No matter how hardware companies release new product after new product to impress us, there are still classic gaming products that haven’t really been outmatched yet. Some have simply fallen under the radar of of hardware companies, or there is an original version of a product we’ve simply fallen in love with despite all the remakes, and sometimes there’s just an old feeling that seem like will never be replaced with new technology. So keep reading this special article on rare discontinued gear you should look out for.
The 120 hz monitor
First, we have an item that’s becoming harder and harder to find, but that’s still a must for any LAN BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) fanatic: the old huge white 120hz CRT monitor. Indeed, if you hope to find the incredible gaming performance of a 120hz CRT monitor, you will have to carry the weight and the simple color and design that come with it. It’s still totally worth it though.
"If it's so heavy, why is it so suited for BYOCs then?" Well to this day, a huge 120hz CRT monitor still performs better than any other monitor, particularly the heavily-advertised LCDs. Until further improvements are made to LCDs, especially ghosting, CRTs will be king. Ghosting is a blur of images in fast motion and performance in games is heavily affected by it. Although ghosting has become more and more subtle on LCDs as the years go by, it is still present, and that’s without mentioning ghosting wasn’t even ever an issue on CRTs in the first place. Therefore, the players that are most likely to appreciate and notice the difference with a 120hz CRT monitor compared to LCDs are players that play very high-speed and quick-turning games like Quake, Unreal Tournament and different racing games. Quick turns and flick shots still seem to be way more crispy-clear and precise on that big CRT even after all these years, no matter the MS count of these overrated LCD monitors.
The Viewsonic P95f+, which can run 120hz along with great image quality.
These monitors can be hard to find, but that doesn't mean that they will cost you a lot. They are indeed often in the hands of regular computer users who bought one of these back in the days, still own one, and who will be happy to get rid of it in favor of an LCD monitor taking much less space. They usually don't even know the value it can have for gaming. Your best bet to find a big 120hz CRT is, therefore, through auctions and classified ads.
Warning: Just because you read this article, doesn't mean you should try to put your monitor on overdrive and try to reach 120hz if it isn’t capable of doing so. Doing so will most likely break it. This is why these big white CRTs are so precious: it is pretty rare to find one that was really meant to run at 120hz.
Old school mice
My Top Pick is the Razer Diamondback Original release - not the 3G one. These came in solid large boxes with a mouse pouch. I have about 6 of these original razer diamondback mouses and the sensors on these mouses are top notch. They just don't make it like these anymore.
The next rare discontinued gear you should look out for are old school mice. Most of them have been reproduced by companies like Steelseries and Razer, but the original versions are still in high-demand by both amateur and professional gamers. To my knowledge, new-technology mice by Steelseries and Razer have been known to have trust issues when it comes to their sensors that aren’t perfect when they head out in the public, so some players might want to choose the original over the modern version so that they get the piece of mind of that tried-and-tested sensor that successfully want through the years. For example, even if Steelseries has done a remake version of the Microsoft Intellimouse 3.0, it never even came close to reaching the popularity of the original because well… nothing beats the original version of a legendary product. Mice are all about feeling good in your hand, and when a mouse is so critically acclaimed as the 3.0, you can’t help but think the original is perfect and shouldn’t be touched or remade in any way. Even the very similar re-release by Microsoft of the 3.0 wasn’t as popular as the very first model before it was discontinued. (which triggered the rage of gamers at the time).
A very slick and accurate remake of the 3.0 by Steelseries, but purists are still looking for originals…
Of course, a lot of modern gaming mice have the option of updating the firmware, but why care about updates when you already have stable and consistent mouse? The firmware are the program and data structures that control an electronic device. Plus, modern gaming mice have been known to have a pretty limited lifespan, while old school mice user are bragging about how they have been carrying the same one around for almost a decade.
See you in the classified ads!