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2-23-2011 @ 7:52AM
Would a standard keyboard suffice or do you guys recommend I get a specialist one from say Logitech or the like?I use a laptop for wow and have been using a gamepad for general play for ages, I think it'd help my game to back to using a keyboard but don't want to use the one on my laptop (dont think the wear and tear would help it)I had a quick look at the Logitech site and have to say their shiny (I.E expensive) wireless solar powered keyboard looks very sexy (I.E very expensive)
2-23-2011 @ 8:26AM
Normal is more than fine.I think the mouse is more important, get a mouse with some easy programmable buttons to bind shift & ctrl. (logitech mx518 is great and cheap)Do not get wireless anything, lag between your keyboard and comp is detrimental in gaming
2-23-2011 @ 8:20AM
A gamepad? My condolences. Even with an analog stick on it, that's holding you back.You really need to use a mouse, or a trackball if it works much better for you. Keys, sticks, and touch-pads for turning just do not cut it.I don't think anyone really needs a fancy keyboard, but an external keyboard is superior to an onboard laptop keyboard. Laptop keys just don't handle the same for some reason, even when they're full size.Just get one that's not absolute crap. Cheap ones can be plenty good, but you want to make sure it doesn't feel like a 20 year old keyboard or dollar-store junk. Check if the keys press and depress easily, without pushing too far or too little. Also for typing I find Enter and Backspace key shape are important. If you're used to hitting the wider backspace key, you might end up hitting the other key that's taken up half of where it used to be. If you use the arrow key position for FPS games, an L-shaped Enter key means one less key along the left side for your pinky finger.
2-23-2011 @ 4:38PM
I've been playing WoW for a few years, and I've been able to put together a configuration that doesn't use a mouse. It's not perfect, but for 90% of my play it works just fine. I lead DPS in dungeons, so my spell rotation is easy to keep rolling. My last laptop had a 10-key so I mapped all of those buttons, wrote about it here: http://www.troystauffer.com/blog/?p=228.Probably wouldn't work for PVP, since quick turning is important there, but for PVE and general questing, I don't need to be able to whip around on a dime. Also, I've never tanked with that setup, I'd need to probably use a mouse to flag mobs. It's too hard to tab through enemies quickly.
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