What kind of computer keyboard should I buy
I think I need to replace my mouse and keyboard. Which product would you recommend?
Using a computer keyboard can become painful if you don't have the right keyboard or support for it. Ergonomic keyboards are made specifically to help relieve the physical strain of typing for hours at a time, with features like larger bases, angled keys, and wrist pads help to create a more comfortable typing experience. These are great if you work on your computer all day.
If you're going to be heavy into playing games, then mechanical keyboards are what you should buy. These have durable keys, a weighted base and can register a higher number of inputs at a single time. The best connection type for a mechanical keyboard is PS/2 as USB bottlenecks the number of inputs. Mechanical and gaming keyboards often come with custom software that will help in creating macros and game specific settings for a great gaming experience.
If your needs are less specialized, we also have a great selection of standard keyboards that include features such as media controls and system hot-keys that perform specific functions like opening your default browser. You might even find that you like the freedom of a wireless keyboard, many of which connect through either Bluetooth or an RF USB dongle. Wireless keyboards are great for use with workstations and desktops, or in your living room to control your home theater PC (HTPC).
What kind of computer mouse should I buy
There are just as many, if not more, types of computer mouse options for you as there are keyboards. Choose between a USB corded 3-button optical mouse, 3-button wireless optical mouse, and a trackball mouse. Or use something more specialized to get in the game with an 8-button wired laser gaming mouse. With brands like Razer, Thermaltake, Zowie Gear, Raptor Gaming, SteelSeries, and more, you'll be able to find the right mouse for you.
We highly recommend taking a look at our keyboard and mouse bundles first. You might find a combo that suits your needs. If you don't see a bundle that interests you, we also have a variety of keyboard and mouse only products. What's the difference between these mechanical keyboards from standard ones?
Mechanical keyboards are more durable than membrane keyboards. Mechanical keyboards have key switches that give a tactile feel and sound when pressed. These key switches are also designed so that the "press" registers before you bottom out. This means the user doesn't have to use much force to actuate. Lastly mechanical keyboards offer great customizability due to the use of discrete key switches. I've decided to buy a mechanical keyboard. What type of switch should I go with?
Mechanical key switches differ in the force needed to actuate, the "feel" of the keystroke and the volume of the clicking sound it produces. Here are some things to know about the different key switches.
What do are programmable buttons in mice for?
- Blue. These keys have an actuation point of 50 grams. These keys give a loud high-pitched click and a very satisfying tactile feedback.
- Brown. These keys aren't so loud but still give a tactile feedback. These keys have an actuation point of 45 grams.
- Black. These keys require a high actuation point of 60 grams. The keys do not give a noticeable click unless you bottom out.
- Red. These keys have a linear switch and are silent and do not give the tactile feedback the other keys have. These keys have an actuation point of 45 grams.
These programmable buttons are used to perform additional functions. For example you can map certain actions like doing a series of left clicks when you click a particular button. These are especially helpful in games since you can assign these to automate a particular action.