CPU Cooler: Swiftech H320 X2 & Phononic HEX
Swiftech gets top honors this year with their H320 X2 Prestige All-In-One kits. Performance it great and installation is simple. There may be the downfall of the reservoir design blocking the use of push/pull fans, but on that same note, you do not need any extra fans for superior cooling. Pricing is aggressive for these units, and unlike most Asetek builds, this cooler from Swiftech is modular, it is made of top-tier components, and is an AIO that can grow with your requirements for many years to come.
We'd be remiss to not give an honorable mention to the Phononic HEX 2.0 CPU cooler for a couple of reasons: First, they're the first TEC cooled tower which actually works as intended that we've tested to date. Secondly, Phononic has been able to keep things compact, deliver great results, and even delivered the cooler with software so that you can take control of the way in which the TEC functioned, where other designs were plain and ultimately failed to impress.
Keyboard: Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum & Tesoro Gram Spectrum
For top honors this year we have to give props to Logitech and the development and release of the G910 Orion Spectrum. Everything you would ever desire in a gaming keyboard is present, they developed new switches, opted for a faceted key cap design, there is a dock for your phone, there is programmable RGB LED lighting, and all of this is contained within a frame which is not gaudy. It may cost a tad more than some of the other options out there, but it is a solid design that will leave nobody wanting once it is on your desk.
If you are looking for something a bit more affordable and do not need extra keys, or much of the fancy "gaming" related features, the Tesoro Gram Spectrum is a solid choice as well. This keyboard also delivers customizable RGB backlighting, but it is also designed with low-profile key caps which gives it a unique feel in the mechanical keyboard market while you pump away at the keys playing Overwatch, CS:GO, and a million other games.
Mouse: Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum
Again, Logitech comes to mind when thinking back to the best design offered in 2016. The styling of the G900 Chaos Spectrum may be aggressive, but a ton of thought, effort, and refinement went into delivering this mouse to the masses. It can be run either wired or wireless, it feels great in hand, there are plenty of buttons to satisfy most users, and with the components used under the hood in this mouse, it can deliver excellent response to your movements, and near effortless clicking, as you happily game along with it.
Gaming Chair: Tesoro Zone Balance
Tesoro entered the gaming chair market in the final months of 2016 but made a big splash. Tesoro's Zone Balance Gaming Chair is not only comfortable, but stylish - and it also won't break the bank, so you don't need to be earning that pro-gaming/eSports money to be spending hours per day being comfortable while gaming.
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