So I went on Amazon and I purchased all the gear required to assemble a full-fledged gaming setup except for the I already have enough of those but the way that I selected everything was by choosing the number one best seller in every products category so we have for example the number one best-selling gaming monitor the number one best-selling gaming mechanical keyboard the number one best-selling desktop microphone even all the way down to the number one best-selling computer desk and office chair.
Now what makes a product the number one bestseller is sheer sales volume. Any product that has the number one best-selling badge has sold more units than any other product in its category.
According to many of the articles I have read, ratings have nothing to do with it. However, if you think about it, any product that has an insanely high number of units sold is probably a decent product. Chances are it is of good quality or has a good value. This is why most of the number one best-selling products usually tend to have pretty high ratings. But that is not something the Amazon algorithm factors in when determining who gets the number one best-selling badge.
It really is all about moving units at the end of the day. In a sense, it's almost like a popularity contest where customers vote on products with their dollars. Whichever products sell the most wins.
With that in mind, you can almost view this as a crowdsourced gaming setup. Right? This is like what the hive mind of mankind has deemed the best gaming setup, so I'm gonna put this together right now. I’m gonna take it for a spin and we're gonna find out together if the human race got this right or if this is just another one of the many things we messed up.
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As you can see, I’m starting off with our desk, which is the Kubi Kubi, or maybe it's QBQ. It's a weird name. This is actually one of two products today that I'm familiar with. This is my third one that I’m putting together right now. I have two more that I built that I bought actually. I don't know, maybe a year ago. I liked the first one so much that I bought a second one for my roommate Ian. And I'm very happy with this desk. I didn't realize at the time though that it was the number one best seller. And it may not have been a number one bestseller at that time, but I can definitely see the appeal of this desk. It's fairly affordable. It comes in a variety of sizes. I believe this is. I can’t remember if this is 42 or 48 inches. I picked the one that is the same length as the one that I have at home because it's large enough to fit a desktop computer on top of it along with single monitor. We don't want computers on the floor. It's a No-No. Although this time around I went with a different finish. I just went with like a black wood grain. I think the other one's kind of like a sort of dark brown with some darker knots in it. And this being my third desk from the same company, I’m actually very impressed with the condition that all of them have come in, which is pretty much Flawless.
There have never been any marks, scuffs, scratches, or dents in any of the desktops that I have purchased, so I definitely appreciate it. The other thing I like about this desk is something I think a lot of these products have in common, which is that it is a good value. It is not super expensive but it is not super cheap, either. It is kind of that middle of the road, and I feel like a lot of the number one bestsellers on Amazon kind of tick those boxes where it is just sort of that nice sweet spot. Obviously, if it takes a lot of sales volume to get that number one badge, there are not going to be a whole lot of people who are going for super high-end stuff. There are not going to be a whole lot of people who are going for dirt cheap stuff, so I think this setup is actually going to be a pretty nice balance between price and quality.
Here's the desk. Let's give it a quick measure across. We're looking at 47-48 inches. As far as depth goes, from back to front, it's about 24 inches deep. And in case you want height, we're at about 29.5 inches tall. The finish actually looks really great. Obviously, it's faux wood. We're not going to get real wood for this price point, but it still looks really good. If you don't like the black, like I said, there are different grains and colors to choose from, so you can find the one that you like best.
We also have a nice little hook here you can hang your head set here earbuds whatever and on this side we have a nice little pouch for my setup at home, this is actually where I keep my laptop power brick because it's a dockable laptop setup so the PowerPoint goes right in here so I have to worry about you know strapping it to the bottom of the desk or leaving on the floor where it's messy and you can actually flip the two when you’re building the desk you can decide if you want the pouch on the right or the left and same goes with the headset hook.
I would suggest doing it this way, especially if you're going to have your desktop on your desk. Most desktops are going to have the side panel on the left, and if you want to be able to see into your system, then you’re probably going to have your desktop on the right, which means you’re going to be sitting on the left with your monitor right here. That means you’re going to want your headset hook closer to you, as opposed to way over on the other side where you have to reach.
The other thing that I'm curious about with this video is that just because we’re getting all number one best sellers doesn’t necessarily mean that all the products are going to be great. It also begs the question as to whether or not all these products will mesh well together, like this desk for example. The desk might be great, but what if the chair is way too big for the arms or too tall and they don't actually fit underneath the desk? That sort of thing. It'll be interesting to see if all these best sellers go well together and if they can function as a whole.
