We take a run down of some of the finest gadgets and gizmos on the market today for discerning Esports gamers and avid streamers. Here you’ll find everything you need to get up and running.
Humanscale Freedom Chair
There are many good options out there for chairs nowadays, such as the well-loved Razer Iskur, a minor legend in the gaming scene. But there is one chair that stands above all others, and has topped numerous charts, including TechRadar’s Best Office Chairs of 2021. This prestigious seat is Humanscale’s Freedom Chair, which retails for the princely sum of £850.
Loved by discerning Poker streamers, YouTubers and competitive Esports gamers the world over, the Freedom Chair eschews complex adjustable mechanisms that make so many desk chairs unwieldy and unsightly, in favour of a series of motorized components that work to automatically fit the ideal ergonomics for your body. Without a doubt, the Freedom Chair represents the pinnacle of ergonomic chair design at present.
Razer Huntsman Keyboard V2
Every serious competitive gamer needs a mechanical keyboard in their arsenal. Nothing comes close to the tactile feedback and dynamic response of a physical input device when you’re playing at a high level.
There has been a minor renaissance in mechanical keyboard design over the past decade, driven by the growing Esports craze. Now you can find decent keyboards at all price points, but the best in class still come at a price.
The current king of the hill comes by way of gaming hardware champions, Razer. Their £180 Huntsman V2 Keyboard is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It features a bespoke set of key actuators that have a 360 degree range of input. In practise, this means that each key can be rotated, much like a controller thumb-stick. Not only does this give this keyboard extra levels of responsiveness, it means you can map multiple inputs to the various directions on a single key.
The Huntsman also has a nifty dual-step activation, meaning that it has not one, but two levels of key press sensitivity. This potent package is rounded off with Razer’s best-in-class Chroma RGB lighting, so it looks as good as it plays.
Logitech Brio Webcam
Every streamer needs a camera to broadcast from.
Without a doubt, no company has come close to Logitech when it comes to putting out consistently good webcams. Their latest camera is specifically geared towards the streaming crowd. It guarantees top tier resolution and picture quality thanks to it being one of the world’s first 4k webcams. It adds to this killer feature a 5x digital zoom and an impressive wide-angle field of view, up to 90 degrees.
The Brio Streaming webcam also has adaptations for low-light filming, a common issue for gamers who often play in a darkened room. It uses dynamic HDR to balance the highs and lows, resulting in an effective and even picture.
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
This smartphone is one among the latest crop of new gaming phones built from the ground up to provide the best possible gaming experience you can access on mobile.
ROG, short for Republic of Gamers, is Asus’ gaming hardware division that builds industry leading gaming computers and laptops. To make this phone worthy of the ROG badge they’ve packed it to the gills with flagship hardware, including 18GB of RAM, a top tier Snapdragon 888 processor and a beautiful high resolution, 144hz display.
To ensure you can play for mammoth sessions, the ROG also ships with a huge 6000mAh battery that can be topped up in lightning time thanks to its 65w fast charging port. The ROG Phone 5 also has a series of aftermarket peripherals you can attach to it to further augment its gaming powers. Among these you will find a gaming dock, a clip-on Bluetooth controller and, astoundingly, a clip-on external cooling fan to keep your system running smoothly under huge thermal stress.