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Have you ever heard a PC enthusiast talk about how important “RGB” is and wondered why? It’s all about colors. Read on to learn about the hottest tech design trend among gamers.
Red, Green, and Blue
RGB stands for “red, green, and blue.” It’s an additive color model that reproduces a broad array of colors by combining different intensities of red, green, and blue light.
RGB is the foundation for many colored display output devices such as computer monitors, televisions, and displays on mobile phones. For each pixel displayed on your computer monitor, your PC dictates the correct mix of red, green, and blue to show in that pixel. That’s why many applications allow you to select the color in terms of the RGB mix of a hue.
However, when a computer enthusiast refers to “RGB,” they’re normally referring to decorative RGB lighting. This type of colored LED light is present in an array of PC hardware and peripherals such as memory sticks, cooling fans, keyboards, and headphones. These devices usually use the RGB color model to create exciting lighting effects and enhance the aesthetics of a desk setup.
RGB Computer Gear
RGB computer gear is especially popular among gamers and PC-building enthusiasts, many of whom post unique and aesthetically pleasing computer builds online. This has led many manufacturers to embrace it as a selling point. Many high-end computer components and peripherals have RGB features, with some companies charging extra for RGB-ready products. Even high-end gaming laptops often have this functionality.
Here’s a list of some of the components that offer RGB color options:
- Memory Sticks
- Graphics Cards
- Fans and Cooling Devices
- Solid State Drives
- Power Supply Units
- Computer Casing
- Mice and Mouse Pads
- Headphones and Speakers
Additionally, there are many RGB strips and light fixtures, giving you the flexibility to design your own RGB layout. These are normally placed inside a PC case or stuck around or underneath a desk, adding more to a desk layout.
While RGB components often offer no additional performance over their standard counterparts, RGB has become such a common part of builds that non-RGB builds are often considered more cost-effective.
How RGB Works
A common feature among RGB devices is their ability to be controlled by the end-user. Some RGB device manufacturers provide a controller that you can use with several different devices, such as fans and coolers. This controller allows you to set the color, brightness, and effect of every device connected to it.
Many motherboards from modern manufacturers such as MSI, Asus, and Asrock have a port called an RGB header. You normally connect an RGB device or a controller to this header. Using the manufacturer’s software, you can control different connected RGB devices, create custom effect profiles, fine-tune colors, and sync these light effects between devices.
There are two kinds of RGB headers: addressable, which allows you to control each LED individually, and non-addressable, which doesn’t allow for fine control. Different devices are compatible with each header. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s information to find out which header your device has.
Alternatively, some devices provide the option to control RGB effects straight from the device or through a custom piece of software that you need to install. Some keyboards will allow you to use the keys to scroll through an assortment of RGB effects or even configure each key to have its own color. We advise checking out the manufacturer’s website for information on their own RGB settings.
The Value of RGB
The main reason why RGB has become so huge is that people like the way it looks. RGB has become strongly associated with a “gamer aesthetic” that has emerged in the last decade. That’s a big reason why companies continue to create new RGB products and push them heavily in marketing.
In some ways, RGB lighting can also be a signifier of price and quality. Because many cases have transparent side panels nowadays, RGB components can often be seen through the glass. RGB lighting brings attention to the quality of these components, such as high-quality RAM, a top-end graphics card, and an expensive cooling solution.
Another thing to note is that RGB has become somewhat of a meme. Many people on the internet, such as those on Reddit and Twitter, often jokingly refer to RGB as a barometer for performance. Watch out for sarcastic comments like this, and remember that you can often save a buck by going with a non-RGB option.
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RGB lighting in computer hardware, especially gaming-branded gear, is a divisive subject. Either you think it’s really cool and you want it in all your stuff, or you have good taste. (I kid, I kid.) But despite the rather flashy nature of LED-soaked “battlestation” gaming setups, there’s actually a surprising amount of utility to be found deep in all that rainbow-colored extravagance. Even if you aren’t a fan of the aesthetic, it’s worth considering the next time you’re assembling a gaming PC.
Here are a few of the useful things you can do with those flashy lights.
Create Game-Specific Keyboard Layouts
This one’s a bit of a no-brainer, but creating a lighting layout for specific games can help you remember the key bindings for various titles. It’s especially helpful if you often play different types of games, going from a WASD-heavy shooter to a hotkey-laden MOBA game to a custom-bound setup for a deep strategy or simulation game.
Using color groups for different kinds of actions is generally the best way to go here. Setups typically break colors into movement, basic attacks, special attacks, healing and other modifiers, and custom macros (see the title photo of this piece). More robust programs offer pre-made RGB themes for popular games, which can be downloaded and installed.
Display System Information
There are plenty of ways to show your system’s operating information, like current CPU temperature or fan speed. But since you’ve invested in a fancy windowed case and a bunch of RGB lighting, why not put them to some practical use? Some high-end motherboards include both LEDs directly on board components and lighting control integrated into their software.
The high-end lighting systems from ASUS and Gigabyte includes direct access to temperature sensors, letting the motherboard, GPU, other components, and any attached 4-pin LED strips shift from blue to red to indicate the CPU temperature or current load. Naturally, it’s not as precise as a numerical layout, but for some quick at-a-glance info while you’re in an intense gaming, it works well enough. The add-on NZXT Hue+ system can even shift color based on your current game’s frames per second.
