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SteelSeries 64022SS 7G Professional Gaming Keyboard

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SteelSeries 7G

Features

SteelSeries 7G

Golden Quality

18K Gold-plated mechanical switches and USB connectors for extremely low latency.

Extreme Anti-Ghosting

Allows as many simultaneous key presses as there are keys on the keyboard.

Rapid Response Time

No-click mechanical switches ensure low latency and fast response.

Unrivaled Lifecycle

Guaranteed keyboard lifecycle of 50 million keystrokes.

SteelSeries 7G

Supreme Comfort

Large handrest assures superb comfort even during the longest gaming sessions.

Increased APM

All facets of the 7G are included to increase the users' actions per minute.

Connect Your Headset

Audio ports available for headphone-in and microphone-out.

Media Controls

Quick access to volume, mute and other audio controls.

Specifications

SteelSeries 7G

Meet the 7G

What is a gaming keyboard? Up until the release of the SteelSeries 7G it was clear that in order to be considered a "gaming" keyboard it had to in some way glowed in the dark. Don't take that the wrong way, we do like things that have lights and can be a bit flashy, but we don't believe that's what should define or set apart a keyboard for gaming. As we began to design the 7G, we wanted to offer a keyboard that would do more than emulate the bridge console on the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 and instead, we focused on raw performance and durability.

We took a long look at the most extreme use scenarios for keyboards and designed a keyboard that would meet and (in most cases) exceed every one of them. That's why we refer to the 7G as the "heavyweight of gaming keyboards." It's not the prettiest chick in the beauty pageant. It doesn't glow or pulse. But it packs a punch. A serious one.

SteelSeries 7G

Mechanical Switches

SteelSeries 7G is built with mechanical no-click switches. The users experience with mechanical switches is very different compared to using the "soft feel" keys found on conventional keyboards or even laptops. So how is it different? Read on!

SteelSeries 7G

50 Million Key Presses

Traditional keyboards are built with small rubber domes under the keys. It is these rubber domes that provides the "soft feel" level of resistance when you type. When you operate a rubber dome keyboard, the keys needs to be pressed down until a membrane switch is activated. These membrane switches will slowly wear out, typically after one to five million key presses. You may already have tried this. After a while you will find yourself pressing harder and harder to get the keyboard to register key presses. Typing gradually becomes annoying and irritating – but when you're gaming and you start missing critical in-game commands, frustration sets in. The 7G offers a lifecycle of 50 million key presses per key, which is more than 10 times of the amount than conventional keyboards.

SteelSeries 7G

Tactile Feedback

But the 7G offers more than just a long lifecycle. The rubber domes on a conventional keyboard will, over time, lose their tactile feeling due to rubber flexing. The keys you use the most will start to feel different. The physical construction of the mechanical switches used in the 7G, and the strict tolerance levels in which the switches are manufactured, is what allows the key presses on this keyboard to always feel consistent.

SteelSeries 7G

Travel Distance

It gets even better. With the 7G you don't have to press the keys all the way down for them to register. Our mechanical switches will register key presses fast; the travel distance will be roughly 50% shorter than a conventional keyboard. You will type faster, with a consistent tactile feeling. Your Actions Per Minute (APM) can reach new heights with the 7G thanks to this feature.

Gold

Our mechanical switches are plated with gold to ensure durability and performance. Why gold you ask? It makes the switches more durable. Gold doesn't corrode over time like other cheaper metals.

USB Hub

And for even more convenience we also added a 2-port USB hub to the 7G. Plugging in your mouse, recharging your MP3-player or cell phone is closer and easier.

SteelSeries 7G

Audio Ports

For convenience we have added two audio ports to the 7G, making it easier than ever to connect speakers or a headset to your setup. Headphone/speaker-out and microphone-in is built directly into the keyboard. This gives you easy access to your audio outlet, instead of having to move to the back of your computer, when changing or plugging in audio devices.

And It's Heavy

We don't just call it "heavyweight" because it packs the best performance in the industry. The 7G is also physically heavy. All keys are mounted on a metal plate within the keyboard to ensure durability. The plastic material used to create the keyboard has metal elements, also to help to improve durability. We're just like you. That's why we know you can get "frustrated" when you lose a game. You may even hit something in front of you when it happens. Like a keyboard. We tried to take that into consideration when we designed the 7G. Disclaimer: Don't hit your stuff. It's not nice.

SteelSeries 7G

Redefining "Anti-Ghosting"

Ever tried pressing a few keys on your keyboard and getting a beep sound? It either happens when you press too many keys at the same time, or when you press too many keys within the same cluster at the same time (like the keys around WASD which often used for movements in games). If your keyboard exhibits this behavior it will hinder your ability to perform certain actions, movement in a FPS games being one example. The industry has labeled this anti-ghosting. When using the PS/2 connection on the 7G, you can press as many keys as you want at the same time, all of the key presses will go through and be registered by your computer.

