Ultimate Gaming Gear 2020

The Dream Machines For Every Man Cave

By Kelvin Low      27 November 2020

Apple’s iPad Pro is backed by lots of fun casual games.

Gaming Mobile Phone/Tablet

Today’s smartphones can handle graphic-demanding games, but there are gaming-specific phones such as the Black Shark 3 which offers everything you need, including fast processors, a big screen, a large battery and shoulder buttons.

If you’re in the Apple camp, the iPad Pro is hard to beat. It boasts a 120Hz display and a very fast A12 processing power. Worth mentioning is Apple App Store’s generally high level of polish and the optimisation of many apps, especially with iOS games.

“Gaming Display”

What makes a “gaming” display? It boils down to features such as High Dynamic Range (HDR) support, 4K or 8K resolution, and lower input lag and support for video sync technologies, like AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync.

A more important consideration is to get a display with a 100Hz or higher refresh rate. This means that the display will be refreshing every pixel 100 times per second, much faster than a typical display which only refreshes at 60hz, or 60 times per second.

A higher refresh rate makes movements feel smoother, and reduces perceived motion blur. Last but not least is to purchase a display with DisplayPort 1.4 or HDMI 2.1 connections to support those high resolutions and frame rates. As an example, the LG CX TVs and UltraGear monitors are designed with gaming in mind.

Soundbars like the Creative X-Fi Sonic Carrier are popular, so are headsets for hush-hush gaming sessions.

“Gaming Audio”

Your gaming man cave will not be complete with weak or feeble audio. For a clutter-free solution, soundbars are a step up from built-in speakers. However, soundbars such as the Creative X-Fi Sonic Carrier are a different beast. It boasts 17-speakers and can project audio in Dolby Atmos surround sound, backed with 1000W RMS of amplifier oomph.

For late night gaming sessions, a good headset such as the Razer Kraken, which is compatible with all consoles, as well as the PC with its 3.5mm audio connector, will allow you to enjoy your games for hours on end. Comfort is ensured with its unique Cooling Gel-infused ear cushions.


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