Excerpt: Simply an amazing keyboard! - I was struggling a bit at how to start this and figured why not just cut to the chase? - Once again, the SteelSeries 7G is just an amazing keyboard. Ignoring all the features and just getting stuck into using it, you can't help but feel the quality of the 7G being second to none. Still, we can't ignore those features, so let's not and instead get into what's going on.
Conclusion: In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the SteelSeries 7G Mechanical Gaming Keyboard a rating out of 10. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar gaming keyboard that has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a higher or lower...
Pros: 18k gold plated mechanical switches, Tactile and audible feedback, Minimal looks is just right, Heavyweight build quality, Superior anti-ghosting ability, Built in USB and Audio ports, SteelSeries key replaces windows key FTW
Cons: Wrist rest spoils the looks, Lock LED's are too bright, USB hub is old USB 1.1 protocol, Backspace key is too small
SteelSeries 7G Professional Gaming Keyboard Review
16 May 2010
Summary: There are lots and lots of gaming keyboard nowadays on the market, with a lot of extra buttons, LEDs, or even back-lit keys; SteelSeries decided to manufacture something different: the 7G preserves a classic look, the build quality is high, its very durable and has a large hand-rest to increase comfort during large gaming sessions or office applications. Because it has a classic layout, the time getting used to it is a matter of minutes.
Conclusion: The SteelSeries 7G sports a rigid metal inner chassis for extreme strength and each key on the 7G is an individual 18 karat gold plated and spring loaded mechanical switch which are guaranteed for 50 million presses and provide excellent tactile and audible feedback. The anti-ghosting system allows for as many simultaneous key presses as there are keys on the keyboard.
Excerpt: A few minor flaws aside, the SteelSeries 7G is a truly spectacular piece of hardware. Almost completely devoid of amenities, this keyboard was designed from the ground up to prevent keyboard lockup—the effect that suspends all input if you inadvertently press too many buttons at once. Lockup is essentially a death sentence for competitive gamers.
Pros: We couldn’t lock this keyboard up. Great action on a classic keyboard layout.
Cons: Barebones. Very loud. Extremely expensive. USB ports only support 1.1 speeds.
Excerpt: Last week we took a look at the new Das Keyboard , a high-end product outfitted with mechanical switches but was otherwise quite spartan. Given the $130 price, it may have seen like a rarity, but the SteelSeries 7G is actually a surprisingly similar product. Rather than being purely about the typing experience, SteelSeries focuses on gaming products, but the end result was a keyboard that is much more than it might appear to be.
Conclusion: The 7G is a fantastic keyboard, lets just get that straight. Sure it might not come packing a billion macro keys, ok it doesn’t have any, but that’s not necessary for everyone; I for one almost never use them. It does though have media keys which are easily activated and seamlessly integrated into a standard keyboard making the 7G a very compact and concise peripheral.
Pros: High quality construction, Concise structure and layout, Very low latency key presses, Great to type on, No bloated software or firmware
Cons: Lacks macro keys, Wrist rest should lock in to keyboard
Excerpt: 6 Flares 6 Flares × There are many reasons why gamers might choose to buy a top-end gaming mouse which has a high-resolution sensor and a variety of configurable options. However with gaming keyboards, things are very different; the performance of a gaming keyboard cannot be configured so manufacturers differentiate them by including extra features rather than improving the raw performance.