An often overlooked component of a gaming set up are the peripherals. People put a lot of time into choosing the right computer and the right monitor, but sometimes, things like a keyboard and mouse go forgotten. It’s always disappointing to see a top-tier battlestation that is anchored by a dusty office keyboard and an old, fat wired mouse. The mouse and keyboard are your primary tools in a PC gaming situation, and so I think that it only makes sense that you would spend a good deal of money to ensure that they’re as high quality as the rest of your build.
However, these things usually cost a lot of money. Not everyone can afford a brand new gaming mouse and keyboard. This is where Black Friday comes in. In this article, I’m going to highlight some of the best gaming mouse and keyboard deals that are going to be offered by various retailers during the 2016 Black Friday sales. I’m going to talk about gaming mouse deals, along with keyboard deals. I’ll try to cover both mechanical and non-mechanical keyboards, for the sake of personal preference. Without further delay, I think that it’s time to take a closer look at some of these Black Friday gaming deals!
Gaming Mouse Deals:
- From Newegg: G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse for $35.99. G.Skill is perhaps better known for the high performance RAM that they manufacture, but their mice are just as good. This is a wired mouse that features RGB LED lights, which means that it should fit in nicely with a more gaudy gaming set-up.
- From GameStop: Razer DeathAdder Chroma Multi Color Gaming Mouse for $59.99. Although the mechanical keyboard community sometimes disagrees about the quality of Razer mechanical keyboards, most people will agree that they make some of the best gaming mice around. At this price, it’s almost too good to pass up.
- From GameStop: Razer DeathAdder Chroma Overwatch Gaming Mouse for $69.99. This is a little more expensive than the previous standard DeathAdder mouse that I talked about, but the Overwatch branding on this product is sure to delight any fan of the highly praised first-person shooter. You may be paying 10 for a logo, but hey, at least it’s a good one, right?
- From RadioShack: SteelSeries Rival 100 Forged Gaming Mouse, Select Colors for $24.96. SteelSeries is another company that is well-known for their high quality gaming mouse, and this particular product is not an exception. This is a good budget-friendly mouse, and it comes in red, orange, and purple, which gives it a substantially broad appeal.
Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Deals:
- From Newegg: Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Rapidfire Mechanical Keyboard for $139.99. This is one of the most beloved mechanical keyboards out there, and I think that many would argue that it’s the best “gaming” branded one that you can buy. This board features Cherry MX switches, and a build quality that has become characteristic of Corsair products.
- From Monoprice: Multicolor RGB Backlit Full-size Blue Switch Mechanical Keyboard for $39.99. A lot of people may think that mechanical keyboards are always expensive, but these off-brand keyboards from Monoprice directly contradict that misconception. Although this admittedly isn’t the most high quality keyboard around, this budget-friendly keyboard is a good starting point for someone who is reluctant to spend a lot of money on something as simple as a keyboard.
- From GameStop: Razer BlackWidow X Chroma Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for $139.99, which is $20 off of its standard price. Like I said, some people will argue against the quality of Razer keyboards, but I personally think that this is also a beginner friendly keyboard. The Chroma series is Razer’s most well-liked series of mouse and keyboard, so I think that even the most picky of mechanical keyboard users will be able to at least tolerate this board.
- From Staples: Logitech G410 Gaming Keyboard for $49.99. Like the previous Monoprice deal, this deal from Staples is really good for someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot on their new mechanical gaming keyboard. Again, you’re not going to have Cherry MX switches when you buy this one, but at least in this case you’re still getting a Logitech-tier build quality. I wouldn’t worry about this one dying on you anytime soon.
Membrane Gaming Keyboard Deals:
- From RadioShack: SteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboard for $69.96. To be honest, this company is more well-known for their gaming mice than their keyboards, and that’s kind of a tragedy. This keyboard features a variety of different colors, as well as features like macro keys and anti-ghosting to suit all of your gaming needs.
- From Newegg: Cooler Master Devestator II LED Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo Bundle for $19.99 after $10 rebate. This is the first and only bundle that I’m going to be talking today, if only because this particular Cooler Master bundle is so popular among the PC gaming community for being both inexpensive and functional. If you’re lacking both a mouse and a keyboard, this is a good way to go. This gaming keyboard and mouse bundle features red LED lights.
- From Office Depot: Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard for $29.99. Again, this is a very simple keyboard. It features blue LED lights that can be used at 2 different brightness levels. It is a slightly modified tenkeyless model, with additional buttons across the top and along the side. This keyboard isn’t mechanical, but I think that it should meet the needs of just about any gamer out there.
As you can see, there are plenty of options across a wide range of price points for someone looking to pick up a new gaming mouse and keyboard during Black Friday this year. If you’re interested in getting in on the mechanical keyboard trend, then there are a decent amount of budget-friendly, entry-level boards to choose from, from retailers like GameStop, Staples, and Monoprice. If you prefer traditional keyboards, there are options, too. And as far as mice go, there are an abundance of choices there, as well. These peripherals may typically be pretty expensive, but thankfully, Black Friday takes care of that issue for us.
Anyway, I don’t think that your issue during this shopping season will have anything to do with avoiding a “bad” deal. They are all pretty great. The large amount of options, however, means that it’s on your shoulders to research what it is that you like and how much you’re willing to pay for it. For instance, maybe you should do some reading on the different kinds of mechanical switches before you commit to purchasing a mechanical keyboard. During Black Friday, knowing the deal is only half of the battle. Even if you decide not to purchase a gaming mouse or keyboard this year, I still hope that you find whatever it is that you’re looking for during your Black Friday shopping.