Great keyboard for gaming - not so hot for typists.
Robert Kelford, Amazon
19 December 2013
Summary: I recently purchased this keyboard primarily for use in gaming for which this excels. The programmable side is a little confusing to learn at first, but it is pretty decent when you get used to how it all works. Following are my overall thoughts: Pros: * The game section is awesome - everything is far more accessible and feels a lot more natural in terms of hand positioning.
Summary: I've been using this keyboard and its noniluminated version now for 3+ years. Problems: Windows 7 will not always recognize the keyboard's gaming pad and SteelSeries has the worse help function of any manufacterer I have ever dealt with. To fix, you must scroll to the bottom of their download page and click on "SteelSeries Engine 2" Download the "Firmware Update Tool" and click Update Drivers.
Summary: I bought this keyboard because I was frustrated by the inconsistent functionality of the wireless keyboard I was using. I have my gaming laptop in the entertainment center and use the big screen TV in my living room as my gaming monitor (The Big Picture on Steam). Since I sit about 8 feet from the PC and most keyboard and mouse cables max out at 6 feet I decided to use wireless for both.
Summary: I'm a lady-gamer and I have had a LOT of problems with finding keyboards and mice that fit my dainty lady-fingers well. It's not that I want something tiny, but I want something fully-functional that doesn't leave my hands cramping from stretching to reach TAB while WASD-ing. This keyboard's "special purpose" (Hello The Jerk fans!) is it's tilted gamepad to the left of the regular keyboard. I find it to be natural and I love the soft touch keys on it!
Summary: I have had my Zboard since about 2008 (maybe longer, cant remember exactly) and I have loved it since the day I got it. I learned to play WoW with it and once I got a Razer Naga I was completely set. The left side button layout has been amazing! I've almost never had to make macros because between my keyboard and mouse I have plenty of buttons. The backlight on mine stopped working after about 2 years but not really a big deal to me.
Summary: This Keyboard is fantastic. I love it. After doing some research to replace my G11, I was a bit apprehensive to get this keyboard, but decided to give it a shot and I am so glad that I did. This keyboard had all the features that I wanted: programmable keys, LED back-light, media controls (including 3 shortcut keys to launch programs quickly) with comfort.
Great keyboard with some excellent features and a few small drawbacks
G. Wesson, Amazon
26 November 2011
Summary: I've now been using the Steelseries Stealth Merc for about 3 months now. I use it for gaming (currently Borderlands, LOTRO, and Fallout 3 & New Vegas), web surfing, and all normal tasks. First, the benefits: - The primary draw for this keyboard is the left-side WASD setup. It has all the keys you would typically use in a standard FPS setup including shift, space, tab, ctrl, alt etc.
Summary: First of all, I'm not going to take a lot of time repeating what others have already written about the quality of the SteelSeries Merc. This is a well designed, substantial-feeling, very solidly built keyboard, and the illumination feature is adaptable, effective, and well thought out. Key feel isn't the greatest ever, but it's quite decent. The main point I want to make here today is that the Merc is a *specialized device*.