Use Stand-Alone Programs and Games
The various accessory vendors are now releasing full software development kits and APIs for their LED-equipped gadgets. Razer, unsurprisingly, has delved the deepest into this particular pool. Its online gallery of user-submitted Chroma tools includes stand-alone games like Snake and Whack-A-Mole that can be played on the keyboard itself, an audio visualizer that plays across all RGB-enabled devices at once, and even reactive weather app that displays the local conditions.
There are also integrations with various third-party tools. In addition to the usual customized game profiles (the countdown timer for bombs in Counter-Strike is particularly neat), users have made Twitch volume tools, Photoshop and Illustrator palettes, and even an Outlook widget for unread emails.
Go Crazy With User-Submitted Effects (or Make Your Own)
At the end of the day, you might as well embrace the disco ball flashiness of your coordinated RGB setup. At this point Razer, Corsair, Logitech, and Gigabyte all offer online repositories of animated “themes” for their various gear and accessories. They allow you to download the reactive and pre-made animations created by other users. Your options will be limited based on which specific pieces you have (themes usually don’t work across devices from different vendors), with some having more engagement from the community than others.
If nothing strikes your fancy, you can always make your own. Even the companies that don’t offer an online repository typically install of the companies that offer desktop software to tweak RGB setups also offer pre-baked “effects,” and tools like the Chroma Configurator allow you to tweak them to your heart’s content.
Your RGB Dream and How to Achieve It – Our Guide to Choosing the Right RGB Gaming Components
Whether you like your PC to look like a rainbow unicorn or prefer something a little more subtle, there are many ways in which RGB lighting can augment your PC. From flashing cascades of colour, to nuanced pulses of muted tones, RGB lighting is a major component in any PC build where you care about the looks.
But when it comes to picking the right RGB gaming components, the choices can be overwhelming. Do you opt for RGB fans alone, or also use RGB strips? Are after market coolers with built-in RGB LEDs better, or should you choose components with lighting built in from the start? Do you need a hardware controller for it all?
These are all questions worth asking and we’re here to help.
Plan your lighting
Before you buy anything, the most important step you need to take is to plan out what you want your PC’s lighting to look like. That will give you an idea of the kind of components you need, and how much time and money you’ll need to invest to get the system you want. There’s no point in buying needless additional fans or RGB controllers, if you don’t really need them for what you want to design.
Likewise, you don’t want to be buying RGB fans and then putting them behind radiators, nor buying a fancy RGB lighting kit and realising your case doesn’t have the necessary glass or plastic side panel to show it all off
Ask Yourself These Questions
Whether you draw a detailed diagram or just make some notes in your head, there are several important factors to consider:
Does your case support the kind of lighting configuration you want? Plan around where your case will let your lighting shine through.
Do you want the lighting to be focused around the coolers and fans, or more dispersed throughout your PC? The former will mean using predominantly RGB fans, while the latter is better served by LED strips.
How much control do you want? If you are happy with the default configuration for your fans, or don’t feel like you’ll want to change your lighting after it’s been installed, you can probably do without a control hub. If you want to make your lighting adjustments regularly or in a more nuanced fashion, a controller of some sort will be a good idea.
Whatever lighting configuration you opt for, give Chillblast a call and we can offer advice and guidance, as well as explain all of the lighting options we offer with our configurable gaming PCs.
Consider Corsair iCUE
If you like the idea of controlling the LEDs in your system for the best look, no matter what you’re doing, Corsair’s iCUE is a fantastic platform to consider adopting. There are hardware controllers like the Lighting Node Pro and Commander Pro, which let you hook up your LEDs and fans directly to a hardware control box, while the software backend gives you the actual control over your various RGB hardware.
You do need to have compatible RGB components in order to best take advantage of this, though generic RGB LED strips and fans will still be controllable to some extent with the hardware control hubs – just not so much in the iCUE software. But there are a wide range of supporting components to pick from.
Corsair’s iCUE is supported by Corsair’s keyboards, both mechanical and membrane, as well as its RGB-equipped mouse mats and mice, like the M800 RGB Polaris and Harpoon RGB Pro, among many others.
There’s even an RGB headset stand that you can link up with all of your other RGB products under the iCUE banner.
Inside PCs there are Corsair AIO coolers and cooling fans, all with RGB and iCUE support, as well as power supplies, and even RGB memory modules
But you aren’t just limited to Corsair products with iCUE…
Aura Sync support
Another popular lighting system is Asus’ Aura Sync. In a similar manner to Corsair’s iCUE, it gives you complete control over the lighting on your internal components and peripherals; it offers custom animations, synchronised lighting, smart triggers that change lighting when your in-game health is low, or temperatures rise, and the option of having it all pulse to your music.
That’s just the tip of the lighting iceberg, and with a wide range of compatible products, it’s worth considering Asus’ lighting system… but it’s also worth considering Corsair’s iCUE with Aura Sync, because iCUE has full support for all of Asus’ Aura lighting products.
Announced during CES 2020, Corsair’s iCUE support for Aura Sync was a slow progression at first, but gradually ramped up to offer full support for Asus’ RGB products through its iCUE software. You do need a few things to make it work, namely an Aura Sync Compatible motherboard, and both the latest iCUE and Aura software, but with all of that installed, you should be able to enjoy the lighting of both Asus and Corsair products, all controlled through a singular interface.
Follow along with Corsair’s handy guide, if you want some help getting things set up:
You have control
With Corsair iCUE with Aura Sync support, you can now control all of your peripherals, and Corsair products, alongside your Asus Aura motherboard. That makes it easier than ever to unify lighting profiles, effects, and even have different aspects dynamically react to the changing state of your PC’s temperatures, or what you’re doing in various supporting games.
