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As much as personal PCs have changed since their release over four decades ago, two things have remained fundamentally the same: the keyboard and mouse. And we have a feeling they'll be with us for decades to come. With that said, we definitely don't recommend you saddle your new PC with the same old peripherals you've been using since the turn of the century! Stepping up to a modern keyboard and mouse can make your computing experience come alive again, which shouldn't be too surprising if you consider that they are the two main touchpoints that connect you to your computer.

For Winter 2020, many of our favorite peripherals make a return appearance, but there's also a whole lot of "new" on this list, thanks in part to the fierce competition between Corsair and Logitech, which are double-teaming every other company out there to dominate the keyboard and mouse market. Of course, they sometimes have to take each other on, and in the latest round, Logitech is winning, but Corsair still has a few tricks up its sleeves. They even trade blows when it comes to mouse pads, where Corsair's extra-large MM350 mouse mat is the king of traditional mousing surfaces, while Logitech's awesome PowerPlay wireless charging mat takes the humble mouse pad to the next level, allowing you to charge many of Logitech's wireless gaming mice without ever having to plug in or stop the action!

We've organized this guide into three sections. First, you have our picks for home and small office products. Second, we list our picks for the best Home Theater keyboard/mouse combos. Finally, we have a wide range of gaming-specific products at every pricepoint. Keep in mind that just because a product has "gaming" in the name doesn't mean it's the real deal. We've picked out a wide range of models that we've sampled and know will actually improve your gaming experience!

Note that we provide direct links to all the gear we recommend in the US, Canada, the UK, and Germany, and our US links will auto-route to local storefronts in Italy, France, and Spain. If you find a product you like in this guide, please use our links to purchase it, which helps support continued development of this site!

Peripherals - Winter 2019

Home/Small Office

  • The Deluxe Wireless Mouse:

    Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse

    Yes, it says"gaming" right there in the product name, but serious gamers will want one of the models we recommend later in this guide. So whom do we think this mouse is actually good for? Just about everyone else! In its high-precision mode, it will go 250 hours before needing a change of batteries. And in standard-sensitivity mode, it can go months before needing a charge. It also glides very smoothly and has a comfortable shape for long hours of use. To learn more about this amazing mouse, read our in-depth review!

    The Guru's Tip:

    We really wish we could recommend Logitech's follow-ups to the G602, the G603 Lightspeed, which we reviewed here, and the G604 Lightspeed, which we reviewed here. Ultimately, both were too expensive given their continued dependence on AA batteries.

  • The Ultimate Business Mouse:

    Logitech MX Master 3 Wireless

    If you want only the best, step up to Logitech's latest MX mouse, the Master 3. It can work on any surface, including glass, while running for 70 days before needing a charge. This mouse has dual wireless modes, meaning you can use either Bluetooth (if your PC has it), or the included nano USB receiver. And in a feat of true genius, Logitech has pioneered a new electromagnetic scroll wheel, which increases precision and reduces noise. And if that's not enough, you even get a thumb scroll wheel for some serious productivity work!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This mouse uses USB Type-C to charge, and will pick up 3 hours of charge in just 1 minute!

  • The Basic Wired Keyboard:

    Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600

    If you just need a great keyboard for home office use, consider this budget-priced model from Microsoft. It features a low-profile design, dedicated volume and calculator keys, and a number pad.

    The Guru's Tip:

    We truly believe that in the budget price range, it's much better to go with a wired keyboard, because you know you'll never get wireless interference when using it. Truly usable wireless office keyboards cost nearly at least 3x as much as this model, and offer little extra value when placed on a typical desk.

  • The Professional Office Keyboard:

    Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard

    The sleek, full-featured keyboard is our top pick for office productivity use. It offers backlighting to make typing in the dimly-lit conditions easier, and being wireless, you can easily move it out of the way when you need more desk space.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This awesome keyboard is even rechargeable - just plug it in with micro-USB to give its internal lithium battery a boost!

Home Theater

  • The Home Theater Keyboard/Trackpad Combo:

    Logitech K600 TV Keyboard

    If you're looking for the ideal home theater PC keyboard at an amazing price, you just found it. With its integrated trackpad plus a d-pad joystick, the K600 allows you to interact with your PC or your TV from any seat in the room!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This keyboard uses Bluetooth, allowing it to connect wirelessly to just about any device!

  • The Home Theater Keyboard/Trackpad Combo:

    Logitech K830 Illuminated Wireless Keyboard

    Perhaps the best HTPC keyboard ever released, the K830 now sells for a very attractive price. With its premium styling, integrated trackpad, and solid wireless connection, it doesn't get any better for HTPC use!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that unlike the newer, small K600, this doesn't have a d-pad for use with Smart TVs.

