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Gaming Gear Showdown, Simplicity vs. Hype 159

Slack3r78 writes "Gizmodo is running a feature putting the gaming marketing hype to the test and seeing whether it really makes your playing any more 1337. They match up the latest products from Razer and SteelSeries along with some five-year-old Logitech products and come to the conclusion that ... it doesn't seem to matter that much. It looks like maybe you can't buy your way into finally beating that annoying 13-year-old at your favorite FPS after all."
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Gaming Gear Showdown, Simplicity vs. Hype

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  • Re:You don't say? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Fx.Dr ( 915071 ) on Wednesday May 07, 2008 @04:41PM (#23329424)

    As stated at the end of TFA, just buy what feels comfortable - the rest will, or should, come naturally. If you have to contort your fingers to fit the mouse/kbd, it's only natural your game will take a hit.
  • Re:You don't say? (Score:5, Informative)

    by vux984 ( 928602 ) on Wednesday May 07, 2008 @06:39PM (#23330968)
    Stop talking about Razer.

    I both mocked and applauded them in the same post.

    Why does anybody care about them?

    They make very good quality mice in general.

    They make very good quality AMBIDEXTROUS mice in particular.

    I hate ergonomic mice. As a left hander I find most of them, being designed for right handed people, extremely uncomfortable. Logitech, for example, doesn't make any of their worthwhile products in a left handed configuration, hell they don't make anything really good that's ambidextrous.

    Their mice only have two buttons,

    Mine (copperhead) has 6 'buttons', two of which are hard to reach. Plus a clickable scrollwheel, so 7 if you count that. Being that its ambidextrous I can forgive 2 buttons being hard to reach because its symmetrial. The buttons I can't reach are the right hand thumb buttons. I'm sure a right hander would find it equally awkward to press the two left hand buttons. But all the buttons are discrete and can be mapped independantly.

    and half of them have the laser in the ass for some bizarre reason.

    A lot of gamers hold the mouse with their fingers instead of resting their hand on it. And they make fine left/right mouse movements by swivelling the mouse with their thumb and ring finger, instead of actually pushing the whole mouse because you can make much more precise movements with minimal effort - e.g. for sniping. (imagine it was bolted to the table through the scrollwheel; that's the rough axis its swivelled on). Locating the laser in the 'ass' gives you better control and range doing this.

    Razer's not for everyone. I like their mice, not much else. Their cable management system and 'mouse surfaces' are a scam on par with Monster, I prefer the saitek eclipseII to their keyboards, and their headsets? Nothing wrong with them, but I use plantronics . And honestly evem with mice I recommend logitech to most people. They make some very well regarded mice. But if you are a left handed mouser logitech sucks complete and total ass.

    Like I said in my original post... you have to separate the quality products from the hype.
  • by Agripa ( 139780 ) on Thursday May 08, 2008 @12:27AM (#23333712)

    and their rooms are starting to smell funny

    No need to worry about your roommate. You just need a shower. How could they rot after death with continuous gamma ray exposure killing all of the microbes?

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