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    39 Accessories You Might Want If You Take Gaming Pretty Seriously

    Game on, noobs.

    1. Cable clips to attach to your many charging wires to finally form a manageable system that won't have you fumbling to untangle cords every time you want to charge your phone or another device.

    the cable clips with a wire in between

    Promising review: "I used these to stick to the side of a table in my gaming room. I got tired of picking up charging cables off the floor in a tangled mess. Now I just reach over, grab the correct charging cable and plug in my phone, controller, etc. All nice and neat." —IssysDad

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $6.97.

    2. A thin bar light that'll brighten your gaming area so you can happily continue to play hours and hours (AND HOURS) of World of Warcraft without your partner asking "are you still sitting in the dark?"

    a reviewer's monitor with the light above
    another reviewer's monitor set up with the light bar above it

    Promising review: "It's a good option for a streamer that has an overhead camera that shows-off their custom keyboard, gaming mouse, or artisan desk mat. Highly recommended and for the price, it's worth every dollar you spend." —MarkusTechCorner

    Get it from Amazon for $99+ (available in three sizes).

    3. An ultra thin electrical cover so you can finally enjoy full access to the outlet behind your dresser — plug this bad boy in and *poof* you'll have not one, not two, but SIX new outlets at your disposal.

    reviewer before and after photo of plugs on top and the thin outlet on bottom
    reviewer holding the power strip

    Promising review: "The design of this is great. I always hated putting plugs behind furniture and either not using the plug, or the furniture being inches away from the wall. This is the perfect solution. I have a few of these now behind couches and dressers in the house and they are great. This is more expensive than some other flat extension cords but I think the look and quality of these is worth it." —Adam C.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    4. A mini tower with 10 outlets that'll act as a battery backup so you'll never lose all the progress you made building your multiple-story mansion in The Sims.

    the tower

    Promising review: "I am the proud owner of three of these (so far). They're quiet when on AC power. They have great customization. I've muted the beeps and warnings so if the power kicks off, they just take over without distracting me further. I LOVE the two front USB plugs. I charge devices from them all the time. The LED screen is off by default until you press a button, so other than the dimly lit power button on the front, there's no distracting lights or sounds under normal use on AC power. So, how well do they work? Well, I've owned a lot of UPSes. These are by far much quieter than any I've purchased from APC. They have a true sine wave output (which is amazing!), and the 1500VA is perfect for most electronics. The front screen will tell you how much of a load you have plugged in and even an estimate for how long the unit should run given that load if you lost power. So, no surprises!" —Ramze

    Get it from Amazon for $162.92+ (available in four styles).

    5. A splurge-worthy mouse designed for serious esports gaming with special features — it's extremely lightweight, has programmable RGB lights, and is ambidextrous.

    a black mouse with light-up features

    As my husband says, this mouse is "the best you can get for the money." Enough said.

    Promising review: "The model D is everything you could ever want. If you want a lighter mouse to get those easier flicks, this is for you. One thing you need to know is that this mouse is an ergonomic mouse. That means this is for fingertip players. If you play claw while gaming this might not be for you." —Rowan

    Get it from Glorious PC Gaming for $49.99 (available in two styles).

    6. Logitech G PRO X Superlight gaming mouse, a must-have for any gamer who is sick and tired of being bogged down by yet another wire.

    My husband is obsessed with this mouse — and he's tried many (many!) mice out. It's lightweight and was designed with help from actual professional gamers. It moves super fast on the screen and glides very smoothly. 

    Promising review: "Honestly, there's no better way to say it, this is my endgame mouse. At 59g on my scale, this is by far the lightest mouse I've ever owned. The grip is amazing for claw grip, and I consider myself to have rather medium to large-sized hands. If you have the old GPW, even if it doesn't seem like it, the upgrade is well worth it, especially if you're just gonna sell the old unit as I did. One of the best purchases I've made so far." —Gabriel

    Get it from Amazon for $149.98 (available in two colors).

    7. An HDMI splitter, so you won't need to fumble with any cables when you want to switch between your PS4 or Xbox.

    a reviewer photo of the cable splitter
    the cable splitter with two hdmi cords plugged into it

    With a single click any gamer will be able to cycle through two different devices without having to unplug ANYTHING. Convenience is key, people.

