The GamesRadar Hardware Awards 2022 honor the greatest gaming technology of the year.

The year 2022 has been a great one for gaming. We’ve seen some of the best games ever made, from indie classics to AAA blockbusters. But what about the hardware? That’s where we come in! Here’s our pick of the best tech for gamers in 2022:

Best premium gaming phone – Sony Xperia Pro

The Sony Xperia Pro is the best premium gaming phone on the market. It has the best screen, processor and battery life (you can play games for hours without needing to charge), as well as a great camera that takes stunning photos in low light conditions.

The phone is also comfortable to hold—you won’t notice it in your hand after an extended gaming session—and it looks far better than most other phones on sale today thanks to its clean lines and glass front panel.

Best value gaming phone – Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is a great phone for gaming. It has a large screen and is very portable, so you can take it anywhere with you. Its battery life is also great, and its processor means that apps open quickly and smoothly. The camera on this phone has been upgraded to 12 megapixels, which makes it ideal for taking photos of your gaming sessions!

The sound system in this phone also makes music sound better than ever before—and if there’s one thing we’ve learned from our many years of reviewing phones at GamesRadar (and from testing dozens upon dozens of different models), it’s that their are some really good ones out there worth investing in!

Best gaming phone chipset – Apple A14 Bionic

The Apple A14 Bionic is the best gaming phone chipset. It has a 7nm process and 10nm process, with 6.2GHz and 5.1GHz clock speeds respectively. That’s all well and good—but what matters most is performance! And that’s where this chip shines like no other: it’s got an impressive 90 frames per second (fps) rating on its remote play tests, as well as 60fps gameplay in Fortnite Mobile on iOS devices like iPhones or iPads (which have much smaller screens than their Android equivalents).

The only downside to the Sony Xperia Pro is that it’s expensive. The phone costs $900, which is far more than most people are willing to spend on a smartphone.

Best premium gaming laptop – Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15

Do you know the feeling when you spot a device that looks like it’s been designed with your gaming needs in mind? Well, if you’re looking for one of those devices, then this is it. The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is the top-end laptop from Asus’ super-popular Zephyrus line of machines and comes packed with everything you’d want from an elite gaming machine:

  • A 15.6-inch screen with 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) and HDR support
  • 8th gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor with 16GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB NVMe SSD storage
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card w/8GB GDDR6 VRAM

Best value gaming laptop – Acer Nitro 5 Spin

The Acer Nitro 5 Spin is a great gaming laptop that offers excellent performance for its price. It has a powerful Intel Core i7-9750H processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD for storage. It also comes with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card with 6GB GDDR6 memory (which can be upgraded to 8GB).

The only thing I don’t like about this machine is the keyboard which feels too shallow and cramped in my opinion. However, you don’t need to worry about this because there are plenty of other options out there if you want something with more travel or spacing between keys: For example, check out our Best Gaming Laptop Under $1K guide here!

It’s also got a whopping 6GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage, as well as a dedicated Apple A14 Bionic chip for gaming purposes. And it has an impressive battery life, too: it can easily last for a day or two on one charge. This phone is great for playing games, but it does have a few drawbacks. For example, its screen is only HD+, which isn’t quite as sharp as some of the other phones on this list. A high-end 144Hz screen with 4K resolution and HDR support, an 8th gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor with 16GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB NVMe SSD storage, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card w/8GB GDDR6 VRAMThe Acer Nitro 5 Spin is a great laptop for gaming, with decent performance and a good price. It offers an Intel Core i7-9750H processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card with 6GB GDDR6 memory (which can be upgraded to 8GB).

Best premium gaming monitor – Samsung Odyssey G9

The Samsung Odyssey G9 is the best premium gaming monitor you can choose. It has a 144Hz refresh rate, 4K resolution and a curved screen, but it also supports Nvidia’s G-Sync technology—which makes it perfect for high-end gamers.

The display has an HDR display and supports AMD’s FreeSync technology as well. This means that when you’re playing games at 120Hz or above (and especially at 144Hz), your visuals will be smooth regardless of whether they’re running on your PC or console because neither display will stutter during transitions between frames. If you want to see how good this monitor looks right now without spending any money at all.

Best value gaming monitor – Alienware AW2521HFL

The Alienware AW2521HFL is a 25″ 1080p TN panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time, which means it can display frames as fast as possible. It also has AMD FreeSync support, 2 GB DDR4 memory and an AMD Radeon RX 560X graphics card.

The monitor has two USB 3.0 ports on the back of its base (one for connecting your mouse and keyboard), but no HDMI port or headphone jack.

Best premium headphone – Sony WH-1000XM4

The Sony WH-1000XM4 is a premium headphone and it’s not hard to see why. It has noise-cancellation technology, so you can enjoy your music without the need to turn up the volume or bring along an extra pair of headphones. The WH-1000XM4 also has a 30-hour battery life, which should last all day if you’re not listening too loudly. The only downside is that these are wired headphones (which we like), but luckily there are some great wireless options out there too!

