I can admit it now that the Puget system is gone. I straight up used a cheap, shipped with a PC, HP keyboard, and mouse that was just short of not being input devices at all.
I know. I'm ashamed.
The Puget deserved better than a $4 keyboard and a 99-cent mouse but that was what I had available. In fact, I have a lot of them available since I rarely take them out of the box except to hoard them as though they might be worth more than gold one day.
My other desktop/work areas have nice Saitek or Logitech multi-media keyboards that feel good and have a decent tactile response. Because I'm masquerading as a writer, I feel I should have a decent keyboard everywhere I punch a key and I have used the same wired multi-button Logitech mouse for years.
In fact, I keep a couple of extras on hand as I am hard on mice. Maybe it's the intense 3D work I do... or... maybe it's the … err... occasional desktop slam-down they endure because something didn't suit my temperament at the time. In fact, I had to get a real keyboard and mouse if I was going to do real work with them.
Using the Puget at home got me used to having a good working PC in the house so when I had to replace it with the Omen tower, I decided I would use it for work. That way I wouldn't have to trudge out in the snow to the studio. I mean that can be... oh... 10... 15 yards! I'm talking near bushcraft-related survival here... at least for this tech writer.
So with all the scientific and technological know-how behind me, I quickly honed in, laser-like, on a wired USB keyboard and mouse combo at Amazon because, well, it looked cool and was cheap. Like I said... science.
The combo is the Redragon S-101 gaming keyboard and mouse over at Amazon (not an affiliate link).
While browsing for an acceptable combo this one kept popping up here and there. The price was very attractive, the marketing was professional. The mouse was ergonomically similar to what I use and had the multi-button extras too.
One plus... it had a button just for dialing mouse resolution up and down. Something I haven't done but can see a lot of use for in certain situations... like jewelry design small detail at high resolution. No more going into settings to give more control at extreme high res. Just click the button to jump between stored settings.
And let's not forget the pretty lights. They flash or change colors depending on settings. There are lots of pretty colors but, as is my luck, I found old-fashioned green to light the keyboard best in all conditions.
Now to the meat of it... how does it all feel?
I'll start with the mouse. I was pleasantly surprised at its heft and then realized it has a weight system built-in. Simple weights to use all, none or any number in between to fit your needs. The mouse if comfortable and buttons placed well.
One negative... I had to download their software to turn off the irritating flashing red lights. I didn't see an option to keep the light on steady... just a “Breathing” speed slider or off. So off it was. First time I've loaded mouse software in a long time.
The keyboard is very a pleasant looking design with the lights on, off or the color of your choice. At first use, I was not fond of the tactile response but as I ‘ve used it I've come to like it as it doesn't distract me by sloppy performance. I'm using it for this review and now it feels “normal” to me. Just as much as their Saitek or Logitech keyboards do.
I was very skeptical when I ordered but now, I'm enjoying using both devices and don't give either of them a thought as usage has become second nature.
I have no idea how long these will last, but they do have a near 5-star rating over at Amazon so be sure to check some of those out.
At this point... for less than $40 US I'm happy with the purchase and like the feel. The keyboard does sound a bit “hollow” if I'm really typing away but it's not a distraction. At this price point... the combo is less than the cost of the other keyboards alone, so I'm happy.
M.D. McCallum, aka WarLord, is an international award-winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, published author, project director, and webmaster with a freelance career that spans over 20 years. Now retired, M.D. is currently working part-time on writing and select character development projects. You can learn more about MD on his website.