Gamer Holiday Gift Guide
Get your gamer the best gaming gifts with our guide.
From glowing Turtle Beach headsets to premium Razer controllers, console and PC gamers have mountains of gaming gear that’s built to improve their gaming experience.
Whether the gamer in your life could use the latest 4K TV or a better way to connect their Nintendo Switch to the internet, we’ve rounded up some of the best gifts for gamers during this holiday season.
Best gaming TV: LG OLED C1 Series
But if you spring for an OLED TV, you’ll get the best-possible picture quality and sleek displays. With the LG C1 series, you’ll also get gamer-friendly features like a 120 Hz refresh rate, HDMI 2.1 support, and excellent viewing angles. All of these features will help you get the highest picture quality from your gaming PC or next-generation console.
Check out our best gaming TV guide to learn more about what your TV needs if you’ll regularly be gaming on it.
Best gaming console for binge-watching: Xbox Series X
We know better than to wade into the weeds of the console wars, but if you want a console that works equally well for gaming sessions or movie night, consider the Xbox Series X.
Although the PlayStation 5 has closed the gap in recent months, the Xbox still offers more streaming apps like Paramount+ and Spectrum TV compared to the PS5. You’ll also get standard features like 8K support and a disc drive that plays UHD Blu-ray discs, standard Blu-rays, DVDs, and CDs.
Visit our streaming and gaming consoles guide to see how the Xbox Series X stacks up to the competition.
Resolution: up to 8K
Disc support: UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and CD drive
Best powerline ethernet adapter: TP-Link TL-PA9020
Powerline ethernet adapters use your home’s power outlets and electrical wiring to create an Ethernet connection between two devices.
For example, if you’re a PC gamer in an upstairs bedroom that gets a weak Wi-Fi signal, you can use a powerline adapter to create an Ethernet connection without having to run cable across your home. To set up a powerline connection, you’ll hook up one adapter to your PC and connect the second adapter to your Wi-Fi router.
The TP-Link TL-PA9020 was our top powerline ethernet adapter because of the TP-Link’s two Ethernet ports, excellent management tools, and low price. Read our full TP-Link TL-PA9020 review to learn more about the powerline adapter.
Best gaming Wi-Fi router: ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000
The ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 has everything we’d like to see from a gaming-optimized Wi-Fi router.
With tri-band support (one 2.4 GHz band and two 5 GHz bands), you’ll have enough network bandwidth to support a full household’s worth of internet-connected devices without slowing down with your gaming setup. ASUS’s ROG traffic tools also prioritize game traffic and keep your online matches or Nintendo Switch Lite from getting bogged down with lag.
Check out our Wi-Fi router guide to find top wireless routers that fit your budget and gaming needs.
Best sound system: SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 Package
Surround sound systems are a great way to add another layer of depth to your gaming setup. With a full 5.1 system, you can hear sound around you and avoid someone getting the jump on you in an Overwatch match.
The SVS Prime Satellite series strikes a good balance between performance, cost, and installation ease. You can discreetly place the SVS’s bookshelf speakers around your living room instead of trying to arrange full-sized tower speakers next to your TV and couch.
Video gamers with a newer audio receiver and next-generation console can also use the SVS to play games in Dolby Atmos. The surround sound tech creates 3D audio across a 5.1- or 7.1-speaker setup and it’s built into games including Borderlands 3 and Microsoft Flight Simulator.
To learn more about surround sound systems, visit our best beginner surround sound systems roundup.
Best mesh Wi-Fi system: Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8)
If your Wi-Fi router’s struggling to deliver a steady signal throughout your home, consider the Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8). With the Asus, you’ll get Wi-Fi 6 support, which offers the best wireless network performance and security. You’ll also get great parental controls and a coverage range of up to 5,500 square feet.
For gamers, the Asus is a great way to solve Wi-Fi coverage issues if you’re having problems getting online in Animal Crossing or Mario Kart on your Nintendo Switch when you’re far away from your router. Check out our best mesh Wi-Fi systems guide for more of our top picks.
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