Finding a setup that really works for you is a sizable challenge. With endless articles about switches and lag, it can be hard to know where to start when you’re a gaming all-rounder who just wants to get comfortable and experience high performance across a variety of game genres.
Many setup guides will hyperfocus on one style of gaming, finding the optimal mouse for an FPS or a suitably smooth keyboard for RPG players. This one is for those of you with a games library where anything goes, from battle royales to walking simulators. Those who will give anything a go. We see you, we hear you.
We also know that the keyboard is the crowning jewel of the flexible setup, allowing for quick and easy transitions between performance gaming and casual encounters. Keyboards are a lot more than WASD these days, so we’ve focused a little more on an offering we really think will catch your eye – the Corsair K70 RGB PRO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, which will be the centrepiece of your entire gaming setup.
The award-winning K70 series is given an update with the RGB PRO, adding a full RGB lighting setup with bright and clear per-key backlighting. Customising your keyboard has never been so easy, with up to 20 lighting layers, you can really let this one speak for you. The brushed aluminium frame and magnetic palm rest also ensure that you’ve got the perfect blend of durability, aesthetics, and comfort.
Something for the performance gamers among you, the K70 RGB PRO comes with a Tournament Switch as standard, which immediately switches the keyboard to distraction-free static lighting and disables accidental macro activations. You can still keep up the speed though, as the keyboard has full N-key rollover and 100% anti-ghosting, which means that every single keypress will be registered, no matter how quick you are.
Want to go even faster? The K70 RGB PRO is powered by AXON hyper-processing technology that allows for inputs to be transmitted and processed up to 8x faster than competitors. Technical specs on this one set it at 8,000Hz hyper-polling, 4,000Hz key scanning, and up to 100 million keystrokes guaranteed, so you won’t be replacing the K70 any time soon.
For those who like to play on-the-go, the USB type-C cable connection means the K70 RGB PRO can be moved from house to house at a moment’s notice.
If you’re really feeling snazzy, you can download the powerful CORSAIR iCUE software, available on Windows and macOS, that enables dynamic RGB lighting control – turning your entire system into an extension of the action. You can also use iCUE to save up to 50 custom profiles if you want to get really serious about your colour-coordination.
But your PC setup isn’t complete with just a keyboard. You’ll need all the other bells and whistles to go with it – an incredibly accurate mouse, a comfortable headset, and charging stations for those extras. Luckily, Corsair has your sorted on all these fronts.
The Mouse – Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse
Yep, we’ve gone wireless. A bold move, perhaps, but this nifty offering from Corsair is about as reliable as you can get. Using the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless means you can game from the desk, sofa, bed, and probably the roof (although, don’t).
Part of the Corsair Champion Series, this lightweight mouse is designed for and tested by esports professionals. Built with an ergonomic shape, the Sabre will remain comfortable after hours of intensive, fast-paced gaming.
When dealing with any wireless gaming mouse, the big question is always about speed. Powered by Slipstream, Corsair’s wireless technology, the Sabre offers sub-1ms wireless transmission speeds and delivers your movements and clicks with up to 2,000Hz hyper-polling. This means reaction times in-game can be up to six times faster than other wireless technology.
For those worried about aesthetics, you’ll be pleased to learn that the Sabre supports iCUE, meaning you can customise the mouse’s RGB lighting to fit your setup. Pair this mouse with the K70 RGB Pro for a superior wireless gaming experience.
The Headset – HS80 RGB Wireless Premium Gaming Headset with Spatial Audio
If you like to play with a headset, you know the sound quality and reliability can really make or break a good gaming experience. Unsurprisingly, Corsair have you covered here as well, with the HS80 RGB Wireless Premium, which offers a whole host of fancy features at an affordable price.
The HS80 features a pair of custom-tuned 50mm high-density neodymium audio drivers that catch every single sound in exquisite detail across an expanded frequency range of 20Hz-40,000Hz. You’ll never want anything with a wire again when you know you’ve got up to 60ft wireless range, 20 hours of battery life, and a 24-bit 48kHz wireless connection.
Powered up with Dolby ATMOS on PC, the HS80 offers fully 3-dimensional sound, allowing you to react to every footstep with extreme accuracy. Add to that the extremely low-latency Slipstream Wireless connection and your opponents won’t stand a chance.
Incredibly, this headset ALSO works with iCUE, so your ears can get in on the dynamic lighting action. They’re made with durable yet comfortable materials for years of reliable gaming, and have all the volume and mute controls you need right there on the headset itself. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, the broadcast-grade optimised omnidirectional microphone might do the job – it even has a built-in mute indicator LED to save you embarrassment down the line.
The Peripherals – ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand and MM700 RGB Mouse Pad
Okay, so you might not need these, but they would certainly finish off the desk aesthetic with a certain flourish.
The ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand is a perfect companion for the HS80 headset, as it can be synced with its RGB profile and used for fast charging. Best of all, it will turn your headset into a desktop speaker, with high quality 7.1 surround sound. Also, it just looks cool.
The extended cloth of the MM700 RGB Mouse Pad provides a huge space for your mouse, keyboard, and any other peripherals you may need. Best of all, it comes with three-zone RGB lighting, allowing you to fully integrate it with the rest of your gaming setup.
We’ve covered it all – lights, sound, and action – in this round-up of the best all-rounder setup items from Corsair. But don’t forget the true hero of your future setup – the Corsair K70 RGB PRO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. With its hyper-processing technology ensuring every press is registered, and its multi-layered lighting setup allowing you to customise it any way you see fit, it’s the perfect addition to any gaming PC.