Corsair plans to better integrate third party lighting systems in the future, expanding beyond Asus’ own efforts to other manufacturers and component makers. It hasn’t made any firm announcements just yet, but we look forward to seeing who Corsair plans to work with next.
It works both ways
Amidst all the hype for Corsair’s iCUE and Asus’ Aura Sync integration, it is important to remember that there was support for Corsair RGB components in Aura Sync first. Corsair even released a handy guide for how to set it up.
All you need is a compatible Aura motherboard and one of Corsair’s various RGB memory kits. Together, they can be controlled through Aura Sync. Or now, through iCUE, depending on your preference.
With Corsair moving to integrate other lighting systems under its iCUE banner, we may not see it expand support for its RGB components under others in the future, so if you’re wondering whether to opt for one or the other, iCUE is probably more future-proof when it comes to integrating Corsair products.
Take control of your lighting
Whether you want your lighting muted and subtle, or a blazing, glorious display of bright light, there are plenty of hardware options for you to pick from. Corsair’s iCUE is one of the best ways to control it all though, and with ever expanding support for third-party controllers, hardware, and components, your RGB lighting rig of tomorrow could be the most impressive looking yet, with you controlling how it looks every step of the way.
If you want any help designing, building, or buying your next RGB-lit gaming rig, be sure to give our system building experts a call. They’ll be more than happy to dispense advice, or walk you through the process from start to finish.
Want to know more? Check out this article about Corsair’s iCUE software!
With the right set of components and Asus Aura, a fully-synced RGB system is within reach.
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Corsair has a lot to answer for.
In 2014, the PC parts specialist debuted the world’s first mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX RGB switches. The idea, according to Corsair, was to provide the ultimate in keyboard customisation by individually lighting each key with an LED capable of displaying one of 16.8 million colours. Coupled with some bundled software, users could light up the WASD keys in a different colour for use with shooters, turn the number key row into a real-time cool-down timer, or turn the entire keyboard into a garish music visualiser. Unfortunately for Corsair, so bad was the bundled software that most people simply took to setting the keyboard up with the most eye-searing rainbow effect possible and called it a day.
Which brings us neatly onto the current state of the enthusiast PC. What started with a single keyboard has grown into an industry of RGB-capable components, peripherals, and cases designed for maximum levels of rainbow-coloured nonsense. Indeed, alongside the inclusion of tempered glass side panels, RBG lighting has been the de facto trend for 2017—so much so that it’s harder to find components without the tech rather than with it.
Until recently, however, getting all those RGB components to work together has been a slog. There are proprietary standards like Corsair Cue, wacky connectors like those on Phanteks’ RGB strips, and components that require special breakout boxes in order to function, like Thermaltake’s eye-catching Riing fans. What has changed is that motherboard-makers have finally gotten ’round to integrating standardised RGB connectors and controllers into their motherboards, providing a central hub for all RGB components, and—with the help of software—a way to sync them all together for all manner of flashy visual effects.
While I’ve personally never been a fan of the garish gamer aesthetic, in the spirit of trying something new as the industry hits peak RGB, I’m giving RGB a go. And not just any old RGB. I’ve assembled a collection of the biggest and best RGB components the industry has to offer, from motherboards and memory through to keyboards and monitors (yes, there are monitors with RGB lighting). And even if you’re not into overblown desktops, as this tutorial should hopefully explain, there are ways to make tasteful RGB systems that don’t descend into explosions of colourful unicorn vom.
Let’s talk about standards
Contrary to what some component manufacturers might have you believe, there is something of a standard for RGB lighting, which originated from its use in home interiors rather than desktop computer systems. It’s a simple four-wire connector with male and female ends, with the wires divided into red, green, and blue signals (hence, RGB), and a 12V line for power. Most LED strips for the home use the connector, which typically has an arrow to indicate which wire is the 12V wire. This matters, because some component manufacturers have decided to implement their own version of the RGB standard, which often changes the order of the wiring, even if the connector itself is identical.
|RGB System Specs|
|CPU||Intel Core i9-7900K @4.5GHz|
|RAM||Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4 @ 3200MHz|
|HDD||Corsair MP500 480GB M.2 SSD|
|Motherboard||Asus ROG Strix X299 Gaming-E|
|Power Supply||Corsair HX1200i|
|Cooling||CoolerMaster MasterLiquid Pro 280|
|Fan||CoolerMaster MasterFan Pro RGB|
|Peripherals||Asus ROG Claymore Core keyboard, ROG Pugio mouse, ROG Strix XG27VQ monitor|
Motherboard vendors typically use the standard connection, although even then there are differences. Gigabyte uses a five-pin RGB connector, with the fifth pin reserved for use with LED strips that use a dedicated white LED, instead of blasting out all the colours together to simulate white. Fortunately, it uses the default 12V GRB order for wiring, which also features on Asus and MSI motherboards.
The best way to tell if your RGB components will work together is to simply consult your preferred motherboard-maker’s compatibility page, like Asus Aura. For the most part, all the listed components will either use the standard RGB connector or—like in the case of Phantek’s RGB strips—can be converted to do so with a readily available adaptor.
