It would not be unusual if you never thought about your mouse pad, if you even use one. Many computer mice today don’t require them. Although, when playing computer games, especially First Person Shooters (FPSs), a mouse pad is often a necessity. While most of the time it doesn’t seem like a mouse pad could or would make a difference, it can if the precise location of the crosshairs makes the difference between eliminating your opponent or waiting to re-spawn. In addition to the performance increase, there are several other factors to consider when purchasing a gaming mouse pad, for instance size, texture, and thickness. A quality mouse pad can greatly enhance the gaming experience. Here I am reviewing the Roccat Sense mouse pad, designed specifically for computer gamers.
I am going to talk about a new mouse that I bought, but I can’t just jump into that without giving you some background, so bear with me. I am definitely a creature of habit and I am somewhat OCD about change. So it has taken me some time to decide that I needed a new gaming mouse. I have been using the same mouse, a Logitech MX518 for many, many years. So many most of you reading this, even if you are versed in gaming hardware, have likely not heard of it. In its prime the MX518 was THE gaming mouse to use, but times they are a changing. The MX518, while fine for “normal” use and light gaming, was starting to show its age and how far behind it is compared to the newer technology. It just doesn’t keep up with the high pace and accuracy required in the current First Person Shooters (FPS).
So I dove head first into finding a new gaming mouse. I want to tell you guys about a computer hardware company that I had never heard of before starting this adventure into review land. The company’s name is Roccat (@Roccat). After my experiences with Razer, I am very careful about buying from a computer hardware company that I am unfamiliar with. In other words, I did a ton of research. I read hundreds of customer reviews about computer mice. I also spent countless hours reading online “professional” reviews about the best gaming mice. I began by looking at the products offered by the common sources, i.e. I did a search on Amazon. The expected mice were there from Logitech and Razer, but I knew I didn’t want a Razer and I quickly learned from the customer feedback that Logitech seems to have some quality issues lately. This was surprising, since my MX518 is over ten years old and still works.
Turtle Beach makes some amazing headphones. I purchased their EarForce X12s for gaming, listening to music, and watching movies.
I had a cheap headset that met an early death and had to be replaced. They fell off my head, taking my glasses with them, one too many times. I have a bit of a temper and they were not Nick proof. During my research for a replacement set, I read many positive reviews for the Turtle Beach brand. I found the EarForce X12s and they seemed to meet my needs. These Turtle Beach headphones have more than impressed me. The sound is great. They are not audiophile quality, but they have a nice rich sound that most other headphones that I have owned lacked. They do seem to have a break-in period, so be patient the first few hours of listening to them.
The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard is the first product that I have owned from Razer. It is also the first mechanical keyboard I have owned.A mechanical keyboard differs from a “traditional” keyboard because it uses separate switches for each key. The keyboards that most computers come with are called membrane keyboards. A mechanical keyboard is much louder than a membrane keyboard. My wife commented on the clicking the key presses make the first few minutes I was using it. Aside from the noise, which doesn’t bother me in the slightest, the keyboard is very nice. It has a glossy finish and has a nice weight to it. I like the weight, since this keyboard doesn’t move around when I’m typing. It is backlit, each key has it’s own LED. This is nice since I prefer to play games, or write, in the dark.