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#1 nurmal

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:29 AM

What keyboard and headset do you guys suggest? Im thinking razer anansi ( extra thumb buttons) and steelseries syberia.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:32 AM

I would stay away from razer keyboards, especially the non mechanical ones.  Paying >$5 for a non-mechanical keyboard is a joke, unless you're getting an ergonomic one (and even then, kinesis come with mx switches).  If your budget is <$90, I'd go with something like this http://www.amazon.co...S/dp/B0068INSUM (or different switches if you don't like the clicky style of the mx blues).

Seriously, get a mechanical keyboard, your mind will be blown.  If I could go back in time and convince myself to buy one piece of tech earlier, it would be a mechanical keyboard.

If you're willing to drop a bit more $$, pick up a filco or ducky or something.


As for headset, I also recommend not buying one.  Headphone + clipon or desk mic is much better.  Also, for audio I would stick to an actual audio company.

As for exactly what kind, it really depends.  HD 280 are some pretty good low-mid budget closed ears, more noise canceling than an open one.  If you have the budget and want better sound, hd 555 is a pretty good bet, as would be an AT m50.

Add any $5~$20 clip on or desktop mic.  There's a logictech desktop USB mic out there that's neigh indestructable.  Chances are you don't need a really high end mic, and any $5~$20 mic is going to be already way better than the piece of utter shit in a headset.

If you need something cheaper, maybe some AT m30 or hd 429
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:27 AM

Pretty much what Pharaun said, but I honestly can't say I regret buying a Logitech G930 (wireless headset).

Not having this annoying headset cable, and beeing able to listen to music whilst taking a piss is seriously #1. (Might creep out friends if you're on skype with them though!)

Both audio and microphone quality is really good aswell (probably not as good as Sennheiser HD-280, but it's really not bad).

Edit: As for keyboard, mechanical keyboard's the way to go, takes some time getting used to, but it's a lot better. Currently got a QPad MK-50, fairly cheap and it's easy to clean, which is nice if you're eating by the computer. (got this tool to take off the buttons with).

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:56 PM

hmmm... not sure what to say lol, i never had a mechanical kb... i think... lol as for the headset, its a must, having kids and kids friends at home yelling makes the clip on mic really noisy to friends on skype or arena partners...

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:22 PM

ok, i read some stuff about it and am thinking about buying a
Corsair Vengeance K90
http://kakaku.com/it...akakuitem_image

any thoughts?

eidt: also im kinda confused, wich cherry is better for arena gaming? O.o blue, black, red, brown??? really REALLY confused... lol

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:18 PM

Pharaun, do you know of any mechanical keyboard that you'd recommend that has extra buttons on it? (pretty much a blackwidow layout)

I've been trying to find something like that for ages, but practically everything that comes with such features is either from Razer or it isn't mechanical.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:34 PM

Most of the higher end mechanical keyboards (filco, ducky, etc) aren't going to have extra buttons, unfortunately.

Do you absolutely need more buttons than the normal ones + F keys?

If you need buttons that are closer together, you can try a compact keyboard like this:

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Also if you get the right kind of clip on mic, you may get less ambient noise than from a headset.  You can get one that'll attach pretty much directly on the headphone cable:

http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/B00029MTMQ

Wireless is a whole different ballgame, I don't know shit about that.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:38 PM

View PostNecrolina, on 07 December 2012 - 07:18 PM, said:

Pharaun, do you know of any mechanical keyboard that you'd recommend that has extra buttons on it? (pretty much a blackwidow layout)

I've been trying to find something like that for ages, but practically everything that comes with such features is either from Razer or it isn't mechanical.

i want the same thing with backlight too lol, just found out that Corsair Vengeance K90 isnt full mechanic

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 01:32 AM

View PostPharaun, on 07 December 2012 - 11:34 PM, said:

Most of the higher end mechanical keyboards (filco, ducky, etc) aren't going to have extra buttons, unfortunately.

Do you absolutely need more buttons than the normal ones + F keys?

If you need buttons that are closer together, you can try a compact keyboard like this:

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My current keyboard has those extra buttons and I'm really quite used to them by now. I don't know, I could probably get away with a regular layout if I could reach more buttons as my current keyboard is HUGE, but it was worth a shot asking :P

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:07 AM

qpad mk-85 mechanical keyboard
sennheiser 650 with asus xonar essence soundcard + shitty mic attachment

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 08:16 AM

View PostBitinghard, on 07 December 2012 - 02:41 PM, said:

I got this keyboard like a week ago or something it's really good I love it : http://www.amazon.co...S/dp/B0068INSUM
no confirmation but I've heard a few people say they're rebranded filcos

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:14 AM

im between this two
Filco - http://kakaku.com/it...akakuitem_image
steelseries - kakaku.com/item/K0000135661/?lid=ksearch_kakakuitem_image

#13 Laccehz

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:45 AM

View PostNecrolina, on 07 December 2012 - 07:18 PM, said:

Pharaun, do you know of any mechanical keyboard that you'd recommend that has extra buttons on it? (pretty much a blackwidow layout)

I've been trying to find something like that for ages, but practically everything that comes with such features is either from Razer or it isn't mechanical.

Why not get the Blackwidow then? IF you want blue switches, that is. They're loud.
I think the Stealth edition or whatever comes with browns.
Sure Razer might have bad products, but they have good ones as well. I had an Abyssus from them, great mouse works perfectly. I've had my Deathadder for 4+ years now, as good as new.
So I think Blackwidow is fine if you like that layout and switch type, affordable too.

Or just get used to layout w/o extra buttons, then you have a wide selection of keyboards to pick from.

Personally I've just ordered the QPAD MK-50 few days ago, with red switches.
You can choose from 4 switch types and 5 layouts(lot of keyboards only come with US layout, which I didn't want).

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:35 PM

Definitely buy this Coolermaster CM Storm Trigger :)
It's the best imo.

http://www.coolermas...product_id=6815

http://www.amazon.co...54991491&sr=8-1

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and for headset I would buy the Sennheister PC 360. It's awesome. I'm sure even people here will have good things to say about it.
http://www.sennheise...aming_pc_504122
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Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:52 PM

Im considering the hd280 or the pc360, if i can find a good mic here ill buy the hd280.
And for the kb im looking at the Coolermaster CM Storm Trigger.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:12 AM

View PostHyrmine, on 08 December 2012 - 06:35 PM, said:

and for headset I would buy the Sennheister PC 360. It's awesome. I'm sure even people here will have good things to say about it.
http://www.sennheise...aming_pc_504122
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from memory pc360 is basically a hd555 but with a mic and costs like $90 more

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:03 AM

Ive been doing some research on headphones, and some peaplo say that ad700 are better than m50, as im gonna use them exclusively for gaming, maybe its a better choice

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:38 PM

WOW lol... this just blew my mind...

http://www.head-fi.o...ser-hd650-added
http://www.head-fi.o...-surround-sound

its a whole new world for me... lol

as i understood from there i need a x-fi soundcard and a good dolby headphone... im gonna go with ATH AD700




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