These are the Best accessories for gaming laptops: Mice, keyboards, headsets, and more
Gaming laptops are in high demand especially with all the new processors and graphics chips being introduced by AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA. More and more gamers are now relying on them instead of building a gaming desktop, as the market continues to offer limited supplies and high prices for GPUs and other chipsets. While the situation is slowly getting better, the adoption of gaming laptops has massively increased during the 2020-2021 period. According to Statista, the global gaming laptop market was valued at $10.96 billion in the year 2020 and forecasts predict that it will go up to $17.82 billion by the end of 2026.
At the same time, the gaming accessory market has also taken a leap with a 21% volume growth recorded in 2020 as reported by Futuresource Consulting. Apart from the high adoption of gaming PCs, the reason for this increase is due to the newly launched consoles, the Xbox Series X|S and Sony’s PlayStation 5. The report also says, “The gaming accessories market is highly competitive due to the presence of very few global vendors who hold a high market share. The manufacturers in the worldwide gaming accessories market are primarily focused on improving their portfolio of gaming accessories to stay competitive in the market.”
Today we are listing some of the best accessories for gaming laptops. We’ve included headsets, keyboards, mice, USB hubs, and many more that should elevate your experience. There are also some important items that can help you maintain the longevity of your laptop to some degree, while others will enhance your gaming setup.
Mouse, keyboards, controllers
The Logitech G203 comes in a variety of colors, and features an 8,000dpi sensor along with a slick RGB strip at a fairly affordable price tag.
Best TKL mechanical keyboard
One of the best TKL mechanical keyboards out there, the SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL features a solid aluminum construction, per-key RGB backlighting, and a nifty OLED mini-display. It comes with the company's reliable red, blue or brown switches which are somewhat similar to the Cherry MX versions.
Best multi-platform controller
The 8Bitdo Sn30 Pro+ is a wireless game controller that's quite comfortable to use and supports a variety of platforms including PC, macOS, Android, Nintendo Switch, Steam and Raspberry Pi.
Best wireless mechanical keyboard
Razer is a popular brand in gaming space and offers the BlackWidow V3 Pro wireless mechanical keyboard featuring aluminum construction, three connectivity modes, RGB lighting and the option of their green clicky or yellow linear switches.
Best wireless gaming mouse
The Logitech G Pro X stays on top of the pack if you're looking for the best wireless gaming mouse. It's super light, offers an excellent design for all sorts of grips and Logitech's lag-free Lightspeed wireless connectivity. It also supports wireless charging, but only through Logitech G’s Powerplay mousepad.
The Xbox One wireless controller is a highly recommended gaming controller that offers the most seamless compatibility with laptops running on Windows.
Affordable game controller
The Logitech F310 is an inexpensive way to add a controller to your gaming laptop. It's a wired controller that offers support for both modern and old arcade style games with XInput and DirectInput.
If you're heavily into arcade games, it's best to invest in an arcade stick controller like the Mayflash F300 rather than smashing the mushy keys on your gaming laptop.
Best true wireless earbuds
If you want a lightweight, wireless audio solution, the Razer Hammerhead are a great pair of true wireless earphones for gaming. They feature 13mm drivers and low latency of 60ms for a lag-free experience.
Best wireless gaming headset
One of the most comfortable gaming headphones, the Logitech G Pro X wireless gaming headset offers one of the best designs. It offers Bluetooth and 2.4Ghz wireless connectivity and offers support for DTS Headphone:X 2.0, over 20 hours of battery life and Blue voice.
This is a great condenser microphone for gamers who are into streaming and want a versatile product. It features some nifty features including tap-to-mute sensor, USB connectivity, selectable polar pattern dial and more.
An external sound card is a great way to expand your audio setup, whether it's for gaming, streaming, or podcasting. The Creative Sound Blaster X4 is a reliable solution that features a hi-res 7.1 DAC dedicated line-in for your microphone and headsets, as well as a large volume dial that lights up.
For the best wire-free audio experience, get the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 that can deliver crystal clear sound, 15 hours of battery life, rugged design and a two-year warranty.
Logitech's 2.1 speakers deliver great sound especially if you play a lot of action games thanks to the dedicated subwoofer. It also comes with RGB lighting to give it a gaming personality and some flair to your setup.
Best wired gaming headset
The HyperX Cloud Orbit S offers an extra-wide frequency response range from 10Hz going up to 50,000Hz large 100mm drivers. It even supports Waves NX technology for immersive directional sound and the option of connecting over a USB-C, USB-A, or a 3.5mm cable.
