trinity
While some gamers can live without a mechanical keyboard for gaming, it’ll be hard to find a PC gamer that doesn’t use a gaming mouse when playing the likes of CoD, Battlefield and Fortnite. And when it comes to gaming accessories, few manufacturers provide better quality products than Razer.
We recommend the Razer Naga Trinity because it features an interchangeable side plate mechanism and includes 2-, 7- and 12-button plates in the box. This provides the ability to quickly switch between side plates depending on the type of game that you’re playing, and gives you quick access to a range of macro settings at your fingertips.
If the Naga Trinity looks a little hardcore, take a look at our selection of the best gaming mice for more inspiration.
Roccat Khan Pro
The Roccat Khan Pro may be less than £100, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t provide a great audio experience for gamers.
First up, it’s one of few gaming headsets that offers Hi-Res Audio compatibility and provides rich, bright audio that’s ideal for both gaming and listening to music. It’s also lightweight at 230g, and features earcups aligned with the natural position of the human ear to avoid discomfort over long gaming sessions. In essence, it’ll be a task to find a gaming headset more comfortable than the Khan Pro.
If you’re looking for something a little more high-tech, head over to our collection of the best gaming headsets.
No matter if you’re a PC or console gamer, you need a comfortable chair to sit in during those long gaming sessions. It can’t just be a bog-standard chair either; gaming chairs have been designed to support your back, keeping your posture straight whether you’re slaying vampires or driving a tank through abandoned buildings.
In our mind, one of the best gaming chairs currently available is the Secretlab Titan. It’s the largest in the company’s collection, and features a tall backrest, wide seatbase and, rather impressively, built-in adjustable lumbar support. It’s made from cold-cure foam that provides soft cushioning and moulds to the shape of your body, and is wrapped in high-end PU leather for a nice soft-touch finish.
For something cheaper, check out our full list of the best gaming chairs.
VR is the next frontier in gaming; following the release of the likes of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, VR gaming has gone from strength to strength with the release of immersive, entertaining games and handy accessories.
If you’re yet to get in on the VR revolution, we’d recommend picking up an Oculus Rift; while slightly more limited in terms of tracking than the HTC Vive, it’s cheaper than HTC’s offering and boasts a library of exclusive content via the Oculus Store. Oculus’ Touch controllers are much better than the Vive wands, too.
If you don’t have a PC but still want to get in on the VR excitement, check out our list of the best VR headsets.
Venom Power Pack and Stand
The Nintendo Switch is a great hybrid console that allows you to play the likes of Zelda, Pokemon and Fortnite both at home and while out and about. The issue with portable tech, like with tablets, smartphones and almost anything else you can think about, is battery life. The Nintendo Switch can offer around five hours of battery on a charge, but this drops depending on the graphical power of the game in question.
To remedy this, we suggest the Venom Power Pack and Stand. The battery pack clips directly onto the body of the Nintendo Switch, providing an extra 10,000mAh of power – more than enough for long journeys, and even some long-haul flights! The stand on the rear battery pack is also much sturdier than the built-in stand, offering a more solid tabletop experience with less of a risk of falling.
Improve your gaming experience in other ways with our top Nintendo Switch accessories.
Loot boxes are all the rage in 2018, with the most well-known being the original Loot Crate. But if you’d like to drop all the superhero, movie and TV show memorabilia and focus only on games, you can opt for Loot Crate’s monthly Loot Gaming box. While it’s slightly more expensive than the standard Loot Crate, the game-specific box tends to be more niche and includes better items than the generic Loot Crate box.
It’s a nice little monthly surprise that’ll allow you to build your collection of game memorabilia.