At the time of writing, the Asus Aura list has expanded to cover dozens of different components and manufacturers, including the likes of InWin, CableMod, Bitfenix, CoolerMaster, and Akasa. There are multiple cases with built-in RGB lighting that work with Asus’ Aura Sync software, along with RGB strips, case fans, coolers, and even memory and power supplies. Most components use a three-pin RGB connector to function, although some components like memory don’t require it at all. Both G.Skill RGB memory and Corsair Vengeance RGB memory communicate directly with the motherboard, which makes for a clean installation (Geil memory, by contrast, requires you to run an unsightly cable to each memory stick).
Most motherboards come with two RGB headers, each supplying 12V of power. However, if you have a particularly large PC case that you plan on filling with multiple RGB fans, each requiring its own header, this quickly becomes a problem. Some fans, like In Win’s Aurora range, can be daisy-chained together but require a separate breakout box to provide power and avoid overloading the 12V connection on the motherboard. Third-party solutions like Silverstone’s LSB01 are also an option, which splits a single RGB header into eight while supplying extra power via a molex connector.
Unfortunately, the LSB01 costs a hefty $35/£35, but it does come with a pair of RGB LED strips. A cheaper option, should you have more modest needs, is to split the RGB headers in two. Cables like this four-pin splitter from Amazon, which costs a mere $5/£4 for two, work perfectly.
SignalRGB can sync your RGB components and peripherals from different manufacturers.
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A desktop PC that looks like a rave isn’t a look everybody prefers, but for those that do, getting all of your case, keyboard, and mouse lighting in sync can be a bit of a headache. It’s not that hard to match them all to a single color or enable some corny “breathing” effect, but that might be the extent of your wizardry. Most of these light-controlling apps range from “useful” to “horrible,” especially if you’re trying to get different gear from different manufacturers to sync up and look awesome.
Enter SignalRGB, a third-party Windows app that does an excellent job of recognizing most common devices in your case—your CPU cooler, your light strips, and even the LEDs on your case itself—and synchronizing their appearance along with your keyboard, mouse, and other lit-up gamer gear. SignalRGB isn’t perfect, and its fancier features cost a reasonable $3/month subscription fee, but the free version of this app lets you do a lot. You won’t go back to your ho-hum Asus or Logitech utility after this, trust us.
Setting up your system for SignalRGB
SignalRGB supports PC gaming peripherals and components from Razer, Corsair, SteelSeries, HyperX, Logitech, and more.
To get started using SignalRGB, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve uninstalled any other app on your system that could possibly affect your peripherals’ lighting. That could include the very software you use to control or configure the device. If you’re lucky, you’ll have an option in these apps to simply turn off the lighting controls.
Otherwise, you’ll need to ditch the apps you’d use to customize your keyboard’s hotkeys, adjust your mouse’s DPI, or mess with some motherboard settings. You can always reinstall them later to make small modifications, but you’ll need to uninstall them so they’re not interfering with SignalRGB.
After you install SignalRGB, a prompt with a “quick start” guide will pop up. You can check it out to familiarize yourself with the app, but SignalRGB is easy enough to figure out if you’re itching to jump right in.
Click on Devices under My Rig on the left-hand sidebar, and you’ll be able to see everything you own that’s compatible with SignalRGB. If certain LEDs aren’t showing up, make sure you’ve checked SignalRGB’s compatibility list to ensure that the app could even see them.
SingalRGB lets you control the lighting themes on your motherboard, RAM, cooling block, PC case, keyboard, and more.
You’ll want to make sure you’ve updated your devices’ firmware to their latest versions—which could require you to temporarily reinstall their “controller” app that you likely had to uninstall for SignalRGB. And, if applicable, make sure you’ve connected any light strips, controllers, or fans inside your case to your motherboard’s ARGB headers.
The application should prompt you if you have ARGB-connected devices to set up. To do this, simply click on the giant plus icon that corresponds to the ARGB header you’re using on your motherboard, and pick your light strip, fan, or controller from the provided list.
You can also make a custom entry; simply enter the number of LEDs you’re controlling under LED count and click Create. If you don’t know, just do a little trial-and-error until all the controllable LEDS are showing a color in your case. If you’ve set up everything correctly, all the controllable LEDs and devices on your entire computer setup should already be running through a rainbow pattern of colors.
Before you jump to the next screen in SignalRGB, though, there’s one other special trick of this Devices screen worth remembering: If a device ever isn’t following your color setup—like when your computer flips back on after sleeping—you’ll want to return here, click on the affected devices, and toggle them off and on using the Active switch at the bottom of the app. That almost always fixes any issues you’re having.
Map your devices’ locations
It takes a little trial and error to perfectly map your gaming PC on a 2D plane, but once you succeed you should love how SignalRGB seamlessly manages custom RGB effects.
Next, click on Layouts, under My Rig. This screen can be a little confusing at first, but it’s where you’ll attempt to diagram the location of your lit-up devices so transitions can flow seamlessly from one to another. Yes, you’ll have to figure out a good way to deal with the distance and height of the 3D world in a 2D plane, so this is definitely an area where you’ll want to do a little trial-and-error.
SingalRGB has several fine-tuning options to help you get the perfect lighting effects.
Don’t forget that you can set the specific size and position of a device by clicking on it and using the sliders on the rightmost sidebar. Click the icon of an arrow traveling in a circle if you need to revert your changes and start over from the device’s default.
Finding and installing free SignalRGB themes
Finally, and most importantly, you’ll want to click on Free under Library to peruse the various themes that the SignalRGB community has built for you to check out. There’s no way to preview any of them, but they’re super-quick downloads that you can install, apply, and delete right from this screen. You just have to sign up for a free SignalRGB account first; otherwise, this free content isn’t gated at all. (And if you try to download a theme that only subscribers can use, you’ll know it; your lights will all flash white on and off.)
