Amazon Prime Day has finally arrived and, like in previous years, 2021 sees huge discounts on the best technology, from headphones and video games to PC gaming tech, whether you are looking for monitors, desktops, laptops, or whatever else.
Amazon Prime Day 2021 – Best PC Gaming Desktops, Laptops, and More
What To Look For When Buying Gaming Tech
If you are upgrading your tech now, there are a few things you should know: one of the best things you can do (as far as your pocketbook is concerned) is to stay away from the latest year’s iterations on tech, unless you are absolutely flush with cash and need bleeding-edge tech to satisfy your cravings.
Buying gaming tech that is 1-2 years old will still get you nearly all the power of newer models, but at a fraction of the price. Moreover, these pieces are way more likely to go on deep discount during sales, as manufacturers try to clear out older stock for the new models.
Another thing that is essential, particularly if you are gaming both on PC and new consoles like the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, is HDMI 2.1. If you want to take full advantage of the new consoles, in addition to new PC gaming tech, HDMI 2.1 is shorthand for a wide range of good things you’ll want. If a monitor, TV, or another piece of tech says “HDMI 2.1,” you know you’re good to go.
Why PC Gaming?
If you haven’t jumped into PC gaming before, or in a long time, there’s some information you need to know. First, although PC gaming is often considered the most “high-end,” it’s also got an absolutely massive range, meaning you can get into PC gaming for much less than you might think.
Although deals have become more competitive on dedicated gaming consoles like PlayStation and Xbox, PC is THE place to be for discounted games, whether it’s Steam sales, GOG deals, or even free giveaways on the Epic Games Store. No matter the type of games you love, PC is the place to play everything from massive AAA blockbusters to creative indie games that never even reach consoles, which you can play through excellent storefronts like itch.io.
You can also get a ton of games years before they are available on console. And with the power of a gaming laptop, you can game from anywhere, without needing a TV, or even a power outlet. And because games are designed to run on a wide array of hardware, you won’t have to worry about whether console manufacturers will support backwards compatibility. Whether you keep your PC forever, or upgrade every year, your game collection stays with you.
If you want to know about every major deal available, check out our massive guide to all the best Amazon Prime Day deals, or just get your gaming habit off the ground with the Amazon Prime Day video game deals.
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