From EOPS helmets to Magic: The Gathering cards, we’re rounding up some of the best gaming gear of 2022 worthy of your attention.
With so many companies wanting your time and money, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with what you should and shouldn’t invest in. The good news is that we’ve gotten our hands dirty with a number of freebies and can help you showcase some of our favorites. of gaming equipment so far in 2022.
EPOS H6PRO & H3PRO hybrid
It looks like EPOS has been on a roll lately, releasing not one but two quality headsets in the last 12 months.
First up is the H6PRO – an incredibly well-rounded wired headset that’s definitely worth considering if you’re primarily a PC gamer. Available in open and closed iterations (the former designed to allow for a richer sound profile by allowing sound to flow naturally while the latter helps block out part of your surroundings), whichever version you choose, you’ll be completely impressed. The build quality here feels a lot more studious than some of its competitors – aided by an internal metal and leatherette top that exudes a much more premium look and feel. We’re even wowed by the color combinations – our test unit has Halo-like a mix of green and gold unlike anything we’ve found anywhere else.
When it comes to playtime, the H6PRO is more than capable of holding its own, comfortably handling the audio landscape of every game we tested on PC and console. The good news is that the headset is even compatible with fancier sound options like PlayStation’s Tempest audio – all you need to do is plug the 3.5mm cord into the controller first.
If you want to get rid of those pesky wires, allow us to introduce the EPOS H3PRO Hybrid. This upgrade is a price hike (retail price at $399.00 compared to the H6PRO’s 259.00), but once you wrap your ears around this bad boy, you’ll understand why. Arguably the biggest upgrade to the H3PRO is its wireless functionality – using a tidy dongle that never failed to pair during the weeks we tested the unit.
Combined with the GSA 30 console cable in the box (which will allow you to play with a Switch or an Xbox Series X), you can enjoy full compatibility no matter where you play. Then there’s Active Noise Cancellation, which did so well at suppressing background noise during Ring of Elden sessions, we had to keep an earpiece away from the ear in order to maintain conversations with our loved ones. But even without ANC on, the H3PO’s padding isolates ambient noise well, but it’s worth noting that, as with the H6PRO, the ear cups are narrower and may become uncomfortable over time for those with larger ears.
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That little quibble aside, whichever version you side with, you won’t go wrong with either EPOS headset.
You can purchase the EPOS H6PRO & H3PRO Hybrid from the EPOS website.
Magic the Gathering: The Streets of New Capenna
Sure, it’s a slightly different twist on 2022’s gaming gear, but we’ve been entering Magic the Gathering for a while now and this Streets of New Capenna just continues that obsession.
This latest set introduces gangs and mobs to the lore, meaning longtime fans will likely appreciate the variations on the classic fantasy world. Granted, for newcomers, some cards can make things a little messy with text-heavy instructions, but it’s a challenge you’ll want to tackle as you build and refine your deck. Collectors will also be delighted with the quality art of the series in its complete form which might not have the show of the Kamigawa set, has a particularly interesting character design – elegant bird demons included.
Worth a visit for fans and aspiring gamers.
You can buy Magic the Gathering: Streets of New Capenna cards on Amazon.
Steel Series Prime and Prime Mini Wireless Gaming Mouse
No gaming setup is complete without a mouse to click and SteelSeries has no shortage of offerings. For fans of wired models, there’s the SteelSeries Prime gaming mouse. With a clean matte finish and lightweight frame, it slips easily around your mouse pad. The clicks are crisp, the wheel maintains good tension, and we never found the cord bothersome during our daily work or play. Priced at $119 (but we’ve seen it as low as $79), it’s an absolute bargain of a deal that will excel at being a workhorse of a device.
In the meantime, for those looking for something a little more compact, allow us to turn your attention to the Prime Wireless Mini Gaming Mouse. While the fundamentals of the Prime remain, this little wonder shrinks some of the size – making it perfect for gamers with small hands and easy to toss in a backpack or travel bag – and ditch the wires with an autonomy of 100 hours. The good news is that the simple design aesthetics and lightweight functionality remain intact.
The wireless Prime Mini will naturally cost you a bit more (retailing $229), but we’ve seen great deals up to $80 off, making it an attractive buy.
You can buy the Steel Series Prime & Prime Mini Wireless Gaming Mouse from JB Hi-Fi.
Foldable Satechi R1 Aluminum Hinge Bracket
With so many peripherals to juggle, maximizing desktop space can be a challenge. Satechi has been making home office products that blend into the gaming space for a while now, but we became an instant fan of the R1 Aluminum Hinge Bracket.
This device may look small and compact, but you will be surprised at how sturdy it is. From holding our iPad Air to watching movies, playing controller-based Apple Arcade games, and supporting entire laptops, the R1 stand doesn’t budge an inch.
Thanks to support handles, a 270 degree mounting hinge and a 180 degree base hinge, you have exceptional flexibility here. This not only instantly provided us with more space at the base of our desk, but was much friendlier to our ergonomics – a big help when transitioning from office work to a nighttime gaming session.
You can buy the Satechi R1 Aluminum Hinge Bracket Collapsible Stand on Amazon.
GameSir X2 BT Controller
If you’re an iOS gamer, choosing a game controller is incredibly easy thanks to the likes of the wonderful Backbone One. For Android users, it’s a bit more complicated but GameSir would love to make things easier with their X2 BT gamepad. We honestly can’t argue with them, as the company has crafted a compelling offering that strikes the right balance between functionality and affordability.
The X2 BT has two analogs, four main buttons on the face and four buttons on the shoulders, which means you should be covered no matter what you want to play. Not only that, the analgoues have a good spring, while the other buttons are clicky and tactile enough. It’s easy to set up your device and place it in the right place, with a sliding mechanism that should be able to accommodate most devices (we had no trouble with an iPhone 13 Pro or Pixel 6 Pro).
Another big deal: GameSir provides you with a great little carrying case that lets you take the controller on the go without incurring unwanted damage. Recommended.
You can buy GameSir X2 BT Controller from Mwave.
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