Nice read. I myself prefer the Red glowing keys on the "Saitek Eclipse" keyboard, and the Steelpad 5L mouspad with G5 2008 Edition Logitech Mouse :P
I have never found hardware to be a problem for WoW, but the standard equipment that came with my computer was worthless. I switched to the G11 Logitech Keyboard, and a Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000. I also got a mousepad from SteelSeries.
I have g11 myself and I must admit I don't use g-keys at all...And as mouse I have MS Sidewinder and I love it! with razer exactmat mousepad...
Personally I'm not a big fan of "gaming" keyboards, as the keys are narrower and easier to fat-finger. Still, finding a keyboard that will support multiple presses in every combination are tough to find without using a gaming keyboard (I actually just use my laptop keyboard these days -- works well after getting used to it but I'm still not satisfied).As for the mouse... after getting an MX610 several years ago, I just couldn't see using anything but it's newer rendition (the MX620) when I went on the fritz a few months ago. Yes, it's wireless. But in this age where batteries are no longer a probelm (I've changed these once, and the software warns you waaaay before they actually need to be changed), I just couldn't see why anyone would mess around with a cord. The mouse has nice, sturdy back and forward buttons (like any respectable mouse should have), has an extra find button on top which can be re-mapped to anything (with the correct software), and has an amazingly fun free-spin wheel (can be switched to regular wheel mode for those who need precision). Oh did I mention it has the same precision laser as the G9? Pair it with some Sanyo Eneloop batteries (they come pre-charged) and you're ready to go.
I use my laptop, the keyboard on the laptop, and the mousepad thing... on the laptop.It's a thing I've gotten used to, but only because I've had to. There's no room for another desk in my appartment, and the boyfriend has his computer on the only desk our appartment has. So I am banised to the sofa having the laptop on my lap.But I make due with what I have! And am just happy I have a computer at all.
Heh, I'm using Deathadder myself paired with eXactMat and G11. Unfortunately the mouse internals are pretty sensitive and after a little fall-from-the-desk accident in the summer it tend to stop working at all the wrong times.
I've had my G11 for over a year and ... yeah ... I haven't used the G-keys much. I think the only time I bothered mapping them was for Gorefiend, because it was handy to have G1, 2 and 3 just set to the aoe/shock/shackle thing. I do have rather a thing for laptop-esque keyboards, though, so maybe the Razer is worth looking into ... If it's made in the UK as well, of course*. (The G11, thankfully, is ... You crazy Americans, with your @ and " reversed)*Edit: Just checked on Novatech. Curse Sterling's growing weakness ...
I'm still using what came with my PC. Sure, I've tried all these 'fancy gaming' keyboards and mouse (mice?) but I'm so used to the mine that I can't change. The key pressure, the spacings, the feel of the mouse. Stick with what works for you, imo, not what works for someone else. I'm judged to be the best healer in our guild (not self thought) and I only just started using Grid+Clique with modifying keys last week to test them out, never mind using all these fancy gizmo's every one else uses! My point? You don't need them. All these keyboards with "streamlined keys for better touch", "now comes with 88 inbuilt macro's for easier response times" or mice with "new, improved casing provides a better hand position for a more relaxed playing style and fasting reaction time" and "comes with 4 extra buttons to keep all your important spells close to hand"...they're just gimicks, you don't need them to be a good player. And before someone uses some cliche response, no, they don't turn you from a good player to a great player either. They do, however, line the pockets of developers with a nice tidy sum so that you can play to the same standard as anyone else! Huzzah
I am using the Logitech G15 I purchased it about 2 years ago. When I first got it I had a ton of stuff mapped to the different G keys but over time my UI changed and so did a lot of my key's. Now I also play on my laptop alot away from my desk so I try to keep everything keyed so it will work with or without my G15 so that basically means I have nothing at the moment bound to any of the G keys. As for my mouse I am a huge trackball fan. I hate regular mice. As such I use a Logitech TrackMan Wheel, 2 actually. I have one cordless for my desk at home and another wired that I keep with my laptop.
I use thinkpad T42 now,but it can run WOW verywell,haha.
Now I'm sitting here thinking about buying these... haha. They look so pretty. Thanks for the link/money sink. D: Good read none-the-less, though. *Stares at $15 keyboard and mouse that came with comp*
That combo of the keyboard and mouse look so pretty but I've been using the Merc Stealth keyboard for over a year now and I absolutely love it. I have so much trouble now playing on a regular keyboard cuz I'm used to where the action buttons are on the Merc. For those of you who don't know what the Merc Stealth is, its made by the makers of the Z Board so it kinda has that area on the keyboard that has all the buttons I'd ever need in one little area.I also love having a little gaming mouse that has one button on the side that I use for auto-walk and one button on the other for jumping.Edit: Also whats cool about the Merc Stealth is cool because it lights up in colors and you can change it between red, blue and purple (I use the purple). Now I know the shiny colors don't matter, but as I'm a girl, I like pretty things ^_^
My keyboard is a laptop-like flat keyboard without any macros or things like that, it doesn't even have a keypad. They make a version with a keypad, but I don't really use it, so I take the version without one to give me more mouse room.My mouse on the other hand, is a Logitech MX400 Performance Laser mouse. I like how the two extra buttons are on the side so I can press them with my thumb, because I simply can't get used to having extra buttons in the middle of the mouse. I don't really consider the mouse wheel to be a "button" because it feels so awkward to press down on it. Thumb buttons are much more instinctive to press, and I tend to put my emergency buttons there.
