Top 10 PC Gaming Tech of 2014

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We’ve tested more mice, keyboards, headsets, and gear in 2014 than ever before here at Nerd Reactor. With the year coming to a close and CES just around the corner, we’re taking a look back at our favorite that we still love and use throughout our gaming careers. All of these products received top marks from our reviewers. Dividing this into five categories, let’s take at look at the best of the best; our top 10 of 2014.

These aren’t dated to any degree and are still awesome buys throughout all of next year. Look out for sales on these.

Keyboards

1. Razer Blackwidow Chroma – $169.99 Amazon

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Listing off reasons as to why this has been my favorite keyboard of the year wouldn’t be an easy task. Everything from its lighting options to Razer’s proprietary switches makes the Blackwidow Chroma easily a top contender for PC tech of the year. Not only has the Razer Synapse software improves significantly in the past year, but the versatility with its macro options make this an ideal surface to rest your fingers on for hours of gaming goodness. A must buy for anyone looking to invest into a solid keyboard for the next year and beyond.

 2. Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Mechanical Keyboard – $189,99 Currently Sold Out

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There’s a reason this bad boy is currently sold out. After our review we saw this the launch head off with a bang. Our own Cory Vincent stated that this was his favorite peripheral of the year and deserves a solid spot on the top two.

All in all it was pretty hard to point to any deal breaking flaws to Corsair Gaming’s K70 keyboard. The functionality and build quality matches any and all of its Steel Series or Razer competitors, and ups the ante with a ridiculously endless supply of lighting customization options.

Mice

3. Steelseries Rival – $44.99 Steelseries Store

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Not all of our favorite products come with a hefty price tag. This mouse has been proven repeatedly to not only be one of the most comfortable mice on the market, but affordable for most budgets. Featuring custom RGB illumination, 6 programmable buttons, and great injected rubber grip, the Rival has only begun to leave its mark. We saw a DOTA version of this mouse offered recently, and hope to see greatness.

4. Logitech G502 Prometheus Core – $79.99 Logitech Store

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We haven’t had the chance to fully test this bad boy, but from spending a few hours with it at trade shows, demos, and other conventions, it’s easy to see why it would be in out top 10. Its user reviews as well as almost everywhere online show that Logitech has made huge strides in the field of PC Gaming. While the G302 didn’t too as well due to its size, the G502 has the ergonomic advantage we’ve been looking for.

Headsets

5. Plantronics Rig Surround – $99.99 Plantronics Store

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Yet again, not all great gear has to come with a massive price point. Plantronics has made it cheap, easy, and convenient to upgrade your experience into 7.1 surround. This headset has been my go-to for console gaming as well as classical music. Yup, you heard that right, when it comes to pitch and tone calibration, the Rig’s amplifier settings allow you to customize your listening experience depending on current circumstances through the push of one easy button. This isn’t a wireless option, but everything offered for a price tag of about $100 make this our top contender.

6. Steelseries Siberia Elite Prism – $199.99 Steelseries Store

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If you remember our review and unboxing of the Sibiera Elite Prism from earlier in the year, we stated how a company which takes its customer’s feedback seriously will improve much quicker. That’s we we’re seeing with the Elite Prism. Improved comfort, a better microphone, cleaner audio, and more color variations. Can’t wait for a wireless version. Another top contender for our overall #1 spot.

GPU

7. EVGA Nvidia GeForce 980 – $559.99 Newegg

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The Maxwell generation brings with it this monster of a graphics card. The 980 has brought about a new age of processing with its insane base clock speeds, as well as support for just about anything a gamer could ask for. Able to run 4 monitors, almost any modern game on ultra, while still keeping cool is what takes the 980 straight to the top of our list for GPU. While the price tag is still somewhat hefty, its 970 little sister is still a great buy for anyone on a budget.

8. Asus Radeon R9 290x – $329.99 Newegg

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While we thoroughly tested the 280 and the 285 , the 290x has been a card I’ve personally had my grubby little hands all over. For its price point, I could say that it would easily contend with the 970 in terms of load handling and clock speeds. While it doesn’t run off the new Tonga architecture like the 285, it does receive extraordinary marks across the board in terms of overall performance. An awesome card for anyone building an AMD machine.

Big Stuff

9. Asus Republic of Gamers Swift PG278Q$799.99 – Newegg

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This is the pricey one on our list. Costing almost as much as some pre-built desktops, the Asus PG278Q has been voted not just by us, but PC Gamer as well to be the best monitor of 2014. While we haven’t reviewed it personally, it’s been an essential part of many a professional gamer’s setup. Imagine, a world without screen lag, vibrant colors, and a 144Hz refresh rate. One could only wish that the price drops sometime soon.

10. MSI GS70 Stealth Gaming Laptop – Starting at around $1799.99 – Amazon

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While many companies may have released these super-thin gaming laptops, we saw the GS70 at CES last year and completely fell in love. Its weight, size, resolution, keyboard, design, and hardware all scream quality. Having used one for a few days also showed how easy this was to transport in comparison to bulky gaming laptops of the past. In fact, this is one of the few thin form factor notebooks without overheating issues. If you’re looking for an investment for 2015, this is definitely the way to go.

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The MSI GS70 also takes our spot for #1 Most desired of 2014.

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