It can be difficult to buy gifts for family players who already have the latest equipment. Many gamers also prefer to stick with specific makes or models and may be hesitant to try something different when it comes to their primary gaming gear.
Gaming accessories are the perfect gift for players who already have most of their gear set in stone. While they add nothing to the straightforward gaming experience, gaming accessories can enhance the functionality of other equipment or just make life easier with a comfortable or user-friendly design. Some popular gaming accessories include headphone mounts, docking stations, and laptop stands.
Here are the best gaming accessories to give away in 2021.
The Asus ROG Throne Qi Headset Holder provides users with a secure place to store their headphones while saving desk space. It has a clean design with a square base and a long plastic neck to fit most helmets. There is an RGB strip covering the base and another on the transparent shard of the stand with 18 lighting zones in total.
Users also benefit from other great features on ROG Throne Qi. The base has a built-in fast charger for mobile phones and doubles as a hub with a pair of USB 3.1 ports. One of the unexpected features of ROG Throne Qi is the built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that delivers virtual 7.1 surround sound when users plug in their headphones.
Razer’s Chroma Laptop Stand is a relatively simple accessory that can improve the ergonomics of a laptop. This device elevates the laptop and tilts it at an 18 degree angle. Placing the screen higher can reduce sagging and promote a healthier upright sitting position. Some users also find that the higher angle of the keyboard reduces stress on the wrists.
The Chroma laptop stand is sturdy and can accommodate most laptops. It is made of aluminum and can support laptops between 14 and 17 inches. Some of the additional features include a built-in USB hub with two USB-A ports, one USB-C port, and one HDMI port.
Users can add RGB lighting to their setup with the Corsair iCUE LS100 LED Smart Light Strip Starter Kit. The kit contains two 17.71 inch LED strips with 27 individually addressable LEDs and two short 250 millimeter strips with an external power adapter, USB cable and lighting controller.
Although tapes can be chained together, they cannot be cut and joined. Each strip is encased in thick plastic that cannot twist or bend but is strong enough to protect the lighting. The plastic bases have a dual mounting system with magnets and an adhesive backing for a secure fit.
One of the downsides of an advanced setup is the number of cables connecting everything. The 126pcs Cord Management Organizer Kit includes all the tools needed to manage cables for a cleaner look.
The set has a comprehensive list of tools. It includes four cable management sleeves, two rollers of self-adhesive cable ties, 10 cable ties and ties, and 100 self-locking zip ties. All of the kit items are the same matching black color for a more polished appearance.
It can be risky to leave a drink on the desk while you play. A single accidental spill can ruin a mouse or keyboard. The cup holder is easy to attach to most desks and provides a secure place to hold a drink. With the C-clamp adjusting up to two inches in desk thickness, mounting the cup holder to the desk is simple. Both ends of the clamp also have polyurethane screw caps to protect the desk from scratches.
This cup holder is large enough to fit most cups, bottles and mugs. It has a 3.5 inch diameter with a vertical groove on one side to fit a mug or mug handle. Although the Cup-Holster is primarily designed to hold cups, it is also a handy storage compartment for cell phones and other small items.
Many gaming mice come with mouse pads which can increase drag due to friction. The Hyperglides are aftermarket mouse pads that replace the original versions for a smoother gliding experience.
These mouse pads are made from a polymeric material called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), also known as Teflon, which is renowned for its low friction properties. Hyperglides uses virgin grade PTFE with no colorants or additives to provide as little friction as possible. Most Hyperglides are designed for a specific model, so users need to get the right game for their mouse.
HyperX Keycaps Pudding are durable and enhance the appearance of a mechanical keyboard. They feature a rugged, dual-injection polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) design that will not fade and resist wear. With a translucent background and black top layer, each key has a two-tone design to better disperse the RGB lighting.
Pudding keyboards are supplied as a complete set to fit the most popular keyboards. There are 104 keys overall for a full size keyboard, but users can also add them to smaller options at 60% or no keys (TKL). The other advantages of Pudding Keycaps are that they are compatible with most mechanical keyboards and come with a handy removal tool.
The Cougar Fort X wrist rest works with most keyboards and can increase comfort and reduce strain on the user’s wrists. It measures 7.51 x 3.93 x 1.1 inches to fit most keyboards, and there is also a more compact version available for the smaller or 60% TKL options.
This wrist rest is comfortable and stays in place. The bottom features a non-slip rubber surface to keep it from shifting, while the top features soft memory foam padding covered with a fabric exterior.
Users can enhance the connectivity of their PC or laptop with the Razer Thunderbolt 4 Dock Mercury Edition. This docking station has a sleek silver aluminum design with a subtle Razer logo on the top.
There is a large selection of ports on the Razer Thunderbolt 4 Dock Mercury Edition. One side has an SD card reader, a 3.5-millimeter audio port, and an upstream USB-C port going to the computer. The other side has a gigabit Ethernet port and three USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports. It also has three USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 compatibility.
The Glorious Mouse Bungee is a convenient way to keep the mouse cable out of the way and reduce drag when reading. It can also prevent the mouse cable from snagging on the keyboard or desk.
This bungee is available in two colors and provides users with adjustment options. Users can choose between a black or white base with a non-slip base. The arm is height adjustable and has rubber clips to hold the cable in place.