All of those specialized gaming mice with a dozen extra buttons and multiple monitor setups sure would look great with your PC, but are they really going to add value to your experience? A lot of users have assumed that these high-end peripherals are strictly for hardcore gamers, and that you can’t get any real benefit out of them if you’re just interested in casual gameplay. This, as it turns out, isn’t necessarily true, as these peripherals aren’t just about becoming a better gamer.
They’re about customizing an experience to match your play style. Consider how upgrading some of the most important peripherals can impact your games, and then you can decide if they really offer enough value. There are a ton of options for high-quality peripherals, and you can end up investing a lot of money on them, so you need to make sure you’re getting plenty of value in return.
We've compiled a list of gaming peripherals that we feel are the best for Overwatch. We made sure to be inclusive of all budgets and keep it as objective as possible.
The mouse, probably more than anything else, can have a big impact on your Overwatch game. Finding the one that works for you means looking at the weight (how it glides across a surface), the sensitivity (does it have an adjustable DPI), and its form factor (is it comfortable enough to use for extended gaming sessions?).
Programmable buttons on a mouse are useful for mapping abilities to in Overwatch. Depending on what hero you play it may be essential. So make sure you get the mouse that fits your play style.
Redragon M601 - $13
If you want to play this game competitively, don't buy a $13 mouse. But if you absolutely have to, this is an unremarkable but reliable mouse with no obvious defects and a nice design, a stunning endorsement for a mouse at this price.
Corsair Harpoon - $25
This mouse has all the attriubutes of a premium mouse besides the price. It has a decent DPI of 6,000 and two programmable buttons. It also has RGB backlighting and in my opinion a clean and slick design. This mouse is a cut above all others at this price point.
This is the mouse I use, and my favorite mouse regardless of budget. It's aesthetic, ergonomic and functional. It has two programmable buttons and an impressive DPI of 16,000. It's customisable RGB backlighting makes it look perfect in any setup as well. I'd strongly recommend this mouse. Razer also offer an Overwatch Edition.
Corsair Scimitar Pro - $50
This is an excellent mouse with impressive build quality and a DPI of 16,000. It's also got a sleek design and RGB backlighting. However it isn't as ergonomic or aesthetic in my opinion as the Razer Deathadder, so I can only recommend it over the Deathadder if you need a mouse with a lot of programmable buttons.
What keyboard you should buy is entirely dependent on your play style, your budget and your preferences. Some players may value features like customisable macros and mechanical keys more than others. So I'll try to include a range of keyboards within all budgets in this list.
Redragon Karura K502 - $23
It's slick, well-buit, reliable and has seven switchable backlight colors and a wrist rest for only $23. It uses standard rubber dome switches though and doesn't have many of the features that come with more premium keyboards like anti-ghosting or macros. It's a pretty good keyboard for the price.
ASUS Cerberus - $49
A simple appealing design that still offers media keys, a comfortable typing experience and some macro ability. But what makes this keyboard stand out among not only gaming keyboards at this price point but all gaming keyboards, is that it's completely silent to type on. This could be really useful if you share a room.
Razer Ornata Chroma - $85
RGB backlighting, Mecha-Membrane switches, a wrist rest, anti-ghosting and the slick design that's expected of a Razer product, is what you're getting when you buy this keyboard for $80. Razer has finally combined the mechanical and membrane key to produce a hyrbrid that is both responsive and enjoyable to type on.
Logitech G413 Carbon - $80
The Logitech G413 is a well built mechancial keyboard that sacrfices RGB backlighting and customisable macro keys in exchange for an affordable price tag. Its Romer-G switches feel great to game with, they are virtually silent, responsive and are rated for 70 million actuations. Its low-profile appearances might make it look barebones in comparison to competing keyboards in its range, but the Logitech G413 Carbon is all the better for its magnesium-alloy skeleton exposure. I'd recommend this keyboard if you value typing experience and build quality over features like RGB backlighting and custom macros.
Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 - $146
This board feels as expensive as it is. It's built well and it uses Razer's equivilant of Cherry MX Blues. It's got the best RGB backlighting on the market and many games(including Overwatch) take advantage of this, Overwatch for example uses them to show when an ability's off cooldown. It's got five dedicated macro keys. It comes with a free wrist rest which has a fuax leather feel and attaches to the board with magnets. It's got USB 3 ports and audio passthrough. This board really does have it all, but the price shows it. They also have an Overwatch Edition.
Communication is key in team-based games like Overwatch, so it's important to have a head-set. A head-set will improve your game significantly, however a $200 headset will not improve your game much more than a $50 one. The more expensive ones will let you hear footsteps from further away, but that's it. They'll offer comfort and a better content consumption experience though.
HyperX Cloud Stinger - $50
One of the most affordable gaming headsets available today, the HyperX Cloud Stinger is designed to give players eSports quality audio at a bargain. 50mm directional drivers make the stereo superb. Its noise cancelling mic does an excellent job of ignoring background nosie. And thanks to the lightweight design, the HyperX Cloud Stinger is comfortable to wear for extended play sessions.
SteelSeries Artics 5 - $70
Unlike some of its competitors, SteelSeries stresses subtlety in its headset designs. The Arctis continues this trend by flaunting sound quality and comfort over gaudy appearances. And if monochrome isn't your thing, the Artics offer customisable RGB lighting. This is a great headset for gamers who don't dig the "gamery aesthetic" and only value decent sound quality and comfort.
Razer ManO'War - $140
A sleak design with two soft leatherette ear cups make this one of the best built headsets out there, but that's not all the ManO'War has to offer, it also has great surround sound, multi-color RGB lighting and wireless capability. And if you don't plan on moving that far from your setup, there's a wired version too. The wire comes braided and is very reliable. This headset is as functional as it is sexy.
Turtle Beach - Elite Pro - $150
Sometimes you're prepared to pay a premium for a PC gaming accessory that does the lot, and in the headset category that's the Turtle Beach - Elite Pro. Turtle Beach's 50mm NanoClear drivers deliver excellent sound quality and do an especially great job of bringing you into the heart of the action in shooters. It's also well-built and comfortable.