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The AKG K371-BT is the best sounding wireless headphones at its price range.

AKG has done a stellar job of not messing with a good thing, taking the AKG K371 and adding bluetooth connectivity with 40 hour battery life without affecting acoustics, weight or comfort.

The K371-BT are closed-back headphones with a studio-focused neutral sound, the K371 is often compared to other closed-back headphones like the ATH M50X and DT770, with the K371 generally winning in those comparisons.

Fortunately, the acoustic experience doesn’t change in its transition to wireless, the K371-BT are still excellent sounding.

While the K371-BT provide a great listening experience, for gaming they might fall a little short depending on usage, the wireless audio latency might be a problem for some and the microphone quality is pretty supbar for comms.

Amazing entry level wireless

AKG K371-BT

Great sounding studio headphones, now with wireless.

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Pros

  • Accurate neutral sound
  • 40 hour battery life
  • Comfortable and light fit
  • Wireless or wired mode
  • Good isolation

Cons

  • Audio latency might be an issue, NO APT-X codec
  • Low microphone quality
  • Micro USB connection
  • There’s a slight lack in the trebles

In the Box

AKG K371 BT - Unboxing

The K371-BT comes with a handful of accessories:

  • Instruction manual
  • Coiled 3m 1/8″ TRS to 3.5 mm
  • Straight 3m 1/8″ TRS to 3.5 mm
  • Straight 1.2m 1/8″ TRS to 3.5 mm
  • 3.5 mm to 6.5 mm adapter
  • Micro USB to USB-A charging cable
  • AKG branded carrying pouch

Design, Materials & Build Quality

The AKG K371-BT is a largely made of synthetic materials, with plastic and pleather making up most of the composition of the headphone.

The headphones sport a classic AKG slider design, with notches instead of an elastic to hold the size of the headphone in place. The slider piece that is connected to the earcups is made of metal. The earcups themselves are made of plastic and house the touch controls on the AKG logo on the left side.

The touch controls are intuitive and easy to access on the left AKG logo:

  • double tap to play/pause
  • swipe up to increase volume
  • swipe down to decrease volume
  • swipe forward to front of face to skip ahead
  • swipe backward to back of head to go to previous track

AKG K371 BT - Top Down Small

The K371-BT cups fold inward for a more compact profile allowing for easier stowage.

These headphones feel sturdy and at its price they’re a good candidate to be your travel, commute workhorse headphones.

Connectivity

AKG K371 BT - Controls

As the name implies, the K371-BT has bluetooth connectivity. It looks like they can only connect to a single device at a time. I’m not exactly sure how to put these headphones in pairing mode, the quick start guide and manual don’t show how to connect to another device other than forgetting on an existing device and connecting to a new one.

The headphones connect via bluetooth with support for SBC and AAC codecs, the audio quality is excellent in wireless mode, SBC and AAC have plenty of bandwidth to produce good audio for audio streaming, gaming and online consumption in general.

Some gamers might have issues with audio latency, I didn’t notice any significant issues in games like Dota 2 or Modern Warfare. This is where aptX codec support would’ve been useful to insure low latency audio.

Battery life sits at 40 hours, the headphones auto shut off when no audio is being played, I often forgot to turn off the headphones and did not notice any battery drain because of it. The headphones charge via a micro-USB port, would’ve loved to see a USB-C port here in 2020.

If you’re worried about bluetooth audio quality, latency or reliability, AKG has designed the headphones to work in wired mode, including 3 TRS to 3.5 mm cables for you to use at your disposal

Lastly, there is a small LED indicator next to the power switch to show status on the headphones.

Sound

AKG K371 BT - Top Down

Wired or wireless, the AKG K371-BT deliver a detailed and accurate neutral sound. The headphones are louder in an amped wired setup, but the peak volume through wireless is plenty for most use cases.

The K371-BT excel as studio headphones, their flat and accurate frequency response across lows and mids make it an ideal wireless headphone for editing sound.

The bass is pleasant, with a good rumble in the low end, the mid-bass is less pronounced, these headphones don’t intend to knock your socks off with bass, they deliver clear bass without crushing vocals or tones in the midrange. If you’re looking for more fun in the low-end, you might want to skip these, they’re meant for clarity.

Midrange frequencies are accurate and detailed on the K371-BT, they’re benefited by the fact that the bass is controlled, allowing for mid-tones to come through cleanly.

The high-end treble avoids any sibilance issues, AKG doesn’t rely on treble much to add crispy detail, they’re fairly average in the high-ranges, if you care a lot about sparkly, bright treble then these cans might not be for you.

Being a closed-back headphone, don’t expect these headphones to provide huge airy soundstages. That being said, the soundstage is very reasonable for closed headphones, but don’t expect them to compete with open headphones.

There have been reported issues with channel balance on the AKG K371, I haven’t noticed any balance issues on the BTs, but something to watch out for, having poor balance is extra detrimental for imaging and location spotting for gamers.

Gaming on these headphones is a neutral experience for lack of a better word, enhanced trebles are generally useful for hearing footsteps in shooters, while bigger bass is nice for immersiveness. Having a V-shaped sound signature can over emphasize certain sound effects, so a neutral sounding headphone like the K371-BT affords a certain level of flexibility in the games it’s suitable for.

The noise floor is low, I’m not able to hear any audible hum or hiss when there’s no audio playing.

The clamp force on these headphones is rather low in my big-headed experience, the lightweight and light clamp make for an average level of isolation, there are better headphones options if you’re looking to shut the outside world out.

Wireless Latency

The main initial concerns I had with these headphones was its lack of aptX or LDAC codec support, it could introduce  unwanted audio latency into the mix, which can prove detrimental to the gaming experience. So far, in playing shooters and watching some Netflix, I have noticed no issues with audio latency, lips and gunshots are synced alike.

Microphone

The microphone is functional, but barely passable if you need clear comms in-game. The K371-BT sports an embedded pin-hole microphone next to the micro-USB port on the headphones, the microphone does a good job of picking up voice, but the audio quality of the microphone definitely lacks in clarity. Below are some samples of the headset mic compared to the microphones I had on hand.

K371-BT microphone test

 

Rode VideoMic NTG

 

Blue Yeti USB Microphone

 

Logitech C920 Webcam

Comfort and Fit

AKG K371 BT - Head fit side

I have a big head (62-63 cm around), and wear glasses full time, so comfort with headphones for me is sometimes an issue. The K371-BT fit me just fine, out of the box they’re light on the clamp force, in combination with the lightweight at 300 grams, I’m not really feeling any sore spots on my head.

AKG K371 BT - Earcups

AKG has elected to use a medium-sized oval earcup for these headphones, I have above-average sized ears and don’t have any issues fitting over my ears with the K371-BT. The earcup depth is shallow, the tops of my ears hit the inside padding. The cups are made of a soft pleather material, very comfortable on the head. Over time, heat accumulates in these headphones in my experience, this is not too surprising for closed-back headphones, by the end of a 2 hour gaming session I was sweating from the ears, full disclaimer, I am a sweatier gamer in general.

AKG K371 BT - Headband

The headphone band is well padded, I have a bit of a pointier head at the top and the headband did not introduce any discomfort or heat at that point.

Conclusion and Recommendations

If you’re looking for neutral sounding wireless headphones then this is it, there’s nothing in this price range that contests the AKG K371-BT.

For gaming specifically, the headphones have some shortcomings, I’d advocate for an open headphone for a wider soundstage representation in gaming. The microphone is also rather anemic and substandard for streaming and communication in multiplayer games.

For music listening and gaming sounds, the AKG731-BT in wireless mode are great, the headphones are light and comfortable, easily holding up to longer gaming sessions.

Review unit provided by AKG

Amazing entry level wireless

AKG K371-BT

A solid and affordable studio speaker.

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Razer Hunstman Mini Review – A solid 60% option https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/razer-huntsman-mini?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=razer-hunstman-mini https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/razer-huntsman-mini#respond Sun, 26 Jul 2020 20:45:48 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=7466 Razer's first 60% keyboard is a much needed option in a limited compact field.

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Razer is continuing to show that it’s listening to its audience with the Huntsman Mini, Razer’s first foray into the compact 60% keyboard space.

The Huntsman Mini has gracefully shrunk down from the TE, doing away with the arrow cluster, making more space for mice and the result is one of the better 60% keyboard options in the mainstream.

It still has the major pros and cons from the Huntsman TE, PBT keycaps, smooth optical switches and just a loud-ass case.

This keyboard is definitely encroaching on the space long dominated by the Ducky One 2 Mini, while it’s not clearly superior, there’s definitely room for the Huntsman Mini for gamers that are looking for a better software customization experience, optical switches or just love the Razer ecosystem. The Huntsman Mini is definitely one of the best 60% keyboard options available now.

Razer Huntsman Mini

The 60% of the popular Huntsman series brings all the same qualities to the smaller form factor.

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Pros

  • Software customization works well with 60% form factor
  • Clean design
  • Added clicky switch option
  • PBT keycaps
  • Standard bottom row
  • Side printed legends for second layer

Cons

  • This is a loud keyboard, even louder with clickies
  • Feels very light
  • Can’t completely customize second layer

Unboxing

Razer Huntsman Mini - Unboxing

The Huntsman Mini offering is a minimal offering, manual, detachable cable and the keyboard itself. There are no extra keycaps or pullers but it’s not something I mind considering Razer isn’t charging a heavy premium on this keyboard, it is a few bucks more than other popular options like the Ducky One 2 Mini and Anne Pro, this keyboard an average value.

