Reviews and Problems with SteelSeries Merc Stealth
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"Promises much but fails to deliver! a very poor board!"
8 August 2012
Pros: It switches on has 3 different coloured led's which have 3 dimmable presets, customisable keys
Cons: usb's not powered so are basically useless. never, ever, got microphone port to work, buggy software, rubberised cover on gaming keys comes off. gaming keys broke at 12 months, got it replaced then it broke again at 6 months!
Summary: Got it, and it worked for 2 months and suddenly I was unable to use my keyboard.... the z engine mod software that it uses read "mods : none " and I wouldn't ffunction. I had to delete all traces of it, reload everything an it started working for another 2 months, then it happened again. And reloading it only works so many times , because I've tried doing it since it happened a third time and it won't take.
Summary: I absolutly love this keyboard layout. I have the original merc as well the merc stealth. You need the stealth for late night gaming. The problem is that this keyboard is primarily supported with win XP and I just got an email from steeleseries. "Currently SteelSeries has no plans to develop or maintain the drivers for ZEngine in Windows 8. Our plans to update the software have been cancelled and we are no longer moving forward into Windows 8.
Summary: Although relatively `long lasting` (I`ve had it for a while now), about two weeks into ownership the keys would pop out. Through excessive use, the keys would eventually lose the defining labels which were stencilled into them. The letters would fade, and the keys, still, continue to fall out. Although bonus points for the keyboards constant ability to stay illuminated, the price does not justify the inherent uselessness of this keyboard.
Summary: I liked the idea of this keyboard but several things made me look for something else. - The gaming pad keys have no tactile feedback so you can't tell if you've hit a key once or 10 times. - For a usb plug and play type keyboard it managed to crash my computer 2 times before I could update the drivers and 3 times after. - The downloadable software is very poor, unable to remap keys, etc. Overall not impressed.
Summary: Had the ideazone merc stealth for years but it has come to a rest for no fault of the keyboard. I have had to return 3 of the newer steelseries keyboards because the strafe right buttons on all of the keyboards stick down constantly.
Summary: The layout of the board is fantastic I like the separate gaming area and the key layout is great. The downside is that the software for macros is 2 years out of date and is buggy for browsing to exe's. Too bad that they are still selling this without support. The jump button could have been bigger then it is but still is a great layout for a keyboard. The 3 quick launch buttons only launch zengine sites and can't be programmed.
Summary: Great looking keyboard, nice features, but very shoddily built. Bought one the right strafe key stuck badly, so I returned it and had the exact same problem with the next one, which i exhanged and it happened again. 3 times for me was too many, great features but if this is a problem with all of them it's is not worth the money.