If you would rather connect with 7G via the included PS/2 to USB adapter, no problem. You can still use up to 6 keys plus modifiers at the same time, which is the highest spec limit a USB connection can accommodate.

SteelSeries 7G

USB or PS/2?

We absolutely recommend using the PS/2 connector when possible. First, it will give you total freedom with no limit to the amount of simultaneous key presses. And, equally as important, using the PS/2 may just improve your overall gaming experience.

When you use a USB keyboard your computer is actually using CPU time polling your keyboard. The higher the polling rate the more CPU time is used to perform the polling. And because of the built-in debounce rate found on any quality keyboard, any polling rate above 200Hz is simply a waste of CPU time and really just a result of pointless marketing hype.

Unlike USB keyboards a PS/2 keyboard isn't polled at all. The keyboard simply sends a signal to the computer as key presses are made, which causes a hardware interrupt, forcing the CPU to register the signal. The 7G is built with a PS/2 connector as standard, but we also included a PS/2 to USB adapter in the box. The choice is yours.

Acclimation

It will take a while to get used to a mechanical keyboard, most gamers or typists acclimate in approximately 1 to 2 weeks. Once you are properly acclimated you will appreciate better tactile feedback, superior response times and ultimately greater control. Simply put: You will become a better typist.

SteelSeries 7G

More Gold

The 7G is built with gold-plated connectors for durability purposes. As mentioned elsewhere on this page, gold doesn't corrode over time.

Braided Cord

We have a lot of signals to transmit with the 7G, two audio signals, two USB ports, and the keyboard itself. That's why our wiring is massive. Even more so because we use double braided nylon on everything, adding the final touch to a product that was built to be durable. Very durable.

No Windows Key

We like the Windows key for certain things and in certain situations. But not when we are in the middle of a gaming session. We have replaced it with a SteelSeries Key that won't wreak havoc during a gaming by minimizing your game or by opening a menu. The SteelSeries Key serves a different purpose: it's a function key for the Media Controls found on the 7G.

To keep the 7G compact and easy to transport, we decided against adding additional rows of space consuming keys for this. Instead you can press the SteelSeries key and access the Media Controls via the first six F-keys on the keyboard.


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Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Dave S.
  • 7/25/2014 9:01:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsGreat keyboard, for a while

Pros: PS/2 interface (less latency and more simultaneous presses than USB). Audio ports and USB ports integrated into keyboard, the former is VERY handy for swapping between if you sometimes use headphones, sometimes don't. Responsive, and no ghosting whatsoever.

Cons: Cheap key caps, sub-par customer service. Non-conventional layout makes it impossible to get replacement keys from third party vendors (space bar is different size, Enter key is different, backspace is smaller).

Other Thoughts: They key caps have lettering that wears off very quickly. That's not a huge deal, but they're not well constructed, so under normal use, they also will crack.

Contacted service, and after some time, did get 10 replacement key caps sent to me.

Later, space bar had problems, so submitted another ticket. Instead of sending a replacement space bar, they issued an RMA. After sending my keyboard back, got a cheap, non-mechanical replacement from SteelSeries. Was told that under the RMA conditions, a comparable replacement is done if the keyboard in question is not in stock. A non-mechanical keyboard is in no way comparable to the 7G.

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  • Andrew B.
  • 1/26/2014 8:29:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsDo not purchase - Get something more reliable.

Pros: Great hand rest

Cons: Bright LED's - Paint rubs off keys - Switches died a little over a year in.

Other Thoughts: For a product I dropped 150 bucks on I feel robbed.

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  • Nathan S.
  • 11/12/2013 1:16:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGood and bad.

Pros: - Durable
- Easy to clean
- Multiple key processing
- Audio ports help along with USB ports
- Would recommend to a friend perhaps...

Cons: - After nearly a year of us, three days before the warranty I finally made the slip up like everyone does and dropped the keyboard, it fell about 2 feet and now the Numpad 4 key makes a rather loud noise and Numpad 3 key just stopped working.
- Sending in for a RMA

Other Thoughts: Kind of weird how the keyboard breaks after only a small fall when I had a older keyboard that fell around 20-30 times before this and still works perfectly fine as 6 years old and only was $90.

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  • Andrew B.
  • 10/20/2013 11:31:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Hand rest is perfect

Cons: LED's on keyboard are blindingly bright
Switches starting dying a YEAR on the dot. Oh well so much for a replacement.
Paint rubs off keys very easily. If i wanted unmarked keys I would have just bought a DAS

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  • Carol L.
  • 7/4/2013 8:12:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs? Doesn't work.

