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How to Get Better at Gaming with a Keyboard and Mouse

Anna-Marie Brittain
Looking to improve your PC gaming skills? Having the right gaming accessories does make a difference. If you already have a gaming PC, then you understand the importance of graphics, refresh rate, and crisp audio.
Attempting to level up your gaming sessions is more challenging when you don’t have the auxiliary equipment needed to get there. A truly immersive gaming experience means using every possible tool at your disposal to reach your goals. Invest in a gaming keyboard and mouse and you’ll notice immediate improvements in your gaming techniques.

Does a gaming mouse and keyboard make a difference?

The standard keyboard and mouse are typically enough to navigate a PC or laptop. Upgrading those tools, however, will have its advantages. A gaming keyboard and mouse will provide increased speed, response time, and overall performance.
A traditional mouse is great for computer work, but you may not find it as accurate for your gaming needs. The sensors might not be exact and they usually don’t include settings or programmable buttons. Gaming mice, on the other hand, are designed with extra settings and are built for comfort. You can find some with decent grip designs to fit your needs.
Mechanical and membrane keyboards are made for regular use and keep up with avid computer users. When it comes to gaming though, don’t be surprised if you notice some lagging and inconsistency. That’s because regular membrane keyboards have low polling rates. With a gaming keyboard, you have more controls, customizable options, and a much faster polling rate.
The great thing about using a gaming mouse and keyboard is that most of them, like the HyperX gaming line, offer custom settings that you can save. That enables you to keep the settings consistent across different games. Having the key placements and sensitivity adjustments exactly where you need them will make a difference in your keystroke and target accuracy, regardless of whether you’re playing a slow-paced or fast-paced game.

Level up: Gaming keyboard tips

Wondering how to get better at using a keyboard for gaming? Here are some simple tips on why gaming keyboards are better than standard ones.
Gaming keyboards tend to have custom lighting options, smoother keystrokes, and high-level polling rates. Once you’ve invested in one, it’s important to memorize the keys and develop that muscle memory - especially if you’re a console gamer making the switch to PC gaming. Gain more confidence through memorization and truly let your fingers fly without pause or distraction.
Another trick is to remember that less is more. Instead of erratic movements, which can irritate your wrist, rely on small, precise maneuvers. Aiming with your elbow can help maintain control without exhausting your wrist.

Improve your game: Tips about the gaming mouse

The right gaming mouse should meet certain criteria to help you perform at your best. Adjustable DPI settings, accurate sensitivities, and excellent grip comfort are the ideal must-haves for a good gaming mouse. Be sure to check the click rating, especially for those elite gamers who rely on super-fast finger movements to own the leaderboards.
First, pick a gripping style. Do you prefer horizontal or vertical holds? Are you a palm gripper or do you like the claw grip? All options have their benefits, but the bottom line is, you must find a position that is the most comfortable for your wrist and elbow.
For PC gaming, the two main styles of mouse control are tracking and flicking. Both are great for locking in on your target. It’s recommended you adjust the sensitivity options and begin with aiming practice before trying your gaming mouse at maximum acceleration. Instead, focus on maintaining full control of the cursor, including its speed and where it travels.

Where to get a gaming keyboard and mouse

HP’s HyperX gaming keyboards are perfect for professionals and expert gamers. If you’re new to PC gaming, it’s highly recommended you begin your gaming journey with a mechanical keyboard. It’s the more trusted option for gaming because of reliable keystrokes, polling rates, and customizable settings.
Although touchpads are popular cursor options for laptops, using a gaming mouse is the key to levelling up. HP’s HyperX gaming mouse delivers impressive accuracy and is designed for ultimate comfort.

HyperX Alloy Core RGB Gaming Keyboard

For quiet, responsive keys and dynamic RGB lighting effects, check out the HyperX Alloy Core RGB Gaming Keyboard. It features three brightness levels and six LED lighting effects. Choose options like solid or breathing. There’s also the colour cycle, spectrum wave, or Aurora. The five multi-colour zone presets are customizable, delivering even more lighting options to enhance your gaming experience.
The keys have a tactile feel with a comfortable soft touch and are designed to be silent with quick feedback. With anti-ghosting functionality and key rollover, every keypress is registered without worrying about accidentally removing yourself from the game. The easy access buttons provide smooth control no matter how intense the gaming session.

