Can buying the best gear make you a better gamer?

High-end joypads, mechanical keyboards, pro headsets, dedicated monitors – what does specialist gaming hardware offer and what should you go for?

Action video games are all about reflexes and accuracy. Whether you’re wielding an assault rifle in Fortnite or a battle axe in Witcher 3, the speed at which you can find a target and launch something at it will generally dictate how long you survive.

But what if you were not born with the sharpest reactions or the handiest of hand-eye coordination? Can hardware help? We asked a range of experts what to look for in equipment such as headsets, controllers and monitors, and tried some out ourselves. Here’s what we discovered.

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