Sculpt

As much as personal PCs have changed since their release over four decades ago, two things have remained the same: the keyboard and mouse. And we have a feeling they'll be with us for decades to come. With that said, we definitely don't recommend you saddle your new PC with the same old peripherals you've been using since the turn of the century! Stepping up to a modern keyboard and mouse can make your computing experience come alive again, which shouldn't be too surprising if you consider that they are the two main touchpoints that connect you to your computer.

For Spring 2018, many of our favorite peripherals make a return appearance, but a number of new models have also joined the list. These include the unique Microsoft Sculpt ergonomic keyboard shown above, as well as Corsair's new cutting-edge K63 wireless mechanical lapboard. Both of these wireless peripherals are at the top of their class. Not to be outdone, Logitech is dominating the wireless mouse market with its lag-free Lightspeed wireless technology and PowerPlay wireless charging mat. What does this mean to you? The freedom of wireless mousing without the need to charge, let alone change, the batteries!

We've organized this guide into three sections. First, you have our picks for home and small office products. Second, we list our pick for the best Home Theater keyboard/mouse combo. Finally, we have a wide range of gaming-specific products at every pricepoint. Note that while Logitech's G502 Proteus Spectrum is actually the top-selling gaming mouse in the world, we no longer recommend it, as both Logitech and its competitors have released superior models in the interim. The one product that seems unstoppable, however, is Corsair's K70 keyboard line. Despite being among the very first mechanical gaming keyboards on the market, no manufacturer has topped it, despite numerous attempts. Keep in mind that just because a product has "gaming" in the name doesn't mean it's the real deal. We've picked out a wide range of models that we've sampled and know will actually improve your gaming experience!

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Peripherals - Spring 2018

Home/Small Office

    The Basic Business Mouse:

    Logitech Corded Mouse M500

    For basic home office of small business use, you can't beat the Logitech M500. It uses a laser sensor for extreme precision, and with its wired connection, you never have to worry about batteries dying or the connection dropping. This makes it an ideal pick in an office environment. We particularly like the built-in forward and back buttons along with the unique "hyper-fast" infinite scroll wheel, navigating web pages and documents is much easier than with any other similarly-priced mouse.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Unlike a lot of inexpensive mice, this one has an ergonomic shape. That makes it a great fit for right-handed mouse users, although left-handed mouse users will probably prefer the ambidextrous Microsoft Comfort Mouse 4500.

    The Perfect Travel Mouse:

    Cherry MW 3000 Wireless Mouse

    If you're looking for a full-featured mouse that just happens to be wireless (and compact!), then check out the MW 3000 from Cherry, the famed German manufacturer of Cherry MX keyboard switches. Believe it or not, Cherry makes a whole line of high-quality peripherals, and the MW 3000 offers lots of features for the price. These include a miniature wireless receiver that tucks right into the mouse when not in use, a comfortable ergonomic shape with rubber grips, and forward/back thumb buttons.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This mouse even has a button to switch between 1,000dpi and 1,750dpi presets, which is unheard of in travel mice, let alone any mouse in this price range.

    The Deluxe Wireless Mouse:

    Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse

    Yes, it says"gaming" right there in the product name, but serious gamers will want one of the models we recommend later in this guide. So whom do we think this mouse is actually good for? Just about everyone else! In its high-precision mode, it will go 250 hours before needing a change of batteries. And in standard-sensitivity mode, it can go months before needing a charge. It also glides very smoothly and has a comfortable shape for long hours of use. To learn more about this amazing mouse, read our in-depth review!

    The Guru's Tip:

    We really wish we could recommend Logitech's follow-up to the G602, called the G603 Lightspeed, which we reviewed here. The battery life is amazing, but Logitech really missed a great opportunity by giving the G603 a slick exterior surface, which we just don't like after extended testing. The G602 is a lot cheaper, still has great battery life, and feels better in the hand.

