By Jim Jones
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Do you have a special someone in your life who is a gamer? Are you unsure what to get them for Valentine’s Day? Well, don’t worry, shopping for a gamer is quite easy when you know where to start!
The way gaming technology works is there are always new products being released to the market. Thus, it is likely that the gamer in your life would love the updated version of his or her favorite gaming technologies. Below is a list of some of the hottest technology products which have recently hit the market, all of which are guaranteed to make this Valentine’s Day extra special for your gamer.
The Oculus Quest 2 is the most advanced VR system on the market to date. It comes with all the necessities needed for some seriously intense game nights. The new design is faster, with brand new enhanced graphics, and a setup process which is easier than ever before. You can even hook the Oculus Quest 2 to your Facebook account and meet with your friends in the VR realm.
Some other differences from the previously released Oculus products are built-in speakers that deliver cinematic sound directly to your ears as you play. You can also choose to cast to your TV, or on the mobile app, so your friends can watch as you play.
- + High-speed gaming
- + Enhanced visuals and sound
- + Easier than ever to include friends in your game
- – You must have a Facebook account
- – You still need a PC to run the system
Nanoleaf lights can take even the most boring gaming spaces to the next level. With a variety of colors and designs, you can most certainly find one which suits your sweetheart’s style. And if you’re inclined, they have a canvas feature that lets you design your own lighting feature! You can also buy individual shape lights which can be arranged on the wall to suit your gamer’s preference.
These lights can be programmed to respond to sound, music, and touch to change color. Not only are they fun, but your gamer will love being able to play in a softly lit room without the harsh overhead lights casting a glare on their equipment. These soft Nanoleaf lights will illuminate their space without disrupting their play. No matter what colors or styles they enjoy, Nanoleaf has something for everyone!
- + Comes in all colors
- + Comes in all shapes
- + You can buy one already assembled or a create your own kit
- + The sets are buildable
- – Some assembly and artistic skills may be required
- – Some technology skills may be required
G Fuel is the official energy drink of Esports! Not only will these sports drinks keep your gamer awake and alert for the long hours of play, but they will also love all the tasty flavors they come in. You can even take it a step further and give them the canister which features the character from their favorite game! The options are endless!
If you aren’t sure which flavors the gamer in your life likes, there are also a multitude of variety packs some of which you can design yourself. The G Fuel company also sells blender bottles, and other kits to get newbies started.
- + Easy gift for any gamer
- + Can be customized
- – Difficult to choose the flavor
- – Perishable
Does your honey complain of back pain after long periods of gaming? Then consider getting them a specially designed gaming chair like those sold by GTRACING. These chairs come in a multitude of colors and have thick back and seat padding to provide excellent lumbar support. Your gamer can set their own recline degree, armrest height, and some models even have a footrest for maximum comfort. This chair is adjustable to suit gamers of any height.
The GTRACING chair will not only support your gamers back, allowing them to play comfortably for hours on end, but it also has a sleek design that can easily be incorporated into any office space or game room.
- + Comfort in the office or while gaming
- + Adjustable to any height
- + Sleek look to fit any aesthetic
- – Heavy
- – Difficult to wrap/hide
Every gamer needs a good set of headphones to help them stay focused while gaming and respond to the proper audio cues. The Creative Sound BlasterX G6 is one of the best headsets on the market, offering superior sound quality (Dolby digital surround sound) and supreme noise cancellation. This headset is easier to use than most, and can even be customized to your gamers’ specific sound desires.
This headset also comes with an amp to fine-tune your game and voice volume balance. The headset is compatible with PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC gaming and can even be the perfect gift for the music enthusiast in your life.
- + Very customizable
- + Modes for every game
- + Portable
- – Short cables
- – Only works with a PC
- – Not necessarily compatible with Xbox
The BenQ Zowie XL is a high-level gaming monitor that is a necessity for any serious Esports player. Its compact and simple design makes it an easy addition to any office or gaming space. Gamers love the high-quality images, and the screen is easily adjustable to the height and angle the gamer prefers.
Beyond the basics, there are a number of settings that can enhance game play, such as motion blur reduction and pre-calibrated picture sets. The colors can also be adjusted via a black equalizer and color vibrance slider. No matter what you use your gamer uses his or her monitor for, this screen can do it all.
- + Quick response time
- + Easy to personalize settings
- – On the smaller side as far as monitors go
- – Some gamers may not like the overly simplistic design
Gaming can be difficult when using an old or worn-out keyboard. So, consider replacing your gamer’s keyboard with a top-of-the-line SteelSeries Apex Pro. This keyboard is one of the number one pieces of technology in the gaming space with 8x faster response times and double the durability of most keyboards. It also boasts 5x faster actuation than other keyboards currently on the market.
For added comfort, there is a detachable wrist rest, and the keyboard can be ordered several different languages such as English, German, Japanese, and even Nordic.
- + Durable aluminum frame
- + Optimal speeds for gaming
- + Can be ordered in a number of languages
- – The colorful backlights of the keyboard could be distracting
Just like having an up-to-date keyboard can make all the difference in gaming, having a functional mouse is also critical. The Glorious Model O Mouse is easy to use, lightweight and built for speed. The mouse is customized for easy compatibility with Esport gaming and has 6 different buttons. It also has skates that are 100% pure Virgin PTFE that will glide smoothly over your mousepad.
The mouse comes in a selection of different colors and styles, and there is even a lower profile version (The Model O Minus) for those with smaller hands.
- + Lightweight
- + Fast
- + Designed for comfort
- – Must be plugged in via USB
- – Some users may not like the honeycomb style.
For the serious Esports athlete, the A40 TR Headset is an absolute must. This headset and amp combo feature Dolby digital surround sound processing, and minimizes lag and interference during gameplay. The headset is convertible from an at practice open back style, to a closed-back noise-isolating headset for use in tournament environments. The amp addition helps with music and sound effect levels during gameplay.
Streamers can also get great use out of this headset thanks to its voice isolating microphone—perfect for recording in a location where there is lots of background noise.
- + Compatible with PC/Mac or PS4
- + Settings for every use
- + Adjustable
- + Superior quality
- – PS4 mixamp is not compatible with Xbox and Vice Versa.
The number one gift for any gamer on your list should be the Aimcontrollers Custom Controller. This controller is unlike any other in that it can be customized to fit the personality of any player. Not only can you choose the color and design of the controller, but you can even customize the buttons themselves. And besides just basic colors, there are also advanced designs such as splatter paint, The Joker, and even zombies! Aimcontrollers offers controllers for PS4, Xbox, and even customizable mice for PC gaming.
No matter what game your special someone plays, you’re bound to find the perfect, unique gift for them thanks to Aimcontrollers.
- + Compatible with Xbox/PlayStation (And there are PC options!)
- + Fully customizable
- + Lots of color/design options
- – Not compatible with Mac
Overall, if you’re not knowledgeable about the technology space, it can be difficult to find the perfect give for the person in your life who is. But if you buy them something from this list, you can’t go wrong and you are guaranteed to be the shining star of this year’s Valentine’s Day!