Best of the Best - Maximum PC-approved hardware and components for your rig building needs

Gaming Headset
Razer Tiamat 7.1 Gaming Headset

If you're looking for a headset with great surround sound, look no further than the Kick Ass Razer Tiamat 7.1 Gaming Headset. The Tiamat also has powerful bass and is super comfortable. 

Gaming Mouse
Cyborg R.A.T. 7

The Cyborg R.A.T. is the first mouse we've used in a long time that really shakes up our definition of a "gaming mouse." Completely customizable, comfortable, and packing some excellent, unique features, this mouse is a winner.

Gaming Keyboard
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate

The BlackWidow is the first keyboard that marries high-quality mechanical switches with a full gaming featureset, including extra keys and on-the-fly macro recording.

Blu-ray Burner
Lite-On iHBS212-08

The best Blu-ray burner we've reviewed recently is the Plextor PX-LB950SA, which replaced th LB940SA we were quite fond of. Turns out that the LB950SA is just a rebadged Lite-On iHBS212-08, though, and given that the Lite-On version is about $40 cheaper, we'd be silly not to recommend that version instead.

Wi-Fi Router
Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight

The RT-N66U is a dual-band model capable of supporting three 150Mb/s data streams simultaneously (450Mb/s on both the 2.4- and 5GHz frequency bands). Compared to the Netgear WNDR-4500 (our previous Best of the Best router) the RT-N66U delivered more than double the throughput when our test client was outdoors at its furthest distance from the router. 

 

 

Ultraportable
Acer Aspire S7

Acer's Aspire S7 really puts the "ultra" in Ultrabook. The notebook is beautiful, well-built, and offers impressive performance. Did we mention it has a gorgeous IPS touchscreen display? 

Gaming Notebook
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500

Lenovo packs a ton of value into this price point, and a surprisingly amount of horsepower too. Dual 650Ms in SLI wow your eyeballs, Dolby-tuned sound fills your ear cavities, and a Core i7 CPU warms the cockles of your gamer heart.