CaptainSparklez is another OG content creator, having first started uploading Call of Duty content to his YouTube channel when he was 18 years old. Soon after wards, he signed a contract with Machinima, which further helped to boost his channel’s subscribers base.
However, it was when he transitioned to Minecraft content and began collaborating with Bootstrap Buckaroo and successfully created a couple of viral Minecraft parodies, that his career really skyrocketed. Since then, he has remained one of the most prominent Minecraft content creators while producing content that is generally appropriate for kids as well.
Therefore, he is an entertainer, rather than a pro-gamer so bear that in mind when deciding whether you will be purchasing the equipment that CaptainSparkelz uses in his gaming setup.
WHAT MONITOR DOES CAPTAINSPARKLEZ USE?
CaptainSparklez uses an ASUS PG278QR 27” monitor. The ASUS PG278QR is a 27” gaming monitor that offers a 165Hz refresh rate for a WQHD resolution of up to 2560 x 1440p and a 1ms (gray to gray) response time. However, the 2560 x1440 @ 165Hz only works with the DP 1.2 port, as the HDMI port only supports a 2560 x 1440p resolution @ 60Hz.
It integrates NVIDIA G-SYNC technology to reduce screen tearing, display stuttering and input lagging. It also utilizes Flicker-Free technology to help prevent eyestrain from continuous use. In addition to the other ports, it also has two UCB 3.0 ports for a keyboard and mouse.
Furthermore, it can be swiveled between +60° ~ -60°, pivoted 90° clockwise and tilted between +20° ~ -5°. Its height can also be adjusted between 0 – 120mm (4.72”). Its full dimensions are 62.23 x 23.88 x 43.43cm (24.5 x 9.4 x 17.1”) and it has VESA Wall Mounting capabilities of 100x100mm (3.92 x 3.92”).
WHAT MOUSE DOES CAPTAINSPARKLEZ USE?
CaptainSparklez uses a Razer Naga Chroma mouse. The Naga Chroma is an ergonomic MMO gaming mouse that comes with 19 programmable macro buttons, 12 of which are located on the right side. The other buttons are the clickers, tilt-click scroll wheel that can be clicked on right and left tilt and two dpi buttons below the scroll wheel. All macro settings and RGB lighting effects can be set through the Razer Synapse software.
Its 5G laser sensor can track at up to 0 – 16,000DPI in increments of 1 with 0 interpolation. The sensor can track speeds of up to 210IPS at and acceleration rate of 50G. This mouse is designed for right-handed users. Its dimensions are 11.9cm x 7.5cm x 4.3cm (4.68 x 2.95 x 1.69”) and it weighs 135g (0.3lbs) with its 2.1m (7ft) braided cable. It is compatible with Windows 7 and later, as well as Mac OS X 10.8 – 10.11.
WHAT KEYBOARD DOES CAPTAINSPARKLEZ USE?
CaptainSparklez uses a SteelSeries Apex M500 keyboard. The Apex M500 is a full-sized fully programmable mechanical keyboard with 100% anti-ghosting and 104-key rollover. It is fitted with Cherry MX Red switches that have an actuation point of 4mm and distance of 2mm, while the actuation force required is 45cN. It also has blue LED backlighting.
It is constructed with a steel back-plate with a plastic casing and keycaps. Its dimensions are 44.1 x 3.95 x 13.64 cm (17.34 x 1.56 x 5.37”) and weighs 1.24kg (2.74lbs.)
WHAT HEADSET DOES CAPTAINSPARKLEZ USE?
CaptainSparklez uses an Astro Gaming A40 TR X-Edition headset. The Astro Gaming A40 TR X-Edition headset is a special edition of the A40 TRs that were launched for their 10-year anniversary. Their 40mm dynamic drivers offer a frequency response range of 20 – 20,000Hz at a nominal impedance of 48W. The ear cups are over-ear and are fitted with clip-on velour ear-pads that can be easily replaced, as can the magnetic speaker tags and head band tags. They also rotate at 90° for comfort when resting them around your neck.
The detachable unidirectional boom microphone can be set on either side of the headset. The headset is compatible with both the PS4 and Xbox One, unlike the regular A40 TR that has two versions to accommodate only one of the consoles. However, it is only compatible with Windows 10, otherwise. It weighs 362.9g (12.8oz.) CaptainSparklez uses it together with the MixAmp Pro that he got with his original A40 TRs.
WHAT MICROPHONE DOES CAPTAINSPARKLEZ USE?
CaptainSparklez uses an Audio-Technica AT2035 microphone. The AR2035 is a large-diaphragm XLR microphone that utilizes a fixed-charge back plate permanently polarized condenser element, as well as a cardioid polar pattern. It offers a frequency response range of 20 – 20,000Hz with a nominal impedance of 120Ω and Signal-to-Noise ratio of 71dB. Its dynamic range is 113dB and has a maximum input sound level of 136 dB SPL.
Its full metal body features a switchable 80 Hertz high pass filter and 10 dB pad on its base. The extras include a pleather carry case, shock mount and stand nut, but you will need to purchase an XLR capable and audio interface with phantom power capabilities separately.
WHAT MIXER DOES CAPTAINSPARKLEZ USE?
CaptainSparklez uses a Line 6 POD Studio UX2 mixer. This mixer is designed with guitar recordings in mind, as it includes two 1/4 -inch jack inputs for normal and pad, as well as two XLR microphone inputs with a phantom power +48V button and one headphone port. Although the microphone ports can be used simultaneously, the instrument inputs cannot.
The XLR microphone lines also each have their own preamp knob. There are also two volume meters that can be set through the software. It has two more knobs on its right, one being a tone direct output, and the other being for output. Additionally, there are six output ports at the back of the device.
It comes with several pieces of software, including POD Farm 2.5, SONOMA RIFFWORKS, Alberton Live 7 and Reason Essentials (V8).