Finding something for the PC fangirl or boy in your family or circle of friends can be hard if you are not well versed in the tech world. Thankfully that’s where we come in. Whatever your budget we have you covered with our Christmas Gift Guide For PC Lovers.
Most PC users have a preference for their mice, differences in weight, buttons and style all matter. If you are unsure of what your recipient would like then the Acer Predator Cestus 200 RGB Gaming Mouse is a safe bet. With a long life expectancy, built in RBG lighting patterns and on-board memory this is the gaming mouse any PC lover would be happy with.
Editor’s Note: Personally I’m still longing for the white and gold edition of the Cestus 510 mouse. It’s really hard to get in Australia and that makes me a sad panda – Tegan
Earlier today Acer announced a special edition release of its 15.6-inch Predator Helios 300. In addition to being very, very pretty - it also comes with some neat upgrades.Read more
Back support and comfort matter when you spend ungodly hours in the same chair. To combat this downside to PC gaming, many new computer chairs have been designed with gamer’s in mind. These chairs range in comfort and price, with the Secret Lab Gaming Chair OMEGA Series sitting right in the sweet spot of high grade comfort and affordability.
The Secretlab Omega Stealth is, by all accounts, an incredibly comfortable chair. It's designed for long sessions of marathon gaming, and is washable to get rid of all the food and drink stains that come with hours in front of keyboard and mouse. The guys behind Secretlab are former competitive gamers who have suffered back issues with inferior chairs, and now you can buy their brainchild in Australia.Read more
If you are worried about putting it together – don’t worry. We have managed to assemble one in the middle of the office with minimal difficulty.
As someone who wears headphones all day the most important thing to look for is one that doesn’t eventually crush your ears into painful oblivion. Comfort matters above all else for me, with audio quality coming in a close second.
Emulating is a great way to play old school games on your PC and Mac, so upgrade the experience with a SNES controller that connects by USB. Setting it up is easy, just plug it into a USB port and the driver will install itself.
Enjoy old school games the way they were meant to be played – on thousands of dollars of hardware years after release.
Dust, crumbs, pet fur and dirt tend to build up in keyboards rapidly. Taking keyboards apart just to clean in between the keys can be a real drag (not to mention putting it all back together again). Instead this handy little gadget gets in between the keys to suck up all the stuff stuck in your nice mechanical keyboard.
As someone who has a mechanical keyboard I know that you need to clean it a few times a year, so having a cheap and handy solution like this come from Santa (even just as a stocking stuffer) would be pretty nice.
Virtual Reality is the next step up in entertainment technology. Now the technology has advanced far enough that you can now own one in your own home. Various games have been made for VR now, with it quickly becoming its own platform.
Aside from games though VR can virtually (no pun intended) do anything, you can be anyone or anywhere – all from the comfort of your own home.
This is definitely one of the more expensive options on the list, but we can all dream, right?
Totem Labs is a Sydney-based company using Virtual Reality and 360 video to treat phobias with exposure therapy - and it has just received a grant from the NSW Government to expand the business.Read more
Mouse mats have come a long way since the cheap materials that were part in parcel with your Windows XP install. Today, they’re part of the PC setup aesthetic. Everything needs to match – from your mouse, keyboard and tower to the previously-humble mouse pad.
A consistent theme is an important part of decking out your desk and most people find that a colour scheme and RGB lights are the best way to go.
The Razer soft gaming mouse mat comes in a variety of sizes, but I like the extended editions as it runs from the left to the right along the desk, with mat to spare. The soft texture and LED lights add a nice touch to my work desk that makes me feel somewhat professional.
Now that Steam is in AUD there’s never been a better time to stock up on some Steam currency before the Steam Christmas Sale during December. A gift card like this is perfect for getting someone the game they want, without making a mistake and getting them the wrong one or something to that affect. With a Steam gift card they can choose exactly what they want and might even have some left over to get a cool new indie game during the sales as well.
Price: $10, $20, $50, $100
If you are really willing to spend some money on your loved one, then helping them to upgrade to the ultimate graphics card on the market this year is a pretty great gift. Next to the motherboard, the graphic card is the heart of a PC, especially for those who love their computers.
Having somewhere to hand your headphones is a real luxury on your desk. Being able to put them somewhere when not using them and keeping them safe from damage is pretty useful.
Using a keyboard and mouse all day can be hard on your wrists, but now you can buy some cushions shaped just for this. Having a set of wrist pads for your keyboard and mouse can help to decrease tension and soreness from rubbing against the desk.
These foam pads provide support and comfort – something that people who spend long hours behind a desk always crave.
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