Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
When it comes to the peripherals game, it seems most of what we see is high dollar gear where it would figure that companies had the most to make by selling them. The thing is, the reality of the market shows that customers are still looking to save every dime... hell, every penny when it comes to choosing the gear to go along with their gaming build. While every company seems to offer some form of entry-level priced gear, that can sometimes mean you are digging out $40 a pop for a mouse and keyboard. But we are of the train of thought that we buy peripherals like tools for any trade. It is something we use every day for many hours, and we don't mind paying up for something that falls into that Goldilocks zone of "just right" for our needs, but on the flip side, a lot of gamers are happy as long as it works and does not affect the budget to the rest of life.
What we have found out though over time, is that many companies make huge profits a dollar at a time, selling masses of that product. This is where the budget gamers and average users come into play. As we say, a lot of gamers out there aren't looking for much as far as feel or outrageous software options, they just want all of the keys, maybe some multimedia keys, a bit of backlighting, and they are content. The same thing is also said for mice. Unless you play a lot of MMO or other Macro based game styles, you too can get by here with just the basics. This is where the Tt eSPORTS team is coming in to help solve a lot of the questions, and delivers us a combo kit of a keyboard and mouse that is stylish, very functional, and has a very keen eye directed at the overall price.
Today, we are diving into the Commander Gaming Gear Combo. In this one package, we are offered a 104-key standard US layout keyboard, but rather than offering a basic membrane board, this is a plunger switch based keyboard that is more like a hybrid between membrane and mechanical keys. Along with a very aggressive aesthetic look to the board, it is backlit blue, and the intensity is adjustable. Also, in that box is an optical gaming mouse that offers on-the-fly DPI adjustment, side buttons on the left, and illuminated LEDs in three locations. So, in essence, the Commander Gaming Gear Combo has everything a gamer needs right in one box, and takes away a lot of headaches deciding on other gear, when for minimal cost, you can just pick up this kit instead, plug it in, and enjoy.
Tt eSPORTS does offer us a chart, but it only seems to cover the keyboard and not the mouse. As to the keyboard, we are given a black plastic keyboard with metal-like accents in a titanium color. This design opts to use plunger switches that offer mechanical tops to them and even allows the use of aftermarket keycaps that work with Cherry and Kailh switches. It is powered over USB, offers anti-ghosting, has a 1000 Hz polling rate at all times, and is backlit, even into the frame with blue LEDs. We also see it weighs near two pounds, it offers multimedia keys, and while it has no onboard memory, the cable is sleeved.
As to the mouse, things are pretty basic. While we will not be tearing these products apart, because frankly at this price they could be built of Playdoh. If it worked for six months before drying out, you got your money's worth. We assume it uses an Avago sensor, something like the A5050 we saw in the Scroll X1, due to the 2400 DPI maximum the Commander mouse offers. There are two buttons on the left side of this near ambidextrous design, but none present on the right to accommodate left-hand users. If offers a heavily segmented scroll wheel with a rubber coating on it. Along with a "CPI" rather than DPI button on the top, there is a slit on either side that lights up, as does the battle dragon logo on the heel, of course in blue to match the keyboard.
We thought we had a handle on what something like this should cost, as we were guessing somewhere around say $59.99. As we looked around to find pricing, our jaw did need to be picked up from off the desk. With around fifteen hits in Google shopping, it is very easy to locate these in stock, ready to be bought. The pricing, however, being as low as $29.99 prior to any shipping charges is downright insane. For a basic membrane board and a mouse, we would expect to have to pay more, but somehow the Tt eSPORTS team is able to put a package together, and with the Commander Gaming Gear Combo, you really cannot go wrong in this purchase. Even if just for a backup set to sit on the shelf, you will be hard pressed to beat this deal.
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