June 2015 – Gaming PC Keyboard, Mice and Monitor Suggestions
The following are the best PC gaming mice, keyboard and monitor suggestions for June 2015. This article is written as an attachment to the June 2015 $600, $1000 and $1500 builds of the month, where the hardware for the gaming pc itself is suggested, however there are no peripherals included. The gaming pc builds included in the monthly pc build article don’t include a mouse, keyboard, monitor or operating system, so this article includes suggestions for each and in the three separate budget categories of higher end, mid-range and basic peripheral sections. Each month I will update the following peripheral sections if anything needs changing or if there have been any new & notable additions to any of the categories.
This is not a comprehensive list or meant to always be the best of the best, but these are some of the best and new peripheral suggestions separated in their respective “higher end”, “mid-range” & “basic” (keyboard, mouse or monitor) categories for gaming pc builds.
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- Higher End Gaming PC Peripherals
- Mid-Range PC Peripherals
- Basic PC Peripherals
- Gaming PC Operating System Options
Higher End Gaming PC Peripherals – June 2015
The “higher end” peripherals are meant to showcase some of the more popular higher end / gaming specific peripheral hardware that one might consider to have the top of the line gaming peripherals. Keep in mind, these are not the most expensive gaming hardware peripherals one can buy, but a collection of the higher quality / more popular hardware for gamers. If you play specific types of games (MMO’S vs high FPS) then you might want to look into specific gaming hardware geared for those games, either way the list below should still be relevant.
The keyboard included again is the Razer BlackWidow Chroma Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, with fully programmable keys and 5 additional gaming keys with on the fly macro recording. mechanical keys with distinct tactile feel and fast response and more [learn more at razerzone.com]; this is definitely one of the best overall gaming keyboards. The included mouse is the Logitech G502 Proteus Core – a very comfortable mouse with 11 large programmable buttons and easily one of the best mice out there, and is a great mouse for playing any time of PC game [learn more at gaming.logitech.com].
There are two newly included monitors included below and each depends on what gaming resolution you might prefer. The first is probably the most popular higher resolution 2560X1440 monitors, the ASUS PG278Q ROG Swift gaming monitor. This a large 27 inch display with a very sharp image, a 144Hz refresh rate (provides super smooth motion performance) a 1ms response time and some additional gaming features (read more at asus.com). The second monitor is the Acer XB280HK bprz, a large monitor providing smooth gameplay in a 28-inch 4K resolution display. I’ve included this monitor this month to coincide with the 4K capable June 2015 $1500 gaming pc build, which includes the new GTX 980 Ti graphics card. To learn more about the AcerXB280HK bprz monitor, please visit us.acer.com.
|Keyboard||Razer BlackWidow Chroma Mechanical Gaming Keyboard||$162.83|
|Mouse||Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse with Fully Customizable Surface, Weight and Balance Tuning (910-004074)||$61.05|
|Monitor (2560×1440)OR(3840×2160) / 4K Gaming||ASUS PG278Q ROG Swift 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor (2K Gaming)
Acer XB280HK bprz 28-inch Display Ultra HD 4K2K NVIDIA G-SYNC (3840 x 2160) Widescreen Monitor (4K Gaming)
|$748.99 (ASUS PG278Q)
$679.99 (Aver XB280HK)
Mid-Range PC Peripherals – June 2015
The mid-range category is perfect for those that want to have great gaming peripherals, but not necessarily the most expensive. The Mid Range peripherals are most likely geared more towards the $1500 and $600 build type users, such as those in the June 2015 gaming pc builds of the month.
The keyboard chosen is the SteelSeries Apex, which has a ton of programmable controls with four independent custom lighting zones. There is also a tactile anchoring on the W key, additional arrow keys and an extra large space bar all for a relatively cheap cost [Learn more at steelseries.com].
The mid range gaming mouse chosen this month is the Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime gaming mouse. This mouse is built to withstand high speed clicking for hours, a metal spring tensioning system that keeps the buttons precisely tensioned for improved response, six programmable buttons, 4-DPI settings (240DPI – 4000DPI) and a lightweight design [learn more at logitech.com].
