Overwatch Best Monitor and Gear Guide
If you want to become the next great Overwatch player you will also need the best monitor and gear to achieve that goal. Grabbing yourself a good 144Hz monitor will make your game and aim smoother, playing with a flawless sensor mouse will make sure your mouse perfectly translates your movements to the game and a good mechanical keyboard will improve your comfort and make sure every key press is registered. We’ve analyzed the potential players of the upcoming Overwatch League to research the best gaming monitors and peripherals for you.
What’s the best monitor for Overwatch?
As you can see from our lists, having a 144Hz monitor is pretty much mandatory according to the professionals. There’s some variance in what model the individual players prefer, but not a single pro player uses a regular 60Hz monitor. As for size: almost every professional player uses a 24’’ monitor, though there are some that opt for a 27’’.
A 144Hz monitor refreshes the image on your screen 144 times per second, while most regular monitors only refresh (you guessed it) 60 times per second. This gives you an advantage in the fact that it makes the action on your screen way more fluent, thus making it easier to track (fast) moving objects, for example.
Best monitor for Overwatch: BenQ XL2430T
If you have some cash to spend then a BenQ XL2430T monitor would be your best choice. It’s quite clearly the most used monitor by pros. It has the best panel, really nice build quality and (though this might be a bit subjective) the best finish (i.e. looks). The BenQ XL2430T also comes with multiple neat features such as the Black eQualizer, which helps you spot enemies in dark spots.
The BenQ XL2411Z is also worth considering. It’s a bit cheaper and doesn’t offer the S Switch, which lets you change custom display settings on the fly. The monitor stand is also inferior to the XL2430T’s monitor stand.
So a 144Hz monitor is definitely the way to go, but if you don’t have the money to spend on (slightly pricy) BenQ monitors you could also opt for the ASUS VG248QE, which is a super decent 144Hz monitor that’s a little friendlier on your wallet.
Most used monitor
When looking at the charts you can immediately see that there’s seemingly only one monitor manufacturer on the planet according to the Overwatch professionals and that’s BenQ. Asus offers a great product for the money but lacks build quality. The cheapest way to go is LG’s 24GM77-B. It does not offer fancy features or looks particularly special but it gets the job done nevertheless and is a cheap alternative.
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What’s the best mouse for Overwatch?
There’s a world of difference between a good mouse and a bad one. One of the most important aspects of a good mouse is its sensor. All professional players use a mouse with a top grade gaming sensor, which means the mouse sensor doesn’t skip, doesn’t spin out or doesn’t lose track when you make those all important aiming adjustments. Any mouse you see the professionals use is a good mouse when it comes to internals, so between all of these you just have to decide which one suits you best personally.
Best Mouse for Overwatch: Logitech G Pro
The Logitech G Pro is the newest mouse in Logitech’s arsenal. It didn’t take long for it to become the favorite mouse of the Overwatch professionals. What makes it so special is its simplistic design and flawless sensor. It’s also ambidextrous, so it’s a good fit for both right and left handed gamers, though it should be noted that the G Pro only features side buttons on the left side. The Fnatic Gear Flick also seems like a good choice. Once again a simplistic design seems to be favored. The Zowie FK1 comes in at third place. Zowie has been the number one mouse manufacturer for the CS:GO pros for a while now and they’re no doubt looking to do the same in Overwatch.
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Logitech G Pro
Fnatic Gear Flick
Logitech, Zowie and Razer are probably the most commonly known brands when it comes to mice and that seems to be for a reason, as lots of professionals also use these brands. No professional player uses a wireless mouse but if you do want to use one your best and almost only options are the Logitech Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum and the Logitech G403 Wireless. Both have a flawless sensor and little to no input lag.
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What’s the best keyboard for Overwatch?
The keyboard is often an overlooked part of a setup, but a solid mechanical keyboard certainly has its advantages. Every analyzed Overwatch pro uses a mechanical keyboard, so there has to be something about these things, right?
Mechanical keyboards do indeed offer many advantages over cheap rubber dome keyboards. They last way longer (at least 30 million keypresses), offer nice tactile feedback and the build quality is often really good as well. Aside from that they also have features such as anti-ghosting to make sure that every key you press is indeed registered. You can also choose which kind of mechanical switches you want (depending on how you like the actuation of your keys) so you can buy a keyboard that perfectly suits your needs. All of that good stuff obviously makes mechanical keyboards more expensive than their generic rubber dome counterparts, but if you’ve got the cash to spare they are worth every penny.
Best keyboard for Overwatch: SteelSeries 6Gv2
The Steelseries 6Gv2 has been the number one mechanical keyboard in the eSports scene for quite some time now. If you want a shiny, eye catching keyboard this one isn’t for you though. The 6Gv2 mainly focuses on simplicity and build quality. Unfortunately it isn’t cheap to acquire, though this might be the perfect keyboard for people who do not care about shiny looks.
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Fnatic Gear Rush G1
The Fnatic Gear Rush G1 also has an incredible build quality and focuses on offering a solid performance without any unnecessary features. It doesn’t look super spacey either, though it does look a bit more refined than the Steelseries flagship keyboard. The Rush G1 is the perfect alternative if you don’t like the ‘bland’ look of the 6Gv2.
Logitech also has multiple great keyboards, with the G810 and G910 being their frontrunners. You can’t go wrong with either of them.
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What’s the best headset for Overwatch?
As with any FPS game, audio is extremely important in Overwatch. You need to be able to hear where that Junkrat tire is coming from or whether or not that enemy flanker is above you or below you, for example.
Best headset for Overwatch: HyperX Revolver
When we look at the Overwatch professionals we can see that they use a variety of brands, but one of the brands that stands out is HyperX (with the Cloud I and II as the most used variants) and that’s for a reason, since their headsets are widely regarded to be the best ‘budget’ options, with good quality audio and a decent microphone. Sennheiser also offers great gaming headsets (though they are pricier) so if you want to make sure you’re getting quality it’s probably best to go for one of these two brands. That’s not to say other brands don’t make quality gear, of course.
Most Used Headset
HyperX Cloud II
You can comfortably change the DPI on an extra button that is beneath the mouse. Zowies biggest contender is Razers Deathadder. If you want a wireless mouse the only option on the market is the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum which has a flawless sensor and no noticeable input lag. It also has an extremly long lasting Battery (32 hours).
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Like every hobby, playing games competitively and at the highest levels can be expensive. At least choosing the best monitor, mouse, mousepad, keyboard and headset is a little bit easier now. You can find our three most chosen in our listing below. Thanks for reading.