I personally loathe "gaming" keyboards - more often than not, the supposed features are either useless for me, or the general build of the keyboard lets it down, which I wouldn't be happy with for the asking price. I never wanted a G11/15, for example, because they're so damn big and I'd never be bothered to use the macro keys anyway. The LED panel is nice enough, but let's face it - there's very little you'd use it for that you can't already do. Maybe display music track title/artists, but do you really need a LED panel to find that info out?Even worse is keyboards that have non-standard keys or layouts, or those awful overlay-styled things that render the board nigh-on useless for anything other than the specific game. I've always thought they were a bit of a marketing con, aimed at people who have more money than sense. If you're good at a game, you don't NEED to be told what each key does - you learn it.Things like the Nostromo Speedpad are a bit of an exception to this, since I can see where they'd be useful, and they don't wholly replace your board. I've never been bothered enough to buy/try one out, but I can imagine it'd be useful if you had the cash and deskspace.I've been looking for a decent, solid, non-"gaming" keyboard for a while, but I'm quite tempted by the Lycosa after having a readup on it. I'll probably look into replacing all my peripherals after Christmas when I get paid - currently using a standard Dell workstation keyboard that I nicked from work, along with a 3 year old 3-button Intellimouse, which I bought with my PC and has served me fine ever since. I use it on one of the old-school black glass Icemats, which I've never had a real problem with - the only issue is that it needs dusting occasionally otherwise the dirt clumps up on the mat, and the black paint on the underside is starting to fade/chip after this many years. It can also be a bit noisy - when you move your mouse, you make a slight scraping noise, which I barely notice, but other people in the room can occasionally get slightly irritated by.
Am I the only person that actually uses a trackball? Or am I just the only one daft enough to admit it?I've had this old Logitech MAR T-CM14 for over 5 years now, and it has never given me any problems whatsoever. There may not be a scroll wheel or fancy backlighting, but it gets the job done. My turning speed is usually faster than other users can register, which comes as a surprise when I start throwing 360s and LOS instants at my pursuers while running flags, and the desk-space footprint is easily a quarter the size of a full-up gaming mousepad with wrist-rest. (Of course, that leaves me with room for my coffee cup. Easy access to everything, that is my motto.)Just moving your fingers rather than your entire hand does take some getting used to, especially when you first get it. But I've never looked back.
Well, I dont need anything other than a standard USB mouse with two buttons (lol) and a decent keyboard. I'm still using a HP Pack-in keyboard (I have no idea the make and model, its just that, a pack in) and a HP USB mouse (not a pack-in, that one broke, but they're both Optical!)And I raid just fine. Sure, I'd LOVE to have a new mouse/keyboard set, these ones arent really making me too happy, but they get the job done. I'd also like more ram, a new video card, a new sound card, new speakers, etc. Laundry list of upgrades for this pc, I think i'm just gonna get a new one...Edit: @ Above Poster : No, a guildmate of mine uses a trackball. I dont see how :(. you can turn faster, but what good does that do you, if you turn too much? with a real mouse comes precision.
Nice post.Currently I use a basic 5 dollar Logitech Keyboard and Mouse. Very simple but does the job.Although I'm considering getting a gaming keyboard. At least for WoW. Sometimes I have trouble using some of my skills because there are too many to bind to my keyboard. Light up keys look sexy and useful for gaming if you have the lights off.I don't really see the need for a gaming mouse though. The extra buttons seem nice, but is it really needed? They can help but there's no need really.Gaming pads. Why? I use my wooden desk. My cursor does not jump or anything. Moves smoothly. Not to mention that pads are annoying. I hate moving your hand on some material besides wood or things like that. They probably wouldn't fit on my desk anyways and just aren't worth it.Now, you've talked a lot about FPS games and how gaming gear are more useful for them rather than for WoW. I fail to understand why though. I usually play Call of Duty 4, and Counter Strike: Source. There are only like a few buttons and I don't see why I need 5 more. There are 3 buttons on my mice and I can easily press buttons around WASD on my keyboard with ease.I say if you have the money then go for it. Why not? Just don't get the most expensive stuff.If you want to upgrade, upgrade your monitor or hardware. It's nice to have a great visual experience. Unfortunately I can't run WoW on max settings with max resolution and get more than 30 fps. Although if you're the type that concentrates on the action, and not the scenery then I think you're going to be okay with a 3 year old computer.
I got a Gateway One so I don't have to worry about shutdown or crap like that, since I don't download crap and fill up my memory or play around with my Keyboard and Mouse.My brother on the other hand has the same computer as me, just with 80 less GB's and seriously NO RAM, and he still downloads crap! He's not the smartest kid when it comes to computers. For the last 4 days, he's been getting the same thing as Miyari had with ye're old computer, the Blue Screen of Death because he has NO ethics or morals when downloading. If he sees something, he downloads it. You should see how many different Mouses he has...Once again, I've totally lost my train of thought. I need more Tylenol...
I got the The Razer Tarantula™ Gaming Keyboard and the Razer Lachesis™ gaming mouse and the Razer Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones and the dual-sided Razer eXactMat™ Precision Mouse Mat.I makes gaming sooooo much more enjoyable. Having nice soundcard and speakers/headset makes a big difference for me because I to talk on vent and listen to my music. :D