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All the gear you need to upgrade your stay-at-home setup

By Hoots the Owl - 11 May 2020

Pimp out your battlestation

RGB overload

Work aside, there are the gamers who now have more time on their hands than ever to spend fragging out or exploring their favourite game world. This is the perfect opportunity to create something truly stunning with your setup, and what better way to do that than with RGB lighting, long a staple of some of the most impressive gaming battlestations around.

 

1. Razer Goliathus Extended Chroma

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A mousepad is one of the most low-tech things you'll find on any desk. But wait, you can slap RGB lighting on it too. The Razer Goliathus Extended Chroma is ringed by LEDs, capable of displaying the full spectrum of 16.8 million colours. It can even change colour according to in-game events and be synced with other Chroma-compatible gear. 

At its core, it is a cloth pad, featuring what Razer describes as a micro-textured cloth surface that offers a balance between control and speed. Measuring 920 x 294mm, this pad will offer plenty of room for both your keyboard and mouse, while still leaving space for low sensitivity players to make long swipes across its surface.

With a choice of Black, Quartz Pink, and Mercury White, you can also pick it up in a colour that matches the rest of your gear. 

Get it now on Lazada at S$89.90

 

2. Glorious Model O

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The Glorious Model O is one of the best gaming mice to come out in 2019. Featuring a flawless 12,000DPI PMW 3360 optical sensor and an incredibly light weight of just 67g, it forced everyone to sit up and take notice of this upstart company. It also utilises a comfortable, ambidextrous shape, even if the side buttons are only on the left side, making it suitable for a wide range of grip styles.

The RGB lighting is also one of the most impressive around, with light rails running down both sides of the mouse, and brilliant LEDs shining through its perforated shell. The flexible Ascended Cord is super soft and supple, with almost zero cable drag. You can buy the Ascended Cord in a different colour if you want too, which means you can pick something that matches the rest of your setup. And if you want something smaller, there's also the Model O-, so there's something for a range of hand sizes. 

The Model O and Model O- are available to buy on Lazada at S$99.

Read More: Check out our full review here.

 

3. Hexgears Gemini Dusk

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The Hexgears Gemini Dusk mechanical keyboard comes with many thoughtful features that exude quality, including an machined all-metal case, PBT doubleshot keycaps, and hot-swap switch sockets. PBT keycaps are far more resistant to shine than ABS, so it should stay in like-new condition for far longer. The hot-swap sockets are a convenient addition as well, as they'll allow you to change your switches on-the-fly and experiment with different switch types. 

Dual USB-C ports provide additional cable management options, depending on whether your PC sits on your right or left. There are no keyboard feet either, and the Gemini Dusk relies on a more modern magnetic angle adjustment bar that snaps securely into place. 

But best of all, the LED lights on this keyboard are simply brilliant. The entire frame is ringed by LEDs, and the shine-through legends show off the per-key lighting and animations. 

It is available on the Kono Store at US$159.99, with a choice of Kailh Box White, Box Brown, or Box Red switches. 

 

4. Logitech G560 LightSync PC gaming speakers

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You can literally have RGB lighting on every piece of equipment, including your speakers. The Logitech G560 LightSync lets you extend your game world beyond your monitor, and there is support for custom effects and animations in specific games, such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto V, and more. Elsewhere, there's also an audio visualiser feature that lets it respond to music. Lower volume produces a soft breathing effect, while louder beats result in stronger pulses. 

This is a 2.1 setup, and the included down-firing sub-woofer should give you pounding bass and a more immersive gaming experience. If you don't want to deal with the hassle of wires, they can be paired with your PC via Bluetooth as well.

You can find it on Lazada at S$329

 

5. Philips Hue Play

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The Philips Hue Play light bar attaches to your monitor, making for some very impressive ambient lighting. The bars latch onto the back of your monitor using the included 3M adhesive, and they are an excellent complement for any gaming PC. What's more, they can also be synced with Razer's Chroma lighting system for some synchronised lighting effects. This means they're also able to take advantage of Chroma integration with select games such as Overwatch, and the lights will respond to specific in-game events.

There's also a decent amount of compatibility with existing PC hardware, and you'll be able to use Hue Play together with stuff from brands like MSI, Thermaltake, and Lian Li.

The Hue Play bundle, comprising a 2-pack base kit, Hue Bridge, and Hue Play Light Extension, are available to buy on Lazada at S$397

 

Bonus entry: ASUS ROG GT-AX11000 gaming router

How is a gaming router going to enhance your love for RGB overload? Well, the ASUS ROG ASUS ROG GT-AX11000 is not just any router, but one of the best Wi-Fi 6 routers we've tested to date and is a Tech Awards 2020 winner. So it packs great performance and features, plus its ROG logo on the router lights up and supports Aura RGB lighting with different lighting modes like breathing, colour cycle, and comet (check out our video of it in action here). 

You can get the ASUS router at their LazMall store in Lazada for S$699 or at their official Shopee store for only S$599 at the point of writing this article.

Read More: Check out our full review here.

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