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#1 Desert_Runner2

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 11:20 PM

After playing the "beta" and finding my PS2 useless, I have been reading many threads across many forums as to how people are playing without alot of fatigue compared to GW.  As I expected, many, many people are using gaming peripherals - gaming keyboards/mouse, etc.  What I can't get a true feel for is, which are best choices (prefice this with 2 users 1 L handed/1 R handed and large hands)?  So although many "rigs" are listed here, what peripherals are the best?  I just wanted to get the opinions in one place rather than scattered from "keybings" to "hardware" as I can't get a real feel from so many different threads.  These can be expesive and many places don't stock them which makes deciding more difficult.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 04:03 AM

Do you mean your PS2 gamepad?  *scratches head*

Most gaming mice are designed for right handed people with a few exceptions for lefties.  Razer makes some ambidextrous mice, but they're all pretty small (compared to some of the larger options).  Since nobody can tell you what type of mouse and/or keyboard will feel the best to you I suggest that you go to your local computer store and see what models they have on display.  Then you can either order one of them or compare reviews of it to other options that you may find online.  Hopefully you will find something that feels nice and comfortable to you that way. :)

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:36 AM

View PostElder III, on 14 June 2012 - 04:03 AM, said:

Do you mean your PS2 gamepad?  *scratches head*

Most gaming mice are designed for right handed people with a few exceptions for lefties.  Razer makes some ambidextrous mice, but they're all pretty small (compared to some of the larger options).  Since nobody can tell you what type of mouse and/or keyboard will feel the best to you I suggest that you go to your local computer store and see what models they have on display.  Then you can either order one of them or compare reviews of it to other options that you may find online.  Hopefully you will find something that feels nice and comfortable to you that way. :)

I tried to make this a poll like question but could not.  None of the stores in my area have unboxed gaming mice to try out so I dont know where to start.  I have sent back the G13 as it glitches alot when I tried to use it.  I sent back the tarantula keyboard due to lack of USB ports.  I see mixed reviews (some ergonomic which really concern me) regarding the Naga.  I have seen one called the Cyborb MMO 7, and I am sure there are others;  but I was hoping since GW is the only game I play, I dont know how some would carry over to GW2 which is why I was asking for input here.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 08:28 AM

Well i have rather large hands too, and small mice are such a torture for me to use.After many tries i bought Logitech G500 somehow it`s design makes it good fit for me (even dough it`s not biggest mouse out there). For a keyboard i picked Razer Nostromo so far both of this devices proved to be very comfortable and even after long hours of use (BWE2) no fatigue, plus incredible possibilities for costumization and i think i found my GW2 (peripherials) sweetspot !

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 08:35 AM

I have a MMO7, average hands however, love it.

You could easily adjust it to be perfect for you as a larger handed person. Just pull the palm rest back a few notches, adjust the side to wherever you need it and change the angle of the side to what you need. Buttons are spread out a bit more on the mmo7 than the naga as well which would be a plus for a big handed person i imagine.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 05:15 PM

It's too hard to tell you the best since everyone prefers different brands/sizes/colours etc.

I have "large" hands and use a Razer Naga mouse (New 2012 version) and Black Widow keyboard. I'd recommend them to anyone since they're really nice. Both are comfortable to use, especially the new Naga since the new changeable palm grips work really well for larger hands.

Best thing to do is look in some stores near you and see if they have anything you like and test the feel of them out. Think about how big you want your mouse to be and how many buttons you want on it, since it can range from 2-18 etc. Gaming keyboards tend to be larger than a regular keyboard so make sure you have room. :P

Check online on the Razer, Steelseries, RAT, Coolermaster, etc websites to view their stuff but buy from another site as they will be cheaper. :)

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:26 AM

Rat 7 MMO is a great mouse, but his price is something to be wondering about 130$ for a mouse that`s just too much.
Btw Logitech announced G600 (caugh..Naga...caugh) at the same price like Razer Naga 80$.
Anyway after some net research it`s easy to come to a conclusion that only handful of companies make worthwile gadgets for gamers, and of that handful (4-5) two of them and front runners, while others just try to keep up !