    The Ultimate Business Mouse:

    Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless

    If you want only the best, step up to Logitech's latest MX Master, the 2S. It can work on any surface, including glass, while running for 70 days before needing a charge. This mouse has dual wireless modes, meaning you can use either Bluetooth (if your PC has it), or the included nano USB receiver. And in a feat of true genius, Logitech has pioneered a new cross-computer mode, which allows you to control up to three PC or Mac computers using a single mouse - even cutting and pasting data between them. Whoa!

    The Guru's Tip:

    The MX Master 2S is being marketed under Logitech's new "Logi" sub-brand, which was created to appeal to a broader consumer audience. Don't worry, though, it's still packing all the cutting-edge "tech" that the Logitech name has always stood for!

    The Basic Wired Keyboard:

    Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600

    If you just need a great keyboard for home office use, consider this budget-priced model from Microsoft. It features a low-profile design, dedicated volume and calculator keys, and a number pad.

    The Guru's Tip:

    We always like to have at least one corded mouse or keyboard around for troubleshooting, because you know you'll never get wireless interference when using it.

    The Ergonomic Keyboard:

    Microsoft Sculpt Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard

    If you're looking for long-term comfort from a business keyboard, you need the Microsoft Sculpt. Offering not just a split keyset design but also a significant curve, it will put your wrists in a proper position for healthy typing. It's also wireless, making it a great fit at any workstation!

    The Guru's Tip:

    One of the truly unique features of this keyboard is the stand-alone keypad. One of the issues with standard keyboards is that the number keys cause your right hand (the typical mousing hand) to be offset from the center of your typing area, leading to shoulder strain. With the Sculpt, you can place the keyboard right in front of you, and pull out the number pad only when you need it!

    The Ultimate Business Keyboard:

    Corsair Strafe MX Silent

    While there are plenty of ultra-expensive "business" keyboards, if you want the very best keyboard for office use without paying an exorbitant price, go for Corsair's Strafe MX Silent. Yes, it was developed as a "gaming" keyboard, but as one of the very few keyboards on the market with Cherry's MX Silent switches, it offers the dual benefits of mechanical feel and precision and a typing experience quieter than a standard rubber membrane keyboard.

    The Guru's Tip:

    To learn more about Cherry's MX Silent switches, read our full review of the Cherry MX Silent Board.

Home Theater

    The Home Theater Keyboard/Trackpad Combo:

    Logitech K830 Illuminated Wireless Keyboard

    The K830 is the ideal home theater PC keyboard. No other manufacturer has come up with a solution that's quite so stylish, useful, or cost-effective. With its integrated trackpad, the K830 allows you to interact with your PC from any seat in the room - no desk required! And with its included backlighting, you can actually use it in a dark media room!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This keyboard uses Bluetooth, rather than Logitech's propritary nano USB receiver, meaning it can even be used with an Android smartphone!

    The Ultimate HTPC Lapboard:

    Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Lapboard

    Do you want to see something truly innovative? Then check out this one of a kind lapboard designed for gaming on your HTPC setup. It's one of only two name-brand wireless mechanical keyboards on the market (the other is Logitech's G613), and it's the only wireless mechanical lapboard! Lapboard's have an integrated mousepad allowing you to game with a mouse while sitting on the couch. We've tried other lapboards, and we hate to say it, but they are all just a waste of time. Their huge cables make them non-starters in our opinion now that Corsair has released the wireless K63.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that all K63 boards use Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, but the setup is available with standard dark blue lighting, or the ice blue of this special edition.

Gaming

    The Mid-Range Gaming Mouse:

    Corsair Harpoon RGB Gaming Mouse

    There are a lot of so-called gaming mice out there, including a number in the $10-$15 range. Folks, avoid those, and step up to a true gaming mouse at a budget-friendly price, the Harpoon from Corsair, manufacturer of some of the very finest gaming gear on the market. Incorporating high-end features like RGB lighting, an ergonomic grip, on-the-fly DPI adjustment, and a high-quality 6000dpi optical sensor, this gaming mouse is the real deal.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Don't forget, a mouse is only as good as the mousepad you use it on, so consider picking up the budget-priced Corsair MM200 cloth gaming pad to go with your Harpoon!

