Best Professional Streaming/Recording Mic: Blackout Spark SL

Blue, a 20-year leading innovator in audio technology and creators of the world’s #1 USB microphones announced the Blackout Spark SL in 2017, an XLR condenser mic designed for professional recording and game streaming. I even started using this one myself with my little soundboard! For gamers, podcasters or YouTubers who are ready to upgrade their home recording or streaming setup to a full broadcast studio level, Blackout Spark SL brings Blue’s legendary studio sound to any space. Featuring a professional XLR connection that integrates perfectly with USB interfaces and mixers, Blackout Spark SL delivers superb detail and rich harmonic audio that will bring pristine broadcast sound to any home studio or desktop setup.

Designed for versatility, the Blackout Spark SL’s custom-designed JFET condenser capsule delivers consistent, detailed and transparent sound for a wide range of recording scenarios. The cardioid only polar pattern greatly reduces pickup of background noise, and excels at recording a single gamer, speaker, or vocalist. A 100Hz high-pass filter and -20dB pad bring professional versatility to any project with the flip of a switch. The -20dB pad keeps voice clear and crisp when things get intense on a stream, while the 100Hz high-pass filter eliminates rumble or other low noises from desktops or noisy environments. The Blackout Spark SL comes with a shockmount for easy connection to a boom arm or mic stand.

The Blackout Spark SL retails for $199.99.

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Best Wireless Gaming Keyboard: Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is the ultimate keyboard for serious gaming and work, without the annoying of cords. It works for workstations and streaming setups to home entertainment areas, and it does so with the best wireless performance on the market and the some of the quietest mechanical keys we've ever used (including six customizable macro buttons). We're talking extreme, premium performance.

Using the Lightspeed feature, the G613 provides the fastest connection possible, but this keyboard can be used with other devices via Bluetooth as well with a battery life of up to 18 months. For the ultimate package, consider pairing this up with Logitech's G603 wireless mouse. More on that later...

High Performance Gaming

G613 is a next generation wireless keyboard designed for gamers who demand both the high performance capabilities of mechanical switches and the freedom of wireless gaming.G613 features LIGHTSPEED™ wireless technology for super fast 1 ms report rate and Bluetooth® for multi-host connectivity, advanced Romer-G mechanical performance, 6-programmable G-keys, and amazing battery life.

Pro-Grade Mechanical Switches

Romer-G mechanical switches deliver quiet, precise mechanical performance with incredible feel and durability with 70M click-life. The choice of top esports professionals, Romer-G switches have a short-throw actuation at 1.5 mm which means it is 25% faster than the competition’s standard mechanical switches. Romer-G is a perfect blend of speed, precision and quiet performance.

The Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard retails for $149.99.

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Best Streaming Capture Card: Elgato HD60 Pro

For gamers looking to record or stream there play, normal USB capture cards that plug into a PC via USB won't quite cut it. To get rid of that lag and have some legit passthrough to your gaming monitor at 60FPS and 1080p resolution you'll need the Elgato HD60 Pro. This is what all the pros use on Twitch and it goes into your rig like a normal card install.

Textures, tones, shadows, lens flares – you treasure every detail, so recording in the highest possible quality is non-negotiable. HD60 Pro features an advanced, onboard H.264 encoder that enables you to record unlimited footage in superb 1080p60 quality, at a bitrate up to 60Mbps. This, all while keeping your project file sizes small and CPU load minimal. Why settle for less?

The HD60 Pro comes with Instant Gameview, powering your stream with superior low latency technology, the best real-time broadcasting experience you can have to build your YouTube or Twitch audience. It's what I've been using all year long and I can vouch for it.

Want to take your streaming to the next level? Add in the Elgato Stream Deck, the first of its kind, the incredibly easy-to-use control pad that lets users control their OBS stream software and customize its buttons (text, images, color). No long do you need to your keyboard shortcuts, or worse, a mouse to manually flip between scenes, sources, or to access files, etc.. With these two Elgato pieces of hardware, you can stream like a pro as a one-player production crew. It's awesome!

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