Once you decide on the effect, customize the colors using SinglRGB’s glandular tools.
You can have as many themes installed as you’d like, and you can customize anything you’ve downloaded by clicking on Customize under My Effects. What you can do is up to each effect’s creator, but you can typically adjust the featured colors, the speed of movement, built-in reactivity to keypresses, etc. You can save your customizations as presets in case you have a few interesting ideas for your lighting setup. And returning to an effect’s defaults is as easy as long-clicking the icon that looks like a return key.
If you have any issues with SignalRGB, want to petition the app’s creators to officially support one of your devices, or need help customizing the perfect RGB layout, we strongly encourage you to check out the app’s Discord. And if you need a little jolt to your creativity, you’ll find plenty of examples of amazing RGB setups from SignalRGB’s active community. Borrow a few ideas, and you’ll have a gorgeous, synchronized, RGB gaming den in no time.
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If you’re a PC gamer, you know the importance of having a setup for your equipment that allows you to play your games comfortably for hours. The market is flooded with options, so it can be tough to figure out which type of desk will accommodate a gamer’s needs. That’s why we did the research for you and determined that an RGB gaming desk is the way to go.
You’ve already invested in your PC and accompanying gaming equipment, so why not invest in a quality desk to complete your setup? You need comfort, space, and other features that will make your gaming experience more enjoyable. These gaming desks will work for any gamer, regardless of the type of setup they prefer.
Our research into RGB gaming desks taught us about:
- Their purpose in gaming setups
- Their benefits
- Their effect on games
We also learned which desk models stand out from the rest. From easy assembly to USB hubs built directly into the desk, we took the various features available with RGB gaming desks and compiled a thorough guide to help you build your perfect gaming station.
If you’re looking for the best gaming station you can have, here’s what you need to know about RGB gaming desks.
What’s an RGB gaming desk? It’s a computer desk for a gaming PC designed as a gaming desk featuring an RGB light display with brilliant RGB colors that enhance the gaming experience. RGB LED lights combine red, green, and blue in various combinations. They produce over 16 million hues in lighting effects that coordinate with specific gameplays. What a blast! Gamers can also get RGB lights on gaming chairs so you can groove to a complete all-around RGB gaming setup.
Best Overall: E-WIN 2.0 Edition RGB Gaming Desk
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The E-WIN 2.0 Edition RGB Gaming Desk with Smart Wireless Charger and USB port is an excellent option for gamers seeking a mid-range gaming desk that focuses on function, comfort, and game immersion. It’s a worthy gaming command center with attractive RGB lighting and other features that will help people stay at the desk for hours.
Ergonomic designs are a must for a gamer’s comfort. Playing computer and console games can take a toll on a person’s hands and wrists. With the table’s 5-degree incline, you can comfortably maneuver your equipment without putting unnecessary stress on your body.
One of the best aspects of the E-WIN 2.0 gaming desk is its surface. The laminate texture and application are flawless, allowing for smooth tracking with gaming mice without a standalone mousepad. The desk material is also non-porous, so spills are a breeze to clean.
The RGB lighting is on both sides of the E-WIN 2.0 gaming desk and its legs. The thin strips add a sense of flair to the gaming experience and help set the mood to immerse yourself into the game. The lights are vibrant, but they don’t emit a lot of heat, and they will help reduce eyestrain.
- Wireless and USB charging capabilities
- No need for a separate mousepad
- Spacious workstation for any gaming equipment
- Stunning RGB lighting with multiple effects and integrated controller
- Optional accessory rack may take up too much space
Runner-Up #1: Turismo Autodromo RGB Racing Gaming Desk
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The Turismo Racing Autodromo v2 is a brainchild of the brand’s Italian design team. Its design maximizes comfort, improves aesthetics, and provides the best game-playing experience. It serves as a superior gaming command center for serious gamers who want a desk they can use for hours without fatigue or feeling inconvenienced.
This RGB gaming desk is extra roomy and sturdy. There’s no need to worry about feeling cramped while playing with the Turismo Autodromo at the gaming station for hours. The desk’s construction affords you ample legroom while sitting in your gaming chair, which long-legged gamers will undoubtedly appreciate. The roomy carbon-fiber-texture gaming surface has ample space to hold your gaming needs–computer, gaming console, keyboard, software, surface mouse pad, power strip holder, and any other equipment you may need for a successful gaining campaign.
You might have come across gaming desks with ergonomic designs that appear to favor one region of the workstation. On this RGB gaming desk, cutouts for cords and wires are in the middle of the structure and out of the way of your workspace. So, whether you’re right-handed or left-handed, you have plenty of room to enjoy your favorite games.
Besides comfort and functionality, the Turismo Autodromo is a stylish RGB gaming desk that will perfectly blend into the decor of any room in which you place it. It’s available in several vibrant colors, so you can choose a befitting shade that aligns with your room decor, your gaming desires, or one that serves as your console station’s apex.
As one of the best gaming desks on the market, the Autodromo keeps gamers in mind because it includes RGB LED lighting along its perimeter to act as bias lighting and mood lighting. This feature enhances the gameplay by creating a glare-reducing contrast that reduces eye strain and fatigue, allowing gamers to play comfortably for extended periods. In case you prefer an LED-free option, Turismo also offers the Stazzione gaming desk.
