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Havit RGB Keyboard and Mouse

Save Your Money, Budget Doesn’t Always Mean Compromise 

Havit Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Boxes
Havit Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Boxes

Are you subscribed to r/Battlestations? Do drool over those fancy RGB setups that are all the crazy in computer gaming? Are you also short on cash to upgrade your setup? Well, perhaps I have an answer to your lighting lust. Havit Gaming will quench your technolust for a fraction of the cost.

First and foremost, I must admit I am very much a controller fanboy. While I know using a mouse and keyboard are lightning-fast and provide a  tactical advantage, I just can’t put my controller down. I personally am not much of a competitive gamer anyway, and I grew up playing on consoles. But I do like a few games that are either, do not support controllers or controllers are not practical such as Planet Coaster and Cities: Skylines.

While Havit offers keyboard and mouse combos, I opted to purchase them separately as the keyboard and mouse I wanted were not offered as a set.

HAVIT HV-KB391L Gaming Keyboard
HAVIT HV-KB391L Gaming Keyboard

Keyboard

For the keyboard, I purchased the HAVIT HV-KB391L Gaming Keyboard. It is a membrane keyboard, not mechanical. Regardless, it has a great look with 3 lighting modes, rainbow, breathing and off. The keyboard also has the ability to change the directional key location. For me, the biggest challenge of this type of keyboard has been adjusting to larger keys. Outside of that, it has been great.

HAVIT MS760 Pro Gaming Mouse
HAVIT MS760 Pro Gaming Mouse

Mouse

For the mouse, I went with the HAVIT MS760 Pro Gaming Mouse. I chose this mouse as it has an interchangeable left panel. I particularly like the panel with 6 programmable buttons. If you are willing to program some shortcuts it is a lot like having a controller in my opinion. This mouse also sports 7 dpi modes (dots per inch) which means the sensitivity is adjustable. Each dpi level has a color assigned to it and pressing the plus or minus buttons on the mouse will quickly change the color and level. I could see this feature being useful for individuals who do photo editing or other tedious and intricate tasks. There are also 10 RGB lighting modes and an app you can download to change many of the functions. The biggest downside of the mouse so far is figuring out which drivers you may need to download to get all of the features enabled.

Conclusion

Outside of a few minor issues, the experience so far has been great. For right around $40 USD I have a gaming setup that I truly enjoy. If you have $150+ to spend on a keyboard and mouse setup, knock yourself out. For the rest of us, Havit Gaming has a nice offering.

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The Greatest Controller Ever: The Xbox 360 Controller

Play the Game, Not Let the Game Play You

Functionality could be argued all day, and I have added that topic to this discussion. Universality is and that is where the Xbox 360 Controller is unmatched.

Why Is It Better

Normally, in an attempt to suck the life you of a product in the name of profits, hardware makers use proprietary parts. In the second version of the Xbox, Microsoft decided to use USB as appose to something proprietary. This cost-saving idea actually creates a segway for many like myself to cross over from console to PC gaming.

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AGPtek PC 2.4ghz Wireless Controller Gaming USB 2.0 Receiver For Microsoft XBOX 360 with a Six-foot USB Cable- White $12.99

Perhaps because I have been using the controller for so long, it feels perfect. The controls are similar within similar types of games. While the controller does not replace a mouse, the once popular keyboard addition is really cool. The Xbox 360 Controller was definitely designed for a console but it works well with the Windows PC. In Steam’s big picture mode, it works as a mouse as well.


Razer Wildcat – eSports Customizable Premium Controller for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC – 4 Programmable Buttons $85.00

Many PC gamers enjoy tinkering with settings. The massive amount of settings is what separates PC’s from consoles. Many console gamers would love to switch over to the PC but the thought of having to set up controls just to play is unimaginable. While there are many great controllers available, most will not allow a gamer to just play as the Xbox 360 Controller will.


NVIDIA SHIELD Controller $115.23

Conclusion

Even to this day, most blockbuster PC games are packed with Xbox 360 Controller maps. 13 years after launch this peripheral is relevant as ever. The newer Xbox One Controller is very similarly designed and has a similar feel. Others have tried to release controllers with up-to-features but fail to capture the essence of what a Controller is.


USB Wired Game Controller Gamepad Vibration Feedback for XBOX 360 Console PC $12.42