Reviews and Problems with SteelSeries Apex [RAW] Gaming Keyboard
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SteelSeries Apex [RAW] Gaming Keyboard Review
9 April 2014
Summary: Not every gamer has a king's ransom to spend on gaming peripherals, nor do they need a fat stack of cash with products like the SteelSeries Apex [RAW]. For $70 MSRP, the [RAW] offers a fair bit of gaming prowess for your buck. It supports unlimited macro creation and gives you access to up to 34 custom macros at any given time, and the position of the top-mounted macro keys is rather genius.
Pros: Relatively Affordable:, Raised Macro Keys:, Extra Arrows:, Bumpy W Key:, How Many Macros Would You Like?:
Conclusion: The APEX [RAW] may not share some of its brothers unique characteristics/features but it still has the same high quality build, the same sleek design, 32 total macro key commands, low-profile keys that are obviously faster to use than regular height ones, the same anti-ghosting feature, rubber feet which are simply more "durable" than typical height adjusters (also the keyboard can't be pushed around easily) and finally it comes with a 8-level white key illumination.
Pros: - Build Quality, - Low-Profile Keys, - 17 Macro Keys (34 Macro Commands Total), - 8-Level White Illumination, - Anti-Ghosting Technology (Up To 6 Simultaneous Key Presses), - Enlarged Space Bar, - Removable Rubber Feet, - Price (For Some)
Conclusion: If you want the dizzle-dazzle of a gaming product, stay clear of the Steelseries Apex RAW. The keyboard is a champion performer but it holds no frills that will make you go wow. The Apex RAW is a well built, simple looking, no nonsense gaming keyboard that will have you moving, and throwing macros at break-neck speeds without sweating it.
Conclusion: At first glance, the Apex [RAW] is just another membrane keyboard offering little in the way of innovation and to some it may even seem a little expensive for what it is, but you really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover as there are many little touches that make this one of the best membrane keyboards out there, which is important to the market because common to what people think, not everyone likes mechanical keys.
Pros: Great design and build quality, Great macro options and extra keys, Software works with other Steelseries products, Nice typing action
Summary: Not everybody jumped on the mechanical keyboard’s bandwagon. For those who prefer membrane models, the Apex [RAW] is an efficient no-frills product that sticks to the basics. The ease of programming and the key layout make this peripheral ideal for macro enthusiasts. The design is elegant, and although it doesn’t have the sturdiness of a mechanical model, the Apex [RAW] endures hours of gaming.
Excerpt: For some reason or another, I'm not sure if I missed the release of it, or if it was a bit before my time, but as I look now, the APEX keyboard was quite the full featured offering, even in today's market. With the APEX, there were things like 88 Macro keys over four levels of the software and five LED color zones with full RGB options with 16.8 million colors.
Excerpt: With their 7G keyboard SteelSeries created one of the best mechanical gaming keyboards, in fact that makes it one of the best gaming keyboards, full stop. (Groan) The same base design was used on the 6Gv2 which was equally simple yet performed excellently. SteelSeries don’t just do mechanical though as their hugely flexible SHIFT range demonstrated… with its completely removable/replaceable keyboard section.
Conclusion: Sorting through our opinions of the SteelSeries Apex[RAW] has proved to be a little more difficult than we were anticipating following a rather protracted testing period. Chiefly that's been because it’s difficult to assess the SteelSeries in isolation without looking more widely at the state of PC gaming and how titles are changing, as these changes are crucial to the long-term viability of the keyboard.