Switches & Stabilizers

The Huntsman Mini can come with Purple Razer Clicky Opticals or Red Razer Linear Optical. Here are some quick specs of each:

  • Clicky Purple: 45 gram actuation force | 1.5 mm actuation distance | 4 mm bottom out
  • Linear Red v2: 40 gram actuation force | 1.0m actuation distance | 4 mm bottom out

Razer Huntsman Mini - Switch

Our review unit had clicky purples, the clicky purples performed admirably in gaming, I had no issues transitioning from linears or tactiles to this switch for gaming. The higher actuation point made the clicky keys responsive and tactile. They are very loud however, anyone with other people in the room, apartment or house will likely be able to hear these. Compared to the Cherry MX Blues, the click is higher pitched, making it an even more distinct click noise on actuation.

The noise is further accentuated by the case noise, the case is pretty empty, so on bottom out the switch makes an echoey thunk. I also saw this on our Huntsman TE with the Linear Reds. Razer has touted that the new Razer Linear v2’s are much quieter, but we don’t have those on hand to make a direct comparison.

Razer Huntsman Mini - Stabs

The stabilizer design on the Huntsman Mini is the same as the TE, Razer uses the Costar style wire stabilizers with inserts on the keycap.

Razer Huntsman Mini - Spacebar

It’s hard to evaluate the stabilizers amidst all the clicky switch noises, but the stabilizers are solid, I’m not hearing any extra chatter from the switches, with the Red linear’s I’d expect to have good sound stab keys.

I’d recommend getting the red switches for this keyboard, they will be better for gaming for most people, and on this board they sound a lot better and likely quieter than the clicky purples.

Case Design & Size

Razer Huntsman Mini - Front

The Huntsman Mini has a straightforward design, the 60% case is low profile in design, with an aluminum top plate, the rest of the case is ABS plastic. The keyboard has two options on color, white Mercury or a more traditional black, the white plate does show off the RGB on this case a little better than the black plate.

 

Razer Huntsman Mini - Braided Cable

At the top of the keyboard you’ll find an off-center USB-C port, the included braided USB-C to USB-A cable is high quality, any USB-C cable will work with this keyboard but the Razer cable end is chunkier and designed to slot solidly into the keyboard.

Razer Huntsman Mini - Side feet high

Similar to the Huntsman TE you have two feet height options at 6 and 9 degrees height, I found both heights to be comfortable for me to use for prolonged periods of time.

Razer Huntsman Mini - Feet high

Both levels of feet are coated with rubber which does some work in preventing slippage, the lightweight of the keyboard makes it a little more likely for the keyboard to move around in intense gaming situations. If you enjoy laying your keyboard flat, the Huntsman Mini has 4 rubber feet cornering the board, which has a little stopping power than the strip on the raised feet.

Razer Huntsman Mini - Back

Moving to the back of the keyboard you’ll see an etched “For Gamers By Gamers” pattern that appears on their other keyboards.

Keycaps

Razer Huntsman Mini - Keycap design

Razer has updated their PBT keycaps with side printed legends for the Hypershift layer of the keyboard, a really nice touch considering a lot more keys are in the extra layer because of the 60% form factor. The font is the standard Razer font, it’s easily legible from a distance and clean complementing the look of the keyboard overall.

Razer Huntsman Mini - Keycap

The caps themselves are still doubleshot PBT keycaps, I’m glad to see Razer sticking to the material for keycaps. You’re going to get a lot more use out of the stock keycaps with more shine resistance and durability, the keycaps are 1.5 mm thick, Razer switches are designed with a cherry style stem so if you want to personalize your Huntsman Mini feel free to do so with any after market caps.

Razer Huntsman Mini - Keycap back

Build quality

The keyboard is light coming in at only 433 grams, despite the lightweight, the keyboard shows very little flex or weak points, on its highest leg settings I’m getting very little flex when heavily pushing on the keyboard. There’s not much to note out the sides of the keyboard, it follows a traditional 60% layout design with no extra keys or ports.

If Razer were to make v2’s of the Huntsman boards I would hope they add some much needed weight and heft to the keyboard, it’s something I really like and appreciate from the Ducky boards despite their all plastic nature.

Backlighting

The Razer Huntsman Mini has all the standard RGB lighting options.

  • Ambient Awareness
  • Audio Meter
  • Breathing
  • Fire
  • Reactive
  • Ripple
  • Spectrum Cycling
  • Starlight
  • Static
  • Wave
  • Wheel

As always, you can install Chroma Studio to produce and download more custom RGB lighting modes.

Software & Settings

Synapse remapping on Razer Huntsman Mini

The Huntsman Mini makes full use of Razer’s Synapse 3 software, allowing for key remapping on the first layer to any other key, mouse button, program launching, multimedia and window shortcuts.

Synapse allows the Huntsman Mini to add more hypershift keys, which is something that I actually really appreciate, changing caps lock to a fn key is a game changer on 60% boards. For further iterations I wish Synapse would allow us to add extra keys on the secondary layer, since 60% boards don’t have default arrow keys, I’d like to be able to add arrows on the second layer WASD keys.

The keyboard supports up to 4 profiles onboard in case you have different key map settings for specific situations.

Pressing fn + u enables Gaming Mode which disables alt+f4 and alt+tab to prevent rage inducing game closing and minimizing.

When pressing the fn key, all the applicable keys light up in white, giving you a quick glance of what keys are enabled in hypershift mode.

Warranty & Reliability

Razer has a standard 2-year warranty for their keyboards.

Read Razer’s warranty policy here: https://www.razer.com/warranty

Tech Specs

Razer Huntsman Mini

  • Length: 29.46cm / 11.6 inches
  • Width:10.41cm / 4.1 inches
  • Height: 3.81 cm / 1.5 inches
  • Case: Low profile
  • Weight:  433 grams
  • Keys: 60 keys
  • Cable Length: Braided, detachable USB Type-C

Keys & switches

  • Switch options: Razer Optical (Clicky and Linear)
  • Keycap material: PBT
  • Keycap legends: Laser Etched
  • Keycap profile: OEM Profile
  • Media keys: Yes through fn layer
  • Backlight: Full RGB
  • Software: Razer Synapse 3
  • Polling rate: 1000 hz

Conclusion

The Huntsman Mini is a strong first 60% entry by Razer, if they were looking to compete with Ducky in the 60% space they’ve done an admirable job making a dent. Those who are bought into the Razer ecosystem can confidently buy this 60% board, it’s a very competent board.

Ducky is still the top-dog in terms of pure quality and experience. Their switch options, build quality and stabilizers still give it an edge in that department.

The Huntsman Mini has the edge in terms of customization, Synapse software, despite its maligned reputation is still much preferred to programming each key on-board as on the Ducky One 2 Mini.

For gamers that like to customize their key mapping and lighting layouts, the Huntsman Mini just might be your 60% keyboard.

Razer Huntsman Mini

The 60% of the popular Huntsman series brings all the same qualities to the smaller form factor.

See Price on Amazon

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The Best Tenkeyless (TKL) Keyboards for Gaming in 2020 https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/best-tkl?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-best-tenkeyless-tkl-keyboards-for-gaming-in-2020 https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/best-tkl#respond Sat, 18 Jul 2020 17:04:34 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=7448 The best tenkeyless gaming keyboard is the Ducky One 2 TKL.

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The tenkeyless design is absolutely amazing for gaming, doing away with the numpad give your mouse a lot more room to maneuver and you get little use out of numpad in most gaming situations.

This best list will look very similar to our best overall keyboard list as many of those keyboards have a TKL size.

The best TKL gaming keyboard is also our best overall gaming keyboard and our best 60% keyboard.  The Ducky One 2 TKL just provides one of the most rock-solid typing and gaming experiences you can get out of the box for a reasonable price.

Our pick

Ducky One 2 TKL

Best mech keyboard experience out of the box

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Mechanicalkeyboards.com alternative

The Ducky One 2 TKL continues the Ducky traditional of well-built, smooth as hell keyboards. The combination of smooth stabs, good weight and sturdy case make for a great gaming experience.

Really good value

Check price on GMMK on Amazon

Glorious GMMK Mechanical Keyboard

A TKL keyboard that offers hot-swapping so you can try multiple switches.

Customize keyboard on pcgamingrace.com See Price on Amazon

The GMMK is here solely on its value as a readily available hot-swap keyboard. It also does a serviceable job as a gaming keyboard with excellent switch options and solid build quality, it’s not near the class of typing of experience that a Ducky would offer at similar prices.

Great value wireless

Razer’s TKL is solidly built, with solid optical switches and PBT keycaps out of the box. For a more premium price the Huntsman TE offers a great gaming experience with high-end finishes.

How we tested

Simply put, we just played a bunch of games. Tenkeyless keyboards are a good middle-ground keyboard for all game types, we played a mix of games, Dota 2 for the MOBA/RTS crowd and primarily Modern Warfare for FPS.

On top of performance we’re looking for ergonomics while playing, key feel and durability if we happened to hammer on the keys a little more than usual. I want to see if keycaps get shiny  or slippery quickly around the WASD area.

Besides play testing, we looked at reddit and gaming forums to see if there are any overwhelming complaints with any of the keyboards.

