Reviews and Problems with SteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboard
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SteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboard
6 March 2015
Excerpt: Coming in at about half the price of the Logitech G19s, the APEX is a great gaming keyboard for someone on a bit of a budget. It has a low profile design that is easy to use and comfortable, whether you’re gaming or typing.
Summary: In spite of some software oddities and the oversight of at least one very useful feature (on-the-fly macro recording), the Apex is still a respectable piece of hardware that justifies its high price tag.
Pros: Colorful, customizable design; Better-than-average membrane keys; Lots of extra programmable buttons
Conclusion: In terms of feel, key travel and comfort, the SteelSeries Apex feels just like any good membrane keyboard. Of course it lacks the travel and feeling of mechanical keys; the keys of the Apex feel mushy and need to bottom out in order to register, which is the way all membrane keyboards work.
Conclusion: The SteelSeries Apex is a big keyboard that is packed with features to take your game to a new level, all for a more affordable price than the competition.
Pros: Dozens of programmable controls. Four independent custom lighting zones. Tactile anchoring on the W key. Additional diagonal arrow keys. Dedicated media controls. Extra-large space bar. USB Pass-thrus.
Summary: So how does the SteelSeries Apex Gaming keyboard perform? Well, I found that for me it performs just as well as the mechanical keyboard I was using before the Apex. The keys themselves have a low profile which makes the keystroke travel really short.
Pros: Sleek design, Countless lighting options, 88 macros, Two USB ports, Non slip rubber feet, Easy programming, Key strokes are quiet
Cons: Hard to keep clean, Rather large, Lacks simple height adjustment
Conclusion: Back in the days, I used to visit my cousin in Toronto every year. Actually, I still do, but that is another story. We used to hang out in the den of his house, where he would sit in front of his desktop computer, and I would work away on my laptop.
Conclusion: As we speak i consider 3 gaming peripherals manufacturers as the top in this industry and SteelSeries is amongst them for a reason so i never had any doubts about the success of their APEX gaming keyboard.
Pros: - Build Quality, - Low-Profile Keys, - 22 Macro Keys (88 Macro Commands Total), - 5-Zone Color Illumination, - Independent Media Keys, - Anti-Ghosting Technology (Up To 6 Simultaneous Key Presses), - Enlarged Space Bar, - Removable Rubber Feet, - 2 Front USB Ports
Conclusion: Overall the Steelseries APEX was a great keyboard to use, with many of it’s features actually being useful as opposed to just a gimmick. The additional macro keys were useful inclusion and the ability to customise the back-lighting was a great touch.