Reviews and Problems with SteelSeries Apex [RAW] Gaming Keyboard
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Fantastic Gaming Keyboard
Felix D., Newegg
2 October 2014
Summary: Having put this keyboard through its paces for nearly a year, it's been a solid performer with all kinds of games. The keyboard is used nearly every day for Battlefield 4 play, but is also used in a range of other games (Minecraft, Batman Arkham series, Warface, Transformers Cybertron series) and...
Pros: Responsive keys, well lit keys, comfortable feel and weight, interchangeable feet to adjust keyboard height, long USB cord
Cons: Not as much "eye candy" as other boards, not a true mechanical keyboard, occasional software crashes, enhanced F-key functions can be difficult to remember and/or activate
Summary: I bought this keyboard looking for a gaming keyboard with an affordable pricetag. This fit the bill, but fell a little short in terms of what I was expecting due to the aforementioned cons.
Pros: Very big, stable keyboard with plenty of options. Completely customizable and mappable keys and macros will make your hands comfortable no matter where you want them. The illumination is quite nice too, though it could stand to be just a little bit brighter.
Cons: USB connection only prevents it from having true "superior" ghosting. Had I known that, I would have moved up the extra $10-20 for one that had a PS/2 port. Also, the raised bumps for the "W" key aren't really that easy to find, so moving back to "home" when gaming isn't that easy. The keys all f...
Pros: Solid gaming keyboard. Lots of extra buttons for macros. 6-key anti-ghosting is probably the most anyone would ever need. Soft-but-visible backlighting. At $40 on sale, was definitely a great buy.
Cons: Not much to speak of, other than the space bar began squeaking almost immediately after I got it. Nothing some oil can't fix. Still, the fact that it practically came out of the box with a squeaky key (And is one of the most used keys) bugs me enough to take away an egg.
Cons: Lets just say that the steelseries engine 2 has a lot of problems playing nice with windows 8.1. It was published that when 8.1 came out in Oct due to a change in code on microsofts part the steelseries device drivers would cause a system crash that required a C prompt work around. Steel engine r...
Excerpt: At a first glance, the Steelseries apex RAW looks good, especially with all the exciting features of the raised macro keys above the function keys, the sleek looks etc. However, it really isn't for everybody. The 'ergonomic palm rest' doesn't quite feel right.