What we’re looking for

We look for the same things we look for in any good keyboard:

  1. Switches and feel
  2. Build quality
  3. Size and design
  4. Keycaps
  5. Features

Based on the above factors, price and availability, we made our recommendations based on what we think most gamers are going to appreciate.

We’ve picked keyboards that are widely available, limited run keyboards might be nice but it doesn’t help if we recommend unavailable keyboards.

As new TKL keyboards come out, we’ll give them the good ol’ review and consider them for the best list.

1. Ducky One 2 TKL

Our pick

Pros

  • Smooth stabilizers out of the box
  • Great build quality
  • Quality doubleshot PBT keycaps
  • Removable USB type-C cable
  • White plate, really nice RGB

Cons

  • Lack of customization
  • On board programming is a little limited

Why we like the Ducky One 2 TKL

Surprise! It’s Ducky again, the TKL version carries the same qualities of the Ducky One 2 Mecha and Mini, a great typing and gaming experience above all else.

As with all of their keyboards, the TKL version of the One 2 series, the stabs are the best out of the box, it comes with PBT doubleshot keycaps and a standard bottom row. If you’re familiar with Ducky quality, then you’ll see that their TKL keyboard is a no-brainer consideration.

You might want to look at other options if you’re looking for something highly customizable, the Ducky does have onboard key programming, but nothing as robust as the software options as some of the other keyboards.

Read our review

2. Glorious GMMK Tenkeyless

The Hotswap

Check price on GMMK on Amazon

Glorious GMMK Mechanical Keyboard

The GMMK is a really unique keyboard with the ability to swap out switches, its build quality is okay but the GMMK offers huge value and flexibility in a single board.

Customize keyboard on pcgamingrace.com See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Hot swap switches
  • Standard bottom row
  • Good quality keycap options

Cons

  • Rattly stabilizers and loud echoey case
  • Function keys cannot be remapped

Why we like the Glorious GMMK TKL

The GMMK is a bit of the opposite of the Ducky, it excels at customization, the GMMK allows you to use any 5-pin switch with the keyboard. You can pick from hundreds of switch types to deck out your keyboard.

Hotswap aside, the keyboard is a bit run of the mill, the build quality is good not great, it’s a rather light keyboard, the stabilizers are rattley and the case is quite loud.

Read our review

3. Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition

Great value wireless

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition TKL

Razer’s TKL is solidly built, with solid optical switches and PBT keycaps out of the box.

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • PBT keycaps
  • Smooth optical switches
  • Detachable USB Type-C
  • Solid stabilizers
  • Clean design

Cons

  • A bit pricey
  • Keyboard is on the loud side

The Huntsman TE is Razer’s best keyboard, it has a very solid build quality and typing experience for a slightly premium price. Razer has stepped up by including some pretty solid stabilizers, PBT keycaps and detachable USB cable.

Synapse software allows for a good amount of customization on the Huntsman Mini, allowing you to assign multiple Hypershift buttons to access the second layer of function keys, something that I think would be a huge benefit on Ducky and GMMK.

You can remap a large chunk of secondary layer keys to add good customization, as well as remapping any primary layer keys with macros or other keys.

Not everything is perfect, the Hunstman trends a little more expensive than average, and the keyboard is rather loud.

 

4. SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL

Great quality

SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL

Smooth with adjustable actuation.

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Lots of extra features
  • Smooth linear switches
  • Good software for customization
  • Dedicated volume wheel

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • OLED screen has limited uses
  • Average build quality
  • Cheap ABS caps
  • Thick attached cable
  • Wobby feet

This is the kitchen sink of keyboards, it has a ton of cool features that aren’t available on most other keyboards.

The Apex Pro TKL has two standout features, the OLED screen and adjustable actuation points for their switches. The OLED is used as a status indicator or gif display machine. The adjustable actuation allows you to set different per-key activation points for each switch, for example, you can set your WASD in-game to be more sensitive so you don’t have the press as deep to get an input.

The optical switches themselves are very smooth, making for a great gaming experience all around.

A lot of the cost of this keyboard must’ve gone into the OLED and actuation points because the keyboard lacks in a few fundamentals that does negatively affect the gaming experience. The Apex Pro still features ABS keycaps, though that can be remedied with a  replacement set. The feet on the Apex Pro are also a little wobbly, those who put a lot of pressure on a heightened keyboard might have some trouble with them foldling back in.

5. Logitech G Pro X Keyboard

Logitech's hotswap

Pros

  • Hot swappable
  • Good out of the box switch options
  • Strong build quality
  • Attractive design

Cons

  • Non-standard bottom row
  • ABS keycaps
  • Semi-proprietary winged micro usb connector

The Logitech G Pro X does away with the much maligned Romer-G switches in favour for a hot-swappable design that features more traditional cherry style switches, and the result is a pretty damn good TKL keyboard.

The G Pro X keyboard has quite a sturdy design, the keyboard feels solid and hefty with smooth stabilizers that minimize rattle. The software works well and allows you to re-map all keys and set up lighting zones per your preference.

At this price point, it’s a bit shocking to see the G Pro X Keyboard coming with ABS keycaps on top of having a non-standard keyboard. Still, it’s a premium keyboard, and it feels premium.

Changelog

  • July 21st, 2020: Published

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The Best 60% Keyboards for Gaming in 2020 https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/best-60-percent?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-best-60-keyboards-for-gaming-in-2020 https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/best-60-percent#respond Wed, 15 Jul 2020 19:43:00 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=7421 The best overall 60% gaming keyboard is the Ducky One Mecha Mini

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Ah 60% keyboards, this tiny form factor is fantastic for gaming. Its small size with leaves more room for gaming mice to move on your desk, which is especially important if you use low DPI for FPS games.

The best 60% gaming keyboard is also our best overall gaming keyboard, the Ducky One 2 Mini/Mecha Mini combines the small form factor with great switch options and an exceptionally solid typing experience.

 

Our pick

Ducky One 2 Series

Best mech keyboard experience out of the box

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Mechanicalkeyboards.com alternative

The Mecha and Mini Ducky keyboards just bring a level of quality straight out of the box that’s unrivaled for their price point of around 100 bucks.

Ducky’s just feel great. The stabilizers are lubed and are definitely the smoothest stabilizers I’ve seen out of the box from a pre-built manufacturer. Even the plastic case on the mini feels rock solid with a good weight and sturdiness that overall add to the solid feeling nature of Ducky boards.

Baby Huntsman

Razer Huntsman Mini

The 60% of the popular Huntsman series brings all the same qualities to the smaller form factor.

See Price on Amazon

Need a bit more of a custom key map layout? The Razer Synapse is probably the best non QMK/Via 60% software experience on the market, allowing you to add additional fn keys and customize the secondary layer to an extent.

It also doesn’t hurt that the Huntsman Mini has PBT keycaps, a solid linear optical switch option and good stabilizers with a USB-C detachable cable.

Really good value

Check price on GMMK on Amazon

Glorious GMMK Mechanical Keyboard

The GMMK is a unique keyboard with the ability to swap out switches, its build quality is okay but the GMMK offers enormous value and flexibility in a single board.

Customize keyboard on pcgamingrace.com See Price on Amazon

The GMMK is a great budget option with the ability to test multiple switches. It’s not the best feeling keyboard we’ve ever gamed on, it doesn’t have the quality of a Ducky, but at its price, it’s a great deal and offers a lot of what you want without breaking the bank.

 

How we tested

Like any of our other tests, we played a crap load of video games. 60% keyboards are especially suited for FPS games, giving much more room for the mouse to move. We played Valorant, Apex and Modern Warfare the most, for good measure, we played Dota 2 as a more keyboard intensive game.

On top of performance we’re looking for ergonomics while playing, key feel and durability if we happened to hammer on the keys a little more than usual.

In addition to play testing, we did a ton of research, scouring reviews both professional and on social media to get a general sense of how people felt about their keyboards. Any keyboards that had major quality issues were out of the running.

What we’re looking for

We look for the same things we look for in any good keyboard:

  1. Switches and feel
  2. Build quality
  3. Size and design
  4. Keycaps
  5. Features

Based on the above factors, price and availability, we made our recommendations based on what we think most gamers are going to like.

We’ve picked keyboards that are widely available, it doesn’t help if we choose keyboards from limited run group buys or drops. As new 60% contenders come out, we’ll give them the good ol’ review and consider them for the best list.

1. Ducky One Mini and Mecha Mini

Our pick

Ducky One 2 Series

Best mech keyboard experience out of the box

See Price on Amazon

Mechanicalkeyboards.com alternative

Pros

  • Cherry style stabilizers with little rattle
  • Amazing build quality
  • High quality doubleshot PBT keycaps
  • Removable USB type-C cable
  • Attractive design

Cons

  • Lack of software customization
  • On board programming is a little limited

Why we like the Ducky One 2 Mini and Mecha Mini

The Ducky One 2 Mini is the 60% keyboard that brought the format to the forefront.

The first thing to know about Ducky boards is that they’re bringing it with the typing experience, really solid PCB and plates, fantastic stabilizers and a solid weight make the Ducky stand out amongst most other mainstream keyboards. The Mecha Mini takes this even further, replacing the plastic case of the OG mini with a metal case adding extra sturdiness and heft.

Attention to quality extends into their keycaps, full PBT doubleshot keycaps means you won’t get a shiny mess, with its standard bottom row you can use whatever keycaps set you want. The Ducky One 2 Mini and Mecha Mini also come with a detachable USB-C port and cable.

