Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide: March '08: Page 6

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Mouse: Logitech G5 Laser Mouse

Current Cost: $45
Consecutive Guides: 6
Price Change: $0

We considered a wide range of corded mice, including the Logitech G9 Laser, as well as various Microsoft and Razor models, and still haven't found a good reason to move away from Logitech's earlier G5 version. With its incredibly fine 2000 dpi laser sensor, low-friction PFTE mouse feet, on-the-fly sensitivity switching, and adjustable weights, the G5 Laser Mouse is as good a mouse now as it was when we first picked it.

There has always been a significant amount of personal preference when it comes to gaming mice and the good news is that our budget has enough room left over to consider more expensive units based on your own preferences. Many users prefer the Logitech G9 ($70) over the G5, while others would like a wireless mouse such as the MX Revolution ($75). The choice is yours, and we suggest going to a high-end retailer to try several display models before plunking down your hard-earned cash.

Keyboard: Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard

Current Cost: $85
Consecutive Guides: 5
Price Change: +$21

Most of us would settle for a nice solid keyboard with good actuation "feel", but Logitech's G15 goes a few steps farther. Starting with a flip-up LCD panel capable of displaying a variety of information - from system statistics to player status and communications (depending on the applet employed) - it goes on to offer backlit keys for playing in dark rooms, 18 added programmable keys, media player and volume controls, and a built-in USB hub for convenient connection of a mouse and game controller.

The G15 has been at the top of our list for five consecutive guides, and we're always looking for the next improvement that can meet the needs of most gamers. Once again, we're open to new ideas, but if you were about to suggest an ergonomic model we already have a good alternative:

A combination of durability and styling make the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 a great choice for anyone who doesn't want or need the features of the G15, so long as they're accustomed to using the unique shape. Compared to the Logitech G15, the Ergonomic Keyboard 4000's $45 web price is a bargain.

Game Controller: Saitek P3000 Wireless Pad & Docking Station

Current Cost: $35
Consecutive Guides: 15
Price Change: +$5

Some games are just easier to play with a handheld controller or joystick, such as racing and several sports titles, so it's a good idea to have one around even if rarely play these types of games. One might even consider that complicated keyboard controls are one reason why so many PC owners game on consoles.

Saitek surprised us last year by releasing a couple of wired PC game controllers, which was likely a benefit of technology convergence with USB-enabled game consoles, but neither of the new models has impressed us. As the product line had been allowed to languish for quite some time, the high-end P3000 is currently only available as a "new-old stock" model from various venders. Wireless freedom and the inclusion of two rechargeable batteries with charging base differentiate this "obsolete" part from current models of similar design: Get one before they're gone!

Introduction and Case

Processors and Cooling

Motherboards and Memory

Hard Drives and DVD-R/RW

Video Card, LCD Display and Audio

Mouse, Keyboard & Controller

Communications, Operating Systems, and more

Prices Roundup and Final Thoughts

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