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Sharky Extreme : Monthly Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide September 30, 2008

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    October Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide
    By Thomas Soderstrom :  October 26, 2007

    Mouse: Logitech G5 Laser Mouse

    Current Cost: $45
    Consecutive Guides: 5
    Price Change: $0

    We considered a wide range of corded mice this month. Contenders included the Logitech's G9, as well as various Microsoft and Razor models, and we 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.

    Keyboard: Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard

    Current Cost: $64
    Consecutive Guides: 4
    Price Change: $0

    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 things, 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 four consecutive guides, and we're always looking for the next improvement that can meet the needs of most gamers. As usual, we're open to suggestions.

    Game Controller: Saitek P3000 Wireless Pad & Docking Station

    Current Cost: $30
    Consecutive Guides: 14
    Price Change: $0

    Some games are just easier to play with a handheld controller or joystick, such as racing and several sports games, 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 recently by releasing a couple of wired PC game controllers, but none of the new models was really too impressive. 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 currently produced models of similar design: Get one before they're gone!

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    Page 2 Processors and Cooling
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    Page 4 Hard Drives and DVD-R/RW
    Page 5 Video Card, LCD Display and Audio
  • Page 6 Mouse, Keyboard & Controller
    Page 7 Communications, Operating System, etc.
    Page 8 Price Roundup and Closing Remarks

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