Sure you can game without the latest hardware and peripherals, but these days, to be fair, it’s like driving a Ferrari at 10km/h. Modern games are calibrated, designed, and scored to be enjoyed with the best hardware, accessories, and accompanying sound, so in order to take your gaming sessions from 0 to hero, we’ve rounded up 3 affordable and excellent peripherals to check out:
LOGITECH SILENT M220 MOUSE
Price: From R225
Yeah, the Logitech M220 isn’t specifically designed as a gaming mouse, but it very much checks all the boxes you’d need. Affordable, wireless, responsive, and of course, absolutely silent, the M220 gives gamers something that can deliver in terms of sensitivity, but also won’t drive you crazy with all the ‘clicky-clicks’ when playing something like Diablo or Battlefield. The ergonomic design and small form factor make it incredibly comfortable too, so you can even take it on the road or pop into your laptop bag if on-the-go.
LOGITECH 920 WHEEL
Price: From R5,299
Steering wheels don’t come sleeker and sexier than the Logitech 920. Designed specifically for the platform of your choice (with an Xbox, Playstation, and PC variants available), this wheel is a must for any racing fan, and anyone who’s an avid racer will attest to the value it brings to the genre. The wheel itself has all the face buttons and triggers nicely mapped to convenient points for your thumbs to access, along with paddle-shifts to give you an edge in true racing sims. It’s mountable to any desk or stand, and even has accompanying peddles and a gear stick, if you choose to grow your racing set-up, of course.
LOGITECH ASTRO A10
Logitech’s Astro range of headphones have seemingly come out of nowhere and made quite the name for itself in the gaming space. The Astro A10 is the entry-level option in the revised Gen 2 Astro line-up, but its performance and features say anything but a simple headset. Featuring large and incredibly comfortable cups (which encompass your whole ear, instead of squashing them), a flexible band with adjustable arms, and a foldable mic, the A10 gives you everything you need, whether you’re a hardcore gamer or just want a little more ‘boom’ in your ear holes. The sound output is solid too, and while they won’t enhance new depths in the spectrum of bass, they are more than capable of delivering punchy surround sound while gaming.
They are wired, but with a more-than-long enough cable and audio jack inputs on current-gen controllers, it doesn’t cause any inconveniences.
Jeremy is the Editor of MenStuff and has worked as a professional journalist at SA Rugby magazine, MyBroadband, MyGaming, and written for FHM and TGF Tech. Every now and then, with promises of cake we manage to lure him over to the WomenStuff offices to share his wisdom with us.