If you’re looking for a heavily customized key layout you might want to look elsewhere, while the Ducky does support onboard programming, you have to do it through the keyboard itself, it’s a little limiting and cumbersome.

Reard our review

2. Razer Huntsman Mini

Baby Huntsman

Razer Huntsman Mini

The 60% of the popular Huntsman series brings all the same qualities to the smaller form factor.

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Good software customization
  • PBT keycaps
  • Smooth linear option

Cons

  • Loud keyboard
  • Very light
  • Second layer not completely customizable

Why we like the Razer Huntsman Mini

Razer’s newest 60% keyboard lands in at #2 on our best 60% list. For a similar price to the Ducky, the Huntsman Mini offers software customization, PBT keycaps and a superb linear switch option.

I don’t think the Huntsman outranks the Ducky One 2 Mini in typing/gaming experience, but it offers a very competitive alternative with good customization options via fully fledged software.

While the keyboard is a little loud and light, the Linear switches are fast and smooth, it’s a strong 60% gaming experience.

Read our review

3. Glorious GMMK Compact

Value Hotswap

Check price on GMMK on Amazon

Glorious GMMK Mechanical Keyboard

The GMMK is a really unique keyboard with the ability to swap out switches, its build quality is okay but the GMMK offers huge value and flexibility in a single board.

Customize keyboard on pcgamingrace.com See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Modular switches
  • Standard bottom row
  • Good quality keycaps
  • Good RGB backlighting
  • Great price

Cons

  • Rattly stabilizers
  • Function keys cannot be remapped
  • Loud echoey case

Why we like the Glorious GMMK Compact

Glorious is definitely on the ball when it comes to 60% keyboards. Glorious brings a hot-swap option to the mix, perfect for any gamer looking to test out some switches on a single board.

Hotswap aside, the keyboard is serviceable, it has an average build quality, the stabs tend to rattle and the case itself is quite echoey. This keyboard is meant for gamers that highly value the ability to swap switches over pure feel.

Read our review

4. Anne Pro 2

Great value wireless

Anne Pro 2

Bluetooth for gaming!?

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Solid build quality
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Good switch options
  • Good software, highly programmable
  • Good battery life
  • Double-shot PBT keycaps

Cons

  • Mediocre stabilizers
  • Limited switch options

The Anne Pro 2 is a solid 60% keyboard that offers a wireless option in case you want to rid yourself of messy cables on your desk. Unfortunately, the wireless mode isn’t input lag free like it is on gaming controllers,  so I would avoid playing competitive games with it in wireless mode, luckily,  the wired mode is lag free.

Connectivity aside, the Anne Pro 2 has solid build quality, okay stabilizers and a generally good typing experience.

The Anne Pro 2 offers a wireless mechnical keyboard an affordable price. If you like the flexibility of having a wireless keyboard but still care about having a decent mech experience while saving money, this ones for you.

5. Vortexgear Pok3r

Great quality

Vortexgear Pok3r

One of the OG 60% keyboards still going strong

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Attractive keycap design
  • PBT key caps
  • Aluminum case
  • Good solid weight
  • Great typing experience
  • DIP switches for extra flexibility

Cons

  • Onboard programming only
  • Still a USB Micro port

The Pok3r is a rock solid 60% keyboard that does all the fundamentals really well, solid stabilizers, super sturdy case and an overall great typing experience. It comes as a close second to the Ducky keyboards in terms of key feel and performance and I wouldn’t question anyone who prefers a Pok3r over the Ducky. Personally, I give Ducky the edge in terms of overall keyboard feel.

Like the Ducky keyboards, the Pok3r also is only programmable via the keyboard, no software, this can make making a lot of changes to your keyboard a bit of hassle. The Pok3r

 

6. Royal Kludge RK61

Budget wireless

Royal Kludge RK61

A very solid budget option

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Bluetooth at budget prices
  • Multi-device connectivity
  • Doubleshot keycaps
  • Super cheap

Cons

  • Quality control concerns
  • Some flex in the case
  • No programming layers at all

The RK61 is our super budget pick coming at under $50 USD. For this price, you get a wireless mechanical keyboard with multiple switch options in a 60% form factor. While this keyboard won’t blow any minds, it’s pretty incredible value for a budget gamer looking for a 60% keyboard.

The RK61 even offers bluetooth connectivity with multiple devices for extra flexibility. The keyboard itself is mediocre, the keyboard is built well enough, the feel of the switches and stabilizers is only okay, but you can’t ask much at this price point.

Changelog

  • July 26, 2020: Added Razer Huntsman Mini
  • July 15th, 2020: Published

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The console war is heating up!

Last week, Sony finally revealed the Playstation 5 along with a slew of games. We now know about the specs, games and design of these next-gen consoles.

I’ve made a handy infographic summarizing and comparing the two consoles with what we know about the two gaming machines as of June 2020.

Specs Comparison Table

PS5 Xbox Series X
CPU 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)  8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
GPU 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency) Custon RDNA 2 GPU 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
Memory/Interface 16GB GDDR6/256-bit 16GB GDDR6/256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 448GB/s  10 GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s
Internal Storage 825GB Custom NVME SSD  1 TB Custom NVME SSD
IO Throughput 5.5GB/s (Raw) 2.4 GB/s (Raw)
Expandable Storage Approved NVMe SSD Slot Proprietary Expansion Card
External Storage USB 3.2 External HDD Support USB 3.2 External HDD Support
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive

 

Overall Power (CPU, GPU)

We’re no Mark Cerny, but from these plebeian eyes, the Xbox Series X is packing more pure power with higher CPU clocks, TFLOPs and CU count. The difference here isn’t massive but expect Xbox to have slightly higher fidelity and framerate on third party games.

Xbox seems to be heavily focused on thermals and cooling this generation, meaning that power lead will not be hamstrung by throttling.

Both consoles will be capable for 4K, 120 Hz, VRR and HDR so I don’t see these parts of the specs being a deciding factor in the grand scheme as console wars go.

Console Size

Next-gen console size

The PS5 is looking like the largest gaming console we’ve ever seen.

If you’re planning on getting a PS5 prepreate to make a significant amount of space for it, luckily the PS5 can be set horizontally, giving it some flexibility. The sheer size of the PS5 will help the console avoid thermal issues.

The Xbox Series X design has been known for a while, it’s reminiscent of a small form factor PC, with a huge emphasis on cooling vertically.

TLDR: Router vs Fridge

Storage

SSDs are now standard.

Both Xbox Series X and PS5 will come with an internal SSD. By that inclusion alone, you’ll see load times drop dramatically compared to this generation.

PS5 is taking load speeds another step further, Sony is including a custom 825 GB NVMe that supports 5.5 GB/s of read/write speed, according to Mark Cerny, this unlocks game design choices that were not possible on any game designed around HDD load speeds. This type of storage tech may give an advantage to first party PS5 games that can  implement streaming that’s not possible on Series X’s 2.4 GB/s. The new Ratchet and Clank is an indication of how a game can take advantage of such speed storage.

Both consoles are offering pathways to add extra storage to the console. Sony is allowing standard m2 SSD drives to be installed in a bay. If the SSD is approved by Sony to meet speed standards, it can be used to store PS5 games, otherwise the SSD will be used to store PS4 games and to swap installed games off the main SSD.

Xbox Series X storage cards

Xbox is using proprietary expansion cards that come in 1TB increments. These cards are as fast as the internal SSD so all extra storage can be used like internal storage.

Backwards Compatibility

Xbox continues to get BC right.

The Xbox Series X will be backwards compatible with all Xbox generations, with some games seeing enhancements like HDR and framerate. Xbox backwards compatibility is something we’ve already seen done well and expect it to be done well on the Series X. Smart Delivery will take your game ownership cross console, so if you buy Halo Infinite for Xbox One, you can play Halo on Xbox Series X with better graphics while passing over all your save information.

The Playstation 5 will have backwards compatibility on just the PS4, no BC available for PS1, PS2 and PS3 sadly. The PS5 is looking to have most of its library backwards compatible by launch with improved frame rates on FPS unlocked games and just more consistent frame rates in locked FPS games (Bloodbourne!)

The Series X value proposition is looking quite nice for any Xbox One or 360 owner.

Controllers

The new Xbox Series X Wireless controller and the DualSense are evolutions from the previous generation.

The Series X controller now sports an Elite style D-pad and dedicated share button, there’s nothing radically different about this controller and there need not be, the Xbox One controller is one of our favourites.

Sony’s DualSense controller is further iteration of the DualShock 4, it keeps the touchpad and motion controls, the button placements are all the same, it does away with the light bar (thank you). As its name suggests, the DualSense is adding more feel to the controller, the biggest change being adaptive triggers, triggers that can change resistance depending on what’s happening in the game. Haptic rumble is another new feature, purportedly enabling more complex vibration and rumbles.

Features

This is where a lot of console differentiation looks like its happening from a hardware offering standpoint.

Xbox Series X is extending its Quick Resume feature to multiple games at a time, meaning you can store multiple game states on the console at a time and jump back into those games without needing to load the game back up.

Playstation 5 looks to be focused on delivering better audio with 3D audio, making positional audio more compatible with any hardware setup.

Games

This is what matters the most right.

Both companies seem to be making first party games a focus, Sony has already been very strong for the last two generations, while Microsoft has been snatching up studios over the last couple of years.

