Computer Accessories for Gaming

I once had a friend who, upon hearing that I, too, play games online, asked me how my set up was. I told him that I got a decent computer set up which he was impressed by until I mentioned the accessories I used. When I got home, I received quite a lengthy email from my said friend describing in details the merits of investing in a good gaming accessory, and that if I should ever hope to become a serious gamer, I should seriously think about throwing out what I had been using and replace them with his recommendations. I did not follow his advice and kept using my accessories until they were worn out. I only ever had to give his recommendations another glance when it came time to buy new accessories.

The Trifecta of Accessories for Gaming

In gaming, the three main accessories one should consider upgrading are the headset, keyboard, and mouse. These three tools are the most used and abused by gamers not to mention they are the most visible part of their set up. So naturally, should look the part as well as function flawlessly.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

Marketed as the last gaming headset you will ever have to buy, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro is the top-of-the-line headset that gives players high-quality lossless audio even despite the fact that it is wireless. It costs a lot more than its closest competition but what I love about the SteelSeries is its design. Its sleek aesthetic fits seamlessly with my computer set up. The elastic headband secures the headset in my head without applying too much pressure. Its switches are quite prominent making it a lot easier to hit the volume or mutebutton. And the cherry on top of this magnificent headset is the magnetic battery cover, which means I can swap out batteries with one hand without pausing my game.

Razer Huntsman Elite

No gaming set up is complete without a gaming keyboard included. Razer Huntsman would be a perfect addition to any gamer’s arsenal of tools. For years, Razer has been the champion when it comes to providing gaming keyboards and they outdid themselves with the Huntsman Elite. It is Razer’s first optomechanical keyboard; a long-winded way of saying it uses lasers to detect individual key movements. In short, this keyboard is insanely fast. Not only is it perfect for gaming, but I also have never typed as quickly as I did with the Huntsman Elite.

SteelSeries Rival 600

To complete the trio of computer accessories for gaming, I present the SteelSeries Rival 600, a gaming mouse that packs a strong punch. This latest model from SteelSeries comes equipped with a customizable weight, side buttons, and a true RGB lighting. This mouse will be hard to miss as it sits in your gaming rig. Its performance far exceeds its closest competition of the same price range thanks in part to its 12,000 DPI sensor and mechanical switches. Truly the best gaming mouse available in the market today.

Computer Accessories for Drawing

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be an artist. I grew up in a house of artists. My father and both my brothers are architects, my mother is an interior decorator, and I have an aunt who paints. Unfortunately, the artist gene may have skipped me, or rather; I am no good with the traditional idea of what art should look. But I am nothing if not persistent and my goal is to find an art form I can excel at. This led me to explore digital art, and to my surprise, it offers almost endless possibilities. So in my quest to become a “digital artist,” I looked up the best tools and equipment I would need to have in order to jump starts my art career.

The Three Best Accessories for Digital Artists

Digital artists have a slew of tools at their disposal, just like any tradition artist. But instead of a paintbrush, they have a stylus pen, a tablet instead of a canvas, and drawing pad instead of a sketch pad.

Sensu Artist Brush & Stylus

Traditional painters have lamented over the fact that their most favored tool, the paintbrush, has not to given enough development in order to be used in making computer art. A stylus is simply not enough to recreate the feel of a real brush stroke. Sensu created just that, a brush that can be used on tablets. This lightweight stylus and artist brush is made of chrome-plated brass. On one end is a rubber tipped stylus. Flip it over, pull off the cap and you have a paintbrush that operates smoothly and realistically on any tablet.

iPad Pro with Apple Pencil

Artists the world over would gladly sell a limb just to get their hands on an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil 2. Many have dubbed the Apple Pencil 2 as the best stylus in the market. There’s no lag when you use it for drawing or writing, making it perfect for digital artists. It has palm-rejection software which means writing is both natural without any false interactions. It is also pressure sensitive, making shading in drawings easy and convenient. And because of the iPad Pro’s power, any apps for drawing, painting, or modeling is accommodated with little to no issues.

Wacom Cintiq 22HD Display Tablet

For the professional artist, Wacom’s Cintiq Display Tablet is the quintessential tool in their arsenal. The tablet comes with a stand to allow for varying angles when drawing, a Wacom Pro Pen and a pen holder. The tablet itself is huge, enough for any artists to draw on without fear of running out of space. It has an HD display screen of 1920 x 1080 with flawless pixel quality. On the sides are 18 programmable buttons for shortcuts. The stylus pen is a work of art in itself; comfortable to hold and with a rubberized grip, drawing and writing come easy and natural.

