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SteelSeries Merc Stealth Black USB Wired Ergonomic Gaming Keyboard

  • USB Wired
  • SteelSeries
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The SteelSeries Merc Stealth gaming keyboard is a FPS gamer's dream come true! This versatile keyboard features 34 dedicated gaming terrain keys, making it easier and more intuitive than ever to walk, run, jump, crouch and move directionally in games. These dedicated keys are tilted at 11-degrees and are ergonomic and comfortable no matter how long you play. The keyboard features 3 different illumination colors (blue, red and purple), which can be set to 4 different illumination modes (subtle, ambient, intense and off).

SteelSeries Merc Stealth supports simultaneous keystrokes and features a number of hotkeys for multimedia, navigation and other one-click controls. The keyboard features two USB 2.0 ports, gold-plated microphone and headset jacks all connected through a gold-plated USB connector. All keys on the keyboard can be programmed with the powerful SteelSeries Z Engine software, allowing for programmable keys and easy to use drag-and-drop macro creation. Now get out there frag some enemies!

  • newegg Fully Customizable Gaming Board Each key can be fully customized through the use of the powerful SteelSeries Z Engine software. The software is easy to use, allowing macros to be dragged and dropped onto specific keys, and contains pre-defined profiles for the more than 150 popular game titles.
  • newegg 7 Simultaneous Keystrokes The Steelseries Merc Stealth features great anti-ghosting capability supporting 7 simultaneous keystrokes for complex gaming control.
  • newegg Multi-color Backlighting The illuminated keys offer incredible visibility in any light conditions, making even pitch-dark operation possible without additional illumination. A choice of three backlighting colors (blue, purple and red) adds fun to your gaming experience.

Learn more about the SteelSeries Merc Stealth

Model

Brand
SteelSeries
Model
Merc Stealth

Keyboard Connection Type

Keyboard Interface
USB

Keyboard SPEC

Design Style
Ergonomic
Mechanical Keyboard
No
Keyboard Color
Black

Type

Type
Wired

OS / System Requirement

Operating System Supported
Win XP/Vista/Win 2000/Win 98/Win ME

Features

Features
SteelSeries Z Engine enables programmability of all keys

Pre-defined profiles for more than 150 games

3 color illumination options: blue, purple and red

Internal hub with 2 USB ports

Anti-ghosting capability: Up to 7 simultaneous keystrokes

Special gaming key area

Rubberized movement keys for enhanced tactile feedback

The SteelSeries Merc Stealth gaming keyboard features 34 dedicated gaming terrain keys, making it easier and more intuitive than ever to walk, run, jump, crouch and move directionally in games. The gaming terrain keys, tilted at an 11° angle, are ergonomic and comfortable even during long gaming sessions. The keyboard features 3 different illumination colors (blue, red and purple), which can be set to 4 different illumination modes (subtle, ambient, intense and off).

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Jason H.
  • 2/13/2014 12:35:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for Games, Bad for Business

Pros: Works excellently for games, especially those with a WASD control setup.

Cons: Insert, Home, Page Up, Delete, End and Page Down do not have their own keys. You must turn Num Lock on and off if you are using the 10-key.

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  • William S.
  • 2/11/2014 11:14:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSweet Keyboard

Pros: Simple to use. Software is very intuitive and easy to program macros. Once you get used to the setup, you will never want to go back. The two USB ports at the top are pretty handy for headphones or slim USB flash drives.

Cons: Sometimes the keyboard setup will not change when first enacted. I eventually just setup my games to fall inline with the current setup. The hand setup may be a little small for larger hands. I found it suitable, but my friend complained that it was too small. Once you get used to the setup, you will never want to go back. Chunky or oddly shaped USBs will not fit into the ports, slots are narrow.

Other Thoughts: The finger pad is a double edged sword. It's great and ergonomic, but you will have trouble readjusting to a normal keypad setup. You may note that it lacks a dedicated [Delete] key, it isn't a detractor. It's built into the keypad and is accessible by hitting the {Num Lock] key. You could even program that function to another key.
I will buy the next iteration of this keyboard when I'm in the market again. Too bad it didn't have a game mouse combo.

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  • Ben F.
  • 12/29/2013 1:31:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: Amazing for gaming. The specialized gaming side of the keyboard is comfortable.

