CS:GO Best Gear Guide
Finding the best monitor, mouse, keyboard and headset for CS:GO can be overwhelming and difficult. Companies are out there working hard on creating the best gaming peripherals (in their eyes) and of course marketing departments never refer to their products as 'just pretty alright, we guess' so it can be hard to see the forest for the trees when it comes to gear.
That's why we have analyzed the gaming gear of professional CS:GO players to find the most frequently used monitor, mouse, keyboard and headset. To analyze these numbers, we have been using our CS:GO Pro Settings and Gear List which you can find here.
What's the best monitor for CS:GO?
One of the most important pieces of equipment that will raise your performance in CS:GO is a 144Hz or 240Hz monitor. Counter Strike is a game where every seemingly little advantage goes a long way. We need to react as quickly and as precisely as possible. That’s why every single one of our analyzed professionals is using a monitor that’s capable of displaying at least 144 frames per second, with 98 percent of our analyzed professionals using a 240 or 360 Hz monitor.
Some other factors that might be relevant for choosing the perfect gaming monitor are supported resolution and input lag. As we can see on our Pro Settings and Gear List there are only a handful of pro players that use resolutions above 1080p. That's because getting high framerates is more important than getting a beautiful looking image, so it doesn't make sense to sacrifice performance for visuals in competitive games.
The most used monitors are without a doubt the BenQ Zowie XL25xx Series and that's not really so surprising. Zowie is a company that's very focused on CS:GO, and their top gaming monitors were designed with CS(GO) professionals.
Best monitor for CS:GO: BenQ XL2546K
The Zowie XL2411Z was the de facto 'standard' monitor in the CS:GO scene for a long time, but professionals have been moving away from the 144Hz standard and moving towards monitors capable of displaying 240 frames per second. The Zowie XL2546K and XL2540K (which is the same monitor but without DyAc) have now taken the crown as the most used CS:GO monitors by a country mile.
These are expensive products though, and if you're on a budget (or your system can't push enough frames) you can definitely go for a 144Hz monitor.
Most used monitor
Taking a look at the charts on the right we can see that BenQ is by far the favorite monitor manufacturer of the professionals. That's due to their affiliation with the pro scene and the fact that their top monitors are basically tailor-made to play CS:GO.
ASUS also produce a ton of gaming grade monitors, with the ASUS VG248QE being a longtime fan and pro player favorite 144Hz monitor (along with the BenQ XL2411). These monitors have fallen out of favor with the pros though, with players switching to 240Hz monitors.
Most used manufacturer
What's the best mouse for CS:GO?
Similarly to choosing a monitor, choosing the best mouse for CS:GO can seriously elevate your game. There are a lot of perfectly valid options on the market regarding mice and choosing the best gaming mouse seems to be a much more personal endeavor since shape and weight preferences vary from player to player. The most commonly used mouse is the Zowie EC2.
There are a lot of small things that separate a good mouse from a bad mouse. You can read our article on what makes a gaming mouse great here but in short you'll want it to have a flawless sensor along with a reliable build quality. A mouse with a flawless sensor translates the information directly from the surface through the mouse to your computer without using any prediction or smoothing algorithms that can interfere with the information being sent.
Best Mouse for CS:GO: Logitech G Pro X Superlight
Taking a look at the most used mice on the right we can see that there are many viable options available to you. All of these mice are fantastic gaming mice in their own right.
It's always good to see what mice the pros are using, but you should ideally test the shape of a certain mouse before ordering if you're not sure what kind of shape or features you like. Your hand size or shape might be vastly different than the hands of the pros, so don't blindly follow whatever your favorite pro is using. We've got an entire review section where we review all sorts of gear, so do make sure to visit that to get a better perspective at what all these different mice have to offer. We also have a complete article on how to choose the right gaming mouse for you.
Zowie mice have been developed from the ground up for CS:GO so it makes sense they're featured so heavily in the world or professional CS:GO. We can wholeheartedly recommend every mouse on this list, but if you want a bit more info on the top five most used mice you can always check out our best mouse for CS:GO guide.
Most Used Mouse
Logitech G Pro X Superlight
Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro
Logitech G Pro Wireless
For years and years, ZOWIE took up the first spot in this list, but they've recently been replaced by gaming giants Logitech. The G Pro X Superlight is an unavoidable behemoth of competitive/professional gaming, and with that mouse driving so many users towards the brand it's not unusual to see them at the top.
