If you watch a lot of YouTube, you’ve likely seen those killer setup tours with RGB lights everywhere from the keyboard to the back of the desk reflecting off the wall. In fact, we’ve done tours of our own setups that feature many RGB goodies. Though many of those setups can cost hundreds, if not more, you don’t have to spend a fortune in order to have a killer looking workstation.
Though you can always go the route of high-end accessories for your desk, it’s just as easy to customize your battle station without spending a ton. We’re going to take a look at just a few items you can use to spruce up your desk without going over $65 at Amazon.
Nomad Base Station
The first thing we’re going to look at is lighting. This can play a key role in how your desk looks, but buying something like Philips Hue can be quite pricey. For the more budget-conscious, a great option is to buy a separate RGB strip and smart wall outlet in order to turn the lights on or off.
A great option for the RGB strip is SUPERNIGHT’s 16.4-foot option that features a remote control. This strip can be cut to fit whatever length desk you have, and at $14 Prime shipped, it’s much easier to swallow than buying the higher-price Hue option.
These lights can be controlled with the included remote for brightness, color, and power. But, if you’d rather use your voice to turn them on or off, check out this next product.
Kasa is well-known around here. The HS100 is a fan-favorite at only $18 Prime shipped and is a must-have smart home accessory. This plug can connect to Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa without the requirement of a secondary hub, and allows you to use voice commands to turn on/off whatever is plugged into it. This means you can just hook the RGB strip from above into the HS100, and ask Alexa or Assistant to turn on/off the desk lights.
For the top of your desk, we’ve got a set of peripherals which keep the RGB theme going. Gaming keyboard and mice can be quite pricey when it comes to RGB-enabled flavors, sometimes costing more than all of the products listed in this guide combined. But this bundle is only $30 shipped and gives you both a mouse and keyboard. This is a must-have for any gaming setup, and you’ll get four different backlight color effects, five brightness levels, and hotkeys for media controls and more.
The mouse itself can go up to 3200DPI, giving you even greater precision than normal offerings and is perfect for FPS gaming. With 5 programmable buttons, you can be sure that you’re ready for any gaming session with shortcuts to your most used commands in any title.
Though you can spend much more on a setup, this is a great starting point for any budget-minded gamer.