HyperX Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Get durability, style, and three convenient keyboard angles with the HyperX Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. It features keyboard feet that allow you to choose from three different tilt levels. It’s a full-size keyboard with a detachable USB-C cable. Thanks to the aluminium build, gamers can expect dependable stability no matter how extreme the keystrokes are.
It’s designed with custom HyperX mechanical switches that deliver exposed LEDs for brilliant lighting. You’ll enjoy a blend of elegant balance with accurate responsiveness. With HyperX NGENUITY software, you can customize your lighting, craft macros, and adjust Game Mode. The user-friendly design gives access to programmable keys, like setting your per-key lighting effects for unique personalization.

HyperX Alloy Origins Core Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The HyperX Alloy Origins Core Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is compact and tenkeyless, giving the user plenty of room for their gaming mouse. It features custom-designed mechanical switches, which are perfect for gamers with fierce keystroke skills. Adjust the two-step keyboard feet and you’ll get three different angles to keep your wrists as comfortable as possible.
HyperX NGENUITY software helps you customize the LED lighting of each key, craft macros, and lets you adjust Game Mode. The RGB backlighting also keeps up with every keystroke because it’s designed with actuation force and travel distance, delivering ultimate response times. The onboard memory saves up to three profiles and you can customize three unique lighting effects to match your gaming mood.

HyperX Pulsefire Haste Gaming Mouse

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste Wireless Gaming Mouse is water and dust-resistant with an ultra-light hex shell design. The honeycomb build delivers better ventilation and is IP55-rated. It can withstand sweat, minor liquid spills, oil, and dirt. You’ll get all your gaming in without worrying about losing power due to the long-lasting battery. Just one charge delivers up to 100 hours of battery life.
The lightweight gaming mouse features an anti-dust coating and TTC golden micro dustproof switches. Rated for up to 80 million clicks, you’ll notice that solid, satisfying click without missing a beat. It features 2.4 GHz wireless RF connectivity that delivers low-latency communication with a 1 ms report rate, providing gaming-grade responsiveness.

HyperX Pulsefire Core Gaming Mouse

For a sleek, solid gaming mouse, check out the HyperX Pulsefire Core Gaming Mouse. It features a Pixart 3327 optical sensor for precise movement and smooth tracking. You won’t have to worry about hardware acceleration, and it supports native DPI settings of up to 6,200.
The ergonomic design is comfortable, with non-slip textured side grips, and the shape is ideal for various grip styles. It features seven programmable buttons and HyperX NGENUITY software for custom RGB lighting effects. Rated for up to 20 million clicks, gamers can expect high-quality switches and accurate feedback.

HyperX Pulsefire Surge Gaming Mouse

Game with style using the HyperX Pulsefire Surge Gaming Mouse, which features dynamic 360-degree RGB lighting effects. Use the HyperX NGENUITY software to customize the light ring. It can save up to three profiles, so you can set LED colours and assign macros.
The Pulsefire Surge features six programmable buttons and ultra-responsive Omron switches. With a 50-million click rating, users get superior, crisp inputs that register. It features the Pixart 3389 sensor and native DPI settings up to 16,000 that provide fluid, and precise tracking. It’s designed with a flexible braided cable and large skates for smooth manoeuvrability.


The HyperX Alloy gaming keyboards and Pulsefire gaming mice are premium options for beginners, novices, and expert gamers. Enhance your gaming skills with the HyperX gaming selection; each has a durable build, custom RGB settings, outstanding sensors, and trusted super-fast response times.
Once you have picked your high-end gaming keyboard and mouse, don’t forget to consider other gaming accessories. A complete gamer setup often includes headphones, speakers, and a comfortable, adjustable chair. For some gamers, using an additional gaming monitor makes a difference in their performance. Keep all these tips in mind when you’re ready to upgrade your gaming equipment.

About the Author

Anna-Marie Brittain is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. Her experience includes writing for small businesses and non-profit organizations. She creates content for various niches including emerging technologies, law, health, and nutrition.

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