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Buying a new keyboard (and perhaps mouse)
show user profile  Nanne
I'm planning on buying a now keyboard, but I just realised that I never done that before. I always used the keyboard that came with the computer.

So I would like some tips; what do you look for in a keyboard? What's your favourite keyboard? Have you tried any of these curved, ergonomic, keyboards; are they comfortable and useable?

I intend to use the keyboard for 3ds Max, typing (MS Word) and gaming on Windows 8.
Cheers mates!

Kristoffer Helander
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5/26/2013 2:45:38 AM (last edit: 5/26/2013 2:45:38 AM)
show user profile  horizon
I also never payed much attention to peripherals, until I got a Logitech MX518 mouse for free, which made all the other "standard" mice other people have feel awkward and shitty whenever I go somewhere.

Other than the much better sensor (it's noticable compared to some lousy ones) and size perfect for my hand, I can't live with back/forward buttons anymore, and DPI settings come in handy in some games.

I've got a $20 keyboard so can't comment on that

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5/26/2013 6:07:13 AM (last edit: 5/26/2013 6:07:34 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
those wavy keyboards are just shit, wireless is good.. um make sure its got the <> buttons and for mouse make sure its got a functional middle button (a lot of the later ones instead have a mechanical lock for the roller which is just useless). For gaming sake if you get wireless get one with 1khz+ refresh rate (input lag = 1ms)

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5/26/2013 1:04:08 PM (last edit: 5/26/2013 1:04:08 PM)
show user profile  br0t
For the mouse: I am using a logitech g700 and am pretty happy with it. I costs a few bucks more, but since I use it everyday I didnt see a reason to be cheap about it (70€ back then I think). The cool thing is it has a number of keys you can out custom commands or macros on, you can change dpi on the fly, you can unhook the scroll wheel to scroll very fast, you can unplug the cable to get a wireless mouse, whereas the battery will load when the cable is attached. Very precise and lies good in hand. Right hand only though.

For the keyboard: I really recommend to try it out before you buy. I have a Microsoft Sidewinder X4, which was about 40€ and for has a good pressure point on the keys. However the layout seems to be a little wider than a standard keyboard, which can be awkward at first. It also has some extra programmable keys that I dont use so far. Some multimedia keys that are nice.

never get low & slow & out of ideas

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5/26/2013 2:19:44 PM (last edit: 5/26/2013 2:19:44 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
I decided a while back to get a decent mouse so I picked up the Logitech G9x... It's pretty damn nice and feels good if you have a larger hand.

I dinked out on the keyboard and got this...

It was on sale for 10 dollars when I picked it up... Couldn't be happier. The "C" "N" "M" marks on those keys are worn off, but besides that, it's titty-boy-awesome dawg.

Get one of those mice with a big ass ball on them.. like this-


- Portfolio-

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5/26/2013 3:17:28 PM (last edit: 5/26/2013 3:17:28 PM)
show user profile  Stephen R.
DAS Keyboard, all day every day, never a single regret. I love mine.

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5/26/2013 6:40:42 PM (last edit: 5/26/2013 6:40:42 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
Apple keyboard.

Logitech performance mx mouse

Trust me, you'll be happy or ill just buy them from you (all our setups use them)

-Marko Mandaric

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5/26/2013 7:47:18 PM (last edit: 5/26/2013 7:49:54 PM)
show user profile  kiko
I have to agree with Bolts on the mouse, best mouse I've ever had!

I'm a big handed guy an it has proven to be the only comfortable mouse ever, plus it works flawlessly on a glass surface.

Has given me two headacdhes in it's lifetime (2+ years) where the left button double clicks by itself, turnos out to be a faultu micro switch, a little youtubing and cleaning solves the problem.


-- David --
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5/27/2013 3:09:14 AM (last edit: 5/27/2013 3:09:14 AM)
show user profile  michael69
logitec g700 13 button mouse works great in games, I also programmed it for photoshop, un-do , re-do, color correct, contrast correct are all 1 button push now
do your self a favor and buy a 4 pack of AA rechargables with the charger at wallmart for 13 bucks because this thing eats batteries, and I dont like to have it plugged in charging half the time
I also always buy logitec keyboards
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6/4/2013 9:53:16 PM (last edit: 6/4/2013 9:53:16 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
It should be illegal to only make a mouse for right-handed people.

Best keyboard ever made:

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6/4/2013 9:57:09 PM (last edit: 6/4/2013 9:57:09 PM)
show user profile  reeves1984
never use a mouse, wacom!

Simon Reeves - VFX Artist & Blog
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6/4/2013 10:12:59 PM (last edit: 6/4/2013 10:12:59 PM)
show user profile  Nanne
I bought the Logitech Performance MX mouse but I'm having issues with the middle mouse click in 3ds Max. The mouse wheel is a bit tricky to click, it doesn't really go down and there isn't any click sound. The real problem though is that in Max I can't hold the scroll wheel down in order to rotate the camera view! It starts to rotate but sooner or later it loses contact and I have to re-click the scroll wheel to continue rotating. This is really annoying since the middle mouse button is very centric in Max's navigation, the same issue goes for just trying to pan the view. It works for a second or two, then I have to re-click if I want to continue.

Any idea on how to fix this?! Bolteon? kiko? Have any of you had this issue?

Kristoffer Helander
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8/6/2013 11:15:26 PM (last edit: 8/6/2013 11:15:26 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
For me - Apple kb and logitech mouse


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8/7/2013 12:17:43 AM (last edit: 8/7/2013 12:17:43 AM)
show user profile  kiko
Missed your post on this thread Nanne. Unfortunately never had a middle click problem, though I've had a left click one several times, it has come to the point where i simply clean the microswitch and it works like a charm again, for a few months at least.
I've always used this video (revolution MX mouse, which is kind of the same design), maybe you coul try cleaning your middle button microswitch.

Hope it helps.

Wonderful mouse but it does tend to crap out microswitch wise....

Cheers -- David --
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8/7/2013 12:28:48 AM (last edit: 8/7/2013 12:28:48 AM)
show user profile  digital3ds
get a naga dude! cash money! (mouse)

I love my thermaltake keyboard. inexpensive too! nice klaky keys, comes with a little hand fan, too!



(or of the razr type ; )
- Mike Sawicki

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8/7/2013 12:41:59 AM (last edit: 8/7/2013 12:43:36 AM)
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