You can check out the Samsung Odyssey G9 on AmazonThe design of the monitor is very minimal. There’s a thin bezel around the screen and a silver stand, which is adjustable up to 5 inches in height. The base also has two USB 3.0 ports on its back for connecting your keyboard and mouse. These headphones are a great choice if you want to block out the world around you. They have active noise cancellation technology that helps eliminate unwanted sounds while listening to music or podcasts. The WH-1000XM4 also has touch control and voice assistant capabilities, so it’s easy to adjust the volume or make quick calls on the go.

Best value headphones – Kingston HyperX Cloud Alpha S

Kingston’s HyperX Cloud Alpha S are some of the best headphones we’ve ever tested. They’re comfortable, sound great, and have a microphone and controls so you can use them with a PC or smartphone. They’re available in multiple colors—we like the gunmetal gray version—and come with a carrying case that makes it easy to throw them into your bag when you’re on the go.

Best gaming headset: Razer BlackShark V2 X

If you’re looking for the best gaming headset to pair with your console, look no further than the Razer BlackShark V2 X, which offers Dolby Surround 7.1 surround sound and USB audio support. The headset also has a retractable microphone and is able to connect directly to your PC or Mac via a USB cable.

The Kraken 7.1 Chroma from Razer is another great option if you want something more affordable than its more premium sibling but still want high-quality audio in your game sessions (or at least until they get old). It comes with three separate drivers—high-fidelity bass drum speakers that create an immersive experience through simulated surround sound effects; mid-range frequencies for crystal clear dialogue; and low-end frequencies for rich bass lines—all housed within an aluminum housing that’s lightweight yet durable enough to withstand drops without breaking apart like other cheaper options might do under similar conditions.

Best 120Hz gaming monitor: Acer Nitro XV273KP

The Acer Nitro XV273KP is a 27-inch monitor with a 120Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync 2 support. It also has a 3ms response time, which means you can enjoy your games without any lag or ghosting.

It’s worth it if you’re looking for something that can handle high-end gaming without breaking the bank.

The Cloud Alpha S is a great choice if you want a stylish pair of headphones that sound just as good as they look. They’re available in three different colors—gunmetal gray, white and black—and come with a carrying case so you can take them with you on the go.

Best graphics card: Nvidia RTX 3080

Nvidia’s new card offers a lot of bang for your buck, but it’s not necessarily the best option if you’re looking to build a powerful gaming rig. That said, if you’ve got the cash and want to acknowledge into Nvidia’s latest line-up of GPUs (or just want an upgrade from previous generations), then this is definitely worth considering.

The company has upped its game when it comes to performance per dollar spent by offering two cards with similar prices yet very different levels of power: The RTX 2080 Ti costs $999 while its cheaper sibling.

The Acer Nitro XV273KP has a sharp FHD resolution of 1920 x 1080, making it ideal for multitasking and streaming. The monitor is also equipped with AMD FreeSync 2 technology, which ensures that your games won’t suffer from screen tearing or stuttering. You can also choose between different modes to find one that’s just right for you.

Best gaming laptop: Alienware m15 R5

The Alienware m17 R5 is our overall winner for a best gaming laptop, with its powerful specs and gorgeous design. It can be configured with up to an Intel Core i9-9900K processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, and a 16GB of RAM—and it comes with a 1TB hard drive or 256GB SSD along with plenty of ports and hot-swappable components.

And if you want even more power without spending even more money? There’s always the Alienware M18 R8 or its slightly cheaper sibling model called the M18 R11/R12.

The RTX 2080 is an excellent choice if you’re looking to build a workstation or gaming PC, but it won’t be able to compete with the GTX 1080 Ti. If you’re looking for a graphics card that will deliver strong performance at a lower price point, then the RTX 2080 might not be the best option for you.

Best gaming mouse: Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate is the best gaming mouse on the market. It has a DPI range of 100 to 16,000 and sports a polling rate of 1000 Hz. Its response time is 1 ms, meaning you’ll be able to play games at their full potential with no lag time between button presses or movements.

Best wireless gaming controller: DualShock 4

The DualShock 4 is a great choice for any gamer looking to play on PlayStation 4. It has a comfortable design, with analog sticks on both sides of the controller and two triggers below them (one above, one below). The touchpad has been moved from the middle of the front face of previous versions to its own button on the top left side; this makes it easier to reach without taking your eyes off what’s happening on screen.

The battery life is also excellent – though there are other controllers that can last longer between charges, you still won’t need to change batteries every few hours as you do with many wireless options. And while there’s no chargeable backlit option available yet (though rumors suggest we’ll see one later this year), you don’t have to go without light when playing at night either: just plug into an outlet via USB cable or Bluetooth connection if necessary!

