At Tom's Guide, we review a lot of gaming gear every year. I don't have a comprehensive count of how many gaming mice, keyboards, headsets, monitors, desktops, and laptops we've gone through over the past decade or so, but it's enough to fill a small electronics warehouse.
I've been writing about gaming gear for TG since 2013. During that time, I've evaluated some great products, a handful of truly execrable products, and a ton of products that fall somewhere in the middle. Of all the gear I've ever tested, though, only a few have impressed me enough to the point of wanting to incorporate them into my personal gaming setup.
It's one thing for a Tom's Guide writer to share a positive or negative review; it's another to pull back the curtain a bit and show you what we use ourselves. With that in mind, here's a small glimpse into my PC gaming setup at home, and the five peripherals that make it all possible. To be clear, these may or may not be the perfect products for your setup, but I will personally vouch for each and every one.
A gaming rig and a monitor
While there's a whole subreddit dedicated to PC gamers showing off their battlestations, that's a bit beyond the scope of this piece. My gaming desk is nothing special, and it's often pretty messy on top of that. But it might be useful to give a little background about what my general setup looks like before we dive into specific peripherals.
First off, I built my machine back in 2020, and you can read more about it in our "How to build a gaming PC" series of articles. (Many of you have already read it, and yes, I have received your angry e-mails on the topic.) The sheer variety of PC builds, whether custom- or pre-built, is positively dizzying, so discussing this one in particular probably wouldn't be too useful.
Similarly, I don't want to spend too much time discussing my monitor, for two reasons. First, buying a monitor is highly dependent on your personal setup — how much space you have, your PC's performance, your own preferences on resolution vs. frame rate, and so forth. Discussing my monitor in great detail wouldn't be terribly useful to anyone but me. Second, I have an ancient Samsung monitor that's been discontinued for years, so it's not as though anyone could buy it.
Instead, let's talk about the topic I know best: peripherals. Every device discussed here should work beautifully with any gaming PC, and they're all currently available for purchase.
Logitech G502 Lightspeed
When I first reviewed the Logitech G502, I gave it an unprecedented five-out-of-five stars, and declared it was "hands-down the best all-purpose gaming mouse on the market." When the mouse first came out, I was still putting my well-loved Logitech G500s through its paces, so I didn't have much need for it at home.
However, by 2020, my G500s was starting to give out, and I decided to transition to an all-wireless setup. I didn't think twice; I got the Logitech G502 Lightspeed, and I've been using it ever since. This mouse boasts a comfortable design, easily programmable software, flawless wireless connectivity and decent battery life — although I've never needed to worry about that. (More on this shortly.)
There's only one reason why I'd recommend against the G502 Lightspeed, and that's because Logitech has recently released a slightly better successor, the Logitech G502 X Lightspeed. However, you may find some excellent sales as stores try to sell through their G502 Lightspeed stock, and I recommend you pick one up as soon as you see a good bargain.
Logitech G PowerPlay
The Logitech G PowerPlay is probably the one "superfluous" part of my gaming setup, in that nothing bad would happen if I ditched it completely for one of the best gaming mouse pads. As I pointed out in my initial review, "Let's not mince words: The PowerPlay system is a $100 mouse pad." However, that's no longer strictly accurate, as the PowerPlay has ballooned up to $120 in the past few years.
And yet, I can't deny that the PowerPlay does exactly what it promises to do. You get a large, high-quality Logitech mouse pad, with either a hard or soft surface. As you work and play, the PowerPlay charges your mouse, provided it's a Logitech G Lightspeed model. That's the whole setup. It makes your mouse wireless 100% of the time rather than 99% of the time. It's overpriced. It's extravagant. It's borderline silly. And yet, I use it every single day, and it's never let me down. Take it for what it's worth.
For years, I wondered when we would see a true wireless mechanical gaming keyboard from a major manufacturer. Logitech gave us one in the Logitech G613 — which I didn't actually love. I appreciated the comfortable key switches and decent wireless connectivity, but the design left something to be desired, as did the lack of a rechargeable battery.
A few years later, though, Logitech came out with the much-better Logitech G915. This was the wireless mechanical gaming keyboard I had been waiting for, with a sturdy chassis, slim keycaps, low-profile switches, full RGB lighting and a much sleeker profile. I had to bring my own wrist rest, and the $250 asking price is positively eye-watering. But in this case, you get what you pay for.
Friends and readers often ask me why I bother with a wireless keyboard, since keyboards are usually stationary, especially in a gaming setup. I don't have a great response to that point, except that you'd be amazed how often you move your keyboard around when it's not tethered to one spot. The lack of an extra wire is a boon when you're installing new hardware or cleaning your desk, and the G915's Bluetooth connectivity makes it easy to bring all around the house and hook up to other devices. It's not as useful as a wireless mouse or headset, but it's a worthwhile luxury.
Logitech G Pro X Wireless
If there's one piece of my PC gaming setup that gives me pause, it's the Logitech G Pro X Wireless headset. I adored this device when I first reviewed it, citing its comfortable fit and excellent sound quality. It turned out to be a wonderful accessory when working from home, thanks to its strong mic and robust software options.
