Gaming hardware has gotten better and better over the years. Practically everyone uses fancy gaming mechanical keyboards these days and while I don’t have too much preference for keyboards (I use the Das Keyboard Pro), I do have strong opinions on gaming mice. The ideal mouse to use depends on what kind of games you’re primarily playing. The best MMO gaming mouse isn’t the same as the best FPS or best general purpose gaming mouse.
I actually own two mice and they’re both plugged in at all times and I alternate depending on what I’m doing. I own a Razer Naga and I absolutely love it when I play MMORPGs like World of Warcraft or Final Fantasy XIV. The extra side buttons make it much easier when you’re constantly using over a dozen spells. While I prefer using keyboard controls for my most used spells in MMORPGs, I’m only ever really comfortable hitting the 1-6 keys since that’s as far as my left hand can comfortably hit on the fly, which only gives me 6 easily accessible hotkeys on my keyboard. I also use keys like Q/E/F, but that only gives me 9-10 hotkeys I can easily access. I don’t like using ctrl+1 or alt+1 to expand my hotkey selection as for some reason I can’t hit these keys as quickly as others and it degrades my performance. For this reason, the Razer Naga or any MMO specific mouse becomes extremely handy. I have no problem hitting the extra side buttons during raids and my overall performance (DPS) increases.
Outside of MMORPGs, I play a lot of MOBAs like League of Legends and Battlerite and for these games the extra side buttons don’t really serve any useful purpose. The standard two side buttons are more than enough for these games and I actually prefer using my Razer Deathadder for these kinds of games. I also find the Deathadder to be comfortable for general purpose computer work or any kind of productive work.
Besides mice, I strongly recommend anyone who spends more than a few hours each day gaming to consider buying a gaming monitor. Having a higher refresh rate makes playing games much more enjoyable and smoother. A big misconception here is that gaming monitors are great for FPS games and that’s about it, but from my experience they work well for general purpose gaming as well as MMORPGs because of the more vibrant colors. A good gaming monitor for MMORPGs is a must buy if you have the budget.
So that’s my setup. A Razer Naga for MMORPGs and a Deathadder for everything else. What’s your setup?