High-Tech Gaming Gadgets Boost Sight, Sound, Control

Gaming on a PC is an endeavor that can be tinkered with forever. You can add memory, faster hard drives, liquid-cooling plumbing, chassis fans and much more. At the end of the day, though, the gaming experience comes down to sight, sound and control.

I took a look at a few devices that can augment each of those factors while gaming.


Plantronics RIG headset and mixer ($129):

It's a wired headset with the added functionality of a stereo input for your mobile phone. That way, you can take calls and keep gaming if you can't be bothered to pause.

Overall, I found the fit to be good. The 40-millimeter drivers in the headset carried a good range of bone-rumbling bass during sessions of "Crysis."

There are separate volume controls for the game on the PC and for my mobile phone, when the phone is attached with a single audio cable. These controls are nicely backlit, so you can find them even in a dark environment.

The unit comes with both an in-line microphone on the cable and a detachable boom microphone. The boom mic is used more during game play while a smaller mic on the headphone cord is the better approach for phone conversations.

The weighted mixer, which balances the sound from the gaming and phone conversations, stays put when I need it to, and it has plenty of length on the cord to position where I need to. The RIG is comfortable and smartly styled, and it sounds great.


Roccat Iksu FX keyboard ($100):

The keyboard is where the magic happens in PC gaming. Sure, you can get an Xbox-like controller for your PC gaming, but a true gaming-grade keyboard offers granular control for lighting, smart macros for toggling weapons and configurable hotkeys for menus, maps and other in-game content.

The Iksu FX has all of that and...

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