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:39 AM

Logitech & Razer make the best gaming devices and have a big pool to select from.
Nothing else gets on my desk anymore ;)

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 12:33 PM

Let's see

Mionix Naos mouse + Mionix Zibal 60 keyboard
Naos + Quickfire Rapid
Naos + Nostromo
Naos + Black Widow Stealth

All these combinations served me rather well in GW2. The nostromo is nice, but you'll still need a real keyboard to handle certain tasks outside of fights. This is what usually works well for me, but it may not for you. Try before you buy as others said.

Edited by tijo, 15 June 2012 - 12:36 PM.


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Posted 15 June 2012 - 12:38 PM

Yeah, that's like me with the g13. If i didn't need the keyboard to talk to people i'd probably use it all the time. But, unfortunately, that's now how MMO's usually go unless you're really anti-social :D

So i'll probably end up getting a logitech G600 mouse.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 12:46 PM

On my desktop, it's full keyboard with some key rebindings, but the laptop, i find Nostromo + Quickfire rapid + Naos works pretty well. The whole idea of the quickfire rapid being that it's a tenkey less keyboard which makes it easier to transport and have setup with the nostromo. It's also pretty robust meaning i can hack away on the keyboard without fear of damaging something on the laptop.

Did you mean G700 comfy?

Edited by tijo, 15 June 2012 - 12:46 PM.


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Posted 15 June 2012 - 03:39 PM

nah - G600 is coming out... with 20 buttons *drools*

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 04:04 PM

Always a hard question to answer because taste, style feel are always subjective.  

For mice I'd always recommend Logitech, always like the feel and responsiveness they give and have always been a fan of their build quality.  I like a meaty mouse that has some weight to it and that fits nicely into my hand.  Currently using one similar to this:

Wireless Mouse M705

Will likely upgrade to the G700 soon; like the look of the build and adds extra MMO' buttons witout looking gimickey (imo).

Keyboards have always been a pain for me, I tend to be quite finicky in what I want...too finicky actually because Ive only ever found one keyboard that I really liked.  My old Advent Aluminium warhorse :(  Cost me a mighty £20 from PC World...loved it, but it wiped after a Lvl 80 coffee debuff.

Fit my preference perfectly, scissor-switch (laptop style) keyboard, low profile buttons and perfectly responsive.  I've never been a fan of scrabble-key keyboards for gaming, I find that my hands glide over the controls better with laptop-style keyboards.  Currently using a HP Wireless Elite...which isn't bad but is a little mushy at times.  At the moment I'm looking into the Enermax range of keyboards...tbh the only reason I've not stumped up for one is because I've not had a chance to test the feel of one.

The (Advent) keyboard showed me that you don't need to spend major money and peripherals to get good quality gaming; if I could find one I'd pick it over a Gaming Keyboard every time.

Feel your pain on the subject tho, who'd have thought gettign a keyboard/mouse would be a chore :D

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 05:14 PM

I'd personally invest in a good keyboard since its easier to acclimate to many different games with a good standard keyboard instead of a device like the wolfclaw or nostromo. I own a Rosewill mechanical keyboard and love it, though mechanical isn't for everyone and they are expensive ($70+). In terms of mouse, I wouldn't be able to find the right thumb key in the heat of battle using a naga but many use it and have great success. Having 3 total usable buttons on the mouse is all I need (weapon swap, dodge and autorun) and it gives me a greater variety of mouse manufacturers and styles to choose from.

