At CGMagazine, we love our esports-centric games like Valorant, League of Legends or Apex Legends, and we enjoy the tech that keeps us at the top of our gaming skills. To survive in this aggressive, ever-changing atmosphere, you need the best equipment to get the job done. From monitors to peripherals, a gamer is only as good as their tools.
One of the latest telecommunications leaders is now taking up the mantle to join the ever-growing esports club by bringing their latest innovations to help all of us play better as they sharpen their edge as well—this company is HUAWEI.
The company was founded in 1987 by a man named Ren Zhengfei with just $3,000 USD as a tech start-up—building its roots in a small apartment in Shenzhen. Their humble beginning began with making phone switches for hotels, and they have accomplished so many feats up to now.
So, what do I need to be a competitive gamer?
There is not a simple answer to this question, so let us break it down.
Director of Marketing & Brand for HUAWEI Canada, Radek Krasny, shares his thoughts on how the company is breaking out in the gaming industry. “Globally, our mission has always been to expand the benefits of technology to everyone, everywhere. Here in Canada, HUAWEI has been known primarily for our Smartphones and Tablets, but in many other countries around the world we have been the leader in many other product categories, including Wearables, Audio, PC/Laptops and more. In each of these categories, we have introduced innovations such as dual and triple cameras, wireless reverse charging, in-screen fingerprint, etc., and now we would like to bring something new and exciting into the gaming world as well.”
Here are the main things you need to be a top-notch, fierce contender that HUAWEI wants players to evolve with:
A Gaming Mouse
At the root of most esports games is a tool to land accurate headshots in Tilted Towers or offer precise movement across Summoner’s Rift. This is where the HUAWEI Wireless Mouse GT rises to the occasion. This mouse offers up to a maximum of 16,000 DPI (dots per linear inch). That is a big number, but what does it mean?
DPI is a measure of how many pixels the cursor moves per inch that the actual mouse moves. So, if you move the mouse an inch, the travel is approximately 16,000 pixels—this means the mouse is very sensitive to the smallest of movements of your wrist. This is important to understand for first-person shooter (FPS) games where movement and mouse placement are crucial—literally life or death.
You see, having a higher DPI setting means the player moves the mouse less but turns and looks extremely fast. This is perfect for mobile characters like Lucio in Overwatch who need to use their abilities quickly while moving. But for a character like Widowmaker, sniping will be more of a challenge since small mouse movements are sensitive.
An additional detail for a good mouse for a competitive gamer is having more options in their arsenal. The HUAWEI Wireless Mouse GT has seven programmable buttons, including the mouse wheel, to deliver enough versatility to put less strain on the keyboard hand and provide ease-of-access to the buttons you need as fast as possible when you need them.
Speaking of providing less hand strain, this mouse from HUAWEI is ergonomically designed to support the user’s fingers with its buttons coated in soft rubber material that helps with the user knowing exactly which button they are pressing down on. The thumb base is also smartly designed with ridges to offer a better grip—much needed when trying to hit multiple flick shots or 360-no-scopes without losing control of the mouse.
If you want to be a gamer, you have to look like one too! No, that is not true. There is not one standard look for a gamer. But a feature a lot of gamers take pride in is RGB-lighting on their equipment. The HUAWEI Wireless Mouse GT can support up to 16.8 million colours with different themes such as Breathing, Waves, Reactive and more.
Depending on your setup and your own personal feel, the debate can come down to whether a wired mouse or wireless mouse is better for you. Personally, I like to have a wired connection for a steady stream of pinpoint accuracy as wireless connections can be a bit dodgy. However, others may find that having the wireless option available is viable because they either have a lot of wiring already and want to reduce it more, or potentially they game a lot on-the-go on a laptop, where taking up as little as space as possible is required.
