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Gaming on a console or phone is fun and all, but elite players rely on massive PCs with precision peripherals to wield their weapons with john wick–like agility. This rig is ready to smite every online foe.


Pro gamers demand smooth graphics rendering so there’s no fight-ruining lag between their commands and what happens onscreen. The burly multicore AMD processor inside the Alienware ­Aurora Ryzen stores data in an ­extra-large cache to avoid any hiccups.

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Razer Basilisk Ultimate Jarren Vink


The Razer Basilisk Ultimate boasts 11 ­programmable buttons that can execute every­thing from simple commands like “jump” to complex routines. Its sensor auto­matically adjusts to the surface below, so it’ll track smoothly over nearly any material.

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Logitech G523 Carbon and Silver Jarren Vink


Speed and feel are crucial for players who spend hours on the make-believe battlefield. Logitech’s G513 Carbon and Silver mechani­cal device offers a switch option ­under the sturdy caps that prioritizes ­response rates over click-clacky sounds.

This story appeared in the Summer 2020, Play issue of Popular Science.

Stan Horaczek
Stan Horaczek

is the senior gear editor at Popular Science and Popular Photography. His past bylines include Rolling Stone, Engadget, Men's Journal, GQ, and just about any other publication that has ever written about gadgets. For a short time, he even wrote the gadget page for Every Day With Rachel Ray magazine. He collects vintage cameras, eats pizza, and hopes you won't go looking at his Tweets even though the link is down there.