If you’re up with your Aussie esports then you’ll know of the online Astro Warzone Invitational events that have been running since early April.
Put together by Astro and their esports team Mindfreak, the events have seen the biggest names in the APAC region battling it out with local content creators and the odd sporting big name for supremacy in Call of Duty: Warzone. It should come as no surprise that records have tumbled.
So, do you reckon you’ve got the skills to take on the big players? Obviously having all the right gear is a good starting point. We’ve put together a handy shopping guide to have you armed with the very best in gaming tech in no time.
Astro C40 TR
When the difference between victory and defeat can come down to mere fractions of a second, you want a controller in your hands that you can totally rely on. The C40 TR Controller is a fully customisable beast, built to tackle anything that even the most serious gamer can throw at it, while offering features that a standard controller just can’t compete with.
Two units are available, one for the PS4 and PC, another for the Xbox. But what if you’re a PS4 competitor who prefers Xbox-styled offset analog sticks? No problem, as the C40 TR allows you to swap out stick and S-pad modules to suit your style.
That’s just the start of the customisation, with the ability to play wired or wireless (with 12+ hours of charge), and change your stick tops and configure buttons your way – including extra triggers on the rear with adjustable travel for hair-trigger firing. Oh, and it all comes in a handy protective travel case.
Logitech G PRO X Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
As every gamer knows, not all keyboards are equal. Sure, you might be able to clack out a few wins in simpler games on a bog-standard PC keyboard, but when it comes to the big competitive stuff, you want something built for action.
The Logitech G Pro X fits that bill perfectly. It brings all the features, but in a compact, keypad-free form that makes it easy to transport – or plop on any small surface ready for play. It even has a detachable cable, allowing tangle-free wireless play.
As for the keys, pick your poison. Whether you like things clicky or a bit more subtle, a choice of three swappable styles of internal switches means that you’re sure to find what’s right for you. There are also 12 programmable function key macros, and for that extra touch of funkiness there’s programmable RGB lighting, with onboard memory to store the perfect pattern for your next tournament.
Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse
The humble computer mouse comes in many shapes and sizes, but when it’s time for gaming it’s what you can’t see that can really make the difference between a winner and a runner-up. Logitech know this, which led to them developing the G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse specifically for the esports pro.
The aim was to find the perfect shape, weight and feel, combined with lag-free wireless tech guaranteed to never let the player down. The latter comes courtesy of Logitech’s HERO 16K next-gen gaming sensor, which can track the most fleeting of mouse flicks and ever-so-quick button clicks – and all while being frugal on battery use.
Bells and whistles never hurt, especially when they’re useful. Here, the ultra-light Logitech G Pro Wireless offers up removable, programmable buttons on both its left and right sides, allowing full functionality whether you’re righthanded or a leftie. Don’t want these buttons? Install the handy included covers. Meanwhile, onboard memory allows the storage of all preferences, including DPI, saving setup time as you game on the go.
Astro A40 TR Headset + Mixamp Pro TR
Astro A50 Wireless + Base Station
As anybody who’s ever been lumped with a cheapo headset will attest, if you’re serious about the sound that hits your ears then it’s worth spending enough to secure a really good unit. Astro have much to offer to budding and thriving esports stars alike, in particular two high-end headsets in the A40 TR and A50 Wireless, both of which come in in two flavours, one for PS4 + PC and the other for Xbox.
The Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro TR bundle delivers a top-notch wired headset, along with the ability to mix your Dolby Audio sound output just how you like it. The headset aims to strike the perfect balance of audio fidelity, comfort and, critically, durability – if you’re schlepping them all over town then you don’t want flimsy gear. The A40 TR really fits the bill, being lightweight yet surprisingly sturdy. Designed for marathon gaming sessions, the A40 TR is also lightweight – just what you need for those extra-long play sessions.
While out of the box the A40 TR is an open-backed headset with swappable precision mic and customisable speaker tags, it’s also ready for competition, with the ability to modify the setup for noisier surroundings into a closed-back, noise-isolating headset by adding a Mod Kit with sealed Speaker Tags, synthetic leather ear cushions and a voice-isolating microphone.
The all-digital, lag-free Astro Mixamp Pro TR, meanwhile, offers total control over the A40 TR’s volume control, chat-mix, Dolby processing, EQ and more, along with an optical in connection.
If you’re after the top-of-the-line, all-in-one experience, or just like to keep things as wire-free as possible, then the Astro A50 Wireless may be what you need. Boasting Astro Audio V2 for true-to-life sound, it comes complete with a charging base station, perfect for simplifying charging as well as keeping your headset safely in one spot, rather than that tendency many of us have to just leave things where they lie.
As well as delivering monumental sound, the output of the A50 Wireless is eminently tweakable, via Astro’s Command Centre software. With its built-in mixamp, you can tune every input and output parameter of the A50 precisely for your specific setup, from audio balancing to Dolby Audio settings.
Other handy features abound, a favourite being the “flip to mute” unidirectional mic – no fiddling about searching for a mute button – while the A50’s 15-plus hours of battery life should be enough for the most extended gameplay sessions.
Anda Seat AD12XL-03
If you’re going to be seated for extended periods of time, you need somewhere comfortable to park your back end. Complete with ever-important lumbar support as well as a handy neck pillow, the Anda Seat AS12XL-03 provides essential cushioning and support. It commands a formidable presence in any room, and lives up to the XL letters in the title. Wider than the average business class seat on an aircraft, this chair resembles an amalgamation of the Caped Crusader, Darth Vader and a B-2 stealth bomber, with a high back rising like the Iron Throne.
The seat itself is made from a PVC leatherette material that purports to be highly stain-resistant and can be easily cleaned with a cloth and warm water. Mould shaping foam contours perfectly accommodate the rear end, and the padding is super-comfortable.
A sturdy beast with a steel framework, the chair can recline to 160 degrees and features armrests that are adjustable in four directions.
It can even support a load of up to 182kg.