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

By Hoots the Owl - 11 May 2020

You're on a budget

Value-for-money

But what if you're on a budget? Maybe all you need is a setup that just works, and you don't want to invest too much into a temporary arrangement. We've got you covered too. 

 

1. Razer Viper Mini

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini is one of the most capable and value-for-money gaming mice on the market right now. It boasts an 8,500DPI PMW 3359 optical sensor, soft and flexible Speedflex cable, and a nimble 61g weight. Like the original Viper, it achieves its light weight without the need of a perforated shell, which means it's ever so slightly more comfortable to hold and won't alienate anyone who, you know, can't stand having holes in stuff.

For the price, it also comes with customisable RGB lighting and a neat underglow effect, which the bigger Viper doesn't even have, making it quite the steal. 

It is available from Razer's online store at S$63.90.

Read More: Check out our full review here.

 

2. PRISM+ F270i

If you're looking for an affordable monitor, local company PRISM+ has plenty of options. The 27-inch F270i features a 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS display, a 1ms time, and a 165Hz refresh rate. It's framed by slim bezels on all sides too, making for a sleeker look and more immersive viewing experience. However, its stand offers few adjustment options, and you won't be able to adjust it for height. 

You can find it on Lazada at S$359.

 

3. Tecware Phantom 87 SE RGB Mechanical Keyboard

The Tecware Phantom 87 SE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is surprisingly feature-rich for a keyboard at this price point. With fully customisable per-key RGB backlighting and support for 18 different lighting presets, there are nearly limitless ways you can tweak the lighting to suit your preferences. The SE also comes with a custom logo plate below the Home cluster and a new font that amplifies the LEDs for a more eye-catching display. 

Elsewhere, the hot-swappable Outemu sockets will let you replace your switches on your own, no soldering required. However, do note that Cherry MX switches are not supported, and you'll be limited to Outemu switches. The keycaps are doubleshot ABS, so there's no concern about the legends fading over time, and the floating key design makes the entire keyboard easier to keep clean. 

It is available on Lazada at S$59 with a choice of Outemu Blue, Brown, or Red switches. 

 

4. Razer Kraken X

Image source: Razer

The Razer Kraken X is a solid, budget gaming headset, featuring a lightweight 250g chassis and support for 7.1-channel virtual surround sound. It uses custom-tuned 40mm drivers, which Razer says are tuned for clear and balanced sound without sacrificing on the bass. The ear cups are plush memory foam, while the headband is padded to make it more comfortable to wear over long hours. Finally, it is equipped with a flexible and bendable microphone with a cardioid pattern, which is supposed to pick up your voice more clearly while suppressing background noise from the back and sides.

There's cross-platform compatibility too, so you can use it with your PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, or even your phone. 

You can find it on Lazada at S$69.90 in Classic Black, Console, or Mercury White. 

 

5. Logitech C270 

When the Circuit Breaker measures were first announced, webcams were among the first things to fly off the shelves. It was almost impossible to find one, much less a decent unit that would let your colleagues confer with you properly. That said, the Logitech C270 supports 720p video calling at 30fps, which should be sufficient for most purposes. With a 60° field-of-view, a single built-in microphone, and the ability to adjust to various lighting conditions, it comes with a pretty decent kit as well.

Find it on Shopee at S$69.20.

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