2017 was a milestone year for the video game industry, from the record-setting explosion of Battle Royale games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite to new, impressive console launches in the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One X. And with these came new and innovative designs on the hardware, accessories and peripheral market.
Whether you or someone you care about casually game, are looking to upgrade a home entertainment setup, or want to stream like a pro - we've got you covered this holiday season. In addition to our recommended best games and best under-the-radar games of 2017, check out our guide to the best and coolest gaming gear of 2017, featuring everything from top recommended headsets for all platforms, mice, keyboard, streaming gear, to accessories, gaming chairs, and even a powerful portable PC.
Without further ado, these are the The Absolute Best and Coolest Gaming Gear of 2017...
BEST PORTABLE GAMING PC: ORIGIN CHRONOS (THIS PAGE)
Best Portable Gaming PC/Home Entertainment System: ORIGIN Chronos
I have some big desktops in my office, one for streaming and recording, another for gaming. Both are really, really big but ORIGIN showed me that they don't have to be. Say hello to the Chronos, a desktop PC that looks the size of a gaming console but that can play the best of games, and yes, VR too. And it looks so damn good doing so. The Chronos can be your workstation, your gaming PC and with its look and size, the perfect all-in-one beast to hook up to your entertainment system and television. The one we've been testing features the following:
- Case: ORIGIN Chronos
- Exterior: ORIGIN PC White
- Accent Color: ORIGIN PC Red
- The ORIGIN Difference: ORIGIN PC Chronos - The Best Gaming Experience Guaranteed
- Case Lighting: Red LED
- Case Fans: ORIGIN PC High-Performance Ultra Slim Fan
- Power Supply: 600 Watt Silverstone SFX Series
- Motherboard: ASUS STRIX Z270I Gaming
- System Cooling: ORIGIN FROSTBYTE 120 Sealed Liquid Cooling System for 1151 Socket
- Processors: Intel Core i5 7600K Quad-Core 3.8GHz (Overclocked to 4.9)
- Graphic Cards: Single 8GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 FE (Overclocked)
- Memory: 16GB ORIGIN PC DDR4 Powered by Kingston 2666MHz (2 X 8GB)
- Operating System: MS Windows 10 Home
- Hard Drive One: 240GB ORIGIN PC Approved SATA M.2
- Storage Drive One: 6TB Western Digital Red
- External Optical Drive: 6X External Blu-Ray Writer
- Audio: On Board High Definition 8-Channel Audio
- Networking: Onboard Network Port
- Warranty: Lifetime 24/7 U.S. Based Support and Lifetime Free Labor. 1 Year Part Replacement & 45 Day Shipping Warranty
- ORIGIN Recovery: ORIGIN Recovery USB3.0 Flash Drive
- Bays: 5 x 2.5" SSD and 2 x 3.5" HDD
- USB: 2 x USB 3.0
- Ports: 1 Headphone Jack and 1 Microphone Jack
- Under 12" Height and only 4" Width
- Can be situated horizontally or vertically
- ORIGIN FROSTBYTE 120 Sealed Liquid-Cooling
- Rotating ORIGIN PC Logo
Best New Tablet of 2017: Microsoft Surface Pro
Looks like a tablet, performs like a laptop, Microsoft's latest Surface Pro is the ultimate in style and function. This stunning 2-in-1 works hard and looks good doing it – it’s the perfect device for anyone on-the-go.
- Weighs as little as 1.69 pounds and its 12.3-inch PixelSense display has stunning resolution on a brilliant touchscreen
- Combines the 7th Generation Intel Core m3, i5 and i7 processors and up to 16GB of memory
- Handles your most demanding creative tasks with up to 13.5 hours of battery life
Sold separately is the super lightweight, ultra-quiet Surface Pro Type Cover which includes a two-button trackpad built for precision control and backlighting and comes in black, blue, bright blue, red, and teal colors. And for those who want it all in one, there's the 13.5 inch, 2.76 pound Surface Laptop as well that comes in platinum, burgundy, cobalt blue and graphite gold tone-on-tone color combinations.
Additional available accessories include the Surface Pen, Surface Dial, and all-new Surface Precision Mouse.