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Holiday Gaming Gear Gift Guide 2019

You'd better watch out, you'd better not cry, you'd better not pout, I'm telling you why...frankly, it's just rude. But also, SteelSeries is coming to town!

You might think us a tad biased, but we're pretty sure that you or the gaming fans in your life are going to love the ever living crap out of these gifts and you will win the holidays for like, at least the next five years. After all, people use their gaming gear virtually every day, so the right gear can really affect quality of life.

Let's take a look at what's new in our giant bag of gift-worthy goodness. Here are some holiday gift suggestions for gaming fans:

Wireless headset: Arctis 1 Wireless

FINALLY – a fantastic wireless gaming headset for Nintendo Switch (and more)!

The perfect headset for:

  • Nintendo Switch and multi-platform users
  • Folks who play on everything
  • Anyone who commutes or travels regularly

The Nintendo Switch is expected to be another hot seller this year. Whether you're getting one for the first time or looking for gift ideas for the Switch owner in your life, the Arctis 1 Wireless headset is the definitive choice for going wireless on nearly any platform. It’s the only truly wireless solution that (due to its 2.4GHz wireless connection) provides higher quality and less delayed audio than traditional Bluetooth.

Using its USB-C dongle, users can easily use it between Switch (docked and undocked) and Android mobile. It comes with a USB-A adapter to make it wireless on PS4 and PC as well!

The Arctis 1 Wireless design is also super low profile, thanks to its detachable mic, so you won’t look super out of place wearing it out and about.

Nota: Arctis 1 Wireless is also available in a wired variant, the Arctis 1. They’re totally identical, minus the wireless connection (available for $49,99).

Arctis 1 Wireless: $99,99

Mechanical keyboards: Apex Pro / Apex 7

Next-level mechanical keyboards in both full-size and compact tenkeyless (TKL)

Apex Pro: $199,99 (Apex Pro TKL: $179,99)
Apex 7: $159,99 (Apex 7 TKL: $129,99

Perfect for:

  • Any PC gamer, especially those who want a competitive edge
  • Anyone wanting a super premium full-featured keyboard
  • Gamers that love to customize their gear

The Apex Pro is the most customizable mechanical keyboard ever made. It comes with SteelSeries’ new patented OmniPoint switches. These switches allow you to customize how much force it takes for the switch to register a keypress. It allows you to have a faster response time when you’re playing a game, but you can dial back that speed while doing productivity work to cut back on typos, and even customize different keys to meet your needs. The keys feel and sound similiar to a red mechanical switch.

Alternatively, you can always go with the Apex 7, which has all of the same features except the customizable OmniPoint switches. Instead, it comes with your choice of a traditional Red, Blue or Brown mechanical switch.

Both keyboards are loaded with tons of additional features like an OLED display screen, magnetic wrist rest, media controls, USB port, cable routing, and more.

Both keyboards are also available in smaller “tenkeyless” (TKL) form factors, which means they don't have a numberpad. This is great for those with limited desk space, or who like a clean and compact setup.

Wireless headset: Arctis 9X

The best wireless option for Xbox

Perfect for:

  • Xbox One gamers looking for a durable premium headset
  • Long gaming sessions with 20+ hour battery life
  • Multi-taskers: wear comfortably while getting snacks, answering the phone, etc.

The Arctis 9X is specially designed for Xbox. It uses Xbox Wireless connectivity, which means it connects as simply as an Xbox controller, with no dongles, external transmitters, or cables. Once connected, users can see their connection status and battery life straight from their Xbox One dashboard.

The Arctis 9X also includes Bluetooth, which can be used simultaneously with the Xbox, so you can take a call from your phone via Bluetooth while still hearing the audio from your Xbox One.

Arctis 9X: $199,99

Wired mouse: Sensei Ten

The iconic ambidexterous Sensei is back, with upgrades.

Perfect for:

  • Competitive and/or dedicated PC gamers
  • Left and right handed users

The Sensei Ten features the iconic Sensei shape that defined the world of competitive mice when it was first created ten years ago. That same design makes its return along with a brand new, high-performance sensor, and more durability than ever.

The Sensei Ten is a gaming mouse for those looking for a high-quality, esports-ready mouse that will serve them for years to come.

Sensei Ten: $69,99

Wireless controller: Stratus Duo Wireless Controller

A controller that easily swaps between PC and mobile.

Perfect for:

  • Android mobile gamers, especially for competitive games (Fortnite, PUBG Mobile, etc.)
  • Gamers that play in VR (Oculus, Samsung Gear VR)
  • PC gamers that prefer a controller for some games

The Stratus Duo controller is a fantastic option for gamers looking to use a controller with their PC or mobile device. It uses a simple wireless USB dongle to connect to PCs, and Bluetooth to connect to mobile devices.

With the rise of video game streaming to mobile devices, the Stratus Duo will be a great companion for Google Stadia, Microsoft xCloud or streaming your PC games directly to your phone. You can also pair it with our SmartGrip accessory to mount your phone directly onto the controller.

The best part of the Stratus Duo is that it's simply plug and play. No drivers or software to install - similarly to an Xbox controller or PC, you can simply plug it in, and get playing!

Stratus Duo: $59,99

Additional top picks

Wireless headset: ARCTIS PRO WIRELESS

The definitive audio experience for gaming or everything else.

Available in black or white

Perfect for:

  • Gamers that want more control over audio settings
  • Gamers that play on both PC and PS4

The Arctis Pro Wireless is the most premium member of the Arctis line. It features dynamic sound quality thanks to its high-resolution speaker drives and lossless 2.4GHz wireless connection. It connects to PC or PS4 with a USB-connected wireless transmitter.

The transmitter base has an OLED screen that allows users to customize settings on-the-fly, while also acting as a charging dock for the headset’s two removable batteries (one battery charges in the dock while the other is in use!). The innovative ski-goggle headband design keeps the headset comfortable during hours of use, while the AirWeave ear cushions keep your ears cool.

Arctis Pro Wireless $329,99

Wireless headset: Arctis 7

Go wireless with Arctis style and comfort at a more affordable price point.

Perfect for:

  • PC and PS4 owners
  • Gift givers who want great wireless quality on a budget!

The Arctis 7 is a fantastic option for PC and PS4 owners who don’t need the most premium features of the Arctis Pro Wireless. The Arctis 7 still features the same high quality speaker drivers and overall design, and same noise-cancelling microphone. It’s rated for 24 hours of battery life and also uses the same low latency, 2.4GHz lossless audio technology as the Arctis Pro Wireless, but instead of a transmitter base station, uses a simple wireless dongle.

Arctis 7: $149,99

Wireless mouse: Rival 650 Wireless

High-speed wireless, glorious RGB, and a customizable weight system makes this one hell of a wireless mouse

Perfect for:

  • Right-handed PC gamers
  • Gamers that love to customize their gear, including weight and RGB

The Rival 650 Wireless is our flagship wireless mouse. It features an ultra-low latency wireless connection, 8 individual RGB lighting zones, a dual sensor system for optimal precision, and a customizeable weight system for anywhere from 121g to 153g.

It’s ergonomic for righthanders and rated for more than 60M clicks.

Rival 650 Wireless: $119,99

Browse our 2019 Holiday gift guide to find more recommendations and some nice deals for your holiday shopping!

Happy Holidays from all of us at SteelSeries!

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