- Superior cable management
- Large size
- RGB lighting effects
- Beautiful and functional design
- Water-resistant infinity mouse surface
- Remarkable game experience, especially with a coordinating Turismo RGB gaming chair
- It comes with lots of great reviews from satisfied users
- No built-in keyboard tray
- Height adjustment feature may not be as effective
Today I will be reviewing the Cougar Neon X RGB Gaming Mouse Pad. Lets start off, by me saying, I am a huge fan of a great mouse pad. I want a good base for my gaming, especially FPS games. I prefer a cloth mouse pad but that is just preference over performance really. I have played around with a few hard material mouse pads and the mouse really does travel well on that material and it is easy to clean. For me, though I am partial to cloth. This particular mouse pad is indeed a cloth, so I will do my best to keep my personal bias out of the evaluation of the mouse pad.
Illuminate your victory with brilliance, speed and precision. The Mouse pad is designed with a surface design that delivers superior tracking and accuracy for balanced gameplay. Plus it easy to wipe down and keep clean.
I would like to thank COUGAR for providing this review sample! Let us see what they have to say about themselves on their website :
Real Gear for Real Gamers. This simple phrase synthesizes our soul. From our origins in 2008 as a gaming-oriented PC Power Supply, Case and Cooling producer, COUGAR’s mission has always been to deliver gaming peripherals and PC components that answer the requirement of those people who think gaming is much more than a way of killing time. To us, and to those who think like us, modern gaming is both an art and a competitive sport, an important part of human life that allows you to develop and display skills ordinary life just isn’t prepared for. Games are the door to worlds in which both the most advanced capabilities of the human brain and the most primal instincts and reactions meet to bring you new experiences, and to access them you need to be properly equipped.
“COUGAR gaming gear exists for a reason: to allow you to properly make use of your innate and learned abilities without being limited by hardware bottlenecks. Our mice’s accurate tracking will make your reflexes count; our keyboards’ response will make sure hardware latency doesn’t prevent you from achieving a victory you deserve; our customization software will reward your planning and organizing mind, while our headsets will make sure your ears receive the right input and our power supply units will make sure your gaming rig gets all the fuel it needs. Everything has been designed to remove all limits to your skill: our creed is that in gaming the only restrictions should be those of your mind and body, not those of your gear.”
Currently, the range of gaming products we create includes gaming mice, keyboards, headsets, cases, power supply units, cooling, and related accessories. A complete range of first-quality products for the serious gamer. Are you ready to join us?
Show your true colors.
Did you know you can easily re-create your favorite Pride flags and colors using SteelSeries Engine? Here’s how.
Represent Pride with RGB
Open SteelSeries Engine and select the gear you want to customize:
(Apex 5, Apex 7, and Apex Pro keyboards have per-key customization.)
Let that RGB creativity flow! 🌈
You can either hand select colors, or enter the exact HTML color hex codes:
Yellow: Hex: #FFFF41
Green: Hex: #008018
Blue: Hex: #0000F9
Purple: Hex: #86007D
Find this and other flag color schemes over on schemecolor.com
Tweak the color effects – they don’t just have to be static! You can also customize how each key reacts when you press it, as well as set AFK effects when not in use.
Edit your OLED screen with text, an image, or gif. Here’s one you could use:
If you’re artisitically talented, you can write or draw your own message. For the rest of us, Google Image Search is a lifesaver. Try searching “pride pixel gif”.
Here we’ve chosen an animated spinning heart gif:
(Try the “dither” and “invert” options to help make your gif look good!)
P.S. Here’s a wallpaper you can use to really complete the look:
The Trevor Project
Pride Month is about a lot more than RGB, of course. Celebrate with us and Show Your Pride with SteelSeries as we stream throughout the month.
This Pride Season, we are partnering with The Trevor Project to help support their vital mission of ending LGBTQ youth suicide. Through an amazing force of volunteers, Trevor does this by providing 24/7 crisis counseling via phone, text, and chat.
All revenue from SteelSeries’ Twitch streams during the month of June will go to The Trevor Project, with SteelSeries matching all donations. Also keep an eye on our Twitter for Pride giveaways.
Introduction: Make Your Keyboard Shine Again in RGB
My Roccat Ryos MK Pro Keyboard started to fail. It has been a few good years to the keyboard is no longer covered by the warranty. A total of 11 LEDs lost their illumination, and while the keyboard remains totally usable, missing LEDs are a bane to my OCD. Roccat’s new devices sporting full RGB highlight, but I just don’t have that kind of money. It was time to fix things up and go full RGB!
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Also if you like what you see, and this guide helped you in any way, hit the vote button in the FIXING STUFF contest as thank you!
Best thing is – the RGB zone upgrade will cost you about $3 and 45min of your time!
- soldering iron
Step 1: Getting the Right LEDs
I have contacted the Roccat’s customer support which has provided me with the LED specification. I wanted to make sure the LEDs I get are compatible. Fortunately, the keyboard punches enough power to power up all the colors, not only the blue LEDs.
If you are lucky enough, you get the reply, otherwise, you will have to browse the internet for a bit to find the matching parts.
LEDs come in different shapes and sizes so taking your keyboard apart and removing a single LED may be required to identify the parts needed.
These worked for me, and will probably for many other keyboards:
Step 2: Taking the Keyboard Apart
The process was fairly straightforward. A few extra screws are located under the sticker and the rubber pads. Your design may vary, but keyboards due to their size are fairly simple to be taken apart.