ZOWIE is still used by a ton of CS:GO professionals, however, and that's no surprise. Their mice are tailor-made for CS:GO and have been staples of the scene for years and years. We expect ZOWIE to stay very relevant in this scene for years to come, and when their wireless mice come out it's entirely possible to see the brand take the top spot again if those wireless models are up to scratch.
The fact that Razer made the top 4 perhaps doesn't surprise anyone since they're a huge manufacturer, but newcomers VAXEE might turn some heads here. Their focus on making mice for competitive shooter players has earned them a lot of attention from professional CS:GO players who seem to love what they're doing.
Most Used Manufacturer
What's the best keyboard for CS:GO?
All professionals use mechanical keyboards. Mechanical keyboards offer many advantages that justify their steep purchasing price. They have a very long lifespan (between 30 and 70 million keystrokes, depending on the manufacturer), offer a pleasant tactile feedback and have features such as anti-ghosting to make sure every key you press is being registered.
Getting a mechanical keyboard also gives you a wide array of switch options to choose from, which isn't the case with regular membrane boards. If you like a clickier, heavier keypress you can get that. If you prefer a lighter touch it's also perfectly possible to get that. No one is saying that getting a mechanical keyboard is going to make you Global Elite, but they do drastically increase playing comfort and give you yet another option to personalize your gaming setup because of all the different switches and technologies out there.
Best keyboard for CS GO: Logitech G Pro X Mechanical Keyboard
The Logitech G Pro X Mechanical Keyboard is a board that's made for pros and competitive gamers, and Logitech seems to have hit the mark on all fronts according to the professionals. Since CS:GO doesn't require anything more than a basic keyboard layout, the small design and portability of the board make it a great choice for players who travel often, such as the CS:GO pros.
Since it doesn't have any added features such as extra macro buttons or media keys (which are all super useful for home use, but are completely unnecessary when you're playing professional CS:GO all over the world) the price is also relatively low for a mechanical keyboard, making this whole deal a super attractive package.
Most Used Keyboard
Logitech G Pro X Mechanical Keyboard
HyperX Alloy FPS / FPS Pro
Logitech G915 TKL
Razer Huntsman V2 / V2 TKL
HyperX was the leading keyboard manufacturer in the CS:GO scene for many years, but Logitech has overtaken them thanks to their G Pro X line of keyboards. Razer's keyboard products have been on the rise in the pro CS:GO scene as well, landing the brand a third place in the keyboard scene.
Keyboards come in a massive amount of shapes, sizes, and one keyboard can feel extremely different from another, so it's very important that you use something that matches your preferences. Some people even build their own keyboards, though the percentage of CS:GO pros using a custom made board is relatively low compared to some other games that we analyze.
Most Used Manufacturer
What's the best headset for CS:GO?
High quality headphones combined with an external microphone are probably the best audio solution. Assembling this, however, can be quite cumbersome and tedious at times. Mostly because you have to worry about twice the amount of cables. Most players therefore opt to use a headset (as in a combo solution of headphones and a microphone). It’s much easier to take with you on the road and for gaming purposes the quality of your microphone isn’t all that important anyway. Lots of players are just looking for a comfortable headset with clear and precise sound quality.
Best Headset for CS GO: HyperX Cloud II
The HyperX Cloud series has been known since its inception to be one of the better gaming headsets around, definitely when it comes to value for money. It's no surprise that the Cloud II is, by a rather large margin, the most used headset by the pros. It offers premium build quality, great sound, an a super decent microphone at a very attractive price package.
Logitech's 'no nonsense' headsets aimed at competitive gamers have been getting attention since they have been released, but the G Pro X in particular seems to be taking off with the pros, landing it the second spot in our list.
Nice to see here is that brands have been coming out with more and more wireless products; HyperX recently released a wireless version of their legendary Cloud II headset, and the G Pro X is also available in a wireless version. Times are good for people who want to cut the cord.
Most Used Headset
HyperX Cloud II
Logitech G Pro X
HyperX Cloud Alpha
Razer BlackShark V2 / V2 Pro
Sound is super important in CS:GO, and the pros obviously know that. HyperX takes the lead thanks to their ubiquitous Cloud II headsets, but other brands have been making up ground here and there. Logitech G Pro X line of headsets seems to be a particular hit with professional CS:GO players.
Sennheiser is obviously the option for people who want to pay a bit more for premium audio solutions, and they round out the top three of the most used brands.
Most Used Manufacturer
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. Our recommendations change constantly so please feel free to check them regularly. Thanks for reading.