While I still like this headset, however, a few problems have cropped up. After two years, the battery has started to degrade — and 20 hours was never the most generous uptime to begin with. I'm probably down to about 15, and there's almost no time between the "low battery" tone and total shutdown. Furthermore, it's not a versatile headset. The earcups don't fold, so you can't transport it. It connects via 2.4 GHz USB, and that's it. There's no Bluetooth; there's no hardwired connection.
At $200, it's also much more expensive than some of the best gaming headsets, even many wireless models. The soundscape and fit are so good, I can't quite bring myself to investigate other options yet (even though the Steelseries Arctis 7x is my go-to headset when I travel). But the day is probably coming.
Why Logitech gear? Why wireless?
Astute readers may have noticed two themes in this article: All of my gear is from Logitech, and all of my gear is wireless.
The latter point is actually quicker to address. I've been reviewing gaming gear for almost a decade. In that time, I've seen wireless gear evolve from a curiosity into a perfectly good alternative to their wired counterparts. The old canards of lag and connectivity issues died a long time ago. Frankly, if you get wireless gear from a major gaming manufacturer, it should work perfectly — and if it doesn't, it's probably a defective unit rather than a linewide problem. Wireless gear is still expensive, however, so it's worth considering just how much you want it.
As for why I use Logitech gear, the answer is twofold. First and foremost, I like using gear from the same manufacturer when possible. I don't like running multiple gaming software packages, as they can be a drag on system resources. You can sync RGB settings easily and create software profiles that activate for all of your gadgets at once. From an aesthetic perspective, it also just looks cool when all your gear matches.
The second reason is because Logitech is designed to last. A few years back, I traveled to the Logitech headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, and showed one of the engineers a well-worn Logitech laptop mouse that I'd been carrying around in my backpack for about a decade. When I mentioned that it still worked perfectly, the engineer replied, "Why wouldn't it?"
In any case, there's lots of great gaming gear out there, and these four products are by no means the be-all, end-all of PC gaming setups. But if you're on the fence about a gaming mouse, keyboard or headset, these are the ones that I trust in my own home. Maybe they'll serve you well, too.
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As for the Powerplay mat.. that is a whole different story. I got one back in July 2022 and it lasted until around August 2022. I contacted support and they requested that I take videos of me turning it on and not functioning, to prove I owned one. I was flabbergasted they didn't believe me, and had me go through multiple ways to prove I owned it, and then took over six weeks just to tell me that they didn't have the Powerplay mats in stock anymore, and I could pick another item for replacement.
So in short.. I will not be buying another Powerplay mat. I am also now up in the air about buying anything Logitech, as their support has become atrocious.
I bought a cheap razer Headset for 60 € while waiting. It was better in every way. In fact the only product I personally got from that was the best on the market from logitech was a webcam. I can't comment on the mouses as I never used them. But didn't like the keyboards
I got this comment, or a variation thereof, a few times. I know this probably wasn't your intention, but suggesting that a manufacturer paid off a reviewer is one of the most insulting — and inaccurate — things you can say to a tech journalist. Tom's Guide does allow sponsored posts, but they are always clearly marked. Furthermore, I have never written one, and I don't intend to in the future.
The truth of the matter is that if a reviewer ever accepted a payoff for a piece, it would be a catastrophic scandal, not just for the writer, but for the entire site. I would lose my job instantly — and that would just be the beginning. Any participating party from Tom's Guide or Logitech would lose their jobs as well, and probably never work in the industry again. You would hear about the scandal for years to come.
There were a few along similar lines:
Once again, the only thing Logitech did in this scenario was provide the gear to Tom's Guide for review. Incorporating the gear into my home setup was my choice. Writing about it was my choice. The only payment I received for this assignment was my regular salary. I don't feel ashamed of this, but if there is a reason why I should, please elaborate, and I will give the matter some more consideration.
I should also point out, just for accuracy's sake, that this site isn't Tom's Hardware; it's Tom's Guide. Tom's Hardware is our sister site, and it has a completely different editorial team.
I covered this in the piece itself, but the reasons why I use Logitech gear are twofold: I believe the gear is built to last, and I like using just one software program to manage all my peripherals. There's no special reason beyond that. Before I had my current setup, I used Razer gear, then Corsair gear. At work, I use a mix of Logitech, Corsair, and Roccat gear.
If you think that this is all some kind of huge cover-up for a massive payola conspiracy, then frankly, I don't know what I could do to change your mind. If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them to the best of my ability, but that's all I can offer. Otherwise, as I said, I really like the gear I discussed in this piece. It's not perfect. It's not right for every setup. It's not significantly better than many competing products. But what I use at home, and I hope someone finds that useful and/or interesting.
Too bad their products aren't built to last. I bought a Logitech mechanical keyboard during the first weeks of the pandemic. The switch design was absolutely moronic. Instead of having solid stems, ala Cherry, they used thin clips, 4 of them. Guess how fast those broke? Within a year half of my caps had to be replaced (no really, I replaced 62 of them), two switches outright stopped working, and the two more had only partially working LEDs (I had no blue in one, and no red in another).
Despite it literally still being in warranty, Logitech literally never answered a single email, a single tweet, 3 live chats resulted in dead ends, and phone calls all ended with me getting lost in menu hell and never being able to reach anyone.
So tell me again how they're so great and designed to last?