Best premium wireless gaming controller: Xbox Wireless Controller

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect wireless controller, your wait is over. The Xbox Wireless Controller (XBC) is a compact, lightweight device that can make playing games on your PC or console an absolute joy. It features Bluetooth connectivity and works with both Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles—and it comes in black, white or neon green options so you can match your gaming rig to whatever color scheme you have going on!

The XBC has been updated with some new features including:

  • New buttons – The left trigger has been moved from being part of the bumpers on previous models to being a separate button; this means players will no longer accidentally press down on their triggers while pressing other buttons like A during gameplay! The right thumbstick now swivels instead of rotating clockwise like before due to its new shape which allows more precise movements without having any slackness when turning around corners while playing games online against opponents who might be using controllers different than yours (like mine).

Best budget wireless controller: Xbox Wireless Controller – Minecraft Creeper

If you’re looking for a good budget controller, then the Xbox Wireless Controller – Minecraft Creeper is your best bet. It’s cheap and it works with all of your favorite games, but there are ways to make it even better. For example, you can replace the battery cover with an empty hard drive case (or just use a screwdriver) and turn your wireless controller into a USB keyboard! This will give you some extra buttons that are especially useful if you plan on playing games in which typing is required—like Fortnite or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). You could also swap out one of those rubber grips on top so that they’re made from leather instead of plastic—and it’ll feel much nicer too!

The Alienware m15 R7 has a great display, solid audio and build quality, and enough ports to keep you connected. It’s also portable enough that most people won’t mind carrying it around. The only real downside is its battery life, which isn’t as impressive as some other laptops on this list—but this shouldn’t be too much of an issue if all you’re doing is playing games while plugged into an outlet anyway. The mouse is designed for right-handed gamers, but it can also be used by lefties. It features a non-slip rubberized finish and has an ambidextrous design that allows both palm and claw grips. The Viper Ultimate is compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 10The DualShock 4 also has a built-in speaker that lets you hear what’s happening in-game without headphones or earbuds. The audio quality is decent, but it’s not amazing – so if you want to get the most out of your games, you’ll still need some kind of external sound system.

Best TV for gaming: Samsung Q800T QLED 8K Smart TV

The best TV to choose if you’re looking to add gaming to your home is the Samsung Q800T QLED 8K Smart TV. It has a 120Hz refresh rate and a 4K resolution, which means that it’ll be able to display games in crisp detail without any lag time between frames. This makes it perfect for playing FPS titles like Battlefield V or Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, but also allows you to play games with more advanced graphics settings on some titles like Destiny 2 or PUBG Mobile.

The TV also comes with an HDR10+ certified panel that can output up to 1000 nits of brightness thanks to its quantum dot technology—which means that even though you may not have access to an HDR-compatible display at home right now (or ever), this one will still look great when paired with your favorite console or PC setup!

The best tech from the past year.

The best tech from the past year is the Sony Xperia Pro. It’s a phone that’s been around for some time now, but it still delivers on its promise of being one of the best Android devices you can acknowledge.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 was our favorite smartphone at launch—and not just because it has an AMOLED screen and a gorgeous design (although those are both great). It also has an excellent camera system and the latest version of Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box, which means you won’t have to wait long for updates or new features once your handset comes out with one next month or so!

In addition to these mods, you could also replace the battery cover with an empty hard drive case (or just use a screwdriver) and turn your wireless controller into a USB keyboard! This will give you some extra buttons that are especially useful if you plan on playing games in which typing is required—like Fortnite or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). You could also swap out one of those rubber grips on top so that they’re made from leather instead of plastic—and it’ll feel much nicer too.

These were the best pieces of hardware for gaming in 2022.

The best gaming phone of the year was the Sony Xperia Pro, which has a 1440 x 720 display, 32GB of storage and an 8-core CPU. It’s also available in a 4G version.

The best gaming laptop of 2022 was Alienware’s m15 R5—a 15-inch device with an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 32GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage.

The best monitor for gaming is Acer’s Nitro XV273KP (starting at $1,599), which boasts a 144Hz refresh rate and G sync support for smooth gameplay without tearing or stuttering during fast motion scenes in games like Fortnite Battle Royale or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

And that’s it for our list of the best smartphones of 2019 so far. If you’re interested in acknowledging one, why not take a look at our roundup of the best deals on Samsung Galaxy S10, Pixel 3 and iPhone XR? You can also check out our guide on how to choose the right phone for you—and if you’re looking for something other than a smartphone, we’ve got plenty of options there too.


We hope you enjoyed this rundown of the best gaming hardware from our time. As you can see, there were some fantastic products launched in 2019, and it’s clear that digital gaming is going to continue to grow. We look forward to seeing what comes next!

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