Mouse And Keyboard Buyer’s Guide - Dual Wielding (Part 1)

9/4/2013 11:26:43 AM

They’re some of the cheapest components in your entire build, but your mouse and keyboard are also some of the most important. It doesn’t matter if you’re running triple GeForce GTX Titans; you’re going to end up as the meat shield in Battlefield 3 if your input devices suck. We’ve grabbed some of the hottest new keyboards and mice on the market to see which deserves an intimate relationship with your digits, but first we’ve got a little advice on how to buy.

When it comes to mice, the quality of the sensor is paramount. Generally speaking, the higher the sensor’s Dots Per Inch (DPI), the more accurate it will feel in-game. 8200 DPI is currently the maximum native DPI we’ve seen, though some companies fudge the figures by artificially boosting it. Ergonomics are also equally important, so first identify in you’re a claw, palm or fingertip grip user and find the right shape for your type. If you’re an MMO or RTS player, you might like to have a gazillion different buttons, so consider buying a mouse festooned in them. Finally, there’s the old wireless versus cabled debate. Despite what the likes of Logitech might have us believe, claiming that there is absolutely no noticeable delay when using wireless, we swear on Captain Price’s grave that there definitely is a difference, which is why our Tech Editor recently swapped back from a G700 to a SteelSeries Sensei.

Which keyboard to buy comes down to one major question – mechanical or not. Mechanical keyboards use special switches instead of the rubber membranes found on mainstream keyboards, resulting in that satisfying click when typing. They last longer, but they also feel better while gaming, as you can tell exactly when the keystroke is going to register. Note that most mechanical keyboards use Cherry MX switches, and they come in a wide variety of colors. Not to match your gaming den’s décor mind you; each color represents a different texture and pressure. Do some research to see which color is right for you?

Corsair M95 Mouse

Keeping your thumb busy

Price: $75

Like Razer and Logitech’s MMO mice, the M95 places a plethora of buttons under your thumb. Unlike those two though, they’re not placed in a grid-arrangement, instead being placed in a much more natural circle around the resting position of your thumb. There are nine thumb buttons in total, and while it’ll still take a while to get accustomed to, it’s a better layout than the aforementioned MMOers. Six more buttons lay elsewhere, giving this mouse plenty of macro options.

Corsair M95 Mouse

Corsair M95 Mouse

The 8200 DPI sensor is an A-grade behemoth, delivering razor sharp accuracy as it pokes out from a small hole in the aluminum base. Huge glide pads ensure it slides over your surface of choice, though it’s rather heavy compared to some of the lightweights.

With a killer sensor, and more buttons than you’d find in a shirt factory, we have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this for users who don’t mind their mouse being a little heavier than the norm.

Corsair M95 Mouse specs

·         8200 DPI sensor

·         15 buttons

·         Huge glide pads

·         A tad heavy

·         No ergonomic adjustments

Verdict: 9/10

Delivering all of the goods at a very affordable price tag, the M95 offers outstanding value.

Corsair Vengeance K70

Corsair can do no wrong

Price: $155

This mechanical keyboard form Corsair makes some clever decisions that sets it apart from the dozens of others begging for your fingertips.

Extra WASD keys with a rough texture can be installed, making it super easy to find your shooter keys without looking. Each key is backed up by a Cherry MX Red key that doesn’t need as much force to activate, and lacks the noisy clack of other versions. Up to 20 keys can be activated simultaneously without the keyboard wigging out thanks to the anti-ghosting tech. customizable backlighting adjusts the brightness, while the slick volume roller makes precise volume adjustment a breeze.

Corsair Vengeance K70

Corsair Vengeance K70

It requires two USB connectors, but only if you choose to use the built-in USB pass-through. Unfortunately, it’s not USB 3.0. Finally, the aluminum chassis will withstand even the most heavy handed of keyboard warriors. It might be a little bit pricey, but this is seriously a nigh-on perfect mechanical keyboard.

Corsair Vengeance K70 specs

·         Cherry MX switches

·         Adjustable backlight

·         Solid construction

·         High price

·         Only one color of flight

Verdict: 9/10

Pricey, but even penny is justified, with top quality features and even higher quality build strength.

Ducky DK9087 Shine II

What the duck?

Price: $130

The DK9087 differs from most mechanical keyboards thanks to the removal of the numpad; a move which is accompanied by a rather tiny price tag.

