Best Gaming Accessories And Peripherals At CES 2018: Wireless Charging Mice, Retro Controllers, And More
By Jimmy Thang and Michael Higham on
Best Gaming Accessories And Peripherals At CES 2018
While you may think of CES as a convention to show off the latest tech gadgets and upcoming (and sometimes bewildering) technologies, new gaming accessories and peripherals also get some time to shine at the event. We found some of the standouts during our time at CES this year and rounded them up in this gallery, from old controllers that resurfaced to flashy gaming mice.
We also rounded up some the best PC components and retro consoles from the show in another story that you can read here. Be sure to check out all our coverage from CES 2018, which includes a closer look at Hyperkin's reimagined Game Boy, impressions of the new HTC Vive, and Nvidia's huge 65-inch gaming monitor:
- Super Thin Gaming Laptops Are Coming, Thanks To Intel And AMD's Surprising Partnership
- Hyperkin Is Bringing Back The Game Boy With The Ultra GB
- Check Out Wireless Sega Genesis, Saturn, And Dreamcast Controllers From CES 2018
- Razer Turns Its Gaming Phone Into A Laptop With Project Linda
- Nvidia's 65-inch Gaming Monitor Is A Big Deal, And We Saw It In Action
- HTC Vive Pro Raises The Bar For VR
Razer HyperFlux Mamba And HyperFlux FireFly Charging Pad
Wireless mice are becoming more prominent in PC gaming, but Razer is doing something different with its HyperFlux technology. The Mamba HyperFlux is a battery-less wireless mouse that receives its power and sends its input signal from a USB-powered mouse pad called the HyperFlux Firefly power mat. By ditching the battery, this new version of the Mamba is light at just 93g and has a USB port so it can be used wired.
HyperX Alloy Elite RGB Mechanical Keyboard
HyperX is updating its mechanical keyboard with RGB lighting in the form of the HyperX Alloy Elite. It features a similar design to previous models but has full programmable 16.8M color backlighting customized through its Ngenuity software. Alloy Elites come with either Cherry MX Blue, Red, or Brown switches.
HyperX Pulsefire Surge RGB Mouse
In addition to updating its keyboard with RGB lighting, HyperX is doing the same for its gaming mouse. The Pulsefire Surge has LED trim along the chassis of the mouse and a backlit logo, customizable through the company's software suite. Its Pixart 3389 optical sensor ensures pinpoint accuracy up to 16,000 DPI.
HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Headset
HyperX is known for making quality gaming headsets, and it's now expanding into the wireless space with the Cloud Flight. It's said to have the longest battery life among gaming headsets--up to 30 hours on a full charge. It connects via 2.4GHz from a USB dongle on PC and PS4. The Cloud Flight features 50mm audio drivers, a detachable microphone, and a plastic housed aluminum frame.
Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard And Lapboard
The K63 looks similar to most of Corsair's K-line, but this one in particular takes on a tenkeyless design and is the company's first wireless mechanical keyboard. It comes with Cherry MX mechanical switches and RGB backlighting as well. An included USB dongle adds wireless connectivity, and the keyboard is rechargeable via USB.
Corsair asserted itself as the keyboard and mouse solution for couch-based PC gaming with the Lapdog. A new, lighter version of it also carries a slightly smaller form factor now that it's designed to fit the tenkeyless Corsair K63 keyboard. And since the K63 is wireless, the Lapdog is as well.
Corsair Dark Core SE Wireless Mouse And Qi Charging Pad
Along with a new wireless keyboard and lapboard, Corsair also had a new wireless mouse at CES. The Dark Core has the features you'd expect from a gaming mouse: 16,000 DPI, a fast optical sensor, and low latency. However, this new mouse charges wirelessly when paired with a Qi charging station and mouse pad.
Aorus K9 Optical Mechanical Keyboard
What separates the Aorus K9 from other mechanical keyboards is that it uses an optical sensor to record inputs. Aorus says that this means you'll get faster response times than with a pure mechanical switch. In addition, the K9 is splash proof, supports RGB lighting, and allows you to completely swap out the Flaretech switches. For example, this means you can change out red switches for blue and vice versa.
Wireless Sega Genesis Controllers
Retro-bit is bringing back original Sega Genesis controllers, and with wireless connectivity this time around. A separate Bluetooth receiver makes it compatible with the old console, too. Wired USB versions were also on display.
Wireless Sega Saturn Controllers
Original Saturn controllers are making a comeback with Bluetooth wireless connectivity as well. The wired USB version comes in black, white, and grey color variants. The wireless one, which only comes in black, can be used on a Saturn with a separate Bluetooth dongle.
Wireless Sega Dreamcast Controllers
The Dreamcast hasn't been forgotten; Retro-bit is also bringing back the original Sega Dreamcast controller with wired and wireless versions. Like the Saturn and Genesis gamepads, the wireless Dreamcast ones use Bluetooth and a dongle lets you use it on the original console.
Razer Nommo Speakers
Razer continues to expand its peripheral profile with the Nommo speakers. All Nommo speakers feature a cylindrical design that is said to help maintain strong bass, upheld by individual stands. The base model will retail for $100/€110, while the Chroma RGB lit model will go for $130/€170. The top-end Nommo Pro model, which sells for $500/€580, has special features like an individual tweeter for high frequencies and a subwoofer.
Hyperkin Duke OG Xbox Controller
Hyperkin revealed that it's bringing back that old, bulky Xbox controller last year, but it was demoed at CES 2018. It's much lighter than the original controller but retains the same ergonomics. One important modern twist is the implementation of shoulder buttons that act as the old black and white buttons (which are also still functional on the controller). Hyperkin's Duke works through a micro-USB connection.
RDS Joy-Con Grips
New Joy-Con grips by RDS were shown off at CES, which appears to have be a rubberized skin to improve the ergonomics of the normal Joy-Con grip.
Nintendo Phone Cases
If you want to add a little flair to your iPhone, cases with licensed Nintendo artwork were on display. The designs are based on Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.