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Were you one of the lucky people who discovered a shiny new video game console under the tree? Or maybe you received some gift cards that you’ve earmarked to help supplement the system you already own. In any case, we’re for anybody and everybody who’s on the hunt for gaming accessories, with smart picks from Amazon — all on sale —that will make your play experience so much better.
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Game audio is crazy good right now, with grand orchestral scores and realistic sound effects. But your TV speakers might not be up to the challenge — or maybe you don’t want to bother the other people in your household with the noise. So you’re going to want a good gaming headset. Turtle Beach’s Stealth 600 is a solid, affordable pair that will serve you well. It’s compatible with PlayStation and Nintendo Switch, and the luscious padding means you can keep it on for hours without experiencing fatigue. The mic is attached so you don’t have to worry about losing it; just flip it up when you don’t need to talk. And it comes in both black and white versions, so you can pick the one that matches your console. Normally this excellent headset would run you $100, but right now you can add one to your arsenal for $90.
This headset has more than 8,200 five-star ratings on Amazon right now, with users like this shopper calling it “comfortable,” with “fantastic sound” and “very easy to set up.” And this happy gamer says it’s “so amazing,” “has incredible surround sound,” and is “worth every penny. Turtle Beach for life.”
If you need an on-the-go headset to tote around with your Nintendo Switch or Android phone, you really can’t go wrong with the Arctis 1 Wireless. SteelSeries headsets offer amazing, clear audio and they feel great on your head. This model includes a USB-C dongle for plugging into your Switch console or phone, which is so much easier and more reliable than connecting via Bluetooth. It can even connect to your PlayStation 4 or 5 system! At its regular $100 price, this headset is already a bargain, but you can save another few bucks right now at Amazon and grab one for $93.
The Arctis 1 Wireless is a winner on Amazon, with more than 14,000 five-star ratings. One experienced gamer says the “build quality is good, the headset does not feel cheap even though construction is mostly plastic. Decent amount of adjustability, and earcups swivel to lie flat around the neck or on a desk. Earcup padding is also decent and comfortable to wear for extended gameplay sessions.” He tested it with the PS4 Pro, Switch and PC “and it works great across these platforms. Migration is easy between systems, simply move the dongle to the desired device, power on and you’re golden.” This is a great option for getting started gaming quickly!
And if those two headsets are still a little rich for your blood and all you need is something cute and comfortable, the Logitech G335 might just be up your alley. You’ll love the stylish shades it comes in, and the headband feels great on your noggin. This is a wired headset, which means no fussing with USB dongles or Bluetooth connections — just plug it in via the trusty 3.5mm port on your device. You can use it with Switch console too! It’s on sale for only $50 right now, nearly 30 percent off.
Of course, none of that would matter if it didn’t sound great, and one reviewer says it’s “exactly what my ears need. I suffer from tinnitus and often struggle to hear mids and highs clearly, but […] the Logitech is clear as a bell. The sound is rich and crisp, with just enough bass [that] you know it’s there but not so much that it becomes overwhelming.” They also found the G335 to be super comfortable, adding that “the headset itself is very light. I think I’ll be able to wear this for hours a day without fatigue.”
The G633 is also popular with parents. One reviewer says: “I got this for my teen who needed a replacement headset for general use, zoom, streaming, music, gaming and chatting with her friends. She likes it! She said it’s comfortable — the headband and ear pads — her friends say they can hear her better, sound is clear/good, mic is convenient to use. She has been using it daily since she opened the box.”
Once you’ve got your game audio sorted out, you’ll want to upgrade your controller. The gamepads that come with your Xbox and PlayStation systems are pretty good, but if you really want your game audio to shine Turtle Beach’s Recon Controller is worth a look. When you plug your headset into this Xbox gamepad there’s built-in controls for balancing the audio, or you can zero in on specific sounds so you’ll never be caught unaware mid-game! It’s a great-feeling controller too, with rubber grips that sweep the sweat away from your palms, no matter how tense you are!
One hardcore player says, “This is the perfect controller for a competitive gamer who doesn’t want to spend $200 on a Scuf or an Elite [gamepad]…. Quality is above average for a 3rd party controller and customization is excellent.” And this Twitch streamer was thrilled with their purchase: “Wow. I mean, wow. This controller is by far the best, most useful Xbox controller I’ve ever used, and that includes the Elite controller. The audio controls are EXTREMELY useful, the mappable buttons and paddles on the back are a great addition to an already perfect design, and the ability to adjust the EQ settings, volume, mic sensitivity, and game/party chat volume, all from the controller itself is incredible. The rubberized grip texture and the trigger texture really makes this controller feel like a high-end product for sure….”
The Nintendo Switch is a system meant to be taken on-the-go, but the Pro Controller — not so much. With PowerA’s Nano Enhanced Wireless Controller you can enjoy all the benefits of having a fancy gamepad like a directional pad and comfortable palm grips, but at two thirds the size, so it fits easily in your bag. This product just came out earlier this year but it’s already available for at a discount, down from $55 to only $43.
One player with small (but not tiny) hands found it plenty comfortable, saying that “though it’s light, and plastic, it doesn’t feel very cheap at all. The buttons feels nice, very clicky. Great fit. Material feels nice and it looks great. It also does have remote wake. I use it wirelessly, and feel essentially no input lag.” And gamers with tiny hands love it; one shopper says his wife “loves that it’s a little bit smaller […] She said it feels easier and more natural to hold than the regular pro controller….” Sounds like a great potential gift for kid gamers in your life! Grab it now and stash it for an upcoming birthday.
One important Switch accessory that often gets forgotten is a microSD card, which you’ll need to store all the games you download — the internal memory fills up fast. SanDisk is one of the leading computer storage companies; its products are can’t-miss. It offers microSD cards specifically made for your Switch so you know they’ll be compatible. If you’re buying most of your games as physical copies a 128 GB card will do nicely and it’s on sale for only $21 right now. If you need more storage because you love getting Nintendo eShop exclusives, then we recommend upgrading to the $42 256 GB card.
According to shoppers, this microSD card is just as good, if not better than the non-branded ones: “The main difference [between] this and a cheaper SanDisk Ultra, is this card is a U3 and the Ultra is U1. The U3 allows for faster installs and may save a few seconds on load times….” For this shopper the choice was clear: “After I heard that there were some products that caused the switch to malfunction or even burn out the SD port, I took tedious care in selecting the best product for what I needed. This SD card came in clutch, it’s got a Nintendo switch logo, is fully endorsed, and was a lot cheaper than [the] name brand…. My switch is functioning like a dream. If you already made an investment in a switch, go the extra mile and purchase the extra memory for it; you’re going to need it.”
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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Headphones and earbud deals:
Beats Studio Buds, $100 (was $150), amazon.com
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