Apple or Microsoft?

As an Apple user, I admit I am a bit biased when it comes to this argument. I’ve been an avid fan of Apple’s Macintosh since I first learned to use a computer and have stuck with it to this day. I am quite adept at using a Windows computer but I will always be comfortable using a Mac at the end of the day. Despite this, I will try to be as objective as I can be when presenting both sides of the debate. This debate has been raging on since the general public started using computers in their everyday lives, and the argument doesn’t seem to have any resolution. It seems both sides enjoy arguing as much as they care about the argument.

Apple vs. Windows

There are certainly other operating systems that consumers can choose from besides these two, but when it comes to popularity, these are the two juggernauts in the industry. Both have very many similarities with only a few key differences that set them apart.

Hardware

I will be the first to admit that, yes; Mac computers are a lot more expensive than Windows models. But a lot of people will justify that the computer comes with higher quality hardware, excellent support, and the ecosystem benefits of having an Apple computer. It is also harder and even more costly if you want to upgrade an Apple computer. Windows computers are a lot more flexible and with cheaper parts which makes it appealing for people who like to be hands-on with their computer setups.

Software

It’s no question that the available software the run Windows is a lot more numerous than those that run on Mac. If the available apps in app stores are any indication, Windows’ 50,000 apps far exceed that of Apple’s 14,000. Although Apple fans often use the argument of quality over quantity that is mostly based on personal opinion. Still, it can’t be argued that an average Windows user has a lot more choices when it comes to the programs and applications they can use compared to an average Apple user.

Gaming

This is one aspect that Apple obviously lags behind Windows. Because of the flexibility that Windows computer offer, it’s very easy for gamers to customize their set up into something that will answer their gaming demands. It also makes it easier for games to update their Windows hardware than it is for an Apple computer.

Virus Resilience

Any Apple user will immediately site the virus argument when debating for Mac computers. This has already been proven wrong but what remains to be true is the fact that Mac computers are less prone to viruses than its Windows counterpart. Almost all Windows computers still need to download an anti-virus to protect their device, something that most Mac users don’t have to think about. This won’t last forever, hackers around the world are hard at work trying to defeat the Mac OS but for now, Apple users can rest assured that their computers are at a lesser risk for viruses.

How to Choose Your Computer Setup

With the rise of technology seemingly unstoppable, the computer market has offered a wider selection of computers and computer setups to choose from. With a bit of research, consumers can look for the exact specification of computers that will fit their specific needs. From laptops to desktop computers, there’s no shortage of options for customers to choose from which leaves some in a state of what’s commonly called paralysis by analysis in which someone fails to make a decision because of the number of options they are presented. So for those looking to for their own computer, I have here some helpful tips to ease your decision-making process.

Choosing the Right Computer Set Up

For me, there are only two computer setups to choose from: either a desktop or a laptop, both of which serve somewhat similar functions with a few key differences. A desktop is going to be a lot bulkier than a laptop and will be hard to move to a different location, but it will have more processing power than a laptop and easier to upgrade and maintain. A laptop is portable but it will generally have a shorter lifespan a desktop. It can handle moderate processing needs but it will struggle to run bigger programs. Upgrading it will also be a huge hassle since all its component is in one container.

Operating System

There are two very popular competing operating systems in today’s computer market that people are paying attention to. Yes, there are other systems such the Linux but in terms of numbers, they don’t come close to the numbers that Windows and Apple has. Between the two, Windows is the most common operating system but Apple’s Macintosh is not far behind. Nowadays, many software and programs that run on one operating system also have a version for the other. So when it comes to choosing the operating system, it all boils down to personal preference and budget. Apple computers are commonly viewed as a lot more expensive than your average computer that runs on Windows.

Picture and Sound

Another aspect that consumers have to contend with in choosing the right computer set up is the picture and sound quality. For artists and gamers alike, the picture quality of their set up would have been a priority in choosing their computer set up, while musicians and sound engineer will prioritize sound quality. This means a necessary update in the computer’s hardware in order to meet these needs. Both these factors require a different specification in the machine, something that will add to the overall cost and design of the computer.

Budget

For me, this is one major factor when choosing your computer setup. Since computer first started becoming commonplace, its price has continually dropped making it even more affordable for a single person to afford one. But certain demands in a computer will surely mean an added expense. If you need it to have better graphics, you’ll need to spend more on an excellent video card. The same goes for processing large data, a computer’s RAM will need to be upgraded in order to handle the specific tasks.