Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured in this gallery.
Microsoft Xbox One X
The Xbox One X is a powerful step-up console that supports 4K, HDR and offers improved visuals and framerates for certain games. But only splurge on this step-up model if you have a 4K TV to use it with.
It's 40 percent smaller than the original, can do 4K video streaming (but not 4K gaming) and even costs less. If you don't have an Xbox One, this is the one to get unless you going full 4K/HDR with the more expensive One X model.
Sony has a step-up model of the PS4, called the PlayStation 4 Pro. If you're buying a PlayStation 4 for the first time, the Pro is worth it for its larger 1TB hard drive and new Pro-enhanced games like God of War.
For the new version of Razer's flagship laptop, the 14-inch display in the Blade gets an upgrade to a 15-inch screen, with a much thinner bezel around the screen, which gives the new Blade a more modern look. It's also a killer slim gaming laptop, thanks to an Nvidia 1070 GPU.
PC-building company Origin PC is known for its massive and massively powerful gaming rigs. Fortunately, the company now makes a very powerful slim gaming laptop as well, and it even has an optional 4K screen.
This fun, slick-looking gaming laptop is just 19.9mm thick, even with a high-power graphics card and six-core CPU. Asus calls the cooling solution an Active Aerodynamic System, or AAS, and it's a bottom panel that lifts up when the laptop's lid is open, exposing a hidden vent used for cooling.
Dell has made some excellent budget gaming laptops over the past couple of years. Now these system move from the Inspiron line to a new "G" series. For under $1,000, you can get some great mainstream gaming performance in a decent dorm-friendly design.
Get in on the trend towards mega-mouse-pads, for less. This 15x17 mouse pad is under $12. It's on the thin side, at 2mm thick, but otherwise, I loved the feel. Name brand versions can cost more than $30.
Want to know what all the cool kids are doing in the quad? Rocking some reasonably priced augmented reality headset action, complete with a prop lightsaber, of course. Slide your own phone into this AR rig and get a friend involved for the new two-player modes.