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Gaming Gear Deals at Sitex 2013

Here are some top gaming gear deals at this year's Sitex:

Prolink Hesperus Gaming Mouse

The Hesperus is an ergonomically-shaped, right-handed mouse equipped with an 8200 DPI Avago ADNS-9800 laser sensor. It features nine programmable buttons, a four-way scroll wheel, a 1.8m braided cable, a customizable weight system, Teflon feet and five switchable profiles.

Sitex 2013 Offer

  • Sitex Price: $69 (Usual Price: 109)
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Location

Hall 6, Booth 6B70

CMStorm Quick Fire TK Mechanical Keyboard

The Quick Fire TK mechanical keybaord comes with your choice of either blue or brown Cherry MX switches, in a compact and ergonomic layout with an integrated number pad. It also includes a backlight with 3 modes, and 5 brightness levels and an embedded steel backplate for extra stability.

Sitex 2013 Offer

  • Sitex Price: $148 (Usual Price: $158)
  • Sitex Promotion: Free Speed RX Large Mouse Mat
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Location

Hall 6, Booth 6B70

Tt Esports MEKA Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The MEKA mechanical gaming keyboard is a compact body keyboard, armed with Cherry MX Black switches, perfect for those who want a mechanical keyboard but also need to save on desktop space.

Sitex 2013 Offer

  • Sitex Price: $99 (Usual Price: $178)

Location

Hall 6, Booth 6D20

Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse

New white version of Logitech's popular 20 button mmo gaming mouse which includes a 12-button thumbpad, perfect for macroing all of your essential skills and abilities. The G600 uses an 8200 DPI laser sensor.

Sitex 2013 Offer

  • Sitex Price: $99
  • Sitex Promotion: Free G240 mouse mat (worth $29)
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Location

Hall 6, Booth 6D20

 

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Gaming Gear Buying Guide

Gamers are a completely different type of user when compared with regular consumers. Consequently, gamers demand a completely different level of performance from their gadgets and technology. Taking note of this, manufacturers have been branding their products with the “gamer” tag to appeal to this particular market demographic. But it takes much more that creative wordplay to turn a peripheral into one that will pass a gamer’s stringent standards.

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For the purpose of this segment, we will be focusing mainly on the devices and peripherals available to PC gamers. These gadgets can be broadly divided along the following lines.

 

Gaming Mice

 

It can be argued, that the mouse is the most important gaming peripheral for the PC. Be it FPS, RTS, RPG or any other genre of game important functions like selecting objects, shooting, panning the camera and looking around all accomplished with a click. As a general rule, good gaming mice use a laser sensor as opposed to the LED lights used by optical mice. This gives gaming mice higher response times and greater accuracy. In addition, gaming mice may also boast programmable or macro keys for the benefit of MMORPG players.

 

Gaming Keyboards

 

As can be expected, input peripherals have the most impact on the user’s gaming experience. Gaming keyboards generally differ from regular versions as they come with backlight keys for use in dark environments. In addition, they have a host of additional features such as LCD panels for displaying pertinent system info and customizable keys. But the most important feature to look out for in a gaming keyboard is the switches used. For the most part, gaming keyboards use mechanical switches for faster actuation.

 

Gaming Headsets

While gamers do appreciate audiophile grade sound quality, their demands from a headset are different from music lovers. Soundstage and directionality of audio is given prime importance. As you can imagine, correctly identifying the direction of sounds can give you an edge especially when playing first person shooter titles. Gaming headsets also come equipped with microphones for use when chatting with teammates in-game.

 

What To Look Out For

With such a variety of gaming gear, there are a lot of considerations to keep in mind.

  • Mechanical Switches (Gaming Keyboard). Any gaming keyboard worth its salt should utilize mechanical switches as opposed to membrane technology. As suggested by the name, pressing the keys on a mechanical keyboard results in actual “mechanical” movement of parts. Mechanical keyboards are known to provide varying travel distances and response times. There are different types of mechanical switches, Cherry MX Black, Cherry MX Red, Cherry MX Blue, Cherry MX Brown and Cherry MX Clear being some of the more popular options at present. Each has its own individual, unique mechanism for pressing keys and actuation. Our recommendation would be to try out each switch-type to determine your preferred version. Mechanical Switches are also able to withstand good amounts of “key-bashing” and are quite resilient. Do be warned however, mechanical keyboards make a distinctly loud “clacking” noise when used.


  • Key Rollover (Gaming Keyboard). Simply put, Key Rollover or KRO is a measure of the number of keys that can be simultaneously pressed and registered. Our own personal preference is for keyboards to have a 6KRO i.e. six keys can be pressed at the same time and accurately registered. However, N-KRO keyboard are also available i.e. an infinite number of keys can be pressed and registered. Key Rollover features are also what make macro-keys possible.
  • Polling Rates and (Gaming Mouse). The polling rate is the one of the most critical specifications for a gaming mouse. It refers to the time interval taken by the mouse sensor to collect pertinent information. Good gaming mice should offer a polling rate of 1000Hz which means that the mouse will query the processor for information once every millisecond.

  • Wired .vs. Wireless. Gamers will always prefer wired peripherals to wireless peripherals. With the former there is no danger of the batteries running out at the exact wrong moment. Wired peripherals also offer stable transmission of data and do not suffer from latency or lag issues. Wireless devices have come a long way and casual gamers can look into testing them out for the convenience they offer. Modern gaming products also come with the option to be used in wired or wireless versions as well and would be an option who want the best of both worlds.

  • Angle Snapping (Gaming Mouse). Angle snapping is an algorithm for mice that allows users to draw straight lines by hand. While it is excellent for many applications, such as editing images in Photoshop, it is not the best feature for gamers. Gaming mice come with the option to turn this feature off so that they can get better control and more precision with their cursor movements. Do check with the sellers to confirm whether or not the gaming mouse you choose enables you to toggle angle snapping on and off.

  • Virtual .vs. Actual Surround. As mentioned earlier, surround sound and directionality of audio is the name of the game when it comes to gaming headsets. Manufacturers provide 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound with their gaming headset products. But it is important to check how this effect is achieved. The cheaper headsets provide “virtual” surround sound with the help of software manipulation. Better performing products however tend to employ multiple drivers to deliver “actual” surround sound. It is important to decide on budget and performance expectations before setting out to procure a gaming headset.