A gaming set up – be it console or PC – needs peripherals to get the most out of it. Whether it’s a mechanical keyboard for a PC or a great controller for a console, there’s a range of things which can be plugged into your gaming device of choice to enhance the experience – any one of which will bring a smile to any gamer who finds them under the Christmas tree.
Easily one of the most impressive gaming keyboards I have used in recent years – so much so I’ve adopted it as my daily driver – the Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo is a superb mechanical keyboard which manages to be stylish, well built and works equally well for gaming and actual work.
If you like your gaming keyboards bright, solid, and bold then the HyperX Alloy Elite 2 may be exactly what you (or the gamer in your life) is looking for. From its pudding keycaps to brilliant RGB lighting, this is a serious gaming keyboard for the serious gaming enthusiast.
If you’re an Xbox gamer – and that means Xbox One X, Xbox One S, Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S – then the Xbox Elite 2 Wireless Controller may be the very best controller you can get for your console. From its build quality to its programmable buttons to internal rechargeable battery, everything about this controller is just excellent. Best of all, it works flawlessly with both current and next-gen Xboxes, too.
The major problem with wireless controllers is the batteries will invariably go flat it an inopportune time. Not so with a wired controller, however – and the Razer Wolverine V2 has just launched, fully compatible with Xbox Series X/S,
Offering all the features of a premium Xbox/PC controller but in a wired form, the Razer Wolverine V2 is a premium controller with a lot of appeal for the enthusiast Xbox gamer in your life (or even you).
The Sony PlayStation DualSense controller for the PS5 is one of the most remarkable controllers I’ve ever used; from its comfortable grip to haptic feedback and adjustable triggers, there’s a lot of innovation here.
You also only get one of them with the PS5, so if you want to play two-player games (or keep one around and charged for a New York reload if the battery in your primary controller goes flat in the middle of a match) you’re going to need to get another one – after all, there’s no such thing as too many console controllers.
Sometimes, you want a lightweight gaming mouse – something smooth and responsive without the weight of a larger peripheral.
For those times, the Roccat Burst Pro could be exactly what you (or a gamer in your life) is after – it weighs 68 grammes, is ambidextrous, features Aimo lighting integration, and does everything you’d hope a mouse of this type would.
A printer is a surprisingly useful accessory for any gamer – whether it’s printing out screenshots or memes to put on the wall or getting a hard copy of a strategy guide/walkthrough to refer to while playing a challenging game. Add in a scanner and you’ve got a versatile but often overlooked gaming peripheral – not to mention one that’s also very useful for working or studying at home, too.
Canon have a reputation for quality and reliability and the Pixma TR7660 multifunction printer is part of that approach, with all the features you’d want from a home office multifunction and the flexibility that brings.