The PS5 game line up is headlined by Horizon Forbidden West, Spider-man: Miles Morales and Ratchet and Clank. You can see all the games announced for PS5 in this video:

Here’s a list of games currently announced for PS5:

  • Horizon: Forbidden West
  • Spider-man: Miles Morales
  • Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Godfall
  • Oddworld: Soulstorm
  • Resident Evil 8: Village
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 enhanced
  • Project Athia
  • Solar Ash
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure
  • Destruction AllStars
  • Deathloop
  • Stray
  • Goodbye Volcano High
  • Returnal
  • Bugsnax
  • Hitman 3
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo
  • Jett: The Far Shore
  • Kena: Bridge of the Spirits
  • Astros Playroom
  • Pragmata
  • NBA 2K21
  • FIFA 21
  • Madden 21
  • Quantum Error
  • Cris Tales
  • Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
  • Dustborn
  • Planet Coaster: Console Edition
  • Control
  • Destiny 2
  • Fortnite
  • Warframe
  • Gothic
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Outriders
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • Battlefield 6
  • Gods and Monsters
  • Cyberpunk 2077

Xbox Series X is lead by Halo: Infinite as a cross-gen Smart Delivery game and Senua’s Hellblade 2.

Here’s a list of games currently announced for Xbox Series X:

  • Halo Infinite
  • Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
  • Scorn
  • The Medium
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Bright Memory Infinite
  • Call of the Sea
  • Chorus
  • Control
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Destiny 2
  • Dirt 5
  • Fortnite
  • Gears 5
  • Gods & Monsters
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Hitman III
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
  • Madden NFL 21
  • NBA 2K21
  • Observer: System Redux
  • Orphan of the Machine
  • Outriders
  • Planet Coaster: Console Edition
  • Pragmata
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Second Extinction
  • Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
  • Warframe
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • WRC 9
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Find a list of games on Wikipedia

Release date and price

Nothing is known about price about either consoles. Both consoles are slated to launch Holiday 2020.

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G-sync is absolutely worth it if you’re looking for the least amount of compromises in your gaming experience. G-Sync greatly improved on motion clarity and consisency in gaming, at the price of a higher cost and a miniscule bump in input lag.

BUT, before you go ahead and throw down your hard earned money for a new monitor, you should know exactly what G-Sync does and how to take advantage of its features.

What is G-Sync

G-Sync is a variable refresh rate (VRR) technology that syncs your monitor refresh timings inline with the frames that your GPU are rendering.

With G-Sync the monitor and GPU actively communicate to make sure the screen refreshes as new frames are ready.

Without G-Sync, your monitor refreshes whenever it’s ready regardless of whether a frame is ready, this produces the jarring tearing effect you see in motion.

Screen Tearing Example
Example of screen tearing

How is G-Sync different from V-Sync?

V-Sync stands for vertical synchronization, it makes sure that frames are aligned vertically, thus also reducing tearing and judder.

V-Sync achieves a smooth image by making the video card work within the monitors max specs, for example, the graphics card will not push frames past 120 FPS if the monitor is only capable of 120 Hz refresh rate.

There are a couple of issues with V-Sync, if your computer cannot produce the FPS as dictated by the monitor refresh rate, V-Sync will set your GPU to produce frames at 1/2 the max refresh rate in-order to achieve smooth images. So if you can push 110 fps on your machine but not 120 fps, your 120 hz display will be displaying 60 fps gameplay.

This 1/2 rate FPS is especially jarring in games where the demand for processing power changes based on what’s happening in-game, you could be happily chugging along at 120 FPS but then suddenly drop to 60 FPS when more enemies show up or some larger effect is happening.

Triple Buffering tech is meant to prevent this halving of FPS, this makes the graphics card render frames ahead of the current active frame so that there’s always a frame ready at whatever refresh rate the monitor demands.

Then, when the monitor refreshes, the GPU will then render more frames to keep the buffer full. However, triple buffering introduces a significant amount of input lag, the buffered frames often are out of date with your inputs, for competitive games, this can be the difference between life and death.

If you don’t need razer sharp input lag, then V-Sync can be a solid option

Other VRR options

Freesync is AMD’s answer to VRR and G-Sync, it operates on the same principles as G-Sync.

In 2019, G-Sync removed the requirement for G-Sync to require Nvidia certified monitors, meaning that AMD GPU would be compatible with a G-Sync monitor. The inverse is also possible, Nvidia GPUs are compatible with select Freesync monitors. This de-proprietization of G-Sync and Freesync has given gamers a ton of options for VRR.

How to enable G-Sync for Non G-Sync Monitors

Screen Tearing Example

If you have an Nvidia card and a compatible Freesync monitor, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you have the latest Nvidia drivers
  2. If you have a G-Sync compatible monitor, the ability to turn on G-Sync should just appear
  3. If your monitor is not one of the official G-Sync monitors:
    1. Open the Nvidia Control Panel
    2. On the left menu, go to Display: Set up G-Sync
    3. Check Enable G-Sync, G-Sync Compatible
    4. Select the monitor you would like G-Sync to be anbled on
    5. Apply Settings
  4. Test G-Sync

Keep in mind, your need a monitor with VRR capability, without it, your monitor is not going to be able to produce a variable refresh rate. Freesync monitors that are not officially listed as supported may run into issues or bugs.

List of G-Sync compatible monitors and TVs

You can find an always up-to-date table of compatible monitors on Nvidia’s official site.

TypeManufacturerModelSize1LCD TypeResolutionVariable Refresh Rate Range
G-SYNC ULTIMATEAcerCP7271K27IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-144Hz
G-SYNC ULTIMATEAcerX2727IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-144Hz
G-SYNC ULTIMATEAcerX3232IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-144Hz
G-SYNC ULTIMATEAcerX3535VA3440x1440 (WQHD)1-200Hz
G-SYNC ULTIMATEAsusPG6565VA3840x2160 (4K)1-144Hz
G-SYNC ULTIMATEAsusPG27UQ27IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-144Hz
G-SYNC ULTIMATEAsusPG32UQX32IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-144Hz
G-SYNC ULTIMATEAsusPG35VQ35VA3440x1440 (WQHD)1-200Hz
G-SYNC ULTIMATEAOCAG353UCG35VA3440x1440 (WQHD)1-200Hz
G-SYNC ULTIMATEHPOMEN X Emperium 6565VA3840x2160 (4K)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB321HK31.5IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-60Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB281HK28TN3840x2160 (4K)1-60Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB280HK28TN3840x2160 (4K)1-60Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB273U27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB273KP27IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB271HK27IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-60Hz
G-SYNCAcerZ35P35VA3440x1440 (WQHD)1-120Hz (OC)
G-SYNCAcerX3434IPS3440x1440 (WQHD)1-120Hz (OC)
G-SYNCAcerX34P34IPS3440x1440 (WQHD)1-100Hz (OC)
G-SYNCAcerX3837.5IPS3840x1600 (WQHD+)1-175Hz
G-SYNCAcerZ321QU31.5VA2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB270HU_C27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB271HU_A27TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB271H_C27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB271H_UD27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAcerZ271U27TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAcerZ321Q31.5VA1920x1080 (FHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAcerZ301C30VA1920x1080 (FHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB270HA27TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB27227TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNCAcerZ271A27VA1920x1080 (FHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB252Q24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNCAcerXN253QX24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNCAcerXN253QP24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB24024TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB241H24TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-180Hz (OC)
G-SYNCAcerXB241YU23.8TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAcerZ3535VA2560x1080 (WFHD)1-200Hz
G-SYNCAOCAG271UG27IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-60Hz
G-SYNCAOCAG352UCG635VA3440x1440 (WQHD)1-120Hz
G-SYNCAOCAG273QCG27TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAOCAG271QG27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAOCAG322QCG31.5VA2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAOCAG241QG24TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAOCAG251FG24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNCAOCG2460PG24TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAsusPG27AQ27IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-60Hz
G-SYNCAsusPG349Q34IPS3440x1440 (WQHD)1-120Hz
G-SYNCAsusPG34834IPS3440x1440 (WQHD)1-100Hz (OC)
G-SYNCAsusPG278Q27TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAsusPG27927IPS2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAsusPG278QR27TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAsusPG27VQ27TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAsusPG258Q24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNCAsusPG248Q24TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-180Hz (OC)
G-SYNCDellAW3420DW34IPS3440x1440 (WQHD)1-120Hz
G-SYNCDellAW3418DW34IPS3440x1440 (WQHD)1-120Hz (OC)
G-SYNCDellS2716DG27TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCDellS2417DG23.8TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCDellAW3418HW34IPS2560x1080 (WFHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCDellAW2518H24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNCHPOMEN X 3535VA3440x1440 (WQHD)1-100Hz
G-SYNCHPOMEN X 2525TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-250Hz
G-SYNCHPOMEN 2727TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCLenovoY27GQ-2027TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNCLG34GK950G34IPS3440x1440 (WQHD)1-120Hz (OC)
G-SYNCLG32GK850G31.5VA2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCLG32GK650G31.5VA2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCLG38GL950G38IPS3840x1600 (WQHD+)1-175Hz
G-SYNCLG34UC89G34IPS2560x1080 (WFHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCMSINXG251R24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNCMSINXG252R24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNCViewSonicXG270QG27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCViewSonicXG2703Gs27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCViewSonicXG276027TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCViewSonicXG256024.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerCP3721K P32IPS3840x2160 (UHD)48-120Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerVG272U P27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerVG272X27IPS1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXB273K GP27IPS3840x2160 (UHD)48-120Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXB273GP27IPS1920x108048-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXB323U31.5IPS2560x144048-165Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerKG271 Bbmiipx27TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXF240H bmjdpr24TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXF270H BBMIIPRX27TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXB273GX27IPS1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXV273U27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)48-165Hz
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Optimal G-Sync settings in Windows

Blurbusters has done a comprehensive test for what the best G-Sync settings are.