Before you start taking things apart, take the picture of the keyboard. It will be your backup plan if you forget what caps goes where. You are almost ready to start.
Disconnect the thumb keys and unscrew the additional screws keeping the keyboard attached to the case. Be careful of the cable connecting the keyboard to the controller. To do the Roccat Ryos MK Pro – Keyboard Mod you will need a soldering set. A solder sucker is a very handy tool. It costs next to nothing and it made all the difference!
Step 3: Creating RGB Zones
Unless your keyboard comes with RGB support, you won’t be able to change the colour dynamically, but you can add colour zones to keep things interesting.
Draw a plan. My plan was:
- 1 – 0 10 orange LEDs
- M1 – M5 5 orange LEDs
- Q,E 2 orange LEDs
- WASD 4 red LEDs
- Win,FN – 2 red LEDs
- Dpad 1-0 9 white LED’s
Once you have a layout sorted (Less is better unless you want your keyboard to double as a tree for Christmass) you can start with the unsoldering. My advice is to do this colour by colour. This way you won’t get confused.
Locate the LED’s pins. They are placed above the switch. To use a solder sucker to remove the solder from the board. Once the excess of solder has been removed, heat up both pins at the same time while pushing it down with a flat screwdriver. When the pins go through the board, use the screwdriver to push them out from the other side.
Check the orientation of the LED, and test the LED as well. They all face the same direction on my keyboard. Power the keyboard for a moment and touch the contact points to establish the orientation of the LED.
Push the LEDs in and bend the excess pins in random directions. The LED will stay in place. Don’t solder until you get all of them done this way. It will speed things out.
Use a little solder to get the pins secured. Make sure there are no shorts. Test the keyboard every few moments. It will save you from making mistakes.
Once all the LED’s are soldered onto the board, use clippers to trim the pins. All you need to do to put all things together is to reverse the opening up process. Once you are done you can enjoy an extremely nice Roccat Ryos MK Pro – Keyboard Mod.
The pieces of the human eye that are liable for color insight are called cone cells or photoreceptors. RGB is called an added substance color framework because the blends of red, green, and blue light make the colors that we see by animating the different kinds of cone cells at the same time.
In computer systems, RGB (red, green, and blue) alludes to a framework for addressing the colors to be utilized. Red, green, and blue can be joined in different extents to acquire any color in the noticeable range. Levels of R, G, and B can each go from 0 to 100% of full force. The complete number of accessible colors is 256 x 256 x 256, or 16,777,216 potential colors.
In the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), the color for a page foundation or text textual style is specified by RGB esteem, communicated with six digits in hexadecimal configuration. The first and second digits address the red level; the third and fourth digits address the green level; the fifth and 6th digits address the blue level. To show the colors for every conceivable worth, the computer show framework should have 24 pieces to depict the color in every pixel. In show frameworks or modes that have fewer pieces for showing colors, a guess of the specified color will be shown.
In making Web pages, the quantity of RGB esteems that are suggested for use is extensively diminished – first, by the way, that many showcases can deal with just 256 colors and, besides, because PC and Mac Web programs handle 40 of these 256 colors somewhat differently. To guarantee that your colors will be steady on the two programs, a range of the 216 colors normal to both PC and Web programs is suggested.
Today, our focus is on changing the RGB on the MSI motherboard.
MSI is an abbreviation for Micro-Star International Co. Ltd. It is a multinational information technology company. The organization previously assembled its standing on creating and assembling computer motherboards and graphic cards.
MSI is known for its quality, or we can say enduring quality. They are not as snazzy as ASRock, Asus, or Gigabyte. The greater part of their plans used to look plain ordinary, and surprisingly their realistic card line look not cool.
By and large, an ordinary MSI motherboard can last change from a while to many years. Regularly, it will work for 10 – 20 years. Tip: To keep a motherboard longer with you, you should deal with it by not doing activities that will kill its equipment. The MSI MPG X570 addresses a blend of forefront motherboard tech worked to take advantage of AMD’s third-gen Ryzen CPUs.
Controlling RGB on MSI motherboard
MSI Mystic Light gives you full oversight of RGB lighting of your PC in one programming, including your RGB motherboard/designs card and PC case lighting. With Mystic Light Sync viable items, you can assemble the overall RGB PC and add some sparkling energies to your entire gaming arrangement. Also, MSI Mystic Light Extension permits you to improve your gaming PC with RGB LED strips for synchronized lighting, so you can undoubtedly modify and control the RGB lights over your RGB motherboard and the framework.
For controlling RGB on MSI motherboard, you need to:
- First download MSI center software. You can download it from the support page of MSI, and then simply install it in your system. Once you are done, reboot your system so that you can use it.
- After installation, you need to launch the MSI center software, and then click on the “Features” tab that will be visible to you.
- Click the features tab, you need to click the mystic light install option to set it up in place.
- After the mystic light is installed, you will see a list of auto-detected products.
- From the list of the products, you can change the RGB LED light for each product by clicking on the product icon.
- You can do that by selecting the LED style, effect, color, brightness, and much more.
- After finishing, click on “apply” and your preferences will be saved.
Finally, this is how you can adjust the RGB lights on an MSI motherboard. All you need to do is to install the MSI Mystic Light software on your PC and do some tweaks to adjust your RGB scheme.
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If you’ve dug through your game console’s settings, you’ve probably seen an option for “Full” or “Limited” RGB output. But what do these options mean, and which should you use?
