Have you had enough of Black Friday yet? I know I have and it’s only Tuesday! Still, as the deals train powers on through, so must I, your (hopefully) beloved deals herald, bring you the best Black Friday deals the internet has to offer. This time, they’re in the shape of gaming mice and gaming keyboards, so come and join me as we click and clack our way to ever greater discounts.
As always, you’ll find all our best Black Friday deals and more over on our giant Black Friday 2018 hub, but I thought I’d also carve out today’s best gaming mouse deals and best gaming keyboard deals in their own separate article right here, just to help make things a bit easier to read. And while you’re at it, why not stick our other Black Friday deals hubs in your favourites bar as well, eh? Here they are:
- Black Friday: Best graphics card deals
- Black Friday: Best monitor deals
- Black Friday: Best SSD deals
- Black Friday: Best gaming headset deals
- Black Friday: Best gaming laptop deals
Best UK gaming mouse and keyboard deals
Corsair K55 RGB keyboard and Harpoon RGB mouse combo – £60 from Box (down from £75)
Logitech G213 Prodigy RGB keyboard and G502 Proteus Spectrum mouse combo – £80 from Box (down from £130)
Logitech G513 keyboard and G502 Proteus Spectrum mouse combo – £155 from Box (down from £220)
Asus Cerberus keyboard and Pugio mouse combo – £110 from Overclockers UK (down from £180)
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Rapidfire – £155 from Overclockers UK (down from £185)
Corsair Strafe RGB – £115 from Overclockers UK (down from £150)
Steelseries Apex M750 – £125 from Overclockers UK (down from £150)
Roccat Isku+ Force FX – £50 from Box (down from £100)
Roccat Sova MK – £140 from Overclockers UK (down from £160)
Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro M – £85 from Box (down from £110)
Razer Ornata Chroma – £70 from Box (down from £100)
Razer Blackwidow X Chroma – £110 from Box (down from £145)
Razer Blackwidow Chroma V2 – £125 from Overclockers UK (down from £160)
Razer Abyssys V2 – £28 from Overclockers UK (down from £50)
Razer Mamba Tournament Edition – £60 from Box (down from £90)
Logitech G703 Wireless + PowerPlay surface combo – £155 from Overclockers UK (down from £190)
Best US gaming mouse and keyboard deals
*BLACK NOVEMBER DEAL*
Razer DeathAdder – $35 from Newegg (down from $62)
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum – $160 from Newegg (down from $200)
Corsair K70 Lux – $90 from Newegg (down from $120)
Corsair K63 Wireless – $100 from Newegg (down from $110)
Logitech G513 RGB – $130 from Newegg (down from $150)
Gigabyte Mechanical Cherry Red – $39 from Newegg (down from $80)
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum – $50 from Newegg (down from $80)
Logitech G903 Lightspeed – $115 from Newegg (down from $150, plus an extra $10 off when purchased with Logitech PowerPlay mouse mat)
Razer DeathAdder Elite – $59 from Newegg (down from $90)
Steelseries Rival 310 – $55 from Amazon (down from $60)
Gaming mouse and keyboard buying advice
Let’s start with keyboards, shall we? The main distinction to make here is whether you want a mechanical one or a membrane one. The former tend to be noisier and more expensive, but they’re also more durable and easier to fix on a key-by-key basis. Meanwhile, the latter are cheaper and quieter, but much more prone to breaking. Membrane keyboards tend to feel quite squishy under your fingers, too, making them less suited to fast-paced action games, whereas a mechanical one comes with individual switches for each key, leading to sharper, cleaner keystrokes that feel quicker and more responsive. Due to their more expensive nature, you’ll probably find bigger discounts on mechanical keyboards compared to less expensive membrane ones.
If you do decide to go for a mechanical keyboard, check what type of mechanical switch it comes with, as there are several and they all feel a bit different. Red switches tend to be the faster and have the cleanest, most linear key action, while blue ones are louder and require a bit more force. Brown switches, on the other hand, provide a little tactile bump halfway down each key press for greater feedback, and are often quieter than red and blue ones (although they’ll still make a fair old racket).
As for gaming mice, a higher DPI (sensitivity) rating doesn’t necessarily equal a superior mouse. While some gaming mice have sensors that can go all the way up to 16,000 DPI, I can’t keep track of anything over 3000 DPI, so sometimes less is more in this respect. The same goes for the number of buttons a mouse has, too – it’s all about how much you can customise them to do your bidding rather than the sheer number of them on offer.
If you’re left-handed, make sure you pick an ambidextrous mouse for maximum comfort. There’s no use getting one that’s been designed for righties unless you want to give yourself a bad case of RSI or cripple your hand for life. An easy way to identify an ambidextrous mouse is a) by their symmetrical shape (although this isn’t always the best indicator, as some symmetrical-looking mice are still designed for right-handed mouse users), and b) the location of their buttons. If they’ve got side buttons on both sides, chances are you’re looking at an ambidextrous mouse.