The configurable backlighting makes this perfect for naughty gamers who ignore health warnings and game in the dark, with six levels of brightness. Each key is laser-printed, which means it won’t wear out for the next century or so, while the dual layer PCB behind the keys should last almost as long. A dip switch allows users to swap the alt, windows, control and caps lock positions, just in case you don’t like the default layout. The same dip switch can be used to deactivate the Windows key entirely, a much cleaner solution than ripping the key out. The version we reviewed came with the more sensitive Cherry MX Red keys, though it’s possible to find other keys if you shop around.

Ducky DK9087 Shine II

Ducky DK9087 Shine II

It might not have a million and one features, but the Ducky focuses on delivering a solid, reliable and relatively affordable Cherry MX keyboard.

Ducky DK9087 Shine II specs

·         Solid construction

·         Cherry MX Red switches

·         Petite dimensions

·         Lacks cooler features

Verdict: 7/10

If you’re looking for a basic mechanical keyboard that just does the job and will last long, you could do a lot worse.

Logitech G19s

‘S’ for ‘same’?

Price: $260

Logitech has recently released updated versions of its most popular gaming products, adding a small‘s’ to its product names. In the mice, we see a new sensor, but when it comes to the keyboard, we can’t actually see anything different other than the price tag.

Logitech G19s

Logitech G19s

Everything from the G19 seems identical; the same LCD screen, custom color backlighting, programmable G-keys (basically extra macro keys), and twin USB port. Unfortunately, it’s also stuck with the same membrane keyboard of its predecessor, a shame considering the world long ago moved onto mechanical. Going back to the membrane of the G19s felt very unsatisfying, with Mooshy feedback that didn’t feel as precise.

If there is one good thing about the G19s compared to its predecessor, it’s the price drop. Having said that, this is still twice the price of premium mechanical keyboards, and we just don’t think a small LCD screen is worth the difference.

Logitech G19s specs

·         LCD screen

·         Lots of extra buttons multimedia controls

·         Mooshy membrane keyboard

·         Overly expensive

Verdict: 6/10

Logitech missed a great opportunity to upgrade its high-flying G19s with mechanical keys.

Top 10
Extending LINQ to Objects : Writing a Single Element Operator (part 2) - Building the RandomElement Operator
Extending LINQ to Objects : Writing a Single Element Operator (part 1) - Building Our Own Last Operator
3 Tips for Maintaining Your Cell Phone Battery (part 2) - Discharge Smart, Use Smart
3 Tips for Maintaining Your Cell Phone Battery (part 1) - Charge Smart
OPEL MERIVA : Making a grand entrance
FORD MONDEO 2.0 ECOBOOST : Modern Mondeo
BMW 650i COUPE : Sexy retooling of BMW's 6-series
BMW 120d; M135i - Finely tuned
PHP Tutorials : Storing Images in MySQL with PHP (part 2) - Creating the HTML, Inserting the Image into MySQL
PHP Tutorials : Storing Images in MySQL with PHP (part 1) - Why store binary files in MySQL using PHP?
- First look: Apple Watch

- 3 Tips for Maintaining Your Cell Phone Battery (part 1)

- 3 Tips for Maintaining Your Cell Phone Battery (part 2)
- How to create your first Swimlane Diagram or Cross-Functional Flowchart Diagram by using Microsoft Visio 2010 (Part 1)

- How to create your first Swimlane Diagram or Cross-Functional Flowchart Diagram by using Microsoft Visio 2010 (Part 2)

- How to create your first Swimlane Diagram or Cross-Functional Flowchart Diagram by using Microsoft Visio 2010 (Part 3)
Popular Tags
Microsoft Access Microsoft Excel Microsoft OneNote Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft Project Microsoft Visio Microsoft Word Active Directory Biztalk Exchange Server Microsoft LynC Server Microsoft Dynamic Sharepoint Sql Server Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2012 Windows 7 Windows 8 Adobe Indesign Adobe Flash Professional Dreamweaver Adobe Illustrator Adobe After Effects Adobe Photoshop Adobe Fireworks Adobe Flash Catalyst Corel Painter X CorelDRAW X5 CorelDraw 10 QuarkXPress 8 windows Phone 7 windows Phone 8 BlackBerry Android Ipad Iphone iOS