TimTheTatman is a variety streamer who mainly plays various FPS and RPG games such as Fortnite, Overwatch, Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. He first began streaming in 2012 during college, after being inspired by other content creators such as Sodapoppin and Ninja, Gainden, whom he used to watch during his spare time. Thanks to his laid-back personality, interaction with his chat and high skill levels across a variety of titles, he was soon able to build up a following and now often streams with other big streamers including Ninja, Cloakzy and DrLupo. We’ve broken down TimTheTatman’s gaming setup and detailed all the peripheral gear he uses.
TimTheTatman uses a Razer DeathAdder Elite. This gaming mouse has an upgraded version of the Razer DeathAdder Chroma gaming mouse and comes with a higher sensitivity of 16,000 DPI on its optical sensor. Other changes include slightly more resistance on the right and left buttons to reduce the chances of accidentally clicking the right button.
As with the previous version, there are still programable side buttons, and the mouse is ergonomically designed to enhance comfort for long gaming sessions. This includes a large frame and a curve on the thumb’s side with a resting space below the buttons, as well as an arched grip. Buttons to control the DPI levels have been integrated below the serrated scrolling track.
These features are important considerations for a streamer who primarily plays FPS games, as response time is can make or break a victory. What is less necessary is the RGB feature that adds on to the overall price.
Another disclaimer is that although TimTheTatman has been using Razer products prior to his sponsorship and has stated that he always like their products, he has been sponsored by Razer since 2017 which could also play a major part as to why he chooses their products over another.
Of course, it’s also important for gamers to be realistic about whether they actually need all of the extra buttons as the number of buttons and other extra features generally impacts the price. If you truly believe that you will use them and that they will enhance your gameplay, then it might be worth looking into it. If you’re planning on playing card games, or other games that are less affected by lower sensitives than fps and similar games are.
TimTheTatman uses a Razer Huntsman Elite keyboard. The Razer Huntsman Elite is mechanical keyboard with Razer’s own Opto Mechanical switches, wrist rest and RGB lighting. If you’re looking for a cheaper/smaller keyboard without the wrist rest, then you might want to go with either the standard Razer Huntsman or Razer Huntsman tournament keyboard.
It has a sturdy, aluminum-based construction, ostensibly to provide extra durability for those gamers who tend to pound or drop their keyboards. A volume control wheel and panel is also built-in to the top right of the keyboard, as many other programable adjustment options for the function keys.
As a bonus, it also comes with a two-year manufacturer warranty.
The Opto Mechanical switches have a high sensitivity, meaning that they are highly responsive and to light inputs. It’s important to note that the preferences regarding switch actuations are highly objective, as whether they require more or less pressure to register input can save gamers milliseconds per stroke. However, other gamers might prefer heavier keys, as the input is easier to control. Wrist fatigue is also a consideration if you plan on gaming for long stretches on a keyboard-dependent game.
Tactile feedback is also important to some gamers, as they would either prefer input feedback or no feedback, depending on the game that they are playing. All of these factors are influenced by the types of switches used in the keyboard. Therefore, if possible, you might want to visit a brick-and-mortar store to see whether the Razer Huntsman Elite’s switch actuation suits your preferences.
TimTheTatman uses Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones. The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones are closed-backed and over-ear with a detachable cable and is available as either a wired or wireless version.
The earphone cups are thinner than many other brands and can be rotated at 90°, thereby allowing them to lie flat around your neck when not in use and are relatively light at ~286g. This allows for them to be easily transportable.
They also have leatherette padding which can help to further insulate the noise. Although they don’t come with spare padding, replacement pads made from other materials can be bought to replace them. So, if you find leatherette cushions to be uncomfortable, there are alternatives.
Another consideration is that the headband clamps the headphones on quite firmly, in order to ensure that they do not fall off of the user’s head. While this is a useful feature, there are a few people who feel that this can cause pressure on the user’s ears over time. With that said, TimTheTatman does frequently use them for eight or nine hours in a single sitting, so it’s possible that this may be less of an issue over time or that it can be resolved by stretching the headband a little bit.
Aside from these considerations, the frequency response is a bit above average at 15 – 28,000 Hz and are designed to be durable.
TimTheTatman uses an Audio-Technica BP40 microphone. The AT-BP40 is a unidirectional dynamic hypercardioid microphone with a built-in pop-filter. The hypercardioid design helps to further cancel out extraneous background noises that can interfere with the overall audio output quality. Additional features include a 100Hz high-pass filter switch and a frequency response range of 50-16,000 Hz, which is a bit narrower than some other microphones. You will need to buy an XLR cable, mixer and mic stand as well, though.
If you are considering buying this to start up your own stream, it is worth noting, that the price is $349, so if you’re just starting out you might want to listen to some YouTube audio comparison reviews on cheaper models such as the Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ or Blue Yeti, depending on the type of content that you are hoping to produce.
TimTheTatman uses a Herman Miller Aeron Ergonomic chair. It is important to consider your own personal needs when picking a chair, such as the weight it can support, height requirements, adjustability, armrests and durability. The primary consideration is obviously comfort should be your main consideration before buying a chair, as it’s where you’re going to be spending most of your time. Therefore, no matter how cool a chair may look, it may not be the best fit for your body’s requirements.
The Herman Miller Aeron Ergonomic chair comes in sizes A – C, so you should research which size suits your weight and body-type best. The best way to figure out which chair or size is best for you, is to visit a brick-and-mortar store to see which design is most comfortable for you. If you find that these match up with the chair that TimTheTatman of another favorite broadcaster uses, then buy it if you feel that it is worth the expense.
TimTheTatman uses a Panasonic Lumix G7KS 4K Mirrorless Camera. Webcams are an integral part of livestreaming for those streamers who want to provide viewers with a more interactive stream. However, the type of webcam that you need will depend on the type of content that you are producing.
The Panasaonic Lumix G7KS 4k Mirrorless Camera is a DSLM camera, meaning that it is designed for recording IRL activities, and not specifically for gaming. It is therefore more appropriate for streamers who are either established, or who plan on making vlogging and outdoor recordings a major aspect of their stream.
It comes with interchangeable lenses that can record from 480p – 4k, depending on the quality that you are planning to record. As it is a high resolution DSLM camera, it is faster than a regular DSLR, and so is good for capturing content that is fast-paced and where a quick auto-focus feature is necessary.
As it isn’t a webcam, it isn’t plug-and-play, but will require additional investments in hardware such as a capture card and cam link, as well as the relevant software. Therefore, if you are just starting out, you may want to review a break-down of the various camera-types which can be found here.
TimTheTatman uses a TC Helicon GoXLR mixer. The TC Helicon GoXLR mixer is a relatively compact mixer that is compatible with Windows. It has the capacity to handle one XLR cable, as well as one TS/TRS/TRRS microphone jack. This means that it’s intended for a single input source and is therefore not suitable if you’re planning on recording from multiple sources at once, as is the case in a podcast where all of the hosts are present in the same room. However, it does not support USB cables.
Aside from that, its preamp is able to support up to 70 Db of gain, which means that it can translate the transmissions generated by most microphones. Additionally, it has four volume sliders as well as knobs and buttons to allow for audio effects, muting audio, voice sampling and a few other functions.
If you’re planning on getting a dynamic microphone, this might be worth considering if you have the budget for it. Of course, it is always worth doing comparison videos and reading reviews before investing in any hardware.