Help buying PC gaming stuff (mouse/mat/keyboard)

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Found 17th May 2009
Starting to get into PC gaming quite a bit so looking for a good gaming mouse, a good mouse mat with a wrist rest (if these help a lot?). Also maybe a keyboard, but mainly a mouse and mouse mat. Here's how much I'm willing to spend:

Mouse - £7-20
Mouse mat - £7-15
Keyboard - £10-25?

Here's what I've been looking at currently.
Mouse:
play.com/PC/…SX3
or
play.com/PC/…UZA
or
amazon.co.uk/Log…-28


And mouse mats:
amazon.co.uk/Bel…8-4
or
play.com/PC/…tml

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pikachu12;5235936

clickysMouse:http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/6371881/Gigabyte-GM-M6800-Dual-Lens-Gaming-Mouse/Product.html?P36=DZSSX3orhttp://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/7976590/Gigabyte-GM-M6880-Gaming-Laser-USB-Mouse-Black/Product.html?P36=DZSUZAorhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Logitech-MX518-Optical-Gaming-Mouse/dp/B0015R8M7U/ref=sr_1_28?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1242518116&sr=8-28And mouse mats:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belkin-WaveRest-Gel-Mouse-Pad/dp/B00000JRRD/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1242517629&sr=8-4orhttp://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/5985697/Razer-Goliathus-Cloth-Gaming-Mat-Omega-Control/Product.html




Will second that as on a budget the gigabyte mouse from play is the best you will get at a great price unless your spending a lot more on a Razer or a logitech

Original Poster

£8 or £10 gigabyte mouse though? i have no idea how big an issue a "stiff wheel to press" can be...

I think this as do custom pc is the best for your money (no thumb buttons though)

play.com/PC/…e=0

mouse mat

play.com/PC/…e=0

Most pro gamers use these (well the ones I've seen)

Keyboard

not sure, keep with a wired one! I use a normal dell issue keyboard, nice and solid and recognises all my keystorkes.

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antony4462;5236299

I think this as do custom pc is the best for your money (no thumb … I think this as do custom pc is the best for your money (no thumb buttons though)http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/7871826/-/Product.html?searchstring=salmosa&searchsource=0mouse mathttp://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/842103/-/Product.html?searchstring=razer+mantis+speed&searchsource=0Most pro gamers use these (well the ones I've seen)Keyboardnot sure, keep with a wired one! I use a normal dell issue keyboard, nice and solid and recognises all my keystorkes.



will probably go for the mousemat, but for the time being will look at other mice seeing as its a bit pricey... thanks :thumbsup:

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dcx_badass;5236296

Me and all my friends use the A4tech X-750 either the F or the BF (same … Me and all my friends use the A4tech X-750 either the F or the BF (same mouse just different finishes, I prefer the BF myself:http://www.x7.cn/en/product.asp?id=14Cost about £15 and are really nice mise. As for mouse mats I just use my desk and a generic keyboard.



only place i can find selling the A4tech X-750BF is Amazon for £30? a bit out of my price range...

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dcx_badass;5236403

Found out why, it's been replaced by the X-748 which is £15 at … Found out why, it's been replaced by the X-748 which is £15 at ccl:http://tinyurl.com/mousecclor the X-750 is £13.50 here (you could email them to see when they'll get more in stock):http://www.swift24.co.uk/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=19&products_id=243As I say me and my friends are regualar gamers and 3 of us have the X-750 and one has a razor mouse we all prefer the x-750 even the razors owner.



Ah, I think I might settle for this though:
play.com/PC/…tml
play.com/PC/…tml

both come under £20 so pretty good. still on the lookout for a good keyboard though.

Banned

Stylish keyboard ]HERE for £10.77 delivered.

dcx_badass;5236774

As long as the keyboard can support about 5 or more imputs at a time then … As long as the keyboard can support about 5 or more imputs at a time then it doesn't really matter what you use tbh.



Only some £70+ keyboards will support any five inputs at a time, most keyboards are variable and will depend on which keys you press as to how many they'll register (but will register at least any two together). For example try holding down A and S and then pressing X, you'll find that it doesn't register on the vast majority of keyboards, but do the same with A, S and E and it will register.

From what I've seen low-end gaming kit is just there for the styling, high-end gaming kit does offer some advantages (like being able to press any six keys at once) but you generally have to be pretty good already to take advantage of them.

The only thing that's essential is a notched scroll wheel, and possibly a mouse-pad if your desk is particulaly nasty. Beyond that it's personal preference as to what you like and what feel comfortable. For example, I've just swapped out my £70 gaming keyboard for a smaller 'non-gaming' £25 one and in the process had to remove my £25 mouse mat as well and use my desk, yet I've not noticed much difference in my gaming.

Original Poster

managed to get a Sidewinder X5 mouse off ebay for under 20 quid.
probably getting a creative fatal1ty headset for 15 quid
decided to go for the Cyber Snipa - eye mousemat for 10.49
am saving up for a G11 keyboard. maaan, PC gaming is expensive

pikachu12;5241632

managed to get a Sidewinder X5 mouse off ebay for under 20 quid. probably … managed to get a Sidewinder X5 mouse off ebay for under 20 quid. probably getting a creative fatal1ty headset for 15 quiddecided to go for the Cyber Snipa - eye mousemat for 10.49am saving up for a G11 keyboard. maaan, PC gaming is expensive



Only initially though, the peripherals are a lot more durable. A good keyboard or headset will last for a decade or two and a good mousemat should last forever. Mice do, bizzarely, seem to be a lot more prone to breaking down though.

Some things you do have to spend the money on and some you don't, the G11 is very much a designer product, you're paying for the design and not much else and £15 is all you need to spend on a keyboard unless you type a lot (in which case nice feeling and ergonomic ones are worth investigating) but spending £15 on a headset will get you one that'll break within a year or two.

I can't comment on mouse-pads and you've already bought a mouse (the cheaper version of my sidewinder, good choice!) but for keyboards the ]Cherry Cymotion Expert is supposed to be pretty good and ~£15. I can't recommend a headset, the only ones I've tried that haven't (yet) fallen apart are the Audio Technica ATH-AD series but they don't come with microphone. I'd recommend avoiding the Steelseries Siberia, Zalman Theatre 6 and speedlink Medusas though as they all fell apart after a year or two.
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