Nvidia Control Panel

  • Set up G-Sync > Enabled G-Sync for Full Screen Mode
  • Manage 3D Settings > Vertical Sync on
  • Manage 3D Settings > Set maximum FPS to 3 below max refresh rate (120hz monitor, 117 FPS max)
  • Manage 3D Settings > Set Low Latency Mode to On

In-game settings:

  • Used Fullscreen or Exclusive Fullscreen mode
  • Disable all in-game V-Sync and Buffering
  • If FPS limiter is available, set maximum FPS to 3 below max refresh rate (120hz monitor, 117 FPS max)

Windows Settings

  • Control Panel > Power Options > Choose High Performance plan

These settings will make sure your gaming has the smoothest motion with the least amount of input lag.

Mouse Settings

Nvidia recommends using your mouse at the highest possible polling rate, typically 1000 Hz to prevent any mouse micro stuttering.

G-Sync is worth it

Tearing should not be a thing in games, it’s very jarring to see the screen become choppy as you rotate your camera. At one point, G-Sync came at a very high cost premium compared to a regular monitor, in 2020, there are enough affordable VRR capable monitors to say that G-Sync and VRR in general is universally worth it, especially when consoles are also coming out with VRR capabiilty.

 

 

 

 

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Steam Guide – How to and Troubleshooting https://thegamingsetup.com/guides/steam-guide-how-to-and-troubleshooting?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=steam-guide-how-to-and-troubleshooting https://thegamingsetup.com/guides/steam-guide-how-to-and-troubleshooting#respond Wed, 10 Jun 2020 18:12:42 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=7268 Everything you need to know to get the most out of Steam. All hail Gaben.

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Steam, it’s more than just a place to buy games, if you’re having trouble with a certain Steam feature or need to know how to do something in Steam, we got you covered.

What is Steam?

What is Steam

In case you’re a gamer and still don’t know what Steam is.

Steam is a digital distribution platform for video games created by Valve in 2003 launching with Half-life 2 and acts as the marketplace for game developers and players to come together and form a community where they can share and buy video games online.

We can credit Steam with moving PC gaming into a digital only space with little in the way of physical sales. The convenience of being able to buy, download and play games at anytime in combination with its customer friendly prices and policies have made Steam the biggest platform on PC. It has around 47 million daily active users.

You can use Steam both on a Windows and Mac personal computer, and it is free to download. There are no hidden charges.  Once you’ve created an account on Steam, you get access to all the games that you can download to your PCs and you also get access to the Steam library that lets you see game statistics, friend activities, all the games you’ve played and achievements.

The SteamChat and Game hub features lets you interact with fellow gamers or your friends and you can also live stream your game play through the Stream Broadcast option

However, if you’re a game developer, then Steam has some engaging incentives for you to share your games with the platform at the cost of $100 through their Steam Direct feature. This way anyone can start buying and playing your game and Steam takes a small cut from the profits.

Similarly, SteamWorks lets game developers form a partnership with Steam through which they gain access to tools that can help them refine and improve their games. It is, honestly, the best place to get your career as a game developer started and gain attraction for your games through a platform with millions of users.

But enough about what Steam is, let’s talk about how you can download it right now on your personal computer.

Where to Download Steam

Installing Steam

As mentioned above it is free to download Steam, and you can access it by following the below-mentioned steps:

  1. Go to https://store.steampowered.com.
  2. You’ll find the Install Steam option in the top right corner in green. Click it to move forward.
  3. Now, you’ll find the option to download it for your PC on a new page by clicking the Install Steam button.
  4. Once the file has downloaded, follow the “Welcome to Steam Setup” dialog box to continue the installation process by pressing the “Next button”.
  5. Click “Finish” once the process is complete.
  6. Voila! Now you’ve got steam downloaded for your PC or Mac.

Wasn’t that simple? Now you can play around and explore all the games Steam has to offer.

How to Share Games on Steam

Steam Family sharing

Did you know you can also share games on Steam with your friends and vice versa?

Valve introduced a family sharing featuring—quite similar to Netflix—where you can share your Steam game library with up to 5 accounts. However, shared games can only be accessed by one person at a time and only on 10 computers.

Some games that require a subscription may not be eligible to be shared so keep that in mind.

Here is how you can start the sharing process:

  1. Before you begin, make sure that the Steam Guard feature is enabled by going to the Steam settings menu. Click on Account tab. Select “Manage my account with Steam Guard security”
  2. Now you have to login to your Steam account from your family member or friend’s computer to enable the Family Library Sharing
  3. After logging in, go to Settings menu. Click on the Family tab and choose the Authorize This Computer
  4. Now log out of your account and let your friends or family member log in to their account to assure that they have access to your games library.

This process may seem tedious, but it ensures security, so that no one messes around with your collection of games.

Now let’s move onto the next portion of this guide where you’ll know how to refund a game that you may not want or like anymore.

How to Refund a Game on Steam

If you want to get a refund on a game you’ve recently purchased due to whatever reason, you have to make sure that you request a refund within 14 days of purchase and that you haven’t played it for more than 2 hours.

Although Steam has these rules setup to follow, you can still request a refund if you don’t check one of the requirements.

Here is how you begin the refund process:

  1. Go to steampowered.com and log in with your Steam account.
  2. Click on “A Purchase” after logging in.
  3. Select the game you want to refund (If it isn’t available in the list then it falls out of the refund window and can’t be refunded)
  4. Choose the problem you are having with the game from the list of options given.
  5. After that click on “I’d like to request a refund.”
  6. Fill out the request form and submit it.
  7. You will receive a confirmation email about your request submission.

Now wait for the approval of your refund, which shouldn’t take more than a week.

How to Set up Steam Streaming

Steam has an In-home streaming option that lets you stream any game you want to play from your PC to any other computer or device in your home. In order to start the streaming process, you need to make sure that both computers are on the same network.

Here is how you begin:

  1. Login to your steam account on both computers.
  2. Go to Settings menu, click on the In-home streaming option and choose the Enable Streaming option.
  3. Now repeat step 2 for the second PC.

Now you can stream your game on two screens without a hitch.

Lastly, here are some troubleshooting guides to know in case you run into any problem while using Stream.

Steam Troubleshooting

How to uninstall Steam

In order to complete uninstall Steam from your computer, follow the below-mentioned steps:

  • Click the “Start” button on your computer and go to Control Panel.
  • Select “Add or remove programs”
  • Choose Steam from the list of Installed program and click the “Remove”
  • Select “Yes” on the “Are you sure you want to remove Steam from your computer” prompt box.

After this process Steam will be removed from your computer.

Steam won’t open 

If Steam won’t open on your computer, try these fixes for the problem:

  • Restart Steam from the task manager option from your computer. Click on the Processes tab and look for Steam process that is/are running. Select End Task for all the Steam processes currently running. Now start Steam again.
  • Sometimes restarting your computer does the trick of fixing this issue.
  • Make sure your windows are updated.
  • Restart your router to make sure your network isn’t offline.
  • Reinstall steam by following the Uninstall Steam method mentioned above and following the install process.
  • Update your date and time settings.

How to contact Steam help

You can contact Steam help by following the link: help.steampowered.com where they will have all the information you’ll need.

How to check if Steam is down?

The unofficial Steam Down website: https://steamstat.us/ lets you know whether is offline or online and in which regions as well.

Where is the Steam screenshot folder?

Your Screenshot folder is physically located where Steam is installed in your computer, which usually is the Local Disk C. You can also access it from your Steam account by clicking on View and going down to the Screenshots option.

On Windows, the standard directory is C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam.

On Mac, the default is Users/{username}/Library/Application Support/Steam

What does “Steam content file locked” mean?

Steam Content file locked means that Steam is unable to update your files on your hard disk, which won’t let you play the latest version of any game. To fix this you can uninstall Steam and reinstall it and make sure that there are no viruses on your computer.

That’s all for now, use the comment section below and let us know if there any other Steam issues you want to get covered.

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Keychron K6 Review – Super Versatile Budget Board https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/keychron-k6?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=keychron-k6-review-super-versatile-budget-board https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/keychron-k6#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 21:19:56 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=7178 Keychron's best keyboard yet, especially for gaming.

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Not so long ago Keychron was a fledgling keyboard maker that debuted on Kickstarter with the K1. Today, Keychron has a roster of keyboards that offer lots of flexibility and functionality for pretty affordable prices, with each iteration they seem to get better.

The K6 is the first keyboard from Keychron that is very suitable for gaming because of its 65% size.

The Keychron K6 is an attractive package, featuring multi-device connectivity over Bluetooth, hot swap capability and long battery life for significantly less than mainstream boards.

This keyboard is ideal for someone looking to use one keyboard with multiple devices, the Bluetooth 5.1 chip is solid and connectivity is quick and easy. It’s also great for someone looking to try out a bunch of different switches, the K6 is one of the more affordable and functional hotswap keyboards out right now.

Keychron K6

The Keychron K6 arrives on the scene with great compatibility and functionality for a budget price.

