If you game on a PC, then you probably are aware that there is an entire world of peripherals to explore. Mice, keyboards, gamepads, monitors, joysticks…there are any number of input and output devices that can change your gaming experience. Deciding what makes and models of peripheral to purchase when looking for an upgrade can seem monumental, especially when the majority of Internet reviews are slanted toward a specific gaming audience.
When I was first looking to change from a standard Microsoft three button mouse to something more gaming oriented, I started where most of us do: reviews on the Internet. It had been years since my last mouse purchase and the world of gaming hardware had opened significantly. Reading mainly webzine reviews, I learned about button configuration and dpi and tilt and even weight. My two takeaways from the collection of reviews were 1) All recommended gaming mice were over $60USD and 2) every article assumed I am a competitive online gamer. Now, I wasn’t really interested in spending $60 to find out if a gaming mouse was better than the ol’ standby, and I am definitely not a competitive online gamer. Just look what is in the Cache and what I have completed over the last couple of years and you’ll immediately know that. I prefer gaming “experiences” if you will; visual and story driven games that can hook me with gameplay. Not a single webzine review I read catered to me as a gamer. Why do I need RGB (I know, because it looks cool)? Why do I need 12 buttons on the side? What good is macro recording for me?
Convinced that I could find something right for me, I dove deeper, typing in specific searches about price and capability. These led me to many sources of user reviews on Reddit and YouTube that offered a bigger variety of hardware options posted by a wider gaming audience. I also started searching Amazon and Newegg for market pricing of mice, then reading webzine reviews of the items within a good price range for me. The reviews told me if I was hitting the target, a balance of price and features that I thought were important to my gaming needs instead of simply the “best” rated.
So what is the morale of this story? If you are a gamer who is looking for some new peripheral gear and feel frustrated by prices or assumed use, do not fret. A little more targeted searching can lead to a device that fits your personal needs.