Keyboard Layouts: The Definitive Guide

Most likely you’re using a QWERTY keyboard, which is named after the first six letters of the keyboard: But did you know that there are many other types of keyboards that have completely different arrangement of keys? In this article we’ll go over the basics of keyboard layouts and check out different types of layouts across the world. Physical Layout[…]

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Keycaps: How To Find The Best Keycaps For You

Keycaps are the rectangular covers that you press to when using a keyboard. Keycaps decide how your keyboard looks. Many people like to customize their keyboard with other keycaps to create their own unique keyboard. It’s also responsible for how it feels on your fingers, because it’s the part that touches your fingers when using a keyboard. In this article,[…]

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Keyboard Sizes & Form Factors - What's The Best For Gaming?

One of the most important factors to consider when buying a new keyboard is the size, also known as form factor. That’s because everyone has different styles, needs and limitations. For example, pro players like Sinatraa have told us that they prefer smaller tenkeyless keyboards to make sure that he has enough desk space at LAN events. We will go[…]

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Mechanical Keyboard Switches: The Definitive Guide

Gearrate earns commission if you purchase through links on our site. Learn more Mechanical keyboards are not cheap, so you should always make sure it’s worth the money. One of the most important things about them is the key switch. But there’s so many different types of switches nowadays, it’s really hard to find out what’s the best. That’s why[…]

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The 3 Mouse Grip Types: What's The Best For Gaming?

There are different ways to hold your gaming mouse – palm, claw and fingertip. What is palm grip? Palm grip is when your palm rests on the mouse, and all limbs of your index and middle finger rests on the mouse. It’s a natural grip for bigger mice with higher height, such as Razer Deathadder Elite. As you can see,[…]

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What is Angle Snapping & How Does It Affect Gaming?

Angle snapping is a feature where your mouse predicts your mouse movement when you move in a straight line. To see this in action, you can open up a software like Microsoft Paint and attempt to draw a straight line. Most of you won’t be able to draw a perfectly straight line, and look like this. Now, let’s see what[…]

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What is Lift Off Distance (LOD)? What's Best For Gaming?

LOD, short for Lift Off Distance, is how far the mouse sensor has to be off the mousepad to stop working. Thus, low LOD means your mouse stops working quickly after picking up your mouse. High LOD means you need to lift the mouse up higher for it to stop working. Why Does It Matter? When you’re playing a game[…]

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What Is Mouse Smoothing & Is It Good For Gaming?

Mouse smoothing is an option where it delays and stretches out your mouse movement, which creates a smooth mouse movement. To be exact, it delays your cursor/crosshair movement slightly, and make them “ease in” and “ease out”. As the result, the mouse looks like it’s moving smoothly. It was originally made for older mice that did not have high polling[…]

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How Do Mouse Sensors Work? (Optical, Laser, etc.)

Most of the gaming mice have optical sensors nowadays. But do you know how they actually work? If you look at the bottom of an optical mouse, you will see a LED and the sensor, which is basically a small camera. Here is the bottom of the Logitech G Pro mouse, which has an optical sensor called Hero: When you[…]

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Mouse Shapes - What's the Best Shape for Gaming?

If you’ve ever shopped for a gaming mouse, you might have noticed that there are two shapes: ambidextrous and ergonomic. But what exactly does that mean? And what is the best for gaming? Let’s find out. What is Ambidextrous and Ergonomic Mice? Ambidextrous means the left side and the right side of the mouse is symmetrical. In other words, the[…]

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