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Looking For a New Keyboard and Mouse

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by MattyH, 7 Jun 2010.

  1. MattyH

    Gangster

    Joined: 29 Mar 2004

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    Location: Walsall west midlands

    well im slowly getting back into pc gaming and im wondering whats best keyboard and mouse set up out there
     
  2. Moeks

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    Joined: 24 Feb 2003

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    The 'best' ...that's like asking which is the best beer, really it depends on your tastes and what you want out of it more than anything.

    Personally, I like mechanical keyboards, these are expensive though compared to the common rubber membrane type. I would tend to recommend a decent quality membrane keyboard to you, rather than a mechanical ...because you would 'know' if you wanted a mechanical keyboard, also you'ed need to be prepared to spend £60+

    As a basic but decent quality keyboard I like the Cherry CyMotion Expert http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=KB-007-CH&groupid=702&catid=23&subcat=2 ...it's cheap, pretty well made and I personally like the key feel, it doesn't have a load of crap I don't want either, maybe you do though I don't know.

    What I would not recommend are the over-priced, over hyped Logitech 'gaming' keyboards with LCD's and such, because as actual keyboards they are quite poor in my opinion and after all you are looking for a keyboard not an lcd right ?

    Hewlett Packard's bog standard silver and black desktop keyboard, which you can find for about £8 if you really look is actually quite good for what it is too, the quality of the keyboard is a match for any of the typical gamer aimed stuff but without all the lights and lcd's and macro buttons etc. I don't like it as much as the Cherry but for £8-£10 it's great ...far, far, far better than anything Microsoft or Logitech offer at the price.

    All in all though the best keyboards use a mechanical keyswitch design, such as the Filco Majestouch, which is one of the easier ones to get in the UK today. They are around £100 each though. SteelSeries actually do one aimed at gamers too, that's over £100 too. You can get the Filco with different types of keyswitch in though, depending on the tacticle response you prefer.

    As for Mice, well ...there are more really good mice around than keyboards, I think until recently 'quality' keyboards have been neglected by the market a lot but Mice have gotten better and better. Mice are very personal things indeed, and you need to find a shape and weight that you are comfortable with, also you need to decide weather you want corded or cordless, I would suggest that for gaming you should stick to corded though really, they are better suited for it generally. Personally, I like the Razer Deathadder, I also use a cordless Microsoft Explorer which I like.
     
  3. MattyH

    Gangster

    Joined: 29 Mar 2004

    Posts: 453

    Location: Walsall west midlands

    well im using a saitek keyboard atm and its slowly wearing out and as for my mouse im using a ms intellimouse but again thats wearing out now
    but that cherry black cymotion looks perfect for what i need
    mouse wise im not sure beacuse i play a lot of unreal and guild wars and dawn of war and other rts games
     
  4. Cookeh

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    Joined: 21 Jan 2010

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    Location: Ceredigion

    Why does everyone ask what the best gaming mice and best gaming keyboards are?

    Its entirely subjective!

    It also depends on the size of your hands, size of palms, palm/finger ratio, and if you use a claw grip or palm grip.

    Best thing you could do is try several mice - for example, Razor: You can buy a mouse off them, trial it for up to a week put it in its packaging and send it back for a full refund.

    Same with keyboards really.

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    Personally, Id avoid Razer mice, as they arent terribly reliable and are very susceptible to wear. The SteelSeries and Roccat brands are both very sound, if not a little expensive.
    As Moekes said, Logitech keyboards (barring perhaps the G11) are just rip-offs for something actually quite basic. However, their mice are very good and getting better.
     
    Last edited: 7 Jun 2010
  5. ricky

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    Location: Nottingham

  6. MattyH

    Gangster

    Joined: 29 Mar 2004

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    Location: Walsall west midlands

    i was looking at the 518 earlier
    and the keyboard looks pretty decent
     
  7. ricky

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    Location: Nottingham

    They are a popular choice.
    Have a look at the reviews on ocuk,plenty of happy customers.
     
  8. airdrawn

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    mx518 is great value, i use a death adder and a 518 on a different machine, both really comfortable (for me anyway) and the 518 is soo cheap atm.
     
  9. Kalearne

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    Joined: 2 Apr 2009

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    Location: Gateshead

    large fat hands and claw grip. This FPS gamer loves the MX518 mouse, I'm running a razer lycosa keyboard which I love as well, seems to have dropped out of the stock lists though.