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General Discussion / Re: Gateron Optical Silver Switch?
« on: 06:08 AM - 05/24/19 »
Is this what you’re looking for?


Potentially. The seller does not give enough information. Thanks! I checked epath earlier in the day and they only had Blue, Brown, and Red in stock. 

General Discussion / Gateron Optical Silver Switch?
« on: 11:51 AM - 05/23/19 »
Anybody know of a place that you can purchase Gateron Optical Silver Switches? I have a Gateron Hot-Swap board that I would like to replace some switches on, but I cannot find them anywhere online.

They need to return to Black Ops 1 and 2 level Zombies. Every year after BO2 zombies got more and more complicated.

General Discussion / Re: NOOB HERE IN NEED OF HELP!!!!!
« on: 06:42 AM - 05/09/19 »
Hi guys I am very new to this community, I don't want to over complicate anything with any "dpi talk" or lingo I will not understand, I want to take it one step at a time lol I literally am a total noob.

What I would like help with today is Button Layout !!!

I am a long time console gamer (Xbox) I would even go as far to say I am way above average when I comes to FPS games CoD, D2, Apex etc.....however I have recently purchased a Xim Apex and would like take my gaming to the next level.

My setup:

Main game Destiny2

- Xbox one X
- Xim Apex
- Razer Tartarus V2
- SteelSeries 110

I am having a lot of trouble deciding where to map my keys too....like where should I have crouch, sprint, tactical etc.  I know its not going to feel right for a long time and will weeks for fluidity to take hold but the only buttons I have set my mind on is on the scroll wheel for sprint or is there a better way to do this?? I literally have no idea so anyone with a similar setup to me please some tips would be amazing.

First and foremost go through the YouTube tutorials. Then go here https://community.xim.tech/index.php?topic=56658.msg626940#msg626940.

I play D2 exculsively. It is important to know that it will take time for you to fine tune your settings. Settings are different for everyone. It will take a while for you to get used to your keybinds. You'll even have to play around with your keybinds for a while. Stick with it and you won't regret it.

XIM Link / Re: Mic Passthrough with XIM Link
« on: 01:51 PM - 05/06/19 »
Yes this works. It's not XIM LINK transferring your microphone through. It is your computer sending the audio signal to your xbox controller and then to your XBOX.

What I do:

(after plugging in and installing my usb microphone)

Run a 3.5 mm (male to male) aux chord from my computer directly to the controller. You will need a CTIA splitter. Here is what I use https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071DMCZQF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1. It is important that you get a splitter with 3 bands on the male port.  2 stereo audio and the 3rd is for the microphone.

Plug the male end into you xbox controller. The aux chord coming from your pc will plug into the pink female port marked "mic" and the headset will plug into the green female port marked "Headphones".

You will have to make sure and set the microphone to the default microphone device in the sound settings. Also you want to make sure that sound playback is set to speakers. This means that any noise coming from the computer will be played over your pc speakers and because you have the aux signal out running to your XBOX you will have the microphone sound sent to your XBOX.

There is one other important point to make. You may need to get a ground noise loop isolator like this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019393MV2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1. You would need to install this between the aux chord coming from the pc and the CTIA splitter. Without this device I had a buzzing feedback that made the microphone unusable.

Xbox is a pain in the butt, because they do not allow for USB microphones. In this case you're basically using your PC to route the audio into the only mode XBOX natively allows it to be received - the 3.5mm input.

Let me know if this helps or if you need any specific clarification on the setup.

General Discussion / Re: Bluetooth Headset XBOX One Setup?
« on: 11:52 AM - 05/06/19 »
I forgot to update this thread. The ground loop Isolator worked like a champ  8)

Just a queston out of curiosity, the guys who have a pc and console, do you have to unplug everytime your K+M from one to plug into the other one?

Not if you use XIM Link

Hardware Compatbility / Re: K&M Recommendations
« on: 06:44 AM - 05/02/19 »
Looking into getting a new xim apex soon and was also going to be getting a new K&M with it. Was wandering if anyone has any recommendations for ones that will be guaranteed to work with it and be 60$ or less in cost. Mostly play FPS/TPS shooters not sure if that will aid or help with mouse recommendations but wanted to toss it out there. Thanks to all who take time to read and reply.

$60.00 will be a tight budget but you can pull it off. The mouse is the most important part. If you have a keyboard laying around that will work with your XIM, you're better off just using that until you can get a better keyboard.

Mouse advice : Logitech G502, G203, G403.

Keyboard advice: Playstation Nav. If you live in the US and/or have a local gamestop then see if they have any in stock. They cost a wopping $1.99 and work with PS or XBOX One. https://www.gamestop.com/PickUpAtStore/78145/0/900010

The nav will help you adjust to the XIM, by allowing you to use an analog input i.e. joystick, as your mode of movement. However if you're already familiar with keyboarding than this doesn't necessarily ring true.

Hardware Compatbility / Re: Razer Tartarus Upgrade.
« on: 06:27 AM - 05/02/19 »
Been using Razer Tartarus V2 for 2 yrs now, want to upgrade to a mechanical keyboards..
What benefits and is it a must to upgrade to mechanical?