But my wall of text is mostly irrelevant since it is such a subjective topic. Just going to reiterate what everyone else has said: go to a computer store and test them for yourself. My buddy bought a 30 dollar A4tech X7 mouse that feels really awesome... never would have considered it just on internet reviews alone, but after actually testing it it surprised both of us.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 10:20 PM

View PostAlex Dimitri, on 15 June 2012 - 09:26 AM, said:

Rat 7 MMO is a great mouse, but his price is something to be wondering about 130$ for a mouse that`s just too much.
Btw Logitech announced G600 (caugh..Naga...caugh) at the same price like Razer Naga 80$.
Anyway after some net research it`s easy to come to a conclusion that only handful of companies make worthwile gadgets for gamers, and of that handful (4-5) two of them and front runners, while others just try to keep up !

I know so few choices which is why I created the post - its amazing.  I live 3 hours from any major city is the problem so I would have order all of them, wait for a beta and send back those that didn't work. ;(   I did find a Naga to try (manager was kind enough to open a box;  kind of odd how all but gaming mice had display copies) - but most of the thumb buttons are unreachable from a comfortable and ergonomic hand position - so thats scratched.

View PostWoeful_Vik, on 15 June 2012 - 04:04 PM, said:

Always a hard question to answer because taste, style feel are always subjective.  

For mice I'd always recommend Logitech, always like the feel and responsiveness they give and have always been a fan of their build quality.  I like a meaty mouse that has some weight to it and that fits nicely into my hand.  Currently using one similar to this:

Wireless Mouse M705

Will likely upgrade to the G700 soon; like the look of the build and adds extra MMO' buttons witout looking gimickey (imo).

Keyboards have always been a pain for me, I tend to be quite finicky in what I want...too finicky actually because Ive only ever found one keyboard that I really liked.  My old Advent Aluminium warhorse :(  Cost me a mighty £20 from PC World...loved it, but it wiped after a Lvl 80 coffee debuff.

Fit my preference perfectly, scissor-switch (laptop style) keyboard, low profile buttons and perfectly responsive.  I've never been a fan of scrabble-key keyboards for gaming, I find that my hands glide over the controls better with laptop-style keyboards.  Currently using a HP Wireless Elite...which isn't bad but is a little mushy at times.  At the moment I'm looking into the Enermax range of keyboards...tbh the only reason I've not stumped up for one is because I've not had a chance to test the feel of one.

The (Advent) keyboard showed me that you don't need to spend major money and peripherals to get good quality gaming; if I could find one I'd pick it over a Gaming Keyboard every time.

Feel your pain on the subject tho, who'd have thought gettign a keyboard/mouse would be a chore :D

Yes I currently have a Fatal1ty keyboard and love "that my hands glide over the controls better with laptop-style keyboards" which this emulates and which had <1mm keystroke activation.  If only it had gaming features - was superb for GW but useless with a PS2 mouse for GW2.

View Postbhima, on 15 June 2012 - 05:14 PM, said:

I'd personally invest in a good keyboard since its easier to acclimate to many different games with a good standard keyboard instead of a device like the wolfclaw or nostromo. I own a Rosewill mechanical keyboard and love it, though mechanical isn't for everyone and they are expensive ($70+). In terms of mouse, I wouldn't be able to find the right thumb key in the heat of battle using a naga but many use it and have great success. Having 3 total usable buttons on the mouse is all I need (weapon swap, dodge and autorun) and it gives me a greater variety of mouse manufacturers and styles to choose from.

But my wall of text is mostly irrelevant since it is such a subjective topic. Just going to reiterate what everyone else has said: go to a computer store and test them for yourself. My buddy bought a 30 dollar A4tech X7 mouse that feels really awesome... never would have considered it just on internet reviews alone, but after actually testing it it surprised both of us.

So I need to check for mice that remain:  RAT, Logitech and now the A4tech  (Razor is off the list)
Keyboards:  Enermax, Steelseries, Monix

Amazingly short lsit to choose from;  Thanks for the input so far.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 04:11 AM

Mionix is gonna be expensive in terms of keyboards. I absolutely love my Zibal 60 for gaming though, the CM Storm quickfire series is also worth looking at as are the DAS keyboards, HHKs if you want something super small. I'm talking mechanical here, non mech, the sidewinder is pretty hard to beat.