    The Pro Gaming Mouse:

    Razer Basilisk

    Razer takes the art of gaming to the next level with its new Basilisk, named after a famed king of serpents. Razer went back to the drawing board with this model, throwing out years of design standards to come up with something positively better. Offering one-of-a-kind features like a removable DPI clutch and a customizable scroll wheel, it provides a feel that no other mouse on the market can match. Of course, it also has a gaming-grade 16,000dpi optical sensor, so it can keep up with the fastest of gamers.

    The Guru's Tip:

    To create the Basilisk, Razer took the internals of the proven DeathAdder Elite, but totally redesigned the exterior design to move above and beyond the venerable Deathadder chassis. It may be marketed as a first-person shooter mouse, but honestly, we think it's going to replace the DeathAdder Elite in Razer's lineup over the long term. It's just a better, more advanced mouse.

    The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse:

    Logitech G703 Lightspeed

    Building on everything it did right with the G403, which we named the very best gaming mouse ever in our hands-on review, Logitech has added PowerPlay wireless charging capability without affecting functionality or weight. Just like with its predecessor the G403, the G703 offers an incredibly-responsive wireless connection, an ultra-sensitive optical sensor, and a comfortable, attractive shell.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Logitech has finally released the game-changing PowerPlay charging mat, allowing you to go all in on the PowerPlay system. It will keep charging the G703 while you use it - no plugging it in... ever! Take note: this product is so popular and produced in such small numbers that it sells out constantly!

    The Gaming Mouse Pad:

    Corsair MM400 High Speed Gaming Mouse Pad

    A mouse is nothing without a great mouse pad, so please do yourself a favor and pick up the MM400 hard gaming pad. It offers a much lower-friction surface than cloth mouse pads, while still providing excellent levels of control. At nearly 14" by 11", it also offers a lot of surface area for the money!

    The Guru's Tip:

    MM300

    Want a totally different take on the mousing experience? Then pick up the awesome Corsair MM300 Extended Mouse Mat, a cloth surface that will cover your entire work area, meaning you'll never slip off the edge of your mat during the heat of the battle!

    The Budget Gaming Keyboard:

    Corsair K55 RGB

    If you're looking to get your gaming on with a high-quality keyboard at a great price, looking no further than Corsair's K55. The budget choice in Corsair's top-to-bottom lineup of gaming keyboards, this membrane-based model offers a host of dedicated gaming and media keys, quiet keys, and a detachable wrist rest. The K55 even adds RGB effects, which is practically a requirement in today's gaming market. While it's really just glorified three-zone backlighting, at least it allows you to pick the color of your choice!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Scroll up and down this page and you'll find a lot of Corsair keyboards on the list. That's because Corsair simply "gets it" when it comes to keyboards, producing good-looking, well-crafted, highly-functional keyboards at great prices.

    The Ultimate Gaming Keyboard:

    Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire Keyboard Mk.2

    If fast-twitch gaming is your thing, and you need serious, no-holds-barred performance, there's no better keyboard on the market than Corsair's blazing-fast K70 Rapidfire. Featuring compact lines and a brushed aluminum faceplate, it looks docile enough sitting on your desk, but fire up a game and this thing roars to life. Featuring awesome full RGB per-key lighting, it can put on quite a show, and with short-throw 1.2mm MX Speed switches, it will never let you down in the heat of the battle!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Want to learn more about what makes this keyboard tick? Read our full hands-on review!

    The Wireless PC Gamepad:

    Microsoft Xbox Controller + Wireless Adapter for Windows

    If you plan to play driving, flying, or third-person adventure games on your desktop PC, or practically any game at all on a home theater PC, you owe it to yourself to pick up the Xbox One Wireless Controller for Windows. Offering built-in compatibility with just about every game that's come out since the dawn of the Xbox 360 in 2005, you're virtually guaranteed a great gaming experience. It even offers Bluetooth for use with BT-capable PCs.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The lastest version of this controller includes a wireless adapter that's 66% smaller that the original, and has wireless stereo sound support, plus the ability to connect up to eight controllers at once.