The mid range monitor this month is the LG Electronics 24GM77 24 inch monitor. This monitor is priced extremely well right now and is really a fantastic gaming monitor for those gaming at 1920×1080 with super fast response times and refresh rates; highly recommended.
|Keyboard||SteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboard||$76.95|
|Mouse||Corsair Vengeance M65 Performance FPS Gaming Mouse, Gunmetal Black (CH-9000022-NA)||$64.58|
|Monitor (1920×1080)||LG Electronics Gaming 24GM77 24-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor||$304.49|
Basic PC Peripherals – June 2015
The “basic” peripherals are meant to showcase some of the more popular peripherals that are generally more affordable. Just because these are labelled “basic” doesn’t mean they are cheap or not good, but instead cheaper alternatives.
The keyboard this month again is the Logitech G105 gaming keyboard – this keyboard has long life LED backlighting, six programmable G-keys, multi key input and more. For what this keyboard offers, it’s a great choice for a budget gaming keyboard at a very good price. To learn more about the G105 keyboard please visit gaming.logitech.com.
For a budget mouse, we have a basic affordable, comfortable ambidextrous gaming mouse call the ROCCAT LUA Gaming Mouse, which has some of the customizations of a gaming mouse (DPI button, precise scroll wheel, button customization), yet won’t break the bank [Learn more at roccat.org]. This mouse has been included for the last three months and is priced this month at the cheapest it has been yet.
The monitor you see below is actually really good even though it is categorized into the budget category – the BenQ RL2455HM 24-inch with 1920×1080 resolution and quick 1ms response times [Learn more at gaming.benq.com]. This monitor is 24 inches and priced quite well considering its specifications.
|Keyboard||Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard with Backlighting||$39.99|
|Mouse||ROCCAT LUA Tri-Button Gaming Mouse, Black||$26.99|
|Monitor (1920×1080)||BenQ Gaming Monitor RL2455HM (24-Inch LED)||$199.00|
Operating System Options
If you don’t already have an operating system for your new gaming pc build, they you are going to need one. Below of some typical option with your choice of Windows 8.1 or Window 7, along with some free alternatives.
The following are some operating systems you can consider installing upon putting your Gaming PC build together. The first two will cost you and are either Windows 7 or 8.1 – I have no opinions here so I’ll leave the purchase of these up to the discretion of yourself. I have also included two other operating systems that are both currently free. Ubuntu is a Linux based operating system. The last OS is SteamOS, which is also a Linux OS being developed by Valve Corporation and is being made to be used for a Steam Machine game console. The official release of SteamOS has not been announced, however you can try out the beta.
|Windows 8.1||Windows 8.1 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit||$89.99|
|Windows 7||Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builder OEM DVD 1 Pack (New Packaging)||$94.99|
|Ubuntu||Ubuntu – Desktop||Free|
|SteamOS||SteamOS Beta “Build your own Steam Machine”||Free|
I would like to know what you guys think of this mouse and keyboard compared to the ones in the basic pc area.
Is it a good choice to substitute the one you post in the basic area or is just a good looking pair that ends up being really cheap made?.
I’m not familiar with the brand Reddragon, so I can’t personally speak to its quality and I couldn’t find a ton in terms of quality reviews. At a first glance they look pretty decent for the cost and both the keyboard and the mouse look pretty cool. So basing my answer solely on the Amazon reviews, the mouse looks to be a decent purchase, comes with higher end things like weights and such, also everyone seems to be happy with it and same goes for the keyboard. I’d say go for it unless you have any specific needs that they don’t fulfill in a keyboard mouse combo and if you do let me know how they are I’d be curious.
I think i will go with them, they seem good indeed, if anything changes i will go with the ones you selected to begin with. Thanks again.
I’m all over the place! lol
I was curious if you have an opinion on tiers of gaming headphones? I’d love to get your take on a set for FPS’s like Battlefield or COD with good directional awareness.
I have used Turtle Beach with my console, but being that I am making the jump to PC didn’t know if I should be looking at another brand. I’ve read through some forums, however most are dated and not helpful imo.
thanks again for your time!
I totally missed your comment here! I think I saw the notification for your other one and assumed it was the only one 😛 To be honest I don’t pay took much attention to the quality headphone market and tend to cheap out when it comes to headphones, as some audiophile friends of mine could contest. I have used Turtle Beach however, and did use a cheap pair for a while and they worked “ok”. I’ve also been given an Afterglow wireless headset and was actually quite surprised with its quality, it connects using a wireless USB stick and always works with decent sound in my opinion. I have also used Sound Blaster Evo headsets, which I would probably say are usually a great quality for a cheap cost. All in all though I’m not too familiar with higher end headsets though.