  • The Ultimate HTPC Lapboard:

    Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Lapboard

    Do you want to see something truly innovative? Then check out this one of a kind lapboard designed for gaming on your HTPC setup: the only wireless mechanical lapboard! Lapboard's have an integrated mousepad allowing you to game with a mouse while sitting on the couch. We've tried other lapboards, and we hate to say it, but they are all just a waste of time. Their huge cables make them non-starters in our opinion now that Corsair has released the wireless K63.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that all K63 boards use Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, but the setup is available with standard dark blue lighting, or the ice blue of this special edition.

Gaming

  • The Gaming Keyboard/Mouse Combo:

    Corsair Gaming K55 Keyboard + Harpoon RGB Gaming Mouse

    There are a lot of ultra-budget gaming peripherals out there, but trust us, none are worth buying. Instead, step up to the real deal with this awesome combo gaming keyboard and mouse combo from the gaming experts at Corsair. It brings you the responsive K55 keyboard with sweet RGB lighting, plus the ergonomic Harpoon mouse with on-the-fly DPI adjustment, RGB effects, and a high-quality 6000dpi optical sensor.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Want a great low-cost mousepad to get the most out of your Harpoon? Look no further than Corsair's MM200 Mouse Mat!

  • The Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse:

    Logitech G703 Lightspeed w/Hero 16K

    If you're looking for next-generation performance in a gaming mouse, there's only one option: Logitech's Lightspeed lineup. And our overall favorite is the new G703 Lightspeed with the 16,000dpi Hero sensor (up from 12K dpi in the original G703). The better sensor also happens to weight a whole lot less, meaning this mouse comes in at a draw-dropping 95g. You still get RGB lighting and up to 35 hours of battery life, along with performance that beats any wired mouse.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Want to make your G703 experience even better? Then pick up the PowerPlay mat to allow it to charge wirelessly, meaning you'll never, ever have to plug it in or stop gaming!

  • The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse:

    Logitech G502 Lightspeed

    Just like its predecessor the G502, the G502 Lightspeed offers uncompromising control in any game, thanks to its ergonomic shape and ultra-light, balanced frame. But it adds the cherry on top, Lightspeed wireless technology, to allow for a truly wire-free experience. See our full review here!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Another critical piece of the G502 Lightspeed's dominance is PowerPlay compatibility. Using the optional PowerPlay charging mat, your mouse will charge while you use it, meaning there's no plugging it in... ever!

  • The Gaming Mouse Pad:

    CORSAIR MM300

    A mouse is nothing without a great mouse pad, so please do yourself a favor and pick up the MM300 for your gaming needs. It offers a much lower-friction surface than cloth mouse pads, while still providing excellent levels of control. At nearly 14" by 11", it also offers a lot of surface area for the money!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Want a totally different take on the mousing experience? Then consider the extra-large MM350 mouse mat below!

  • The Ultimate Mouse Mat:

    CORSAIR MM350 Extended XL Mouse Mat

    The new MM350 is the mouse mat to get if you're ready to move beyond traditional mousepads. Measuring 36.6” x 15.7”, and a full 5mm thick, it provides space for your mouse, keyboard, and maybe a few other accessories as well, while protecting your desk surface in style!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Once you try a mouse mat, you probably won't go back to a mouse pad. It adds a premium touch to your entire desktop!

  • The Gaming Mouse Pad:

    Logitech PowerPlay Charging Mouse Mat

    If you own a high-end lithium-powered Logitech G wireless gaming mouse (in the G500, G700, G900, or Pro series), you really should treat yourself to the very best accessory ever created: the PowerPlay charging mat. It keeps your mouse optimally charged forever... meaning you never have to plug in to charge!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Learn more in our full review.

  • The Ultimate Gaming Keyboard:

    Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Rapidfire Low Profile

    With its latest K70 model, Corsair has taken gaming keyboards, and indeed mechanical keyboards generally, to a whole new level. Using Cherry's first new ground-up switch design since the 1980s, this low-profile model is completely different than everything that's come before it. With a 1mm actuation distance, nearly-silent operation, unmatched RGB effects, and Corsair's proven customer service, it's the best pure-gaming keyboard out there.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Want to learn more about what makes this keyboard tick? See our full hands-on review!

  • The Ultimate Wireless Keyboard:

    Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Linear)

    Our favorite keyboard every, bar none, is the G915. Offering lightning-fast mechanical response, ultra-sleek low-slung styling, full RGB effects, and of course, a wireless connection powered by Logitech's unmatched Lightspeed system, it's the best. That's all there is to say.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Check out our review here.

  • The Wireless PC Gamepad:

    Microsoft Xbox Controller + Wireless Adapter for Windows

    If you plan to play driving, flying, or third-person adventure games on your desktop PC, or practically any game at all on a home theater PC, you owe it to yourself to pick up the Xbox One Wireless Controller for Windows. Offering built-in compatibility with just about every game that's come out since the dawn of the Xbox 360 in 2005, you're virtually guaranteed a great gaming experience. It even offers Bluetooth for use with BT-capable PCs.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The lastest version of this controller includes a wireless adapter that's 66% smaller that the original, and has wireless stereo sound support, plus the ability to connect up to eight controllers at once.