Not a must, but it is certainly an upgrade. Research switch types before you buy a mechanical keyboard. There are dozens and finding the right one for you will maximize your use out of the board. You could upgrade straight to the Orbweaver, since you've already been using it's younger brother. Orbweaver comes in Razer Green (Cherry MX Blue Equivalent) or Razer Orange (Cherry MX Brown Equilvalent). I would advise taking a trip to Best Buy, or some place similar, so you can test out the different switch types. Cherry MX Speed Sillver are by far my favorite switch.

Good luck.


Looks purple Fox!

It was complete happenstance that all chroma was purple at the moment I snapped the photo! All devices are set to cycle spectrum colors  ;D (minus the macro keys, Space, F9-F12, and qweasd keys).


My setup as of now. It's very basic but I'm about to do some upgrading. I thought this would be a perfect time to post since everything is about to change.

Gear in photo:

Desk: Custom built w/ Melamine top (50in x 32in)

Monitor(s) - Main - Asus VG245H
                   Secondary - IDK some old dell I picked up at Goodwill for $5.00
Mouse - Logitech G502

Keyboard(s) - Razer Orbweaver Stealth
                    - Corsair K95 Platinum

Microphone - ThronMax MDrill Zero

Mousepad - Corsair MM300

USB Switcher - Ugreen (model discontinued :'()


Hardware - Console - Xbox One S - running with Samsung t5 SSD
                   PC/Laptop - Old as dirt Sony Vaio laptop (with specs not worth mentioning) running XIM LINK

Headset - Turtle Beach XO One

THe widest mouse I have ever used (by far) is the Rival 500. It is noticeably wider than the G502. And if you're used to all the buttons the G502 offers than it seems you might have interest in the Rival 500.

1ms is the grey-to-grey pixel response rate, that's not the same thing as input lag. It's the time a pixel changes from one shade of grey to another, which affects ghosting and blurring.

The fastest gaming screen has 8ms of input lag. Most of the best PC monitors are around 11-14ms, the same speed as the fastest HDTVs.


There's so much BS hyperbole around screens, don't believe it. You can get a 66" 4K HDTV that's every bit as fast as a 24" PC screen.

https://displaylag.com/best-low-input-lag-tvs-gaming-by-gamers/ - (LG UK6570 @ 11ms)

Furthermore, the fastest a console game will render a frame is 16.66 ms. Stack on Vsync, input lag, internet lag and reaction times and we are all much slower than we think -


In short, the fastest human beings on the planet will take roughly 1/4th of a second to react in a console video game.

A couple of ms between one screen brand and another, or one screen size and another makes exactly zero difference for console gaming, as long as the screen is capable of 16.66 ms (60FPS) input lag or less.

We will definitely notice the difference between say a 12ms PC screen and a 70ms TV, but not if a PC and TV screen are both capable of rendering within the same 16.66ms frame.

I agree wholeheartedly with this post. I will add that I prefer a 24" monitor over a larger HDTV for one reason. The amount of time it takes me to scan the screen. This is anecdotally observed, but I feel less eye fatigue over long gaming sessions, while using a monitor. I also feel as though checking the radar or mini-map and returning to scan the screen is a much smoother and faster process. Just my personal observations though ;).

Hello, so I’m both new to XIM and using mouse and keyboard. I’ve pretty much been a console gamer most of my life, so I’m not very good with a mouse and keyboard. literally the only games I’ve played with mouse and keyboard are the sims 2, 3 and 4.. so yeah.

Anyways, I play on Xbox one original and mostly been playing apex legends as of late. Using a controller, I would normally get around 1-3 kills a game and make it to the top 5 around 50% or more of my games, but since I’ve started using mouse and keyboard I’ve been struggling to even get ONE kill or even survive the first freaking squad we meet! It makes me want to go back to my controller.

 I know other people who use M&K for Apex legends on console and they easily get 10 or more kills a game sometimes.  won’t lie, I honestly thought buying this would make me like them.. I was wrong.

Any tips to get better? or should I give up and go back to my controller? I’ve been playing nearly all day for a (honestly short) while now. I’ve been thinking about giving it all my stuff away to my friend and taking a punch to my wallet  ):

It will come with time. You have multiple adjustments to learn right now. Simply learning how to use mouse and keyboard is a hurdle in itself. You also have to learn the key binds and tweak your individual XIM profile settings as you go. I believe games with Campaign or PvE modes have the quickest adjustment times because you can increase the amount of engagements to practice. If you stick to just Apex, it will come in time but I would encourage that you forget about all your stats while you adjust. Maximize the amount engagement you have and play them to your strengths. At the start your strength will be medium to long distance engagements. It is a lot more complicated, at the start, to engage in close quarter combat. But again with practice you'll get it.

It is also very important that you stay consistent in what you use (controller or mouse and keyboard). By switching back and forth you delay your muscle memory development. Either get on ship or not ( although I vote get on lol).

Just my 2 cents ;)

I've been debating this exact topic in my mind for the last week or so. I want to justify going out an purchasing a lighter mouse. Why? Because all the mice reviews universally list heavier weight as a con. The problem is, those reviews are for use with a PC. I primarily play Destiny 2 which is capped at 30 fps. I am constantly seeing those blinking red lights, reminding me that the game is limiting the speed of my movement. For me, it doesn't make sense to switch to a lighter mouse if I cannot stand to benefit from improved movement speed.

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