Vacationing in Maui (thankfully dodging the worst of the recent Tsuami) seemed like the perfect opportunity to write about some of the best PC gaming gear for laptops and ‘gaming on the go’. Read on for four of the best gaming accessories for gaming on the go, and a fifth ‘surprise’ accessory that really saved the show.
Best gaming mouse
Top runners for a travel-friendly gaming mouse include the Razer Orochi ($70) and the Coolermaster (CM Storm) Spawn ($50) both of which are very small. The Orochi is a wireless Bluetooth mouse with better macro capabilities, but the Spawn is more comfortable. The winner? Neither.
I opted instead to bring the Razer Naga ($80). The Naga is only slightly larger than the Orochi and the Spawn, and it has the 12-key keypad to help compensate for the less-than perfect keyboard on my laptop.
Best gaming keyboard
I ultimately settled for my laptop’s standard keyboard, but there were two keyboards I considered bringing with me: The Razer Marauder Starcraft II keyboard ($100) or the Razer Nostromo speedpad ($60).
The Razer Marauder is a very compact keyboard but still full sized enough to game without compromise. It’s certainly compact enough to travel with if you’re willing to pack it in checked baggage or carry the extra heft in a laptop.
The Razer Nostromo is also a nice alternative to compensate for the typically less-than-ideal keyboard of most laptops—particularly when paired with the Razer Naga.
Best PC speakers & headset
The Razer Ferox ($60) sound great and take up minimal space in your laptop bag. Better still, they’re equally adept as laptop speakers for gaming, media playback, or as iPod speakers/mobile phone speakers. I’ve used them for light gaming while the wife has periodically abducted them to use for listening to music and audio books on her iPod.
For headsets, I’ve always liked the Razer Moray+ Mobile headphones ($30) which are very nice and highly flexible in-ear earphones good for gaming, skyping, or cell phone use.
But I also chose to bring the Nox Audio Specialist headset ($70), becauase earbuds can sometimes get uncomfortable after a while, and because I needed to bring multiple headsets anyway for the wife and kids. The NOX Audio Specialist headset is a very comfortable headset, and they fold up for easy storage in their own space-efficient and very sturdy carrying case—safe enough to pack in checked luggage, and space-efficient enough to toss in a laptop bag without consuming too much space.
And now the gear that really saved my ass
Of course, all this cool gear was virtually for naught upon my arrival in Maui because I accidentally left behind a crucial piece of gear—my laptop’s AC adapter. Fortunately, I was saved by the local Officemax, and iGo Green universal laptop AC adapter ($90).
This cool adapter comes with an array of plugs that virtually guarantees it will work with any laptop. Better still, it has a USB connector as well, so as long as you have the correct USB cable, you can use the adapter to charge your mobile phone and laptop at the same time.
Another key feature of the iGoGreen is that it stops charging your battery once its full—reducing the overall power draw (no ‘vampire electricity usage’) and probably saving your rechargeable batteries a little wear and tear as well. And if you’re vacations tend to be a little ‘electronics laden’ like mine, you can potentially save some carry space and weight by replacing multiple chargers with the iGoGreen,
The iGoGreen costs about $90 at OfficeMax and other retailers.