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Things to consider
...when buying gaming keyboards
Mechanical switches vs Non-Mechanical
Unlike everyday keyboards, mechanical keyboards are designed specifically for gaming. They are more responsive and feature more tactile key presses for fast, accurate gaming.
Backlit keys look great and allow you to game in lower light conditions. Some allow you to assign different colours to individual keys and sectors to make identifying play areas and macros easy.
Programmable keys allow you activate complex button combinations with a single-key press. Some allow you to set macros on any key you choose, while some have specific buttons for easy access.
When you’re gaming, the last thing you want is button presses being missed. Anti-ghosting ensures each key press is registered regardless of how many are pressed simultaneously.
...when buying gaming mice
Dots per inch (DPI) refers to the mouse’s sensitivity. Some feature switchable DPI, so you can instantly reduce the sensitivity when needed, such as when you’re scoped-in on a first person shooter.
Whether you prefer a heavier or lighter mouse, adjustable weights allow you get the feeling and manoeuvrability just right. They’re easy to adjust too, so you can change your setup between games.
Programmable buttons let you add macros and shortcuts to your mouse, so you can easily access complex key presses in seconds. You can assign any action to the button of your choice for maximum personalisation.
Sensor type (optical/laser)
Although the difference is subtle optical mice can be more accurate while laser mice are faster and more responsive. You should try to choose a mouse that suits the type of games you play.
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