Our Keyboard And Mouse LAN Party Picks
Looking over our data, the recommendations we'd like to make are pretty clear. If the lack of a number pad and its $80 price tag don't bother you, Razer's BlackWidow Tournament Edition mechanical keyboard scores the win.
If you aren't willing to spend that much cash on a keyboard, Kensington's $30 K72357US is a reasonable budget-oriented option.
Although it's built solidly, the Siig JK-US0412-S1 is not well-suited to hardcore gaming because of its severe ghosting issue. Combine that with a high price tag and Siig just can't compete with the other three contenders in any objective measurement.
Razer’s entire BlackWidow line is fantastic, and the Tournament Edition is no different. We've used several BlackWidows, and they all have that satisfying response you can only get from a high-end mechanical switch keyboard. While we don't buy into the idea that a more tactile key press will improve your gaming performance, we certainly can testify that it helps with general typing more than you might expect.
As such, the BlackWidow Tournament Edition earns our Approved award for rising to the top of today's field.
As far as mice go, we can say that we’ve become thoroughly obsessed with the Logitech G9x (Ed.: Coincidentally, this is the mouse I've been using on my personal gaming rig for a couple of years now). The G9x's feel is what sets it apart, and unfortunately that needs to be experienced first-hand. Particularly since it's selling for $20 less than when we started this story, the G9x also deserves an Approved award at $60.
While Thermaltake's Theron is quite nice as well, the placement of its DPI buttons and odd shape detracted from otherwise-excellent performance. It's just too easy to accidentally change settings, and we can see that being a big problem for gamers.
While we wouldn't malign the Logitech G500 or Razer Orochi as much as our panel of testers did, neither would be our first pick either. Due to its small size, my hands tended to cramp after gaming with the Orochi for a couple hours.
But, as we already mentioned, peripheral choice ultimately comes down to which device feels the best to you. Objectively, the mice are more or less equal, and other than the Siig, none of the keyboards should give you too much trouble either. Whatever you decide, this kind of portable gear helps keep the spirit of LAN parties alive, and that’s what really matters.