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mrsemi| Keyboards:Razer Tarantula| Pointers: Razer Mamba, Kensington Expert Mouse Laser|Game Pads:Logitech G13 Game Pad, Saitek cyborg/pro gamer
1st, Kensington Expert Mouse Laser.
I've owned two versions prior this this, same general format. This one is the best by far, no mechanical roll mounts, just a slick surface material that does require cleaning about once every 3 months. Prior versions had to be taken apart completely, about 20 minutes work. This one, you tip the ball out of the top, grab a tissue to wipe the inside out and blow out the area where the laser projects onto the ball. Less than a minute and it's clean.
The tracking is up there with gaming mice, do to the ability to spin the ball but for gaming the extra two top buttons aren't conveniently placed as you're using the three middle fingers to move the ball and the thumb and pinky to right an left click. If your game doesn't need extra clicks on the mouse this thing is an ergonomists dream and can be a gamers dream as well.
I use one of these at work, no need to fumble for the mouse, it's always in the same spot and it's taken a lot of fatigue off my wrists over the years. Top knotch, does require a learning curve for movement but when you get it you're plenty fast. It was initially designed for graphics designers and has software extras for that type of work.
There's four programmable keys, it's does chording (two keys struck together create a separate command) and the scroll wheel is great too. Quick zooms and it's controllable. I've owned two of these, the scroll wheel feel a bit grindy at first but they break in over time.
Someone up earlier reviewed this. Supposedly the fastest response time wireless mouse on the face of the planet. As this is only my 2nd gaming mouse I'll say I do like it but it's got one flaw. I grip it with my thumb and the finger next to the pinky and I'm not a sweaty hands person but... This thing feels like those two fingers are sweating profusely on the mouse all the time.
The DPI is insane, I don't think the largest monitor ever made needs this much. The two buttons up front that change the dpi would be better served in a more convenient location on the mouse to use as alternate mouse buttons. As it is, they're worthless. Though they can be programmed to perform commands, it's almost impossible to reach them with my large hand while the mouse is in hand and my thumb is in the proper location to control the side thumb buttons. I wish they made a jumbo version of this with different textured sides, those two buttons near the scroll wheel and it'd be perfect for me.
The base characteristics are exceptional, the ability to make it corded is great as well. It is evil looking as well, little devil mouse with lit center eye and great lines.
Logitech G15 Game Pad
and saitek pro gamer cyborg command unit
I owned the Saitek Cyborg and it's predecessor Pro Gamer (same thing different colors.) and I much prefer the g13 except for one thing. The cyborg has a shift button right where your palm sits making every stroke on it's pad changeable to another command with the bump of the palm.
The wrist rest on the g13 is more confortable, both are similar in feel otherwise. The thumb pad is what sets the g13 apart from the cyborg. With the g13 it feels like it was made for wasd movement, I don't believe saitek had this in mind when they initially made pro gamer/cyborg.
Now on saitek's side you could literally make that thumb pad do a different command depending on how far left or right you pushed it. There were adjustable dead zones as well. This is a good thing because the springs are weak and eventually will want to lean one way or the other. Just widen the dead zone and you're golden, otherwise you may find yourself running in circles all day. Another con on the Cyborg is it's a bit difficult to program for a beginner whereas the g13 unit comes pre-programmed with templates for different games and a standard layout which already has wasd programmed into the thumb key. Another difference between the two is the logitech has an option to push down directly on the thumb pad and have it do a keystroke. The last thing about the two is the placement of the thumb keys next to the thumbstick. On the saitek they were directly to the left and soft touch, on the logitech, lower down and not near as convenient. They're emergency or convenience for me on the logitech whereas they were more twitch oriented on the cyborg.
As far as the buttons go they're a little more clanky on the cyborg than the g13. The g13 takes more getting used to as the top row left and right options are a stretch for the pinky and forefinger but you do get used to it. The bottom 3 buttons of the g13 almost never get used, when they do it's with my thumb. They're hard to get at with the fingers, the saitek, no problem. I've had my g13 a couple months now, no wear on the buttons and the saitek buttons wore down considerably on both owned. Doesn't affect performance, just looks crappy.
One final note on the g13. The display is quite cool, you can get news sitting there, it's got a timer, it's got a ventrilo setting so you know who's talking in vent. It shows your in game health stats, wealth, etc etc. It's got a programmable backlight so you can change the lcd background color to hundreds of colors, not just 3 based on profile for the backlight on the Cyborg. There's a clock. Oh, might mention.... Ever "accidentaly" clicked on a naughty movie? It'll keep the movie url displayed for you in case you need to write it down even after you hurriedly clicked windows media player off .
I probably shouldn't say much on this, I don't game on it. It has Anti-ghosting capability so no worry if you don't have a game pad, pushing more than one button at once is going to be fine. It's a gloss black, gets dirty easily. The type touch is superb, it's got all the bells and whistles. I shouldn't have bought it, I like the game pads better but... Feel to me is most important on a keyboard with a secondary necessity, it's ability to drink beer. Over time mine has had four to drink and the only problem is an occasional tempermental double c click. There should be more reviews that mention how much beer a keyboard can take.
Pro tip. Pay the extra for warranty for gaming peripherals if available. I've gotten my use out of it. Headsets break, gaming pads wear out, keyboards drink.
The programmable keys are on the far left and far right so theoretically with a game pad they'd be much more convenient to use than if you were actually gaming with your hands on the keyboard. I've never used them. Perhaps again, as convenience keys when you're not in the heat of action. You can store your profiles on this if needed.
Logitech G15 usb headset
This thing is so cool. I haven't used all the functions but mic folds down to turn on and up to turn off. Red light on the mic tells you it's off. Volume control on the earpieces with a mute button in case you don't trust that other option, dolby on off switch and three programmable buttons for controlling sound and there's six voice morphing tones you can choose from if you want to just simply sound ridiculous or evil. They're hilarious, do some searching or if you really want to hear it pm me I'll show you in vent.
These seem comparable in sound to the Razer Barracuda HP-1 but different. I went though two Razer Barracuda HP-1 headset snapped twice on my big head, these may do the same but I don't think so. I've read not all games are compatible yet but I have little doubt they're working on it.