Best affordable microphone
The Blue Snowball iCE is rated as one of the best if you’re looking for an affordable USB microphone. Apart from offering crisp audio, it comes with a sturdy build quality.
Maintenance and protection
Gaming laptops can get extremely hot during long gaming sessions and if you're looking for a cooling pad, the Thermaltake Massive 20 is a great option featuring a 200mm fan, RGB lighting and a size that can accommodate laptops up to 19 inches.
Legion's Armored Backpack II is a double-layered gaming backpack capable of storing up to a 17 inch gaming laptop as well as compartments for your accessories like mouse, keyboard, charger, etc.
Antistatic cleaning brush kit
Keep your gaming laptop dust free with this cleaning brush kit made out of anti-static material. It also comes with a microfiber cleaning cloth which is the best type of material to sweep fine dust.
Cleaning kit for your screen
You don't want a dirty screen when you are sniping down enemies do you? Keep your laptop's screen spotless with this simple cleaning kit. The liquid agent is odorless and safe for all types of screens.
Get some extra protection for your gaming laptop with the Casematix hard case that offers water resistance and is compatible with 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch size laptops.
Monitors and video
Best external gaming monitor
LG makes some of the best gaming monitors and the UltraGear 27GN850-B offers the sweet spot with its 27 inch panel that offers a 1440p resolution with a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and HDR10 support.
Best portable gaming monitor
A portable monitor allows you to carry your dual-screen setup with you and the ROG Strix XG17AHPE comes with a high 240Hz refresh rate with a 3ms response time, Adaptive Sync and a built-in battery.
Best external capture card
If you plan to stream your gameplay, you'll need an external capture card. Elgato is one of the best in the business and the HD60 S lets you record and stream at 1080p 60fps resolution with zero-lag passthrough and ultra-low latency.
Dongles, adapters and more
Convert your gaming experience into a fully-fledged workstation with this docking station that offers a variety of ports, an SD card reader, as well a 100W USB-PD. The angled design also lets you prop your laptop onto the dock itself.
Certain thin and light gaming laptops are now missing out on important I/O connectivity. Anker's handy USB-C hub is a good solution as it comes with an HDMI port, SD card slot, USB-A, and USB-C data ports, as well as 100W pass-through charging with Power Delivery.
Got limited USB Type-A ports on your gaming laptop? Extend that with the Anker Ultra Slim 4-Port USB 3.0 Data Hub that offers a simple, clean and compact design.
Razer's very own Thunderbolt 4 dock offers an SD card reader, a 3.5mm audio jack, three Thunderbolt 4 downstream ports, a Thunderbolt 4 upstream port, Gigabit Ethernet, three USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports, and of course RGB lighting.
With modern games taking up an immense amount of storage space, an external SSD is a great idea to quickly and safely offload data from your internal drive. In the case of Samsung T7, it also offers a fingerprint scanner, if you are worried about security.
The Corsair MM700 is a large-sized gaming mouse pad with dimensions of 930mm x 400mm (36.6” x 15.8”). It offers a soft finish and RGB lighting that can be controlled using the iCUE software.
The Logitech StreamCam manages to dethrone the company's C922 by offering better picture quality with support for steady 1080p recording at 60fps along with great low light performance.
Most modern gaming laptops today offer support for USB-PD thus allowing you juice up the battery using a power bank. Do note that while this power bank can charge the battery, you will need to use the bundled charger while gaming to get the full potential of the graphics card.
Best live-streaming controller
The Elgato Stream Deck can elevate your game streaming by offering a bunch of customizable LCD keys to trigger almost any action, thereby eliminating the need to map and memorize keyboard shortcuts.
Keep all your cables, hard drives, USB drives, chargers, cables and other small accessories organized with the Peak Designs Tech Pouch that offers a number of storage pockets with its origami-style internal layouts.
Long gaming sessions can take a toll on your laptop and can lead to some sweaty palms. Having a portable USB-powered desk fan can help you out with both!
A great way to add some ambient lighting to your gaming setup, these RBG light bars support Alexa and Google voice assistants, 12 preset modes and an ambience mode using a tiny camera.
These are some of the best and must-have accessories for your gaming laptop. In our opinion, you should primarily invest in good audio equipment and then eventually move on to other accessories for your setup.
If you haven’t decided on a new gaming laptop, we can help you make an informed decision. Take a look at our guide of the best gaming laptops to buy in 2021, the best gaming laptops on a budget, and the best laptops powered by AMD Ryzen processors.