For being an AmazonBasics chair, it doesn’t actually look too bad. You know, like, there's a lot of ugly office chairs out there. Some of them are gaudy, some of them look like they're from Alien Galaxies. This one's just well basic, but that’s not always a bad thing. However, let’s test the desk compatibility. See if it tucks under. Yeah, beautiful. I don’t even think it's at its lowest. I think it can go lower. Hey, that's good. That's coffee. That’s very well cushioned. The cushions feel plush. The armrests are really nice and they’re padded. Oh yeah, I can definitely game in this for a while. The casters Glide pretty smoothly. Oh yeah, that's good.
Also just realized that this is pretty much going to be like a matte black setup and that's just coincidental but I mean we got a black mouse, we got a black webcam, black headset, black keyboard. I guess that shouldn't be surprising since black is generally the most popular color among Gamers as opposed to something like white or something like that.
The scepter interceptor model 275bfpt-165 has a 165 hertz refresh rate, a 27 inch display, and is Ipswich. It is also 1920x1080 and has free sync premium. It is a flat screen and most of the hardware is in the lower half, so it bulges a little bit, but the rest of it is very thin.
We have two HDMI 1.4, one HDMI 2.0, a Displayport 1.2, audio out, and your DC Infor power. I'm going to mount the stand really quick just to see how it is but we are going to eventually swap it out for the desk Mount arm that I bought. Let’s see how it is tilt range is actually not too bad but that's it. It’s actually a very sturdy stand for as thin as it is. There's hardly any Wobble the arm mount is from huanua.
I'm always scared of these things, but this one comes with a little Velcro strap so it doesn’t do that out of the box. That’s that’s nice. Scary arms installed and uh damn that was quick. The mounting solution is really simple and straightforward. You just screw this vertical bracket to the base and then the C-clamp just latches onto the back uh too lously. And even though this desk has a crossbar it's not a problem because it's wide enough so the seat clamp latches onto it just fine.
What I like most though is the backplate because the backplate has these open grooves as opposed to closed holes if you're mounting a 100 by 100 vesa panel. This is really nice because you only need to screw in two screws at the top of your monitor that way you can just rest the entire monitor on the backplate and then finish screwing in the other screws and tightening the top two. So that's like a really nice solution because sometimes it's really difficult trying to hold the monitor with one hand and then screw it in from the back from the other because you don't have these grooves to just rest that panel on and so sometimes you need another person to help you or something like that. So really good design it works. It's an arm it's working it’s smooth it's moving. Yeah there's even cable management channel right here but I think you need to screw it actually to do it. I wish it was tool-less but you need one screw to remove in order to remove the panel so you can run cables through it. But it has it supports up to 14.3 pounds and it technically supports monitors up to 30 inches so not too shabby.
You know we actually still have a lot of items to go through so instead of unboxing every product one at a time I’m just going to finish setting up the setup and then we'll talk about everything once it's all put together.
All right we're all set up. I've been gaming on this thing for about an hour now and here are my thoughts:
There's not much to say about the mouse. It's the Logitech g502hero and it's a tried and true mouse. It's a legend. I've had plenty of these with this mouse and it's awesome. This is the only other product here today that I'm familiar with besides the desk as I mentioned. It's a good mouse.
The keyboard, however, is not my favorite. This is the EVGA z12 and it's amemco. I misspoke earlier in the video when I said it was a mechanical keyboard. It is not. It is membrane Keys.
They're using membrane Keys which feel kind of mushy and the keycaps are just wobbly. They're wobbly. They don't feel great. I wish there was a volume knob at the very least. There's not even that. It is water resistant and it's only 30 bucks so if you're really strapped for cash and you're prone to spills this might be something you're looking for but outside of that I can't really recommend it.
Another thing I cannot recommend is the mouse pad. The top material feels nice, it tracks well, it’s a good size, it has stitched edges, but it slides around. It does not grip the surface of the desk well whatsoever. I was just gaining here and there and I was just like, "Whoa, why am I like slipping around?" It does have grip material on the bottom, but when you compare this to the grip material on say a bit wit dust mat, it feels completely different and it’s just not good. It doesn't grip, it doesn't hold, it's slippery, it sucks. I shouldn't have known there was a catch considering this thing’s only 13 bucks, and that's the catch.
The Amazon basic speakers are nothing special. They're 20 speakers and they sound like 20 speakers. You get what you pay for in this case. If you're just looking for something to hear your desktop audio without having to wear a headset or headphones, then you know they're fine. But it's not going to sound good. It's not going to blow your socks off, that's for sure.