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Pros

  • Attractive and clean design
  • Multi-device connectivity
  • Long battery life
  • Hotswap switches
  • Pre-lubed stabilizers
  • Great price
  • Built-in remapping options
  • Extras: keycaps, switch puller, keycap puller

Cons

  • Really tall case and typing height
  • Slippery cheap ABS caps
  • Very light
  • No software yet for remapping

Unboxing

KeyChron K6 - Unboxing

On top of the manuals and paper, you get a handful of nice little extras with the K6, including some extra keycaps, a switch puller, keycap puller and a braided USB Type-C cable.

Case Design & Size

KeyChron K6 - Profile

The Keychron K6 sports a high-profile ABS case with the option to get aluminum bezels on top. It’s actually kind of rare to find a budget keyboard with a high-profile case so kudos for Keychron for providing an option.

Keychron K6 is a tall keeb
K6 on the right, compared to a custom keyboard on the left.

The MAJOR knock on this case design is just how tall the keyboard is, at 4 cm height this is one of the tallest keyboards around. Everyone’s ergonomics are different, but to comfortably use the K6 you will likely need a wrist rest or to lift your hands in the air.

KeyChron K6 - Small feet
KeyChron K6 - Feet

The keyboard itself is pretty light, the two stage feet do a satisfactory job in preventing the K6 from slipping and sliding all over the place.

KeyChron K6 - Sideview - medium

On the left side, you’ll find all the connectivity options that the K6 offers. I’m thrilled to see a USB Type-C on the keyboard, the packaged right angle USB cable plugs in securely with no issue.  It looks a little weird to have a cable coming out of the side of the keyboard but it’s not a huge issue.

Right next to the USB port is a little LED indicator, this indicator flashes red when the keyboard is low on battery, it also acts as the charging indicator when the cable is plugged in.

The K6 can operate in both Windows and macOS mode, all this toggle really does is change the key mapping windows key and command key to fall in line with how the OS expects it to be.

Last but not least, you can toggle wireless or cabled mode with the K6, or just turn it off for travelling.

Switches & Stabilizers

The K6 comes with several switch options which is something I always give points for. The keyboard can come with the Red, Blue, or Brown Gateron or LK Optical switches. The typing test above is with Gateron Browns.

KeyChron K6 - Switch Socket

While I wouldn’t say that the stabilizers are flawless, they come pre-lubed out of the factory and the stabilizers are actually somewhat smooth and sound satisfying. They’re not ducky level stabilizers, but they’re definitely not a rattle-fest that you’d see on a ton of other mainstream keyboards.

KeyChron K6 - Switch pull

The K6 has a hot-swappable version that I would highly recommend if you’re looking to try out a bunch of different switches, the 5-pin switch socket is compatible with pretty much all popular PCB mount switches. All the switches I had on hand installed easily without any issue, the insert was solid with no wiggle.

KeyChron K6 - Switch Puller

The switch puller is a little anemic, it’s thin and inflexible and it actually makes removing switches harder than it needs to be, just a little more heft and width would’ve made this barebones switch puller better.

Keycaps

KeyChron K6 - Font and Design

The keycaps included with the Keychron K6 are made of the typical thin ABS plastic, which isn’t surprising considering its price point.

What is surprising though is how slick the keycaps are out of the box, there’s basically no texture to the caps at all, I shudder to think what these caps will feel like after they take on the typical ABS shine. Aftermarket keycaps are highly recommended for the K6.

The ABS caps are painted with a laser-etching made out for the main legends for shine-through, the sub-legends are painted on with a secondary colour. I suspect after some use these keycap legends will degrade quite a bit.

The font and colour choice of the keycaps is superb, I love the Dolch-y look of the caps, the font is really pleasing and clean with easy to read sub legends. The modifier keys use a mix of icons and word labels.

Wireless

The K6 is using a Bluetooth 5.1 chip. The reported wireless connectivity problems of previous Keychron boards isn’t present here. I haven’t had any drops or weird input interactions on wireless at all.

Input lag is minimal on K6 via wireless, though I can sort of feel a little bit of difference compared to wired, it’s recommended to use the keyboard in wired mode if every millisecond is important to you.

The Keyboard can connect with up to three devices simultaneously, these pairings are mapped to the QWE keys on the keyboard.

How to pair the Keychron K6

To pair, press fn1 + (q,w,e) for 4 seconds until that key is flashing, then pair the Keychron K6 like any Bluetooth device.

How to switch devices

Single tapping fn1 + (q,w,e) will switch quickly between devices. You will see the key flash to acknowledge the device switch.

Battery life

The Keychron K6 sports a 4000mAh battery rated to last roughly 70 hours. The keyboard is set to auto shut off after 10 minutes to preserve battery life, hitting any key on the keyboard will wake it within a second or so. The battery on the keyboard fully charges in 3 hours via USB Type-C.

Build quality

The keyboard is light, coming in at 530 grams for the plastic case and 664 grams it weighs quite a bit less than the GMMK TKL I have on hand. The weight is great for travel but not good if you’re looking for a heavy keyboard.

There is some flex on the keyboard when twisted, but no creaking of any plastic.

The lightness and the flex does give the impression that this keyboard is less of a tank than other budget boards that have more rigid build quality.

Otherwise, the fit and finish are well done, I’m not seeing any rough edges or out of place moving parts.

Backlighting

The K6 comes in two backlighting flavours, white and full RGB. All K6’s have a dedicated backlight button to cycle through modes. The documentation doesn’t name its 18 modes, so I will name them:

  • Wave
  • Reactive Ripple
  • Reactive Line
  • Reactive Angled Line
  • Solid
  • Breathing
  • Rolling Wave
  • Waterfall
  • Radial
  • Switchboard
  • Fan from middle
  • Pinwheels
  • Stripe
  • Middle out
  • Reactive single fade

On the RGB version of the keyboard, you can press fn + left/right to cycle between colours.

The placement of the on the PCB and the keycaps make for a mediocre backlight experience. A lot of the shine-through seems to come from reflecting off of the outside of the keycap rather than through the cap itself, there are some caps like page up and page down that are only partially lit by the LED.

Extra Features

The K6 has some onboard functionality.

First and foremost, the PC/Mac toggle remaps Control, Command and ALT to its respective OS.

Keychron PC/Mac Setting

You can also set the key to the right of the spacebar to be Alt or Control, press fn1+K+R to toggle between those two, you can still access the secondary key by pressing fn1+ctrl/alt.

 

 

Warranty & Reliability

The standard warranty period for Keychron keyboards is 12 months.

According to their warranty page: https://www.keychron.com/pages/warranty

There have been several reports connectivity issues both wired and wireless where keys either get stuck or become unresponsive. I have not come across this issue on the K6 wired or wireless to Windows, Mac and iOS.

You can turn off the auto shut off by pressing fn1+S+O for 4 seconds.

To lock the lighting effect press fn1 + L + lighting button

To factory reset press fn1 + J + Z for 4 seconds

 

Software & Settings

Keychrons currently don’t have software, they recommend Karabiner for Mac and Sharpkeys for Windows to do key remapping.

Tech Specs

Keychron K6

  • Length: 31.3 cm (Plastic case) | 31.7 cm (Aluminum case)
  • Width: 10.4 cm (Plastic case) |  10.7 cm (Aluminum case) |
  • Height: 3.7 cm (with caps)
  • Case: High profile case
  • Weight:  530 grams (Plastic case) | 664 grams (Aluminum case)
  • Keys: 68 keys
  • Cable Length: Braided, detachable USB Type-C

Keys & switches

  • Switch options: Gateron Red, Brown and Blue or LK Mechanicals
  • Keycap material: ABS
  • Keycap legends: Laser Etched
  • Keycap profile: OEM Profile
  • Media keys: Yes through fn layer
  • Backlight: White or Full RGB
  • Software: None yet
  • Polling rate: 1000 hz

Conclusion

The Keychron K6 is a really easy keyboard to recommend because it is so versatile, if you’re looking for a keyboard that can connect multiple devices and offer a good typing experience with multiple kinds of switches then your choices are pretty slim.

For gaming, this is a solid budget option that affords you some flexibility in moving away from your desk to game. The switches and stabs are very good for this price range so you can expect a solid gaming experience coming out of this keyboard.

The big if on this keyboard is if you mind how tall the keyboard is, it’s truly its greatest drawback, if you have or get the wrist rest this factor becomes less important.

Overall, this keyboard is a very solid offering, it’s one of the better wireless keyboard options you can get right now up there with the Anne Pro.

Keychron K6

The Keychron K6 arrives on the scene with great versatility and functionality for a budget price.

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8BitDo SN30Pro+ Review https://thegamingsetup.com/controller/reviews/8bitdo-sn30proplus?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=8bitdo-sn30pro-review Tue, 26 May 2020 00:56:03 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=7132 8BitDo delivers a huge hit with the SN30Pro+, a retro gamers' dream.

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8Bitdo continues to kill it with third party peripherals.

The SN30Pro+ is a killer controller with multiple device connectivity, a great d-pad and solid ergonomics all around. All-around might be the best way to describe this controller, it works with the most devices and it’ll do nicely with the most types of games.

There’s definitely an argument for this controller providing the best value, for roughly 50 bucks, you get a controller that works on Switch, PC, Mac and Android with a rechargeable battery pack and USB-C, definitely consider an SN30Pro+ if you’re into retro or Switch gaming.


