Lucky enough to have a spare room at home? Why not convert it to a gaming or entertainment den? For starters, consider a TV and a soundbar if you mainly play console games. A projector is also an option if there isn't enough space. Of course, you'll need a sofa, too. PC gamers will probably want at least a big monitor (curved is nice, but high refresh rate is a must) and a gaming chair. Leave room for expansion in case you want to host a LAN party next time. Here are five gadget ideas for your gaming den.
Xiaomi Mi TV P1
Every gaming den needs a screen. It could be a TV or a monitor, but we're going with a TV since they generally work better with game consoles. My pick would be the Xiaomi P1 because it is relatively affordable for its features. Unless your room is spacious enough for a 55-inch model, I would recommend the 43-inch 4K version (around S$550) as the 32-inch model only has a 1,366 x 768-pixel resolution. Alternatively, PC gamers who prefer a monitor can consider the HP Omen X 25f, which boasts a 240Hz refresh rate.
Secretlab Titan Evo 2022
If you're more inclined towards PC gaming, a gaming chair, like Secretlab's latest Titan Evo (from S$579) would make sense. It has a flatter, more comfortable base, improved lumbar support and uses magnets instead of straps for arm rests and the neck pillow. Pick the SoftWeave version (S$30 more) as it's more suited for our humid conditions, unless you plan to have the aircon running constantly, of course.
Martiangear Massage Pillow
If you already have a gaming chair, enhance the experience with the Martiangear massage pillow (S$108). This battery-powered add-on offers four massage modes and three speeds, all designed to knead away your sore spots. It can be used for your neck, back and legs, and should work with most other brands of gaming chairs, too.
Creative Stage 360
Get your gaming den wired for Dolby Atmos surround sound for cheap with the Creative Stage 360 (S$329). Not only does this compact soundbar fit under most monitors or TVs, its cinematic sound quality, especially when playing Dolby Atmos content, is excellent for its price. It also offers plenty of connectivity options, including three HDMI (one ARC), optical port and Bluetooth.
TP-Link Tapo Smart Wi-Fi Light Strip
What better finishing touch for a gaming den than customisable RGB lights to set the right mood? Consider the TP-Link Tapo Smart Wi-Fi Light Strip, which is inexpensive (S$42 for 5 metres) and can be controlled via voice assistant (Google and Amazon). What's cool is a Sync-to-Sound feature that uses your phone's microphone to pick up sound, and sync the LEDs to the frequency and the beat of the music.
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