Webcam / Microphone
I'm going to start recording with the webcam now, as well as the HyperX Quadcast S mic, so you can get my feedback on both of those. I'm currently streaming with the next you go and not streaming recording with the next ego and it looks not the greatest. I feel like the quality of this webcam is pretty subpar. It's forty dollars, which makes it cheaper than something like the Logitech C920 or the newer c922x Pro, but I would much much rather spend the extra 20 or 30 bucks to get one of those webcams which look infinitely better than this one. Not worth the money in my opinion when there are much better options for not much more cash.
The Hyperx Quadcast S, however, sounds pretty darn good. It better sound good for the amount they're charging for it--I think it's 120 for the RGB version. It's because it's stupid RGB. 100 for the non-RGB, I think it's just a red LED, but if you want to get fancy with it, it'll set you back 120.
The microphone sounds good if you're taking your streaming or voice recording seriously. I think it's worth the money. I really like the mute button at the top of the microphone. It's capacitive and it’s really sensitive, so you barely have to tap it in order to enable mute.
But I also like the fact that the uh the LEDs turn off immediately when it’s muted to let you know that uh sounds are not coming through. This is the bottom here. Oh volume volume knob at the bottom you just turn it left and right or clockwise or counterclockwise. It's really smooth feels good works well and the shock armor the boom arm I should say also works very well. I've had another Mount like this that I bought on Amazon awhile back maybe a year ago and it pales in comparison to this thing. The knobs aren’t loose. They when you tighten them they tighten and it feels pretty solid especially for the not so much money I paid for it. I really like this Mount okay let's uh let's go back to the other camera.
This webcam is horrible. The one cable that I did buy for the setup was the DisplayPort cable. It's Amazon Basics. It’s a 10 foot DisplayPort key. I don’t know. I got 10 foot. I should have got six foot. I don't need 10. Why? It's a good cable. There's no latch locking latch which which I hate. I absolutely hate those. I know they're useful in some cases but I never need them. This one doesn’t have a latch so that's nice. You just plug it in and out but it is a thick boy. It is a very thick cable which can be nice but in my case uh it's it doesn’t really fit very well inside of the uh the cable management channel of your monitor arm but apart from that it’s a fine cable. The cable raceways the cable management raceways that put underneath the desk those are great. They come with the adhesive already applied. They’re made of plastic. They're they’re flexible but not too flexible so you can like tuck cables in there and they won’t fall out. And it comes with like I don’t know like a lot of them. It comes a lot. I only use two. I think there's like six more in the box so really good value there.
The Specter monitor is actually very impressive. It's like 230 bucks. That's how much it was when I bought it and it's great. It's actually really good. I think it's a solid value. It's one of my favorite products out of this whole setup and I would recommend it. I was playing some CS Go. Played a little bit of Halo infinite and the color is nice. The IPS display does its thing 165Hertz absolutely buttery smooth and 27inches again a solid size there and no tearing of course because it's got adaptive refresh rate with free sync premium. The OSD sucks. The OSD is is awful. The buttons are just really hard to press and hard to navigate. Overlooking that though it's a pretty solid monitor. I would recommend a monitor arm like the one I got for it though because the stand that it comes with is again pretty limited and this monitor arm actually pairs really nicely with the display.
Oh crap, I completely forgot about the headset because I’m wearing it. It was out of sight, out of mind, but this thing is awesome. This is the sensor GES. Is it g something? SG 500sensor sg500. This thing's great. Thirty dollars. It's super comfortable. Memory foam ear cups. The headband is really comfortable. No fatigue on my head whatsoever, at least in the hour that I was using it. The microphone I didn’t actually get to test out because it uses a combo audio jack and I don't have a combo audio jack on the system that I’m using, but based on the reviews that I was seeing on Amazon, it's mixed. There’s kind of polarizing. Some people said the mic sucks. Some people said it was good. So I think it's probably just okay. But the sound actually sounds really good. It’s got surround sound. Beyond surround sound though, it's got really punchy bacmids and highs are pretty clear for 30bucks. The sound definitely impressed me and it makes the listening experience actually fairly enjoyable. It does have an inline mute control as well as volume rocker or volume rocker volume wheel. Braided cable. Yeah. I good. This is a good product.
I think that's pretty much it! This is the number one best-selling gaming setup on Amazon, at least at the time when I purchased everything. I think it was pretty expected, you know. I didn't expect all the products to be gold. I didn't expect all of them to suck miserably. We got a mixed bag. I feel like it went right down the middle. You know, like half of the products I would highly recommend and the other half I would stay away from. But you guys let me know what you think about everything here. Love to hear your thoughts down in the comments below. And thank you so much for watching this video. Toss a like on it before you go if you enjoyed it. Get subscribed for more Tech content on the way. And I will see y'all in the next video!