The Best Battlestation Upgrades
A battlestation is more than just your desktop setup, it is your entertainment center, your home office, your workstation, and of course your gaming system. We’ve put together a list of the best battlestation upgrades worth adding to your desktop setup. These battlestation upgrades are sure to increase enjoyment, comfort, and efficiency.
An extended mousepad is a mousepad that is fits under both your keyboard and mouse. Extended mousepads make great battlestation upgrades because they give you a huge area for your to work with your mouse. Another, often overlooked benefit, of an extended mousepad is the seamless transition from typing surface to mousepad. The edge of your standard mousepad and desk will never be an irritation to your wrists again.
Easily one of the most popular battlestation upgrades are mechanical keyboards. A mechanical keyboard offers excellent quality, durability, and the enjoyment brought through clicky and tactile mechanical switches. There are 3 major sizes of mechanical keyboards:
- Standard (100%) – full typing keyboard, full arrow keys and numpad
- Tenkeyless (75%) – full typing keyboard, full arrow keys but no numpad
- Compact (60%) – full typing keyboard but no standard function keys, arrow keys, or numpad
Full Size Mechanical Keyboard – Rosewill RK-9000V2
A full size mechanical keyboard is great for those simply looking to upgrade to mechanical. It is the same layout as a standard keyboard but with mechanical switches instead of rubber domes.
Tenkeyless 75% Mechanical Keyboard – KUL ES-87
A tenkeyless mechanical keyboard will allow you to sacrifice the number crunching benefits of a numpad for increased desk space and portability. You will also be able to keep your mouse hand closer to your typing surface, making the transition from clicking to typing quicker and more ergonomic, making it an excellent battlestation upgrade. A modular mechanical numpad can be added if you need a numpad occasionally.
Compact 60% Mechanical Keyboard – Vortex Poker 3
A compact mechanical keyboard is the most portable mechanical keyboard. It sacrifices the top row, arrow keys, and numpad for the sake of portability and size. It also allows you to use much more of your desktop for a mouse surface.
A headphone stand is an excellent battlestation upgrade. Headphone stands reduce clutter on your desktop and give you an awesome place to both store and display your headphones.
Wooden Omega Headphones Stand
This is a simple wooden desktop headphone stand. It looks great and works well for putting your headphones on display.
The Anchor Under-Desk Headphone Stand
This headphone stand hangs under your desk, giving you additional desk space by keeping your headphones out of the way when they’re not in use.
Desktop Phone Stand
This phone stand will help keep your phone easily accessible while charging on your desk. This makes it a simple and very usable battlestation upgrade.
If you’re not doing competitive gaming where mouse latency matters then there’s no reason not to pick up a high quality wireless mouse. Reducing another cable alone makes these one of the best battlestation upgrades. Newer wireless mice are rechargeable, ergonomic, have awesome functionality and low latency.
Keyboard Wrist Pad
A keyboard wrist pad will let you elevate your wrist to better align them with your keyboard. This is on of the best battlestation upgrades, ergonomically speaking. A keyboard wrist rest will keep your wrists comfy and reduce strain.
If you are sticking with a wired mouse for gaming purposes, a mouse bungee is one of the most essential battlestation upgrades. The mouse bungee keeps your mouse cable at a fixed length preventing it from slipping behind your desk and snagging on edges while you’re gaming. The fixed length lets you develop better muscle memory due to increased predictability in your mouse’s movement.
Check out our article on the best mechnical numpads you can add to your setup.
A desk lamp will allow you to better handle any sort of writing or reading you do at your desk. This lamp is one of the best battlestation upgrades because it sits at a height where the light will not bother your eyes. It is also adjustable, dimmable and features several color modes, allowing you to filter blue light later at night.
A USB volume knob makes it easier to quickly adjust your battlestation’s volume. It looks cool and feels great to use, making it one of the best battlestation upgrades for the money.
Bookshelf Speakers or Studio Monitors
M-Audio AV32 Compact Studio Monitor Speakers
These studio monitors provide enormous bang for your buck. Great sound is often an overlooked area when upgrading your battlestation.
Audioengine A5+ Active 2-Way Speakers
These bookshelf speakers sound amazing. They are larger and more expensive than the studio monitors mentioned above, but absolutely worth it. They are easily one of the best battlestation upgrades you can invest in.
Pair these with a turntable setup that meets your budget for an awesome audiophile experience.
IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R130 Speaker Stands
Pairing an awesome set of bookshelf speakers or studio monitors with these speakers stands will definitely upgrade your battlestation listening experience. By raising your speakers to ear level you are positioning yourself perfectly for optimal listening, the difference is easily discernible. Another benefit of these speaker stands is that it will prevent your speakers from vibrating your desktop when playing at louder volumes, due to their rubberized joints and footings.
Audioengine DS1 Desktop Speaker Stands
These smaller, wedge style speaker stands simply adjust the angle of your speakers to ear level. They are a great budget battlestation upgrade.
An ergonomic footrest will help keep your feet happy and healthy.
Quality Desk Chair
The best battlestation upgrade you can make is to purchase a quality desk chair. A quality desk chair will last forever, keep your body healthy and pain free and allow you to position yourself perfectly.
DXRacer Racing Series Gaming Computer Chair
Herman Miller Aeron Chair
Add one of the best Herman Miller Aeron headrests to make it even better.
A fountain pen makes writing anything more fun. Adding one to your battlestation can never hurt.
Fidget spinners help keep you focused, making them a great battlestation upgrade. Check out our article on the best fidget spinner and why you should try one.
An ultrawide monitor is a monitor that runs in 21:9 aspect ratio instead of 16:10 or 16:9. They make multi-tasking a breeze. An ultrawide monitor is one of the best battlestation upgrades you can get for both immersive gaming and increased productivity.
Headphone Amplifier and DAC
A headphone amplifier and DAC combo is an awesome battlestation upgrade if you are a serious headphone user.
Desktop Acoustic Paneling
Acoustic paneling looks awesome and will keep your battlestation echo free.
A quality USB microphone will look great and sound much better than any cheap built-in, budget microphone. This makes them a worthy battlestation upgrade.
Upgrading your battlestation is a never ending process. Hopefully this article gave you some great ideas on what step to take next.