Pros: Looks nice

Cons: Doesn't work, Tried on 4 different computers and it would do nothing on any of them. It would say the device is working and it detects it but no lights turn on and not 1 key works. Clueless what to do now. Back to the old logitech g15 for now I guess.

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  • Jacob L.
  • 4/19/2013 11:50:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsCheap

Pros: Works well with Steelseries headsets.

Cons: Three keys went out right after the year warranty was up. Problems with their headsets as well. Cheaply made products. Worthless after warranty.

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  • Mitchel W.
  • 12/8/2012 8:28:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsAlmost Perfect

Pros: This is my first mechanical keyboard and I love it. Typing on cherry black switches is extremely satisfying and this is one of the few mechanical keyboards with a generous ramp. My weak fingers took a few days of getting used to the stiffer cherry black keys. The PS2 cable is great, and I like that they moved the windows key. It's weighty and well made.

Cons: I must stress that this keyboard is almost perfect. It really should be 4.5 stars, and these are my minor preferences.
The small delete key is somewhat hard to hit, and you can't replace the uncommon return key.
The lettering on the keys is raised and sometimes confuses the fingers looking for the position nubs found on the F and J keys.
The indicator lights for numpad, caps, and scroll lock, are overly bright and mildly annoying.

Other Thoughts: This is a problem with all mechanical keyboards; they are loud, so I bought O-rings that soften the bottoming out and dampen the sound.
This keyboard would be perfect if you could change the LED color/brightness, the delete and return keys were standard sizes, and lettering was either laser engraved or etched.

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  • Alex P.
  • 8/2/2012 10:44:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsFeels good, doesn't work though.

Pros: Feels great, solid heavy-weight construction, windows key is replaced by another modifier key, usb audio and mic ports

Cons: Keyboard arrived with almost all keys not functioning properly or at all. Funny enough, WASD worked though.
Wrist support is flimsy hollow plastic - I was expecting something as solid as the keyboard itself..
Caps lock, scroll lock and num lock LEDs are bright as hell
No backlit keys (if you care about that sort of thing)
Without wrist support the keyboard stands pretty tall and isn't particularly comfortable to use.

Other Thoughts: 3 stars because the one I received is broken. I've contacted SS support so hopefully the issue will be resolved. I'm irritated but really like the feel of the keyboard, so hopefully I'll get a working one sooner than later.
I've spent a decent amount of time feeling the keyboard and getting an idea of how it would be to actually use. The key presses are very smooth, a little click clacky, but feel really nice to me. I'm disappointed the wrist support is just hollow plastic, it does its job, but I was hoping for something more solid. I expected the keyboard to drop into the wrist support, but instead the wrist support just lays over and around it. Disappointing, but whatever.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/22/2012 6:29:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsFantastic piece of hardware

Pros: Sturdy
Minimalist Look (If you prefer it, which I do)
Has stood the test of time
Amazing keystrokes
PS/2 Port
USB/Audio ports
Thick, braided wiring

Cons: Hand wrest just lays over the keyboard, does not clip to it
Cannot charge things through the USB ports
The Windows key is on the right side of the keyboard

Other Thoughts: Let me sum it up IMO: If you're an FPS player, this is the best keyboard out there. I have played in several high level competitions for games such as Quake, UT, CoD, etc. and can tell you undoubtedly that this will change your gaming experience for the better. For a primo price, the only qualm I have is that the Windows key should be on the left instead of the right. This is only an issue because in Windows 7 you can hold down your Windows key + an arrow key and lock windows left and right. I used to could do this with my left hand and then bring my right hand over and tap an arrow key real fast. Now I have to take my left hand off of the home keys. Not a problem, because this is a gaming keyboard, not designed for Windows productivity.

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  • Alberto P.
  • 7/13/2012 1:58:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsThe palm rest moves; annoying

Pros: I bought this only for ergonomic + gaming because my meka G1 thermaltake was not comfortable. and my bigges pet peeve was the flimsy palm rest so I bought this. somewhat dissapointed

Cons: It's really made high quality, though plain. However, my biggest selling point was the big palm rest it comes with that looked sturdy and comfortable but it kind moves around and actually doesn't feel all that sturdy. if you put your hand on one corner of the keyboard with the palm rest, it kinda moves around due to the weight on one edge

Other Thoughts: I don't know. I kinda dissapointed. The palm rest kinda moves when you lift your left hand up and its not actually all that bad but I wanted something 100% that did not move. I was thinking about the Corsair K90 because that one has thumbscrews to keep it from moving so now I'm dissapointed I didn't buy that one instead. Other than the palm rest and it looking somewhat bland however, it's a very high quality keyboard and actually feels very smooth to type on.

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