General Peripherals Thread - Keyboards, mice, controllers, and anything else you can plug into your computer

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King Dead

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Well, we've got a trackball thread and we've got a headphones thread, but nothing to do with peripherals in general. So post recommendations, debate which mechanical keyboard switch is the best, or whatever.

I'll start: I'm in need of a new mouse. The Microsoft SideWinder X8 I bought way back when I built my first desktop crapped out on me years ago, so I've just been using a basic Logitech wireless mouse since then. But I can't click the scroll wheel in on it anymore, and the left mouse button is starting to mess up too. It'll register two clicks when I only click once, or it'll stop thinking I'm holding down the button when I'm clicking and dragging. Needless to say, it's time for a replacement.

I don't care if it's wireless or wired, and the only extra buttons I feel that I need are two thumb buttons. I do a decent amount of gaming, so being able to tweak settings would be alright. Any other features are fine, but not required. I'd like to spend no more than about $60 if possible.

What mice would you recommend?
 
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Marco Fucko

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In terms of mice recommendations I'm a fan of Logitech's G305. Wireless, good sensor, small enough but not too small.

Anyone have a mech keyboard switch preference? I like linears personally, especially since they can be made to be quieter. I've never been a fan of the unnecessary noise produced by clicky switches like mx blues or buckling springs.
 

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Personally, I use a Logitech G502 HERO I've got on sale. It's heavy, not really suited for competitive play, but it does a damn good job as a productivity mouse. Plenty of buttons, good macro capabilities via software, a scroll wheel to end all scroll wheels, a rather nice ergonomic shape, and RGB. Although I seem to be experiencing some double click issue on the right mouse button, and I remember having it on the left click also, but now the left click works fine. I'm really not sure what's the deal with that, but overall it's great if you're OK with using a heavy mice for desktop use. Of course, it will also be fine for casual gaming.
 

He Who Points And Laughs

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For mice I like both Razer and Logitech, even though I rarely game. Both feel very comfortable in my hand with the old Razer DeathAdder being my favorite.

For keyboards, Razer keyboards are ok, but the buttons on their mechanical keyboards tend to pop out. Logitech & Corsair are both decent, but Daskeyboards are my favorite for both build quality and feel.

For headphones I'm happy with any of Senheisser's studio headphones. They don't add things like bass boost so you get very clear sound from the source, which is necessary when working with audio (DAWs etc),

With monitors I like UWS for workstation & general work. I like the screen real estate for terminals and multiple applications. I am not a fan of floating window managers (why have windows behind windows?) and use tiling window managers by default. Having that extra space on screen for more applications/terminals is really beneficial for a faster work methodology.

For speakers it depends on usage. For hard core audio work I need very flat speakers, but for general use I'm most happy with the Altec Lansing Expressionist Ultra Speakers. Simple 2.1 speakers with amazing sound. I bought another set of these for a different workstation after I was so pleased with them on my main desktop.


Anyone have a mech keyboard switch preference? I like linears personally, especially since they can be made to be quieter. I've never been a fan of the unnecessary noise produced by clicky switches like mx blues or buckling springs.
Cherry MX brown. Quiet with a nice feel.

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Pissmaster

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Nobody on the fucking planet could make a decent trackpad except for Apple for such a long time, but now laptop trackpads are generally pretty good. Laptops should have just had trackball options until around the mid '10s when non-Apple trackpads finally became decent.

Though no trackpad beats a good mouse.
 

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I'm not sure how good an idea it is in current plague climate but I've had great success with cheap chinese gaming mice off ebay, like dig around and two bucks gets you normal l/r/scroll(click for 3), also forward/back on the thumb and a speed tracking control, and it lights up disco dancing party, they usually last about seven months to a year and a half of very heavy usage, eventually the scroll wheel cuts out (probably because I click it to open in new tab a lot) or the cord breaks internally.
I haven't bought a keyboard in like ten years. Job had a bunch they were giving away so I took home like a dozen. Just basic Dell default USB things, nothing amazing but good for free.
 

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Nobody on the fucking planet could make a decent trackpad except for Apple for such a long time, but now laptop trackpads are generally pretty good. Laptops should have just had trackball options until around the mid '10s when non-Apple trackpads finally became decent.

Though no trackpad beats a good mouse.
I think all laptops should have a TrackPoint, like the ThinkPad. It is the perfect compromise between a trackpad and a mouse. You don't need to swing your finger around the place to move the cursor across the screen, and you can use it while wearing gloves. And it feels really natural to use it, at least on older ThinkPads, where the design made sense.
 
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