Are you in search of a new hobby that will help you to relax and unwind? Whether you have a lot of spare time or just small pockets, hobbies are important for your mental and physical well-being. You want to pick something easy and convenient to engage in and keep your interest. For many, the answer is online gaming as it can be a casual pastime or something you spend hours doing.

Here’s a look at some of the most essential tech you need to get started in online gaming.

Opt for a Thin Lightweight Laptop

When you hear the words “online gaming”, if your first thought is a clunky desktop computer taking up lots of space in your gaming station, it’s time to think again. The technology in laptops has come a long way, allowing them to now rival what a desktop computer offers in terms of performance. But where laptops have the edge is in portability.

Investing in a laptop for your online gaming means you can move anywhere in the house to play and take it with you on the go. In that sense, you’re getting more bang for your buck since your laptop is essentially a mobile gaming station. Then there is the fact that manufacturers have found ways to streamline the design, so they are thinner and more lightweight than ever before. For example, these Lenovo thin laptops take up very little room in a backpack or bag, making them easy to take with you.

As you shop for a laptop be sure to also look for a high-performance CPU, long battery life and impressive memory and storage.

Gaming Accessories Can Improve the Experience

Indeed, gaming accessories aren’t necessary but what they do is enhance the user experience which can result in better gaming stats. These are tools meant to give you more control, are more intuitive, offer more features and functions and can make gaming more comfortable.

You’ll find no shortage of gaming accessories out there, so we’ve compiled a list of must-haves:

  • External gaming mouse
  • External Wi-Fi webcam
  • External speakers
  • Wireless headset with attached microphone
  • Wireless controller

Gaming accessories can vary in price, and you can always wait for a sale allowing you to get the most out of your budget.

What About the Games Themselves?

Where it used to be that online gaming required the purchase of the game disk, many of today’s most exciting and popular games are browser-based. That’s not to say that disks have disappeared completely; it’s just very common to find browser-based options.

Not sure which games are perfect for beginners? Check out this list of trending online games in 2022, a couple of which are cross-platform, meaning you can play with people on gaming consoles as well as PCs:

Some of these games require a bit more skill than others, so expect there to be a learning curve.

Now that you’ve got the essential tech pieces, all that’s left to do is start gaming and see what all the fuss is about.