Steelseries also has some nice ones, my bro in law got a steelseries merc, i absolutely don't like it style wise though, but it might have the features you want, I'm not too sure on it's build quality either.

Edited by tijo, 16 June 2012 - 04:12 AM.


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Posted 16 June 2012 - 07:52 PM

May be breaking with the norm for me and begin considering the Logitech K750; their keyboards fell out of favour with me a while ago.

Anyone currently using one?

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 08:35 PM

Razer Naga + Any keyboard, yes ANY keyboard what ever the hell has WASD + shift + space will do.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 11:47 PM

Get a keyboard that has enough key rollover and that feels good when you use it. Matsy for example can't stand keyboards with "standard" keys, those that have a more traditional height compared to chicklet style keyboards. I personally have problems with anything other than mechanical and scissor switches, my preference being mechanical. It's all a matter of how the keyboard feels for you and for that, there's nothing better than actually trying it out before buying.

Edited by tijo, 16 June 2012 - 11:49 PM.


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Posted 16 June 2012 - 11:52 PM

Sometimes trying before buying isn't a option :P, I have no where near me where I can try keyboards, I've asked, but they refuse because they are meanies.
I've been through over 10 keyboards in the last 2 month, all of which got sent back for a full refund, Amazon really love me :P, I think I'm getting to the point they will just tell me to go away lol.
Just anoying.

I'm partial to chiclet for both gaming + typing SO comfortable, love typing on my laptop, I have no idea why, just is, but it has to be black :P.  Also like low profile keys like the Razer Lycossa has, they are noisy, but comfy
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Hopefully this one I ordered yesterday night will be comfortable and have little rollover/ghosting, I can handle some like on normal keyboards but anything essesive like what logitech did to the Illuminated Keyboard where they disabled SHIFT + W + SPACE, for god knows what reason, then its getting sent back.

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It looks comfy, but only getting my hands in it will tell.

Edited by Matsy, 17 June 2012 - 12:06 AM.


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Posted 17 June 2012 - 12:50 AM

For a keyboard, make sure you have a regular full sized backspace button. The one i currently have is some offbrand cheapo until i save for  razor or somesuch. The backspace is the same size as all the letter buttons, not the standard 2 button size, with annoys me. To no end.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 06:17 AM

Imo the best peripherals in order:

Headset: This is how you listen to people, and how well they can hear you. The last thing anyone wants in their team is some loud static from a guy/girl screaming and whispering while playing some music no one likes...
Don't be that guy/girl. Do yourself and everyone in the universe a favor - invest in a nice headset.

Mouse/Keyboard: Imo these are tied. Some people prefer one or the other to be awesome, but I'm willing to wager that it would be a pretty evenly divided community. Lots of people even do fine with a mere $20 invested here.

None of it is really NEEDED (except perhaps the headset for high end pvp scenarios)

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 06:20 AM

I use Headphones, n52te Speedpad, and Naga HEX mouse. Don't really touch the keyboard.

n52te Profile:

01 = "2", 02 = "3", 03 = "W", 04 = "4", 05 = "5"
06 = "6", 07 = "A", 08 = "S", 09 = "D", 10 = "1"
11 = "7", 12 = "8", 13 = "9", 14 = "0"
15 = "Space"
16 = "F"

S = "~", W = "V", N = "ShiftTab", E = "Tab"
SW = Disabled, SE = Disabled, NE = Disabled, NW = Disabled

Naga HEX Profile:

1 = "F1", 2 = "F2", 3 = "F3", 4 = "F4", 5 = "F4", 6 = "F4"

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 09:50 PM

I'll go with the Nostromo, a G510 keyboard, the G600 on a Scarab mat and the G35 Headset... :P I love many buttons/functions and it felt quiet good the last BWEs
(atm I have got an old Naga but want to buy the G600 before release of gw2)

Edited by Schnolltz, 17 June 2012 - 09:51 PM.





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