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The cutting edge

  • Published at 04:46 pm July 8th, 2017
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The cutting edge
Gaming peripherals are all the rage these days (RGB lights notwithstanding), and with good reason - a good gaming mouse or keyboard can improve your mechanical skills drastically. Sure, it won’t turn you into an instant pro, but it’s definitely a prerequisite to becoming one. That being said, there’s a sort-of-established hierarchy of importance when it comes to peripherals, and if you want to catch your aforementioned friend, I suggest you spend now and spend wise. As sad as it is, the progaming scene is somewhat pay-to-play. I won’t bore you with technicalities – I’ll just recommend what’s commendable. Bear in mind that when it comes to gaming peripherals, knockoffs and off-brand equipment just don’t cut it. A word for the wise though, any new equipment will take some time to adjust to, so don’t throw it out the window if you initially can’t find your groove or balance. mouse pad

Mouse pad

Why: A good pad goes a long way when it comes to smooth mouse movement. Your mouse needs a good surface to run on, and any gamer worth a dime uses a large mouse pad. What: You might find the occasional overpriced deal right here, but it’s not going to be more than around a 20 percent increase, so either bite the bullet and get it from here or just have it brought from abroad. The SteelSeries QcK Heavy/other QcK variants have long since been the gamers’ favourite, but Thermaltake has some decent products as well. Razer has fallen out of favour in this category, but their products are still okay to use.

Sound

Why: High level players can, most of the time, tell exactly where an enemy is just by hearing one footstep or sound effect. Whether it is health vials being picked up in a particular order (I kid you not), a single footfall on a particular surface, or the sound of a teleport scroll nearby. It is only natural, therefore, that you gun for the best pair of ears money can buy. What: Cosonic, A4Tech and Logitech are all readily available at Multiplan Center, Metro Plaza or BCS Computer City, but for a proper pro-gaming experience in sound, I’d recommend something a little more effective. The SteelSeries Siberia v2 or HyperX Cloud Stinger are good starting points, but if you’re in a kidney-selling mood, a SteelSeries Siberia 840 or an ASUS ROG Centurion would be solid choices. sound

Keyboard

Why: Swiftness of the hands is of no use if your keyboard doesn’t register your keystrokes instantly, so a mechanical keyboard is a must for any aspiring gamer. Although the 125ms–1ms difference might not sound like much, once you use a mechanical keyboard, you’ll understand the difference. What: A good top-tier mechanical keyboard such as the SteelSeries 7G, Razer Blackwidow or the Thermaltake Meka G1 will cost you about 8-10 large; although cheaper and compact alternatives are available for around 5k. It is possible to acquire most of these right here in Bangladesh, but whatever you do, don’t go for a fancy keyboard with RGB lights that isn’t mechanical. mouse

Mouse

Why: Although it sounds like a no-brainer, you only really need a gaming mouse if you want to game competitively. If you do, you can actually play most RTS or MOBA games with very generic mice - I myself use an A4Tech x6 office mouse for DotA. For games that require precision aiming, nothing beats a mouse that doesn’t miss tracking. You’d do well to remember, though, that a high DPI/CPI doesn’t necessarily mean the mouse is better. When choosing, pay the most attention to its tracking and whether it fits your hand and grip. Ergonomics matter a lot more than flashy attributes such as CPI or LED lights or even extra buttons (two side buttons are important, but they’re present in almost any gaming mouse). What: TheSteelSeries Sensei/Rival or Razer Deathadder are both good places to start, and might be available here provided stocks are in place, but Logitech and Zowie both offer excellent (and arguably better) alternatives with the G502 and the FK/ZA series respectively, though you’ll probably have to have them imported.

Monitor

Why: This isn’t about size, and you’ll only need this for FPS games, but boy will you ever need one, and a 144Hz monitor for that. Our common monitors run at a measly 60Hz or 75Hz if you’re really lucky. However, for the crispest, smoothest FPS gaming experience, you will definitely have to shell out for a monitor that good. What: Many companies offer high-end monitors such as these, and the quality doesn’t differ much between them. While the price might be considerably high at around 35k here, you might be able to get better deals from abroad, although bringing such a bulky object will be another pain in the port. BenQ, ASUS and Acer all have their own options, so monitor the market and get your monitor.