Summary: 4.5/5 Stars I bought this keyboard last Christmas as a gift to myself, and I'm certainly glad I did. The keyboard on my laptop had died due to the dreaded soda pop spill, so I did quite a bit of research into back-lit keyboards to give myself a little bit of a step up. I'm a casual gamer, generally keeping to offline games that I can travel with; and this has worked wonderfully with everything from the original Deus Ex to World of Warcraft to Skyrim.
Summary: We had an earlier version and after trying all different keyboards, we have reverted to using these again! Very well constructed and though it is a tad too big for my small hands, it fit my husband like a glove. We are both online gamers and we bought one keyboard for each so we won't have to fight over it! Smooth operation, easy to access buttons, pretty fancy lighting in the dark (wait till our niece comes over to play her World of Warcraft on our computers!).
Summary: Imo, quite simply the BEST gaming keyboard out there. This is my 2nd one and the only reason I'm still not using the first one was because it was damaged after an accident. I've used this style of keyboard for many different games - it REALLY shines with MMORPG's! VERY ergonomic and comfortable - natural and logical placement of all the buttons I need access to.
Summary: I originally purchased this keyboard back in 2009 when this keyboard was still manufactured under "Z-Board". Before I go on ranting how much I love this keyboard let me point out some points and pro's and cons. The keyboard is a standard keyboard configuration complete with standard function buttons and numpad.
Finally replaced my first one after 7 years. Great keyboard!
26 February 2014
Summary: This is my second Merc keyboard. The first one was so old that a bunch of the keys no longer had letters on them. I do believe they use better paint on these new ones, but regardless, this is the best keyboard I have ever used for gaming. The extra WASD layout is extremely comfortable even after hours of gaming. The angle is perfect, and the QWEASD keys are rubberized, which makes them even more comfortable. No other keyboard has a configuration as good as this.
Summary: Been Beaten in rage, clicked the keys more than a one hundred thousand time and still works like new, a keyboard for gamers who value a good keyboard at a decent price.
Pros: Nothing Has come of the keys, used it for a very long amount of time for over 6 hours a day and still functions perfectly, none of the keys has rubbed off or anything appearance wise has gone wrong., Back Lit Keys!
Cons: The Only real problem i have with the keyboard is minor, the size. having the game pad thing seems very useless thus i have never used it and don't think i ever will.
Summary: I've had this particular keyboard for going on about 4 years now. I'm on my second one only because I left out a glass of water that my cat tipped over right onto the keyboard. 100% my own fault. I've had this second one for about 3 years, and it's still going strong. The keyboard layout is simply ideal for MMO gaming.
Summary: It has cool colors and gives my computer an extra USB port. It also has a keyboard layout for TF2, which I really like because it's not really a professional game but steelseries bothered to make a layout for it anyways.
If you play MMO and FPS games, this is a great choice!
28 October 2013
Summary: First off, Steelseries is discontinuing this keyboard. Buy one (or two) while they're still out there for cheap prices! Secondly, allow me to share a little bit of my own experience with this keyboard. I purchased this board in 2007. My Saitek Eclipse II had randomly failed and the Merc Stealth I replaced it with was marketed under a different company called Ideazon. My Merc Stealth is still working beautifully as of this review.