CS:GO Best Monitor and Gear Guide
Finding the best monitor, mouse, keyboard and headset for CS:GO can be overwhelming and difficult. Companies like BenQ, Zowie, ASUS, and Razer are working hard on creating the best gear possible but there is still a jungle of options out there. 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 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 144 frames per second (144Hz).
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 currently no professional players that use resolutions above 1080p. So a 1440p or 4K monitor is currently not necessary. In terms of input lag, most commonly used monitors are below the amount of 10ms.
The most used monitors are without a doubt the BenQ XL24xx Series and – in terms of the amount of pros using it – far ahead of its competition.
Best monitor for CS:GO: BenQ XL2540
The BenQ XL2411Z has been the most used monitor in the pro scene for a long time. However, we recommend their more recent product, the BenQ XL2540. It has just recently taken over the top spot and has become our personal favorite as well. Both are very similar in build quality and differ mostly in their stand.
The other options might be far behind regarding how many pros use them, but that certainly doesn’t mean they are lacking in quality. The ASUS VG248QE and the VIEWSONIC XG2401 are equally great options. They are a bit more affordable and feature similar picture quality, though they fall behind a bit when it comes to build quality and overall finish.
The BenQ monitors are definitely the way to go in terms of build quality. If you only care about the image on your screen (like us), you can definitely consider the alternatives listed above.
Most used monitor
BenQ XL 2540
BenQ XL 2411Z
BenQ XL 2430T
Taking a look at the charts on the right we can see that BenQ is by far the favorite monitor manufacturer of the professionals. But what is it that makes the monitors they use better than a generic monitor?
The biggest factor for competitive performance in a monitor the refresh rate. Compared to the 60Hz of a regular office monitor, the 144Hz monitors listed here can make a world of difference. 144Hz means that the monitor refreshes the picture on your screen 144 times a second, while 60Hz monitors only refresh (you guessed it) 60 times a second. This means that the action on your screen is way more fluent, along with an extra smooth feel when using your mouse. There isn’t a single professional CS:GO player that isn’t using a 144Hz monitor.
Compared to the other competitors, the BenQ monitors also offer additional advantages, such as the Black eQualizer, which automatically adjusts the brightness of dark places, something which is incredibly beneficial on a whole bunch of CS:GO maps. They also offer competitive response time and low input lag. The BenQ monitors do come with a hefty price tag though, and most of the other features they offer are of little to no use to CS:GO players. If you want cheaper alternatives you can take a look at the ASUS VG248QE , which is a monitor that is used by a lot of professionals as well.
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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 though. Choosing the best gaming mouse seems to be a much more personal endeavour since shape and weight preferences vary from player to player. The most common choice is a mouse that we personally recommend as well: The Zowie EC2-A.
There are a lot of small things that separate a good mouse from a bad mouse. The most important factor of all is the sensor. 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. You can read more about flawless mice here. Not all professionals use flawless mice though, so it’s best to test some out for yourself before buying.
Best Mouse for CS:GO: Zowie EC2-A.
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 equipped with a flawless sensor and great tactile feedback.
However, while it’s always good to see what mice the pros are using, you should test the shape of them before ordering. Your hand size or shape might be vastly different than the hands of the pros. It has to fit you personally, so don’t hesitate to return your order from amazon if it doesn’t work for you.
We wholeheartedly recommend Zowie mice. The ones mentioned are very similar in their sensor and manufacturing quality. They do differ, however, in their size again. So please have a look at the specifications to pick the best CS:GO mouse for you personally.
Either way, the Zowie EC2-A is a great choice for average sized hands and both grip types. We also recommend the Zowie G-SR mousepad to get that buttery smooth gaming experience. Check out our Zowie EC2-A Review to get an even more in depth view of the mouse.
Most Used Mouse
Logitech G403 Wireless
Razer Deathadder Elite
On the right you can see that Zowie is far ahead of its competitors. It is the number one choice of teams that are not bound to sponsored gear and their mice shine in every aspect. One of the most commonly heard advantages of Zowie mice is that they are plug & play, which means that you won’t need to install drivers to use them.
You can also comfortably change the DPI on an extra button that is beneath the mouse – no software required. Zowie’s biggest contender is Razer’s Deathadder series. The Deathadder has proven time and time again that is a competitive choice for esports enthusiasts. It’s light feel might be problematic for some people though.
If you want a wireless mouse the only options are the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum and the Logitech G403. Both have a flawless sensor and no noticeable input lag. The battery also lasts for a very long time.
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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. For these reasons every single professional player uses a mechanical keyboard.
Best keyboard for CS GO: Steelseries 6Gv2
Precise movement is crucial in CS:GO. And with a mechanical keyboard, your movement will improve drastically, especially strafing back and forth. You also feel like you are more in control of what you are doing, since accidental keystrokes wont happen with the heavier switches.
As you can see to the right, the most used mechanical keyboards are the HyperX Alloy FPS, Steelseries 6Gv2 and the Zowie Celeritas. All three are fantastic options and easily worth their money. One of the major differences are the switches used. It is very important that you test out what kind of switches you prefer, since there is a big difference from red (45g actuation force) to green (70g actuation force).
Most Used Keyboard
Fnatic Gear Rush G1
In terms of manufacturers, SteelSeries, Razer and Fnatic Gear take the cake. As mentioned above most of these come down to personal preference. However, most retail stores do not sell some of these custom mechanical keyboards. We advise you to try as many configurations of keyboards and switches. Don’t stick with a keyboard you feel uncomfortable with.
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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. All of these headset solutions are perfectly fine in their microphone audio. Lots of players are just looking for a comfortable headset with clear and precise sound quality.
Best Headset for CS GO: HyperX Cloud II
By far the most popular used headsets by pros are the different versions of the HyperX Cloud products and their newest headset, the Alpha. They all come with great sound and a decent microphone. The second most used headsets is the Sennheiser GAME Zero. It has really good audio quality and an even better sounding microphone. Steelseries has many different headsets that get used by a lot of pros but don’t come close to the quality HyperX and Sennheiser offer.
Most Used Headset
HyperX Cloud II
Sennheiser GAME ZERO
HYPERX CLOUD REVOLVER
SteelSeries Siberia v2
While HyperX is the crowned king of gaming headsets, the other competitors are not far behind. Especially products by SteelSeries and Sennheiser are used by a large amount of players. So while it may be true that a combo solution of regular headphones and a mod microphone gives the best audio experience. There are still great – and cheaper – alternatives available.
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Like every hobby, playing games competitively and at the highest levels can be expensive. At least chosing 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.