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Hi folks.

I would like thoughts on the drivers/hardware support provided by companies. I'm considering upgrading peripherals.

Since I only have Logitech at the moment, I don't know how they stack up against the competition (Razer, Corsair, etc).

Currently using:
Logitech G13 Gameboard (w/ custom LCD applets)
Logitech Illuminated Keyboard
Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse
Logitech G35 Gaming Headset

My headset is starting to wear out (disappointing). I'm thinking about upgrading to a better mechanical keyboard. However, I like how Logitech has managed to condense their gaming software into a single program.

Is there another brand that would offer a relatively seamless experience and better quality across all four devices? Thanks in advance.
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Razor, Corsair, Cooler-Master, Mad Catz.
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Thanks for the list, but I'm looking for opinions on how those products stack up. Do you own any of them?
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Thanks for the list, but I'm looking for opinions on how those products stack up. Do you own any of them?

Madcatz is a joke. Don't even consider them. Razer has great mice, but I have had nothing but horrible experiences with their keyboards and headsets. I have a CM keyboard + mouse, and they're both absolutely stellar. Best build quality of any peripherals I have used.
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Audio and "Gaming Peripheral" companies do not go together. Ever. Get your headphones, speakers and soundcards/DACs from actual audio companies. Audio Technica is my go-to choice for PC gaming, but sennheiser, AKG, and many other companies make excellent audio products as well.

As for keyboards, there is no single company that makes great boards across their entire product line. The CM Storm Rapid is one of the best mechanical keyboards out there in terms of quality, and is exceptionally well priced. At the same time, they have inferior boards for twice the cost too. Razer boards are kind of terrible for the price, you can just write those off. Logi has some interesting boards but I just don't see the appeal for the price (and ugly designs). There are a lot of non-gaming board makers that are great, like Ducky, Filco, etc.

Mice and left handed mini keyboard things (like the G13) are the products you actually DO want to stick to gaming peripheral companies for. Mousepads too, for that matter (Artisan pads from Japan are also real nice). I like Razer, their products look great, and some of them actually are as well (Razer Deathadder is still my favorite mouse after all these years, with a few required modifications). I don't like logitech mice shapes, but they are well built, and might fit you well. Mionix is pretty great. Really there are too many good choices to list out. Just beware that a lot of "gaming" mice are awful *cough razermamba cough*.
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Thank you both, especially Zero. I think its the G13 gamepad that is hardest for me to replace (if logitech made a mechanical version of that I would definitely stay, given LCD and profiles). Maybe I should start there. I was really surprised at the sound quality and surround in the G35. I think I'll be content if another company can match that.

Just trying to think these things out in advance so I don't end up with 5 different irritating startup programs, one to run macros on each device (and the inevitable conflicts that would follow).
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Thank you both, especially Zero. I think its the G13 gamepad that is hardest for me to replace (if logitech made a mechanical version of that I would definitely stay, given LCD and profiles). Maybe I should start there. I was really surprised at the sound quality and surround in the G35. I think I'll be content if another company can match that.

Just trying to think these things out in advance so I don't end up with 5 different irritating startup programs, one to run macros on each device (and the inevitable conflicts that would follow).

Basically anything over 50 bucks from a real audio company will have better sound quality than the G35. You won't have "7.1 audio", but in reality you don't really with the G35 either, and by using USB it also bypasses your computer's audio hardware and instead uses a cheapo $10 built in sound card akin to one of these. Best of all, you won't have to worry about any software at all with a proper audio setup.

As for a mechanical G13, the Razer Orbweaver is basically that. Unfortunately, it lacks the nice little LCD. I too have a G13 and wish it was mechanical. I've considered the Orbweaver myself, but it just isn't worth the cost IMO when a full mechanical keyboard can be had for the same price, and I really do like the LCD. Hopefully logitech will put out an updated G13 with mech keys, a better thumb stick, thumb buttons, and screen at some point.
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Thanks -- this was really helpful - and from another G13 owner as well. While I know the 7.1 surround is a gimmick ... I totally think it works in FPS games and can be great when getting snuck up on.

I have wondered about the quality of the USB ... particularly since my high end motherboard has custom sound parts. I'll look and see if I can find a "real" 5.1 set.
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I wouldn't try and stick to one particular brand for everything, especially a mechanical keyboard, several highly rated mechanical keyboard brands don't make stuff like mice as well. The companies in particular that I'm talking about are the likes of Ducky, Filco, Vortex.

That being said, as far as I'm aware, both Corsair and Cooler Master are good all round companies for peripherals, both make good mice and good keyboards, I'm not knowledgeable enough about headsets to give a reliable opinion on each company's offerings. I'd personally rate Cooler Master as being the more experienced mechanical keyboard brand over Corsair though, not to say Corsair doesn't make good peripherals, they make some great stuff, but strictly in terms of keyboards, Cooler Master has released more boards and many of them are excellent (not all though).
Edited by Paradigm84 - 4/13/14 at 3:52pm
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Thanks -- this was really helpful - and from another G13 owner as well. While I know the 7.1 surround is a gimmick ... I totally think it works in FPS games and can be great when getting snuck up on.

I have wondered about the quality of the USB ... particularly since my high end motherboard has custom sound parts. I'll look and see if I can find a "real" 5.1 set.

As was said previously, "gaming" audio products are generally not too great. Definitely recommend any of the mid-range Sennheiser or Beyerdynamic headsets for gaming with a relatively inexpensive DAC - USB audio just doesn't cut it for me anymore.
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