com­pact PC gam­ing gear

This di­miniu­tive gam­ing setup of­fers an ex­cep­tional treat for the eyes and ears in a one-bed friendly space

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ASUS ROG SWIFT PG27UQ

This 27-inch mon­i­tor from Asus could give Dan breath­tak­ing im­agery with­out dom­i­nat­ing his desk space. Even if his gam­ing ma­chine can’t quite han­dle 4K just yet; when he even­tu­ally up­grades, it’s nice to know it’s there, and the PG27UQ not only boasts 4K pix­els, but G-Sync HDR for the best gam­ing vi­su­als out there – and yes, there are ti­tles that sup­port Nvidia’s pro­pri­etary HDR tech:

As­sas­sin’s Creed Odyssey, for one. Back­ing this up is a 144Hz re­fresh rate, for a but­tery-smooth im­age. £1,998, asus.com

Logit ech G903 + Pow erPla y mat

A match made in heaven: when the G903, Log­itech’s top dog wire­less mouse, is placed upon its Pow­er­play mouse pad com­padre, it will au­to­mat­i­cally start charg­ing the mouse’s bat­tery wire­lessly. So there’s no need for a sep­a­rate charg­ing dock or ex­tra mess of ca­bles clut­ter­ing up Dan’s desk. £188 (both), log­itechg.com

MSI Nig ht­bla de MI3

That you need an over­sized rig to drive AAA games these days is a bit of an old wives’ tale. This small, but per­fectly formed, PC from MSI ticks the core PC gam­ing boxes, with pow­er­ful GTX 1060 graph­ics, a 7th-gen In­tel i5 pro­ces­sor, 16GB RAM, and a quiet but ef­fi­cient cool­ing sys­tem, but its lack of heft means you could place it on a desk, if you so wish. No, it won’t do 4K for all games – you’ll need a beast of a ma­chine for that task – but it’ll de­liver smooth 1440p good­ness with all the knobs turned up. £899, uk.msi.com

SCUF GAM­ING IM­PACT

If you crave a more con­sole­like ex­pe­ri­ence while you play (or a ti­tle just de­mands it), Scuf’s con­troller is the ticket. Blue­tooth nets you un­teth­ered con­trol, and the unit it­self is in­fin­itely cus­tomis­able for look, feel and use. Bonus: it works with PS4. From £109, scufgam­ing.com

5 WOOTING ONE

Typ­i­cally, gam­ing key­boards are space eaters – long and chunky. But the Wooting one es­chews ex­cess, in­stead of­fer­ing min­i­mal­ists like Dan with a fuss-free, yet sub­lime in­ter­face. Pres­sure-sen­si­tive keys of­fer the ul­ti­mate in-game con­trol over move­ment, and matched with in­frared me­chan­i­cal switches the feel of the key­board is smooth and re­spon­sive. £129, wooting.nl

STEELSERIES ARCTIS PRO WIRE­LESS

A wire­less gam­ing head­set pulls dou­ble duty: no wires is ideal for min­i­mal­ist desk sce­nar­ios like Dan’s, and this flag­ship SteelSeries unit is ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing the sort of im­mer­sive au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence that only mul­ti­ple speak­ers si­t­u­ated around the lis­tener can repli­cate, thanks to DTS Head­phone: X v2.0 and hi-res ca­pa­ble driv­ers within each ear. £249, steelseries.com

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