8BitDo SN30Pro+

The Sn30Pro+ is a rock solid controller that excels at old school games with its improved d-pad.

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Pros

  • Great D-Pad
  • Can connect to multiple devices at once
  • Great software for customization
  • Xinput
  • Rechargeable battery included with AA support
  • USB Type-C port!

Cons

  • Button layout can cause some confusion for Xinput prompts
  • Start and select are hard to reach

Design

The SN30 Pro+ evolves from the SN30Pro and adds the handles and analog triggers. It’s what would happen if you take a SNES controller and Dual Shock 3 controller and merged them.

The SN30Pro+ is has three main colourways: 8BitDo SN30Pro+ Colour Options

  • Black
  • G Classic Edition
  • SN Edition

The SN30Pro+ seems to deviating into its own style more so than its predecessor the SN30, the 8Bitdo logo is now on the middle of controller in its own design rather than the font-style of the Super Nintendo controllers.

I found the LEDs at the bottom of the controller to be a little faint, not really complaining if its saving battery life but it did seem noticeably more dull than the other controllers I’ve used.

Thumbsticks

8Bitdo SN30Pro - Thumbstick

The thumbsticks of the SN30Pro+ is in the traditional symmetrical position. The sticks themselves do resemble a Dual Shock 4 controller with its outer rim and convex shape.

The SN30Pro+ sticks feel a little bit more stiff than the DS4 sticks with a thinner outer rim. The sticks are about the same height as the Dual Shock 4, with the press being more tactile as well.

The controller software allows you to edit the deadzone of the sticks, this setting is saved into the controller itself, really handy to have the option to set deadzone outside of just Steam.

Being able to set a deadzone is something that’s not even possible on the Switch, it’s a huge plus.

Ergonomics

8Bitdo SN30Pro - Held

This controller should feel pretty familiar if you’re coming from a Dual Shock 3 or SNES controller for that matter.

The main thing to note about the SN30Pro+ is that it’s a little wider than the Dual Shock 4 and Xbox One controller. The width does take some adjustment to get used to but its not anything that would hold back the 8BitDo, you would be used to the grip in a day.

Select and Start can be a little bit more difficult to press due to their central placement, but you don’t use those buttons often enough for it to be a huge problem.

The vibration motors are in the handle of the controller, they are pretty strong motors but I don’t find them all that immersive, it’s a pretty basic rumble.

D-pad

8Bitdo SN30Pro - Dpad

The d-pad on this controller is one of the best, resembling a classic Nintendo d-pad. Diagonals input cleanly, with good responsiveness in all directions. So far, the d-pad has held up, I haven’t seen too many complaints about the d-pad wearing down quickly.

This is the d-pad to use if you’re into retro gaming, I couldn’t think of a better modern controller to play classic games with, it feels sublime to play games like Mario 3 and Blades of Steel on the SN30Pro+.

Buttons

8Bitdo SN30Pro - Buttons

The buttons on the controller follow the Nintendo layout, this can definitely cause some confusion if you’re using this controller on PC with Xbox prompts. The buttons have a slight convex shape, the SN30Pro+ has a version where the X and Y button are concave like the classic SNES controller.

The buttons are more tactile than the Dual Shock 4 buttons, the tactility feels more like the Xbox One controller.

Triggers

8Bitdo SN30Pro - Shoulder pressed (2)

The triggers are a new addition to 8BitDo’s controller line up, they’re true analog triggers with the ability to adjust actuation via software. The shape of the trigger resembles the Dualshock 4 mostly, with a flat surface and slight curve, the feel on press is more similar to the Xbox One, the analog doesn’t have that squishy bottom out that the DS4 has, just a solid bottom out.

The triggers are cleanly separated from the bumper L and R buttons, no issues with locating the buttons in-game.

Connectivity

8Bitdo SN30Pro - Port

The Sn30Pro+ connects to multiple devices via Bluetooth, it basically works with everything: PC, Mac, Android, iOS and Switch. The SN30Pro+ can keep 4 connections concurrently, to do this, you use a button combination to attempt to connect to that device’s pairing:

  • Start + Y for Switch
  • Start + X for PC
  • Start + B for Android
  • Start + A for Mac OS

To pair, you hit the button combination, then hold the the pairing button found on the top of the controller, and follow the basic steps of how you would connect any controller via Bluetooth or on the Switch.

The SN30Pro+ has you covered if you’re looking to go wired, there’s a USB-C port at the top of the controller for charging and connectivity.

On PC and Mac the SN30Pro+ emulates Xinput for maximum compatibility with games, it is recognized on Steam as a configurable controller so you can set Steam settings for this controller as a Switch emulated controller.

Battery Life

8Bitdo SN30Pro - Battery

The Sn30Pro+ has an included 20 hour battery pack that recharges in 4 hours via USB-C. The controller is also compatible with  AA batteries as well. The combination of included rechargeable pack with AA compatibility is not seen on any other controller, it’s really appreciated to have the flexibility to recharge or use your own batteries.

Durability

The controller feels very sturdy, the SN30Pro+ shell has clips and screws ensuring a tight seal of the two halves, I’m unable to make any creak or flex when twisting at the arms, if Battletoads makes you chuck your controller across the room I think SN30Pro+ could handle it.

There have been some reports of the rubber on the thumbsticks degrading over time, but I don’t penalize the controller for that as basically all controllers have this issue.

The triggers seem solid and I don’t think the analog function or the spring will degrade quickly.

All in all, the SN30Pro+ is likely going to last quite a while no matter what playstyle or usage it gets.

Input lag

I have not noticed any perceptible input lag connected via PC, Switch or Mac.

The controller looks to have a 40 ms input lag in wired and 60 ms over Bluetooth, both of these figures are inline with common controllers like the Xbox One and Switch Pro Controllers. There have been reports of input lag on the Switch when using multiple wireless controllers in a single game like Smash, but I haven’t seen that happen as of yet.

Software

8bitdo-set-deadzone

The software is a cherry on top of an already very solid package. The 8BitDo software lets you customize a lot of the aspects of the controller. Even better, the controller saves all changes onto the controller itself, allowing you to take your tuning to every device you use the 8BitDo with.

To make any settings changes, the SN30Pro+ must be connected via USB. You can download the 8BitDo software on their download page.

8bitdo-triggers

All of the features are fairly easy and intuitive to set, once you’re happy you can hit the big purple Sync to Controller and all settings will be set.

8bitdo-vibration

8BitDo does put out regular firmware updates to address bugs or improve performance from time to time, you can update your controller firmware through the software, it’s as simple as checking for the latest version when the controller is plugged in via USB.

Conclusion and Recommendation

If you have multi device needs it’s hard to ignore the SN30Pro+, especially if you have a Nintendo Switch. The SN30Pro+ is every bit as good as the Pro Controller, for Switch folks looking for a symmetrical stick design, look no further. For PC gamers that also play on laptops, phones or the Switch, this controller does the job very well.

At its price, the SN30Pro+ is a great value, if you’re not overly reliant on Xinput prompts and like symmetrical sticks, this controller should be a heavy consideration.


8BitDo SN30Pro+

The Sn30Pro+ is a rock solid controller that excels at old school games with its improved d-pad.

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What is Controller Deadzone? https://thegamingsetup.com/guides/what-is-controller-deadzone?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-is-controller-deadzone Mon, 18 May 2020 20:59:48 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=7115 Controller deadzone is the amount your stick can move before it’s recognized in game, the bigger the deadzone the more the stick can move before it registers an input. A low deadzone is more responsive, a subtle touch will result in an input, there’s a flip side, if your controller is a little worn or […]

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Controller deadzone is the amount your stick can move before it’s recognized in game, the bigger the deadzone the more the stick can move before it registers an input. A low deadzone is more responsive, a subtle touch will result in an input, there’s a flip side, if your controller is a little worn or the sticks are a little loose it could lead to drift. Larger deadzones trade off responsiveness to avoid accidental inputs.

Optimal deadzone in Fortnite

Fortnite Deadzone Settings

Fortnite has in-game settings for deadzone. For optimal settings, you want to set the lowest possible deadzone without any drift. Keep in mind that this isn’t something that is set and forget it, as your controllers wear and change you might need to go back and adjust over time.

Deadzone in Rocket League

Rocket League Deadzone

Controller deadzone is pretty basic, lower this setting as low as possible without any drift.

Dodge deadzone is how much you have to move your stick before you perform a dodge. There’s a really handy deadzone visualizer webapp made by Rocket Science that helps you see how much you have to move your stick to turn and dodge: https://halfwaydead.gitlab.io/rl-deadzone/

Steam Deadzone Settings

Steam Deadzone

The always helpful Valve has also created settings in Steam to set controller deadzones for all your games. The deadzone is super helpful when your sticks start to drift, you can increase your deadzone, you lose a little responsiveness but your controller is still going to work.

To get to the deadzone setting in Steam:

  1. In the menu: Steam > Settings
  2. In settings: Go to Controller > General Controller Settings
  3. In Controller Settings – Click the controller you want to configure > Hit calibrate
  4. In the popup set your deadzone settings per stick.

Fixing stick drift

Fixing stick drift isn’t typically an easy task, there are a couple of things you can try.

  1. Blast canned air into the analog stick hole to try and dislodge any particles
  2. Dissemble and re-insert any loosening parts
  3. Disassemble and replace analog sensor parts

Here are some resources I found on Youtube for fixing different controllers.

 

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