A Gaming Mouse Pad or Mouse Mat
The HUAWEI Wireless Charging Mouse Pad GT is a perfect pairing with the HUAWEI Mouse GT as it can charge the mouse wirelessly. It even displays the battery life of the mouse on the mat and cuts off the charging power when the device is fully charged. Like many wireless charging devices such as smartphones, this mouse mat uses Qi-charging technology and can even charge other devices that share the same charging technology.
In terms of design and helping you perform your best above the rest, this game changer’s material has an ultra-smooth polymer material that provides effortless gliding. This is vital for games that require full mobility, running-and-gunning like Call of Duty or Fortnite. Size is another significant aspect to consider with mouse pads or mats. If you are playing with a lower DPI, then this means you will need to slide your mouse further, thus having a bigger mouse pad will be needed. Of course, the workspace you have also needs to be considered.
A Gaming Monitor
A gaming monitor is the lifeblood of gaming. Krasney points out, “The introduction of Monitors is a natural extension of our product offerings and enables us to enter another category, Gaming.” I can remember screaming at friends at the elbow-pixel of an enemy hiding in the corner—only for my friend to get a bullet in their head. This is where the HUAWEI MateView GT 34-inch Sound Edition shines brightly. It boasts 1.07 billion colours with its 34-inch curved monitor and 3K, 165Hz display. It even has a built-in stereo soundbar if you are trying to save on external speakers.
One of the highlighted features HUAWEI points out that is essential for all competitive gamers is being able to see your enemies easily for a faster response time. This is why the MateView GT monitor has the “Dark Field Control” feature where users can adjust the display brightness in low-light scenes without the hard glaring contrast either. I think this feature is equally important for any competitive game because vision is so important in MOBA matches and the same can be said in battle royale shooters where the enemy may be lurking in the shadows of the shade.
A Gaming Alternative—Like A Laptop
One of the best perks of gaming is that it has become more mobile with the latest technologies—making it possible for gamers to stay in the game wherever they are. The HUAWEI MateBook X Pro 2021 is a great choice for keeping gamers connected where the Wi-Fi flows. It is packed with the latest 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, fast RAM (up to 16 GB 3733MHz LPDDR4x memory) and can have up to 1 TB of SSD storage.
This laptop has a redefined Shark Fin fan design that means you will not have to worry about loud fans whirring from overheating or disturbing others on-the-go. HUAWEI is committed to keeping all its gamers, students and professionals loaded with great gear that performs its best in all aspects. This also comes down to making sure users have enough juice to get them through the workday.
The HUAWEI MateBook X Pro 2021 can provide about 11 hours of regular work on a single charge and 10 hours of video playback. The best part is that if users need a quick charge enough to submit that quarterly work report or book report for school after a long day of gaming, you only need 30 minutes to get the battery life of four hours. Take a deep breath, grab a caramel macchiato or your comfort drink as you wait to charge this beast.
When all the work is done, and you have the time to grind in World of Warships or try to level-up your character in Elden Ring, players can take advantage of the stunning Intel Iris Xe graphics, which puts other integrated graphics to shame. Gamers can expect 1080p, 60 FPS (frames per second), gameplay—additionally, it supports up to 8K viewing for watching movies and TV shows on Netflix or Disney+.
Well, Are You a Competitive Gamer Now?
This is not everything you need to become the best competitive gamer, but it is a solid start. Having the right equipment is important and HUAWEI is diving into the gaming space to give players a sharpened edge with plans to continue their ventures with gaming at the forefront. When you are trying to kill some scrubs on Mirage or Overpass in Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO), you will need the best peripherals to get the job done—these items above will deliver.
Krasny adds, “Gaming is growing to become an important category for our Monitors, Laptops and Accessories line that includes the Wireless Mouse GT and the Wireless Charging Mouse Pad GT. We will be adding product offerings in this category in the very near future.”
Everyone has a humble start—but becoming a ruthless opponent takes a blend of courage and strategy. This is how HUAWEI did it, and you can too. The investment is worth it because nothing is better than investing in yourself.