PC gaming has become increasingly more popular, thanks to the rise of cheaper options for great gaming desktops and laptops.
Below are some of our picks for great accessories for your gaming PC or workstation.
Razer Huntsman V2 Analog
When it comes to keyboards, Razer is one brand that comes to mind. They have a few options to choose from but one of their best is their Huntsman V2 Analog.
As the name implies, the keyboard offers analog optical switches that feel great to type and game on. There’s also Doubleshot PBT keycaps Razer Chroma RGB backlighting.
The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog is available from Razer’s website for $329 CAD.
Razer Huntsman V2 Tenkeyless
A cheaper alternative to Razer’s V2 Analog is their V2 Tenkeyless. As the name would suggest, the Razer Huntsman V2 Tenkeyless is a Tenkeyless keyboard, meaning it’s full size but doesn’t have a number pad.
The keyboard uses Clicky Optical Switches but you can also get the keyboard with Linear Optical Switches.
The Razer Huntsman V2 Tenkeyless is available now from Razer’s website for $189 CAD.
SteelSeries Apex Pro
The SteelSeries Apex Pro keyboard offers something a bit different than other keyboards in this guide. It still features a full-size mechanical keyboard but above the number pad is an OLED Smart Display.
The keyboard is made from a Series 5000 Aircraft-grade aluminum frame, so it should last a long time. There’s also a detachable soft-touch magnetic wrist rest.
The Smart Display on the Apex Pro can show you information from your favourite apps like Discord, Profiles and more.
Roccat Pyro Keyboard
If you want a gaming mechanical keyboard without spending and an arm and a leg, there is Roccat’s Pyro Keyboard.
The Roccat Pyro Keyboard features mechanical switches with 2.0mm actuation, a brushed aluminum top plate, anti-ghosting technology and detachable palm rest.
The Roccat Pyro Keyboard is available from the company’s website for $99 USD and can be found on sale for as low as $69 USD.
Razer Orochi V2
Mice come in all shapes and sizes but if you want something that is compact, lightweight and offers a super-long battery there’s the Razer Orochi V2.
The mouse weighs just under 60g and can be used in both 2.4GHz wireless (with the included USB dongle) and Bluetooth modes.
The device can be powered by a single AA or AAA battery to provide up to 425 hours using the USB dongle or up to 950 hours on Bluetooth LE.
The cover of the mouse can easily be replaced and you can design your own covers on Razer’s website.
The Razer Orochi V2 is available now for $89 CAD from the company’s website.
Roccat Kone Pro Air
For those that want a lightweight mouse but in a more full-size form factor, there’s the Roccat Kone Pro Air.
The mouse weighs just 75g, lasts up to 100 hours on a single charge and can be charged rapidly via the USB-C port.
The Roccat Kone Pro Air is available now for $129 USD.
SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless (2022 Edition)
Another lightweight mouse option is the new SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless. The mouse comes in at just 68g and features a perforated case and up to 200 hours of battery life.
It charges over USB-C and connects over SteelSeries’ Quantum 2.0 Wireless 2.4GHz USB dongle or Bluetooth.
The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless (2022) is available now for $129 CAD from the company’s website.
Corsair Katar Pro Wireless
Another great portable mouse is the Corsair Katar Pro Wireless. The mouse is just under 100 grams and connects via the Slipstream Wireless USB dongle or Bluetooth. Battery life is up to 135 hours using a AA battery.
The Corsair Katar Pro Wireless is available now for $59 CAD from Amazon.ca.
Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless
If you want something even more lightweight, Corsair’s latest Sabre RGB Pro Wireless mouse might be something worth checking out.
The mouse is just 79g and connects to your PC via a Slipstream USB or Bluetooth. The mouse gets up to 90 hours of battery life and charges over USB-C.
Like most gaming products these days, the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless has lighting that can be configured with Corsair’s iCUE software along with other settings.
One cool feature of the Sabre mouse is the replaceable glide pads on the bottom, so it’s always ready to go.
SteelSeries Prime Mice Series
Back in May 2021, SteelSeries introduced their all-new Prime series which included three new mice, the Prime Wireless, Prime and Prime+.
Each mouse has similar features including Prestige OM switches, TrueMove Pro sensors and a lightweight design.
Where they differentiate is which type of gamer they are made for. The Prime Wireless is for those that want great battery life (up to 100 hours) and wireless connectivity.
The Prime+ is designed for those that want a bit more on-the-fly customization in their wired mouse, thanks to the built-in OLED screen on the bottom that lets you adjust the CPI, polling rate, RGB and more.
The Prime is made for those that want a solid and reliable mouse for all types of games.
Roccat Syn Pro Air
A gaming setup isn’t complete without a headset, one option is the Roccat Syn Pro Air. The headset has 50mm drivers with 3D audio, memory foam with ProSpecs earpads and headband.
