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Gaming Gear and You

INSIDER ESPORTS - TehKorean talks about gaming gear and how essential it is for him.

PC gaming requires three essential components, which would be some sort of stereo out putter such as headset or speakers, a keyboard, and a mouse. As the years have gone by companies like Creative, Steelseries, Razer, Logitech, Plantronics, Microsoft, and much more have created different forms of the three essential gaming components. All at the

same time these companies are pushing the bar higher and higher to what a “gamer” should definitely need. However, I am not here to advertise what a gamer needs, but rather I’m here to know if it actually helps in your gaming.

When it comes to gaming, I use my crappy Dell standard keyboard, my 5 year old Logitech Optical mouse, and a Plantronics headset I bought a year ago. True not the very best gaming gear but to me it’s the best gaming set I could have ever asked for.

Some people might ask me why I don’t switch to a new keyboard or mouse that’s built for gaming. Well I’ll give all of you a firm solid answer; I have!

I’ve bought multiple types of gaming mice such as the Logitech MX518, G5, and G9. I’ve also used the Razer Deathadder, Microsoft Habu, the Mamba, the Fata1ty 1010 mouse, and even the Razer Krait. When it comes to gaming keyboards I’ve tried the G15 gaming keyboard from Logitech, the Razer Tarantula, and the Razer Lycosa. How did I get all these gaming peripherals you ask? Let’s just say Best Buy got screwed over by me.

Now on a serious note, yes I have tried all of those gaming devices and for some apparent odd reason I can never get an edge on my gaming. Before anybody says anything I’ve also used each gaming gear for at least two months to make sure that there would be sufficient time for me to get used to the mouse or keyboard.

Honestly, I’ve lost a lot of hope for gaming gear as for me I haven’t been able to find anything that truly gave me better shots or faster mouse speed. However, I keep on hearing from all of my teammates and such of how great their new mice or keyboards are, while I’m stuck with my same crappy gear.

I’m full of great frustration in my predicament, but my case doesn’t seem to be the same for everyone else around me. There’s also the fact that it shows how eSports is affecting even large scale companies because gamers have demands for this gear, which brings the gaming companies revenue and that’s all hope and joy for all of us isn’t it.

In the end, I made this column as a discussion almost. So I’d like to hear does gaming gear really help you or not?

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quote#1 US peawok 13/05/2009 - 13:17:09
I've used the same kind keyboard for awhile. keyboard matters little to me. ive used a mx518 but i just update it every few years. and i use a QCK+. that's pretty much it? lol :P

quote#2 US obamamama 13/05/2009 - 15:57:09
i use the same shit ive used for awhile... so idk what you're talkin about

quote#3 US ix007 13/05/2009 - 20:12:26
You also need a cpu/monitor to play :)


quote#4 CA Kai 13/05/2009 - 21:46:47
Been using G15 keyboard for close to two years now and a MX518 mouse. Although keyboard doesn't matter that much to me, I can't seem to use any other mouse since I've grown accustom to the weight of the 518.

Picked up some new Plantronic headsets during the Christmas holidays. I like their headsets for the most part and they last a long time no matter how many times I accidently drop them.

quote#5 US Ghost 13/05/2009 - 22:02:02
I used to use a Razer ExactMat, logitech g15 keyboard, and a logitech g5.

I then switched my peripherals a bit to: Saitek Eclipse II Keyboard, Steelseries QcK Heavy, and a Logitech mx518 (not a big fan of laser).

My mx518 didn't glitch out as much as the g5, and I definitely was more comfortable with a cloth pad like the QcK Heavy (wrist never hurts anymore either since it's 1/4" thick).

With the saitek keyboard, not only is it half the size of a g15 pretty much, the keys react much faster and I could strafe shoot much easier.

So all in all what it really boils down to is preference. I do think different gear affects you and can make you better or worse

quote#6 US Ghost 13/05/2009 - 22:03:28
Oh I also used a Plantronics Gamecom USB PRO 1. I went through about 2 pairs in 3 years and wanted to upgrade. So I finally decided to go with Sennheiser HD555's with a Zalman clip on mic.

Sennheisers are the best out there imo, but they do bleed quite a bit of sound. Me being an audiophile myself, these things sound the best, and are definitely high quality.

quote#7 US kandt 13/05/2009 - 22:48:18
oh wow..i got my audiotechnica a500s and i have sooo much better awareness. my deathadder gave me a more consistent shot than my lachesis (probably just because of tracking) and my dkt mousepad is fantastic. I'd have to say gaming gear is a yes for me.

quote#8 US addict 14/05/2009 - 00:58:05
ive used the same things for years, logitech mx310 logitech g15 and a plantronics headset. i guess it all just depends on what your used to and most comfortable with

quote#9 US AGar 21/05/2009 - 03:39:58
I guess I'm the broke ghetto one of the group with my iPod earbuds, Apple keyboard, Microsoft Intellimouse and MTA Metro-North Railroad Mousepad lolol

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