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Our experts have spent hundreds of hours playing games (it’s a really hard job) to find the best gaming gear. We’ve picked the best peripherals for gaming—including mice, keyboards, and controllers, as well as VR headsets for your computer or smartphone—and the best laptops and computers to play on, no matter your budget.
  • Four of our picks for best gaming mouse displayed side by side in a row.

    The Best Gaming Mouse

    by Kimber Streams

    After new rounds of gaming-mouse panel testing, we’ve selected a new runner-up and a new upgrade pick for players looking for the best wireless option.

  • A Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, shown with SD cards and an extra Joy-Con controller.

    The Best Nintendo Switch for You: Original, Lite, or OLED

    by Andrew Cunningham, Arthur Gies, and Haley Perry

    For Nintendo fans and gamers on the go, the Switch is a no-brainer, and we’re here to help you figure out which version to get—for yourself or someone else.

  • A white virtual reality headset and hand controls on a light purple background.

    The Best VR Headset

    by Signe Brewster and Arthur Gies

    Our pick pairs great performance with a very low cost of entry.

  • A photo of the new Playstation 5 on a blue background.

    Choosing the Right PlayStation 5

    by Arthur Gies and Haley Perry

    The new PlayStation 5 launched on November 12, 2020. We break down the differences that matter and consider whether it’s worth the upgrade.

  • The Steam Deck, show in front of a light blue background, next to some other handheld video game devices.

  • The PSVR 2 headset, next to its two controllers, in front of a teal background.

  • A screen capture of the video game Hi-Fi Rush.

  • Two gaming controllers, side-by-side, against a pink background.

    The Best Game Consoles

    by Arthur Gies and Haley Perry

    Video game consoles are more popular than ever, but it can be hard to figure out the right one to buy. We’re here to help—assuming you can find one.

  • An illustration of a red car driving on a road resembling an arcade video game, with other video game-like characters around.

  • The DualSense Edge controller with the box.

  • The TCL 6-Series displays a video game scene.

    The Best Gaming TV for PS5 & Xbox Series X

    by Lee Neikirk and Chris Heinonen

    The LG C2’s comprehensive set of gaming features and excellent picture quality make it our pick for the best gaming TV.

  • PC game controllers

    The Best PC Gaming Controller

    by Andrew Cunningham and Britt H. Young

    With nearly complete compatibility for every controller-based game on Windows or Mac, the Xbox controller for Series X|S is the best option for most people.

  • One of the models we tested to find the best cheap gaming laptop, showing a red patterned screen background and red-lit keys.

    The Best Cheap Gaming Laptop

    by Haley Perry

    You may not need to spend as much as you think to get a good gaming experience on a laptop, and we’ve got options for multiple budgets.

  • Our picks for best gaming headsets next to a keyboard.

    The Best Gaming Headsets

    by Haley Perry

    While we continue to recommend HyperX’s now legendary Cloud Alpha headset for most people, we have great new budget and upgrade picks for everybody else.

  • Our pick for best ultrawide monitor, the Dell P3421W, shown next to a wireless keyboard and a wireless mouse.

    The Best Ultrawide Monitors

    by Dave Gershgorn

    Ultrawide monitors are appealing for viewing documents or browser windows side by side, and they make video games more immersive.

  • An illustration with lots of chains and lockpads floating around a bunch of web browser windows.

  • A pair of mechanical keyboards that have had a couple of their keys and switches pulled out by a keycap puller.

    How to Shop for a Mechanical Keyboard

    by Kimber Streams

    Most keyboards suck. Upgrading to a mechanical one might be the right move. Here’s how to find the perfect mechanical keyboard for your needs.

  • Two Xbox consoles on a white background.

    Choosing the Right Xbox: Series X or Series S

    by Arthur Gies

    The new Xbox Series X and Series S launch on November 10. We break down the differences that matter and consider whether they’re worth the upgrade.

  • Gear and Peripherals for PC Gaming

    by Haley Perry

    We’ve tested hundreds of gaming laptops, keyboards, mice, and other essentials to make your PC gaming experience even more immersive and enjoyable.

  • An illustration of a comic strip of a person at their computer, suddenly they play a Kirby game and their hair turns pink.

  • A gaming mouse, keyboard, headset, and two Xbox wireless controllers on a purple surface.

    The 24 Best Gifts for Gamers

    by Haley Perry and Wirecutter Staff

    If you’re stumped about what to get the gamer in your life, consider some Wirecutter-tested accessories or this year’s newest games.

  • A Nintendo Switch displaying video game selection on the screen.

  • A tennis match scene from Nintendo's Switch Sports.

  • A person playing Mario Kart on a nintendo switch in handheld mode.

  • A triptych with three photos of products, a Hisense U7G LCD TV, a Microsoft Xbox Series S and a SanDisk MicroSDXC card.

  • An illustration of a warrior with raising a sword while a large abstract monster looms in the background.

    Should I Be Playing Elden Ring?

    by Thorin Klosowski

    Elden Ring may turn out to be the best game of the year, but that doesn’t mean everyone will enjoy it.

  • A compilation of screenshots from the top four video games recommended this winter.

    Four Video Games to Ride Out the End of Winter

    by Haley Perry

    If you’re stuck inside and looking for a longer adventure than usual to get you through the winter, here are four games we think are worth your time.

  • A screenshot from the upcoming Nintendo Switch Sports game in which a digital person is bowling in a bowling alley.

  • A nintendo switch with red joy cons that is turned on to the home menu screen, shown next to a single green nintendo joy con.

  • Artwork from iconic franchises from the Activision, Blizzard and King studios.

  • Collage of four screenshoots from our recommended games.

  • Three Xbox controllers, one orange, one white, and one blue.

    Set Up That Gaming Console Before You Wrap It

    by Arthur Gies

    Setting up a gaming console you plan to give someone for the holidays before you gift it will ensure that they can start playing the moment they unwrap it.

  • Two game consoles one black and one white

  • A side view of an Xbox Series S.

  • Five of the microSD cards that we tested, shown between two SD memory cards.

    The Best microSD Cards

    by Joel Santo Domingo

    Most microSD cards are good enough, but if you know what to look for, it’s not hard to get one that’s great.


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Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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