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The Logitech G9  (Source: Logitech)

Razer Lachesis  (Source: Razer)
Gamers will win in 2008

As gamers get older and have more disposable income to spend on things that may seem rather silly to non-gamers, dedicated gamers are more willing to spend money on peripherals designed specifically for gaming.  With a unique mix of great video games and advancing computer hardware and peripherals, gamers will have a lot to look forward to in 2008.

It could easily be argued Razer and Logitech are at the top of the peripheral world, but neither company should let their guard down any time soon.  

Even though a number of companies have tried to crack into the market over the past several years, very few are able to break the strangle hold that Razer and Logitech unofficially have on the market.  Both companies have research and development capabilities and large enough bank rolls to give themselves a large enough advantage over everyone else in the market - but that doesn't mean companies aren't trying.  

As companies like ROCCAT enter the gaming peripheral war, gamers will hopefully benefit from quality products at lower costs.

Although the price tag on most gaming products remains high, gamers who use the products will likely tell you the gaming difference has a big enough impact to justify the cost.  If a close friend or family member is an avid gamer, perhaps a last minute gaming peripheral purchase is in order - check out some brands, read some reviews, and decide if the price tag is worth it.

I'll be one of the first people to admit that only a small number of gamers probably need to purchase the higher-end products, but if you're one of the people on the lookout for new products, 2008 should be your year.  

My gaming picks of 2007:

Best Overall:  Logitech G9:  I believe this is the best mouse on the market at the moment, but the MSRP $99 price tag will surely scare a few of you away.  The weight tuning, onboard memory and adjustable sensitivity are the additional features that give it a small edge over the Razer Lachesis.

Budget mouse:  Logitech MX518:  Even though I had a hard time listing a $39.99 mouse as a "budget gaming mouse," the Logitech MX518 is an awesome buy if you can find it on sale somewhere.  It's based on older gaming technology, but still offers better precision and comfort compared to a regular mouse most people use in the office.

If you want a mouse that is even cheaper, OCZ Technology, a company well known for its enthusiast products, has the Equalizer Laser Gaming Mouse.  I like the MX518 a bit better than the Equalizer, but this mouse can be found for $25 - 30 dollars and is a decent entry-level gaming mouse.

Best Gaming Keyboard:  Unlike the current booming situation in the gaming mouse market, there are only a small number of keyboards available for gamers to select.  The winner has to be the Razer Lycosa, which trumps competing products from Zboard, Logitech and Saitek.

Budget Gaming Keyboard:  The Saitek Eclipse gaming keyboard is an oldie but a goodie.  Available for just ~$32.99 on Newegg, this keyboard offers the entry level gaming keyboard experience.

As always, since gaming products are much different than traditional peripherals, I recommend you try and find the products locally - hold and use the products before you purchase them!

Even though Logitech won both unofficial mouse awards, I believe I actively use more Razer mice than Logitech mice - though my hand seems to fit all of the Razer mice extremely well.


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G9
By BrownJohn on 12/19/2007 3:04:18 PM , Rating: 2
For anyone looking for the Logitech G9, you can pick it up at newegg for $55 after a $20 MIR with free shipping. I'll probably snag one to replace my mx518 that i've had for almost 3 years.




RE: G9
By BrownJohn on 12/19/2007 3:19:58 PM , Rating: 2
RE: G9
By DDust2 on 12/19/2007 4:34:21 PM , Rating: 2
I have just purchased the SteelSeries Ikari Laser mouse. I have to say that this mouse have more features than any other mouse that make sense!! - nice grip btw. I got it from there website.


MX 518 :D
By HaZaRd2K6 on 12/19/2007 1:11:57 PM , Rating: 2
I just bought an MX 518 about a month and a half ago and I love it. The only reason I didn't buy a G5 was because the (older) G5 only has one side button and I use two when I'm on the web.

Funny thing about the MX 518 is that there are actually two versions of it, and only one is listed on Logitech's website. One's the standard MX 518 (in orange-clad packaging) and there's also a "Swiss Technology" version (in purple-clad packaging). A few guys at work were trying to figure out the difference and there really isn't any except for the colour and a little badge that says "Swiss Technology Inside". Don't think it makes a difference, though.

And whatever happened to the Microsoft Sidewinder mouse? It looked like a pretty nice mouse. Will it ever materialize?




RE: MX 518 :D
By luhar49 on 12/21/2007 2:33:50 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah MX 518 is a very nice mouse ergonomically and response wise. Logged a lot of hours on BF2 armed with the MX 518. Its still going strong. Price hasnt come down much since I bought it an year and half back. Shows how popular it is.


Razer Keyboard
By BrownJohn on 12/19/2007 3:07:52 PM , Rating: 2
What is it about the Razer Lycosa that makes it better than the other keyboards? I've been looking to purchase the Logitech G15, but if the Razer is much better, i'll consider it. I like the LCD display and the programmable macro keys of the G15.




RE: Razer Keyboard
By Stark1 on 12/21/2007 2:41:16 AM , Rating: 2
When are they going to make more options for trackballs? I can game longer using a trackball but they are "plain jane" compared to all the rest.


G9 vs. Lachesis?
By Rockjock51 on 12/21/2007 10:33:51 AM , Rating: 2
"Best Overall: Logitech G9: I believe this is the best mouse on the market at the moment, but the MSRP $99 price tag will surely scare a few of you away. The weight tuning, onboard memory and adjustable sensitivity are the additional features that give it a small edge over the Razer Lachesis."

Doesn't the Lachesis have all those features minus the weight tuning at a lower price and higher DPI?




RE: G9 vs. Lachesis?
By ZaethDekar on 12/23/2007 7:35:16 PM , Rating: 2
Yes.

I have both the Lachesis, and Lycosa, and my brother has the Tarantula and DeathAdder.

The Tarantula is the higher quality keyboard. Its 99.99 and has Macro keys, not to mention you can get a 'battlelight' as it doesn't have back lighting, and then also a 'battleeye' which is basically a webcam.

The Lycosa is quite nice. I use it, and havn't looked back. You don't have all the macro keys, but the backlighting is nice. I usually use full keyboard illumination enless I am playing a WSAD game.

The DeathAdder is the lower level of the Lachesis. However is has almost the same abilities. The main difference between the Lachesis is the DPI. It has the same settings for most of it. The Lachesis also has Left, right, two thumb, two ring (or pinki), two middle finger, wheel, and wheel buttons. Most of them are all changeable.


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