The 7 Best Gifts to Buy for Gamers in 2018

Take it from us: These are the gifts every gamer really wants

Oculus Rift + Touch Virtual Reality System
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Gaming is a tech-driven hobby, where keeping your gear updated can make the difference between virtual life and death. Whether you know someone looking to up their competitive advantage online, or just trying to create a more immersive and enjoyable experience at home, expect to find a great gift idea for them on this list.

There is nothing better for a gamer than a brand-new gaming PC like the iBUYPOWER Gaming Computer Desktop PC AM003i. It’s loaded with the latest top-notch tech components that are capable of handling and playing (with ease) every graphical demanding current PC game on the market.

The iBUYPOWER Gaming Computer Desktop PC AM003i is built with a 4.20 GHz Intel Core i7-7700K Quad Core Processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 2TB HDD and a 240GB solid-state drive, which are all liquid cooled to assure maximum efficiency. The powerful desktop gaming computer comes with a copy of Windows 10 Home already loaded and includes the top-tier NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB graphics card that maximizes gaming graphics. The system’s outer case includes five USB 3.0 drives, two USB 2.0 drives, as well as one RJ-45 ethernet network port to assure tons of potential hardware add-ons. It comes with a one-year parts and labor warranty, plus lifetime tech support.

Mechanical keyboards use switch spring mechanisms to provide improved tactile feedback with a “clicky” feel that is enjoyed by everyone from gamers to writers. But this mechanical keyboard by Pictek is built with gamers in mind, featuring 104 anti-ghosting keys in strategic configuration, a bright colorful backlight and ergonomic wrist support.

The keyboard is made to last, with an anti-drop metal panel and keys that are tested to last up to 50 million keystrokes. Pictek also made the keyboard easy to clean, so it will last even longer. Use the complimentary key puller tool to remove the keys with ease to get at any crumbs or dust that might impact performance. A series of shortcut function keys make it even easier to set up the perfect game configuration, while the non-slip design eliminates costly mistakes. Finally, the keyboard looks incredible with nine light effect modes and six color RGB backlit functionality.

Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best gaming keyboards​ can help you find what you're looking for.

Razer didn’t try to re-invent the mouse wheel with the DeathAdder elite. Instead, they opted away from a radical space-age design and focused on perfecting the form to make the best all-purpose gaming mouse on the market. This is a mouse that excels in every category that matters to gamers: comfort, reaction and accuracy.

The DeathAdder Elite is ergonomically designed for a totally comfortable experience. It fits tightly under the palm and becomes one with the hand, with mechanical mouse switches that are durable up to 50 million clicks and seven strategically placed Hyperresponse buttons for extra efficiency. The star of the mouse is the world’s most advanced 16,000 DPI optical sensor, which delivers perfect accuracy and tracks at 450 IPS. The Razer DeathAdder also looks great, with customizeable chroma lighting that creates stunning integrated in-game effects with a full spectrum of 16.8 million colors.

Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best gaming mice can help you find what you're looking for.

A great gaming experience consists of high-definition visuals and audio. That’s why a powerful TV just isn’t enough for a truly immersive experience unless it is paired with dedicated speakers. The Yamaha YAS-107 soundbar is perfect for gaming, bringing the latest audio to match stunning visuals.

The ultra-slim minimalist design looks sleek and can be placed anywhere in the room. The soundbar is only 2-⅛” high, so it can fit in front of any TV without blocking the screen or it can be wall mounted via the built-in keyholes. It is simple to connect to the TV via HDMI, optical or analog, all of which allow for a versatile configuration. Use Bluetooth to stream music and control all the settings with the handy Yamaha app. Built-in subwoofers provide deep bass without need for a separate sub. The entire bar is configured for thundering bass, clear dialog and crystal sound, transforming the way games are experienced.

Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best soundbars can help you find what you're looking for.

Virtual reality is no longer just a sci-fi fantasy. This package includes the Rift headset and a low-latency setup that is comfortable and powerful, running all of the VR games and experiences in beautiful and immersive detail. You also get a pair of Oculus Touch controllers that bring hands into the game, taking the user up the face of a mountain or in the cockpit of a fighter pilot. The motion is tracked with two Rift Sensors, a low-latency constellation tracking system that doesn't take up much space, but delivers a responsive link to your experience. The package also includes six free titles, giving your gamer a taste of everything from sports to robots, right out of the box. Make sure that the computer is equipped with a NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti/AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater graphics card, as Rift requires a powerful PC to play.

Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best virtual reality headsets can help you find what you're looking for.

Whether your friend or family member is looking for a more immersive single player experience or to gain the upper hand in team play, you’ll want to get them the Sennheiser GAME ONE, a powerful gaming headset sporting a modern lightweight design and crystal clear communication. The legendary audio company optimized their Sennheiser transducer technology for professional gaming, marrying crystal sound clarity and accuracy with lightweight design that can withstand long term play. The XXL plush velvet ear pads allow air to pass through to the ears, while a convenient microphone keeps let's your giftee stay in contact with their teammate. If they aren’t using the mic, they can just raise up the boom arm and it disappears. They can also transfer between devices, thanks to exchangeable cables that can switch between PC, consoles and tablets without hassle. Sound quality is fantastic, good enough to listen to high fidelity music when they are taking a break from gaming.

Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best gaming headsets can help you find what you're looking for.

Nintendo released the Switch console early in 2017, introducing the world to a multi-purpose gaming device that could be played at home or brought on the go. Anyone who enjoyed the Wii will enjoy the active movements used to play the Switch. The motion sensing technology and vibrating controller offers new play styles with a fun controller called the Joy-Con. The Joy-Cons pair with the Nintendo Switch controller, which can be attached to a dock at home to display on the screen and then brought with for gaming on the go. That means your giftee doesn’t have to stop playing Zelda when their ride arrives. They can bring the console with them for up to five hours of portable gaming on a high definition IPS screen. The Switch will keep gamers happy for years to come, as Nintendo is continuing to release stellar titles from its beloved franchises, allowing gamers to experience familiar faces in a totally new way.

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