    Promising review: "I purchased this splitter for use with my television and a PlayStation Vita TV console and Nintendo Wii U console. I ran out of ports, so a splitter seemed to be the perfect solution, much better than unplugging devices every time I needed to switch. This product is simple to use: plug the two sources into one side and the output location in the other, and you're done! It can also be used to split one device to two locations, like displaying a video game or television show on two different monitors. There is a small button you press in the center of the splitter to switch between the output selections. The video quality was good on the display even though it is going through the splitter. Overall, I highly recommend this product to anyone who runs out of HDMI ports on their television. I didn't find any flaws with the product. 5/5 stars." —Zero Ehxe

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    8. A steering wheel accessory for the Nintendo Switch that'll make you feel like a real racer and be a bit more supportive for your hands so you can truly crush all the kiddos in your life who *think* they have what it takes to be a Mario Kart Champion. Psh.

    two black steering wheels with a joycon fitted inside each

    Promising review: "I bought this after watching a review on YouTube. This item allows my wife that has arthritis to play and enjoy Mario Kart. Normal controllers hurt her hands but the motion control and these wheels make the game enjoyable to play for her. The paddle buttons on top of the unit work very well." —Charles C Coogler III

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    9. carrying case to keep your Switch protected when it's not sitting in the charger and to prove to yourself you are, in fact, a responsible adult who takes care of their belongings.

    a model taking their switch out of the simple black carrying case

    My husband has this case and is a big fan — it's super convenient when traveling, as it has a spot to store all the essentials you need for Switch gaming.

    Promising review: "Great to carry around your Switch without fear of damage. I have a USB-C cable, Samsung power adapter, HDMI cable (6ft), Joycon wrist straps, and the FastSnail HDMI Type C Hub Adapter so I can play on the big screen. I think I can fit one more pair of Joycons (and straps) so i can get 4 player Mario Cart. With all that stuff in this case, there is little to no pressure on the Switch. But you can't just throw it all in, you need to purposefully place the items to make sure there is no pressure on the screen or joysticks." —DanA

    Get it from Amazon for $12.96+ (available in 10 colors).

    10. A PS4 controller charging dock you can use to keep *both* of your controllers juiced-up and ready to go in a mere two hours without taking up a ton of space.

    Promising review: "Not only does this dock work awesomely, it looks pretty cool next to my PS4! It is very convenient and an accessory that I have been missing out on. I really love that it charges using the bottom headphone ext port, rather than struggling to use the micro USB port at the top. I highly recommend this dual charging dock for those looking for a sleek looking space saver!" —Dan Flanagan

    Get it from Amazon for $14.66.

    11. A 24-inch curved monitor that'll make you feel like you've left your boring corner of the house and immersed yourself right into the world of your favorite game.

    the curved monitor

    Promising review: "This 24-inch curved VA panel looks really good after playing with the colors and settings. Buttery smooth 144Hz is yours on either the DP (cable included) or HDMI 2.0 and it is amazing just like everyone says. The logo on the back glows red and the system menu is OK but not bad. The stand is very sturdy and has a good snug tilting mechanism. The bezels are a tad wider than you're led to believe but still not bad. It does have speakers but they are not great. There is only one screen protector and it peels off very easy. The other layer is the anti-glare layer. Everything but the stand is plastic but if $159 gets you a clean 24-inch curved, 144Hz, 3ms, egde design, VA panel in a solid package then this is worth plugging into any budget gaming build." —Steven

    Get it from Amazon for $212.95+ (available in three sizes).

    12. An Oculus Quest VR gaming system so you can feel like you're venturing outside of the house without actually leaving your living room.

    a gif of someone playing with the oculus on their face
    the oculus headset and controllers
    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    From the moment I put the headset over my eyes I thought "Wow, I never have to leave the house again!!!" From finally getting a chance to live within the Star Wars universe (for free via the Droid Repair game) to adventuring in nature via National Geographic (also free!) there is so much at-home fun to be had thanks to this system. I'm personally more introverted, but I still enjoy spending time with family and friends. The Quest has been a great way for me to have a good time interacting with my loved ones without feeling overwhelmed by TOO much chatter. I brought it to Thanksgiving and we had a blast taking turns playing with it. My sister and her boyfriend also came over to try it and we spent hours giggling watching one another play. Super fun!

    Get it from Amazon for $349.99.