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Top 10 Best Gaming Accessories of Present Time

Top 10 Best Gaming Accessories of Present Time

For gamers having a gaming laptop/PC is not enough to have the complete fun of the games they have on their system. They require gaming accessories as well. But what kind of gaming accessories should they have? They should have a perfect headset, the best gaming mouse and a monitor with sharp colors. Whereas a powerful internet connection and a perfect gaming keyboard is also a must. When you have such accessories on your table, only then you can have full joy while playing games.

Now we are going to talk about top 10 best gaming accessories of Present time.

1. ASTRO Gaming A50 Wireless Headset

Only serious gamers know the value of ASTRO Gaming A50 Wireless Headset. With the help of this headset you can hear the tiniest details due to the presence of Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound. This headset will make you hear those sounds which cannot be heard by human ear. The price of this headset is $299.

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2. RatPadz XT

Having the best gaming mouse is still not enough and you cannot perform well if you have a bad and rough surface for your mouse. RatPadz XT is such a gaming surface that allows you to swiftly move your mouse while playing serious games like DOTA 2, league of legends etc which requires swift movement of the mouse. The price of this gaming surface is $25.

3. Logitech G27 Racing wheel

This device was designed by Logitech and in the whole market it gives the most realistic feedback. This device will give you the experience of weight shift, traction loss and more importantly you will feel like you are driving it in real. The price of this device is $299.

4. Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum

This mouse has a perfect grip and user friendly shape. Moreover it also contains 11 functional buttons. Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum is one of the best gaming mouse in the market at present time. This device is called the jack-of-all-trades because of its performance and reliability. The price of this gaming mouse is from $80.

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5. Gaming Monitor: BENQ XL2420G

The only difference while playing on a laptop and a PC is the size of the screen. The BENQ XL2420G is a 24-inch 1080p screen which gives you bright and attractive colorful display. The presence of Nvidia’s G-Sync technology allows you to have frame rates which are as smooth as butter. This monitor also has the functionality of Classic Mode which lets you to do settings according to your taste. The price of BENQ XL2420 is $699.

6. Gaming Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Chroma

Playing games on a simple and dull keyboard does not entertain you as much as when playing on a mechanical keyboard. So, one of the best mechanical keyboard is Razer BlackWidow Chroma. This keyboard gives a pretty decent and lovely look. Due to the presence of Razer’s Synapse software, the keys can be colored up to a high range of 16.8 million. This keyboard also gives you the facility of macro recording. The price of this keyboard is $165.

7. Gaming Router: Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena

Despite of having the best gaming PC/laptop and all the accessories required by the gamers, still they cannot play a game smoothly if they have a weak or bad internet connection due to poor performance of the router.

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To overcome such problems you need to have a good router, e.g. the Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena. This device has such functionality that if you want that its signals do not go out of the gaming room and are used by other home members, you should go to the settings and take advantage of this functionality. The price of this router is $204.

8. Razer Naga Epic Gaming Mouse

It is also one of the best gaming mouse with high sensitivity. This mouse is best for playing MMO games because it consists of 17 functional buttons. In order to have a perfect grip of the mouse, this mouse consists of 3 side panels which are interchangeable. The price of this mouse is $130.

9. Razer Nostromo Keypad

It was designed in order to replace the keyboard in RTS, FPS and MMORPG games. It consists of 15 functional keys. The price of this keypad is $70.

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10. Steelseries 7G Gaming Keyboard

If in case you do not need a keyboard having custom keys and lights, this steelseries 7G gaming keyboard is the perfect keyboard for you then. It is made on the design of IBM in which 18k gold plated mechanical switches are used. The price of this keyboard is $150.

These are all the accessories which the gamers dream of having them at their home.

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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