Reviews and Problems with SteelSeries Merc Stealth
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Broken/does not work
9 November 2013
Summary: I bought this keyboard specifically for World of Warcraft with the hopes that the keys on the left would make it much easier to PVP. The item shipped in about a week via UPS and I proceeded to hook it up. This is where the trouble began. After plugging in the keyboard and having nothing happen I restarted my computer and still nothing, not even the lights would come on.
Summary: The software is too buggy with Windows 7. Cannot get the headphone jack or mic to work at all. The key layout is too hard to get used to, and it's uncomfortable to type on because the main keys are too cramped. Having to switch the num lock on and off to use insert/delete/home/end/pgup/pgdn is just too irritating. No thanks, this one is a complete fail for me. The only redeeming quality it has, in my opinion, are the cool back light colors and adjustable brightness.
Summary: This keyboard is heavy and feels well made but everything stops there. The number pad with number lock ON works when it wants to. Sometimes it stops working as you are using it. Also, the angle of the key makes it difficult to type with. If you are using this only for gaming it works great but it you want to use it for other things, buy something else.
Love / HATE relationship, drifting more towards HATE now
John W. Kimsey "Weavel of Evil", Amazon
17 September 2012
Summary: I've owned this keyboard now for about 8 months. There are several really great things about this keyboard. the extended gaming pad is pretty well laid out and functions reasonably well. Though some keys are a little close together and it is a little too easy to hit the wrong key sometimes. Not all 12 keys of the top row are presented in the gamepad, only 11.
"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: This came up for sale in the `deal of the day' with Amazon, and then it was only ~$50, so I got it. Now I wish I didn't as this thing is buggy. Even typing this review, (I don't know why I haven't switched back yet) the lights on the keyboard flashed, and the first key stroke didn't do anything. The number pad is terrible and sometimes just won't work at all, even with the Num Lock key on.
Summary: I really wanted to like this keyboard! for $60 and the fact that it is backlit and has a special gaming pad is awesome! but this is a cheap plastic keyboard with keys that always stick if not pressed down on from the center of the key. I thought that if i used it enough that i would be able to smoothly press down each key, but to no avail.
Summary: How many years have PC gamers been using normal keyboards? It's been about 20 years since Doom. Many of us PC gamers have been doing it WASD-style for about that long. So, suffice it to say that the only keyboard many of us would want to replace a WASD configuration with needs to look and feel much like what we're used to. The SteelSeries Merc Stealth makes a worthy attempt, but fails to do this.
Summary: I was very excited about this keyboard and loved the game controls and lights. But after the first 6hrs of trying to get the bells and whistles to work I wrote 2 tech support tickets tot eh company "SteelSeries.com". When I tried setting mods for my programable buttons, I found that the ZEngine software wasn't working. I couldn't program my keys at all!! I could create my own mods "Sometimes", however I could not make them the active mod.