Here’s the short version: You should almost always use RGB Limited for game consoles plugged into a television for ideal image quality. This is the opposite of our advice for PCs plugged into computer monitors, where you’ll want to use RGB Full.
RGB Full vs. RGB Limited
Game consoles, TVs, and other devices communicate colors using a range of numbers. “RGB Full” uses values from 0 to 255, where 0 is reference black, and 255 is reference white. This is most commonly used on PCs. “RGB Limited” represents colors using values from 16 to 235, where 16 is reference black and 235 is reference white. 0 in RGB is the same black as 16 in Limited, and 255 is the same white in RGB as 235 in Limited. They are just two different scales for representing color.
There is one small difference, however. In the case of RGB full, 255 is reference white, but it’s also the whitest possible color on the scale. There are no values above 255. In the case of RGB Limited, 235 is the same reference white, but there are still whiter whites going all the way up to 255. So while you calibrate your TV using 235 as reference white, movies and TV shows—which are mastered using RGB Limited, not RGB Full—can have highlights going all the way up to 255. This is commonly referred to as “whiter than white”, and allowing for those values can help prevent ringing artifacts on some video.
RGB Full, on the other hand, is commonly used for computer monitors.
For Correct Colors, Your Devices Need to “Speak the Same Language”
You always want your TV set to the same color space that your playback device is using. If you have a TV set to RGB Limited, you’ll also want everything hooked up to it—PCs, game consoles, DVD players, and so on—set to RGB Limited, so they’re using the same scale. If your TV is set to Limited and a device hooked up to it is set to Full, the color values won’t match up properly—your console will say “black” and your TV will read “grey”—so things will look washed out (like in the GIF above).
Similarly, setting your console to RGB limited and your TV to RGB full will make colors look darker, but you’ll lose detail in those darker areas. Your brain may trick you into thinking it looks better and more “saturated”, but those colors are actually incorrect. Your devices need to all be on the same setting if you want the correct colors.
All this, of course, assumes your TV has been properly calibrated while set to the color space in question.
Why You Should Use RGB Limited
Not every TV will let you choose your color space. In fact, many TVs will be set to RGB Limited with no option for RGB Full. So, for everything to match up properly, you’ll need your devices set to RGB Limited as well.
But what if your TV offers a choice between RGB Limited and RGB Full? RGB Full sounds better than RGB Limited, right? So why wouldn’t you just set everything to full all the time?
As we mentioned earlier, TV shows and movies are mastered in RGB Limited range, so you actually gain nothing by outputting them in RGB Full. In fact, if you set your console and TV to RGB Full, you’ll lose those whiter-than-white values that movies and shows contain, and you’ll also get some minor color banding artifacts from the conversion from Limited to Full. Even Microsoft “highly recommends” you leave your Xbox One’s color space set to RGB Limited.
So, in almost all cases, you want your TV and everything hooked up to it set to RGB Limited, so they’re all speaking the same language. It may not sound better, but it actually is.
So What’s the Point of RGB Full?
There’s one main exception to this rule: if you’re hooking up your game console to a PC monitor, you’ll want to set your console to RGB Full, since that’s what monitors are designed to use (and rarely have an option to switch to Limited).
That’s just a quick summary of this complicated topic. For more information about the difference between RGB Full and RGB Limited, read this article.
How to Change Color Space on Your TV
Your TV may or may not have a setting to toggle between RGB Limited and RGB Full. Older TVs will only support RGB Limited, while modern TVs may allow you to choose RGB Full.
This setting may be called different things depending on your TV’s manufacturer.
If your TV has this option, you’ll likely in your TV’s menu, named something like “Color Space”. Different manufacturers may call it something different (Samsung calls it “HDMI Black Level”, with “Low” corresponding to Limited, and “Normal” corresponding to Full unless it’s greyed out). Consult your TV’s manual if you can’t find the setting on your TV. If your TV doesn’t have this option, that means it’s set to RGB Limited.
How to Change Color Space on Your PlayStation 4
You’ll find this setting at Home > Settings > Sound and Screen > Video Output Settings > RGB Range on your PlayStation 4.
Select “Automatic (Recommended)” to have your PS4 automatically choose the same setting as the TV or monitor it’s connected to. To set it manually, select “Limited” for RGB Limited or “Full” for RGB Full.
Sony recommends using the “Automatic” setting if possible. If your TV or display doesn’t correctly report its capabilities to your PlayStation 4, you may need to set this option manually.
You may also want to make sure HDR and Deep Color Output are set to Automatic, if you have an HDR TV.
How to Change Color Space on Your Xbox One
You’ll find this setting at Home > Settings > All Settings > Display & Sound > Video Output > Color Space on your Xbox One.
Choose “Standard (Recommended)” for RGB Limited or “PC RGB” for RGB Full. Microsoft recommends you use RGB Limited, which is the Standard setting.
Make sure you also set your color depth properly—most TVs will be 8-bit, but HDR TVs may be 10-bit or 12-bit.
Even if you do want to experiment with using RGB Full, never use different settings on your TV and game console. Either set both to RGB Limited or both to RGB Full. Don’t set one to RGB Limited and one to RGB Full, or vice versa, even if you think it looks better—your brain is likely playing tricks on you. The colors may look more saturated, but they are not correct, and you’ll lose detail if your devices aren’t speaking the same language. And once your devices are all set properly, be sure to make sure your TV is properly calibrated—if you calibrated it before but it was on the wrong settings, you’ll need to re-calibrate it now.