If you’re living in a modern, connected household, chances are you’re involved in gaming on some level. There are all kinds of different ways to play games nowadays, and if you’re someone who wants to be playing regularly, you’ll be wanting to pick up the best of the best when it comes to your devices.
Right now, these are the devices we’d single out in popular gaming categories:
The Nintendo Switch: First up, the bread and butter of every gamer’s tech loadout: the gaming console. Depending on your general play style and the games you’re interested in, the selection here could vary. For our money though, and for most of the general public, we’re recommending the Nintendo Switch. With a huge plethora of available games, as well as its unique and extremely useful portability functions, it makes for anyone’s perfect “main” gaming device. Among the major consoles (which is to say alongside Xbox One and PS4), it’s the one that suits the widest audience. It also features some of the most noteworthy exclusive games out there, including standouts like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Additionally, unlike the last Nintendo console or two, it can hold its own next to other consoles performance-wise.
Best For: The exclusives. It’s true that Nintendo has caught up to other consoles in various ways, and the portability his the Switch’s defining characteristic. But let’s face it: Nintendo’s biggest draw is still its ever-expanding catalogue of beloved games you can’t get anywhere else.
The Razer Phone 2: This high-end smartphone is easily the best on the market right now when it comes to gaming. The screen on this phone boasts an impressive 5.7-inch display with 513 pixels per inch, giving it an especially clean picture. It’s also armed with the best cooling technology in the business, meaning you’ll be able to play any game without having to worry about your phone overheating (which can definitely happen with some larger, more involved mobile games). These features, in addition to strong processing power and access to the full range of Android apps, make the Razer Phone 2 your best bet for mobile gaming needs.
Best For: Real-time multiplayer games. These are often the “biggest” mobile games in multiple senses, and they also demand that you be able to play without glitches or delays. Thus, whether it’s a mobile-adapted console adventures or a battle royale sensation (think Fortnite), real-time multiplayer experiences are the perfect accompaniments for a phone with this amount of gaming power.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701: If you’re looking for a high-end gaming laptop, look no further. Asus’s Zephyrus S is a seriously powerful piece of hardware. Among its defining features are the Intel Coffee Lake Core i7 chip (the laptop’s pride and joy), n Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics card, and 16GB of RAM. All of this gets packed into a razor-thin 0.7 inch construction, which is extraordinary for a laptop of this power. There is a catch, however: The price on this laptop is a hefty $2,000. If you’re serious about your laptop gaming, this is the machine for you, but you need to make sure you have the funds first before you commit – this is a serious wallet-denter.
Best For: Online casinos. Popular online casino games in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere are becoming available for free, and thus appealing to broader audiences. And they thrive on sharp visuals, crisp audio, and an overall appeal to senses. Plenty of other games require powerful laptops to be at their best, certainly – but casino games are nothing without perfect technical execution.
Build Your Own: When it comes to desktops, while there are plenty of premade options we could recommend, we also know that a fully-packaged set is not the ideal way to game. If you’re a real PC gamer into high-end graphics and tech, you’ll need to go one step further and build your own. This sounds daunting, but it’s actually a relatively straightforward step-by-step process once you have the parts you’ll need. And when you’re done, you’ll have a desktop that crushes anything you could have bought all ready to go from a store.
Best For: Any of the latest titles. This may be a broad response, but a lot of hardcore gamers find that a powerful PC still beats the top consoles where brand new game releases are concerned. So for high-end, brand new titles, try the desktop first!