Recommended Gaming Mechanical Keyboards and Mice

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Keyboards and mice are no longer exclusive to PC gaming. Both the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One now support the classic keyboard-mouse layout for select games, allowing you to achieve the precision and control that PC gamers have enjoyed for years. Of course, whether you want to play with a controller or with a keyboard and mouse is a matter of personal preference. However, the added support to gaming consoles does make investing in a solid gaming keyboard and mouse less limiting.

I Just Want to Play

Keyboard

Despite its name, the wired Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Keyboard isn’t as intimidating as it seems. A durable and responsive keyboard, the BlackWidow Ultimate is IP54 certified, which means it is water- and dust resistant—perfect for when you accidentally knock over your cup of water after you celebrate your Victory Royale in Fortnite. The keyboard layout is simple, so there’s no need to worry about separate macro keys. It does feature Razer Green switches, which provide optimized actuation and reset points for fast responsiveness. Keep in mind that these switches are of the clicky variety, so they can get loud, especially if you’re playing a game that requires a lot of keyboard presses, like an Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) or a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA). The BlackWidow Ultimate may not have RGB backlighting, but it does have the classic Razer green glow.

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Keyboard

Mouse

If you’re looking to keep it simple, you can’t go wrong with the Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse. A long time favorite among casual and hardcore gamers, the DeathAdder Elite maintains its iconic form factor for a comfortable fit. The DeathAdder Elite is equipped with an optical sensor that can reach up to 16,000 dpi and has true tracking at 450 IPS (inches per second) so you can aim or move around with precision accuracy. There are also seven programmable buttons so you can switch up your mouse layout to fit your preferences. It is a wired mouse, but the 7' braided cable should give you enough slack while you play on your gaming computer. Of course, no gaming peripheral would be complete with some RGB lighting. Fortunately, the Razer didn’t overdo it with the DeathAdder Elite. The Razer logo and the scroll wheel are the only parts that lit up, so the Chroma RGB lighting is subtle and, dare we say, tasteful.

Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse

RGB Everything

Keyboard

While your gaming keyboard should be functional and responsive, it doesn’t mean it can’t also look good. The wired Das Keyboard 4Q Smart Mechanical Keyboard features customizable RGB backlighting so you can achieve your ideal gaming aesthetic. You can also create your own color-coded, notification-based alerts that are displayed right on the keyboard. The 4Q Smart isn’t just about flashing lights, though. Its Cherry MX Brown switches provide the benefits of a mechanical keyboard without the audible click, for a soft, tactile experience. Anti-ghosting and N-Key rollover ensure that your commands are precisely and accurately recognized, regardless of how fast or how many keys you pressed. There are also dedicated media controls, which are useful—especially that large volume wheel. There are also two USB Type-A ports so you’re not losing ports after plugging-in the keyboard. The Footbar on the Das 4Q Smart is unique because it doesn’t just lift the keyboard; it can also double as a ruler.

Das Keyboard 4Q Smart Mechanical Keyboard

Mouse

The Corsair M65 PRO RGB Mouse has all your RGB needs covered. With three RGB backlit zones, you can customize the M65 PRO lighting in the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) for Windows. After you’ve gotten your RGB colors in order, you can customize the M65 PRO even further. It has three adjustable weight zones for customized weight distribution and center of gravity. Click away on eight customizable buttons using Omron switches. Its 12,000-dpi optical sensor can be adjusted on the fly with a dedicated dpi button, perfect for when you switch up games or loadout.

Corsair M65 PRO RGB Mouse

No Need for Cable Management

Keyboard

Gamers tend to favor wired keyboards and mice for the best connection, but there is a place for wireless gaming peripherals. Whether you’re playing on a gaming console or streaming to your TV via NVIDIA or Steam, sometimes it’s nice to play from the couch. The Corsair K63 Wireless Backlit Mechanical Keyboard provides a plethora of connectivity options. You can use the included 2.4 GHz RF receiver, Bluetooth 4.2+LE, or even go wired. It’s up to you. The Corsair K63 has Cherry MX Red switches, a solid all-around choice for gaming. It also has dedicated multimedia controls and a detachable wrist rest. Corsair claims that the K63 can last up to 15 hours on a single charge, but your mileage may vary.

Corsair K63 Wireless Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Mouse

The Logitech PRO Wireless Mouse features Logitech LIGHTSPEED wireless connectivity for a fast 1 ms response time to reduce input lag. It also has the Logitech HERO 16K optical sensor, which can go up to 16,000 dpi and more than 400 IPS. Logitech didn’t forget about RGB lighting on the PRO. With LIGHTSYNC RGB lighting, you can use multiple lighting effects, as well as sync with other Logitech G LIGHTSYNC peripherals for a uniformed gaming aesthetic. For all your customization needs, including dpi adjustments, button layout, and lighting options, the Logitech Gaming Software is what you need to download and use.

Logitech PRO Wireless Gaming Mouse

Do I Need a Mousepad?

While gaming mice should work on most desktop surfaces, a mousepad does give you a bit more control. Getting a mousepad with a hard plastic or cloth surface is really a matter of personal preference.

The mousepad can also be added to your RGB collection, like the Razer Firefly Gaming Mouse Mat. It has a hard, micro-textured surface and a non-slip surface base. Of course, you can’t forget about its main feature, the RGB lit edges. Like other Razer Chroma peripherals, the Firefly is customizable with a wide variety of lighting effects, such as spectrum cycling, wave, and more. Razer also has an open SDK so game developers can incorporate advanced lighting effects into its games.

Razer Firefly Gaming Mouse Mat

Logitech went a step further and turned its mousepad into a wireless charging pad for its compatible mice. The POWERPLAY Wireless Charging System will wirelessly charge your POWERPLAY-compatible Logitech mouse while at play or at rest. Using the innovative application of electromagnetic resonance, the POWERPLAY base creates an energy field above its surface to charge your compatible Logitech mouse. This means you no longer need to replace the batteries of your mouse or stick it into a dock for hours anymore. The only limit to your gaming time now is adult responsibilities. The mousepad also has LIGHTSPEED technology so your gaming mouse can pair directly with the PowerPlay base, which eliminates the need for an additional USB receiver. Logitech also offers hard and cloth surface options with the POWERPLAY.

Logitech POWERPLAY Wireless Charging System

What is your favorite keyboard and mouse setup? Do you prefer wireless or wired? Have you synced the RGB lighting across your peripherals? Let us know in the Comments section, below.

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