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Hi, I'm a very casual gamer (I game for 1-2 hours maybe once or twice a week, max, and am not competitve), yet still use my PC heavily (writing, research, video watching, some Photoshop, etc.). I currently have a MS Sidewinder X4 keyboard and a MS Explorer Touch mouse. Back-lit keyboard and wireless mouse are a requirement. I also am a huge fan of the touchstrip on my current mouse. For anyone who's used Apple's mouse, it's quite like that, except the it actually has physical buttons. I find it quite convenient to scroll like that instead of a wheel, it's less tiring and with the "inertia" you can scroll a whole page in one flick.

I have the possibility of buying some Razr gear on the cheap. I can get a Naga Epic mouse and Black Widow Ultimate keyboard for about $100 for both (or like $40 for the mouse and $60 for the keyboard). Both are 2012 models I think

Do you guys think it's worth it to switch out my current stuff for this, considering I'd be getting the keyboard just for the mechanical part and the USB port and the mouse for the slick sliding (I don't want the programmable buttons or the scroll wheel)?
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Gaming keyboards are meh.

Unless they're mechanical.

Once you go mech, you never go back

I would not consider any Razer hardware except the Deathadders.
Edited by Emospence - 9/29/13 at 8:10pm
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It's really up to you to decide if it's worth it or not. Personally after gaming for a long time I am taking a long break from videogaming. The only thing I can't do without is the 1600-1800 DPI mouses. I got to used to the speeds of gaming mouses that it really annoys me to use 800 DPI mouses. But if you're not a heavy gamer it probably won't be worth it to spend the money. And the mechanical keyboard is really up to you, some people like it and some people don't. You should go read up on mechanical key switches before deciding to buy that Razer keyboard. Each keyboard feels and sounds differently so if you buy it without knowing much more about it you might get buyer's remorse.
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Well I had never used a gaming mouse but I had used an Apple II keyboard, and I much proffered it over my old membrane. I ended up picking up both, for $70, minus whatever I get for my current gear. The keyboard was a no brainer, the mouse I'm not so sure of, especially considering that the lighting doesn't work (everything else seems to be fine). It does scroll much smoother than my previous mouse, weather this will be something I 'can't live without' remains to be seen. I know I will miss the touch scrolling, especially the sideways scrolling, it's very useful when working on a zoomed in image in photoshop. I'm also missing the wrist rest on the X4, but I imagine I'll get used to living without it. The good news is that if I do decide to 'downgrade' I can probably do so at no loss. It'll be interesting to see what I can do with the numbers keys on the mouse and such. I already assigned the macros to the foreign characters I use most often. Also useful is the ability to turn the LEDs off when the screen goes off, now all I have to do is passively cool my GPU and I'll be able to leave my rig on 24/7.

I figure it'll be hard to get buyers remorse on $200+ worth of hardware for something like $40 biggrin.gif.
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Originally Posted by Emospence View Post

Gaming keyboards are meh.

Unless they're mechanical.

Once you go mech, you never go back

I would not consider any Razer hardware except the Deathadders.

Never been a fan of their hw either, but this is a mech keyboard, it uses Cherry MX Blues, which I understand are some of the best for typing. I'm not 100% used to them yet obviously, but I'm digging the clickity clack
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It's not worth it in your situation IMO unless you plan to resell them at a profit.
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