There’s a detachable flip-to-mute mic and it charges rapidly over USB-C. Battery life is up to 24 hours via the Stellar Wireless USB dongle.
SteelSeries Arctis Prime
As part of their new Prime lineup, there is SteelSeries’ Arctis Prime headset. It connects to your devices via the 3.5mm detachable cable.
The headset has a Discord-Certified ClearCast Microphone and Noise-isolating leather-like ear cushions.
The SteelSeries Arctis Prime is available now for $125 CAD.
LG UltraGear Gaming Monitor (34GP950)
Having an ultrawide monitor can not only be great for productivity, basically eliminating the need to have two monitors. But they can also be great for gaming, especially with the LG UltraGear 34GP950G-B monitor.
This monitor features a 34-inch UltraWide QHD Nano IPS display with a 1ms response time. It supports up to 144Hz refresh rate and can be overclocked to 180Hz. It is very colour accurate thanks to the VESA DisplayHDR 600 and 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut along with HDR10 support.
It also supports AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync Ultimate compatibility. For ports, it has an HDMI, DisplayPort, 2 USB 3.0, headphone jack and USB-B to connect to your computer to use the LG UltraGear Control Center to control the Sphere Lighting on the back.
The LG UltraGear Gaming Monitor (34GP950) retails for $1,649 CAD but can be found on sale for as low as $1,199 CAD. It’s available now from Best Buy Canada.
Oculus Quest 2
For those just getting into VR, the Quest 2 is a great option. The headset features a display that is 1832 x 1920 pixels per eye and a 90Hz/120Hz refresh rate.
The Quest 2 is lighter and smaller than its predecessor and the Quest Touch Controllers have been improved for better ergonomics.
You can either play titles available standalone for the Quest 2 or if you have a compatible gaming PC, you can use wired Oculus Link or AirLink to play PC VR titles.
It’s worth noting that you will need a Facebook account connected to your Oculus account to set up the headset. However, the company is working on a new Meta account option for the headset instead of Facebook login, this new account option should be coming out this year.
To go along with your new mouse or keyboard from their guide, you’ll need a desk mat. So why not pick up the Razer Strider.
The Razer Strider is a hybrid of soft and hard mat that is both rollable and portable.
It also features an anti-slip base and comes in two sizes, Large and XXL.
D-Link Wireless AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 USB Adapter
With Wi-Fi 6 being in more devices these days, it can sometimes be costly to upgrade to a newer PC with Wi-Fi 6 built-in. Thankfully there are options like the D-Link Wireless AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 USB Adapter.
The adapter plugs into your desktop PC or laptop and supports speeds of up to 600 Mbps on 2.4GHz Wi-Fi and 1200 Mbps on 5GHz.
The D-Link Wireless AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 USB Adapter is available now for $79 CAD from Amazon.ca.
Kensington VeriMark Desktop Fingerprint Key
To help keep your devices secure, it’s always great to look for one with some kind of biometric authentication. But if your PC is a bit older, there are solutions like the Kensington VeriMark Desktop Fingerprint Key.
The device features encrypted end-to-end security with the Match-in-Sensor Fingerprint Technology. It also is FIDO U2F certified and FIDO2 WebAuthn compatible.
You can use the device for Windows Hello login and it’s compatible with other Microsoft services and apps like Office365, Azure, Outlook.
For those that consider themselves a bit of an audiophile, there’s the new THX Onyx portable DAC headphone amplifier.
In simple terms, a digital-to-analog amplifier or DAC is a device that will turn a digital signal into an analog signal. A DAC can be mainly used to listen to higher-quality audio.
The THX Onyx has the company’s AAA technology that “ensures the highest fidelity mobile listening experience for your music, movies, and games.” You’ll be able to use the Onyx to listen to the studio-quality sound as the creator intended.
The THX Onyx works on Android, iOS (via the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter), Windows 10 & Windows 11, and Mac using the built-in USB-C/USB-A cable without needing any additional drivers.
The status lights on the THX Onyx will show you the current sample rate of audio you’re hearing, whether that’s Standard, High Resolution, Direct Stream Digital (DSD) or Master Quality Authenticated (MQA).
One way to make your PC faster is to install an SSD and Crucial has a couple of great offerings including the Crucial MX500 and Crucial P5 Plus SSDs.
The Crucial MX500 is a 2.5-inch/7mm SATA form factor SSD that provides read/write speeds up to 560 and 510 MB/s. The MX500 comes in a number of capacity options including, 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB.
The Crucial P5 Plus is an M.2 SSD that provides super-fast speeds of up to 6600MB/s. The P5 Plus comes with a few capacity options including 500GB, 1TB and 2TB.