Cons: For the price it could've been mechanical.

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  • Carl C.
  • 12/24/2013 12:47:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGaming

Pros: The extra "Gaming" set up on the side is awesome for any shooter and games like Minecraft. The fully customizable keys with the Steel Series Engine is nice as well. The placement of the keys is clearly set up for shooters but I had no problem playing a game or four of LoL with a slight remap.

Overall a really great inexpensive gaming board.

Cons: The cord is not braided and the USB ports didn't have the power to charge my phone but it did work with my mouse.

The arrow keys being mixed in with the number pad to make room for the extra gaming area can be a hassle if you need them.

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  • Jeff S.
  • 12/22/2013 6:54:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsMy favorite part of my gaming rig

Pros: -Keys have a great feel
-High quality
-Has 2 usb ports as well as headphone/mic inputs
-Backlight has multiple brightness levels
-Game pad area is so perfectly laid out that I can't game on a regular keyboard now

Cons: I've never had much luck with the Z engine. However I usually just remap the keys inside the game im playing.

Other Thoughts: I've had this keyboard almost 5 years and it still works as well today as it did when I first plugged it in. Just found it for $40 so I ordered another as a backup just in case something happens to this board.

Games I usually play:

Call of Duty(all of them)
Battlefield(2,3 and 4)
World of Warcraft
Skyrim
EQ2
FarCry3
GTA4

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  • David F.
  • 12/20/2013 6:19:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggscool

Pros: Very cool keyboard easy to program profiles I play alot of games in the dark so the back lights are very helpful and the usb ports are nice I have my mouse pluged into one of them and it works perfect.

Cons: Takes alittle getting used to.

Other Thoughts: The best thing I like about this keyboard is no more accidently hiting the windows key

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  • Michael W.
  • 12/2/2013 2:30:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsMechanical versions please?

Pros: Speaking as someone who's tested the four primary mechanical key switches (blue, black, red, brown), this keyboard closely mimics a Cherry MX Brown switch in all but the gamepad keys. There is about 2mm to actuation, and another 2mm beyond that to bottom out with a slightly noticeable tactile bump between. Unlike most membrane keyboards, this does not actuate on bottom-out except for the gamepad and media keys. Those have about 2mm to actuation and bottom-out, however their tactile bump is at their starting point. So you have to press it with enough force to guarantee actuation unless trying not to. Rather clever. In essence, this makes for fewer unintended key-strokes on the gamepad, and provides a persistent MX Brown 'like' trainer in the regular keys. I like the blue and purple backlight options, and I especially like the red backlight in the dark.

Cons: Not actually mechanical, obviously. It's hard enough to get multi-color LEDs in membrane keyboards, let alone mechanical switches. The media keys section along the top left are not LED backlit at all. The red backlight looks peach-ish in 5500K 23w twister-bulb halogen light, and orange in my shadow. The blue and purple still look blue and purple in the light. Only in the dark does the red really stand out as true red. That said, the red LED is dimmer than the blue or purple.
I also dislike the angle of the gamepad. It's tilted about 5-10 degrees clock-wise from where my natural position wants it to be. Not that I can't get used to it, but I'm still fighting that angle to an extent just over a month later. I also dislike how raised the gamepad's Tab(2) key is, and how close it is to the Q(turn-left) key. I would've rather it be about 3mm further left and move the Caps(1) key up to compensate. Even swap them if in that orientation for all i care really, it's just too close to Q(turn-left) and thus I sometimes hit Tab(2) instead of 1. I have pianist's hands too for reference; long slender fingers.
All of these are minor caveats, but enough all together to detract an egg.

Other Thoughts: While I've not used it yet for anything practical, I find it amusing when some are complaining that the keypad number layout is hard to get used to, and there is this software utility for the keyboard that lets you rebind ANY key to anything else. They could easily rebind the keypad to what they are used to, but unable to figure that out? Just as they were unable to tell from the photos that the keypad isn't in the usual format? /facepalm

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  • Michael P.
  • 12/1/2013 9:19:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood to use but...

Pros: Has the potential to be the best out there:
1- It has enough buttons to program everything I want.
2- Has large (dedicated) 6 key movement for left hand.
3- Once you get used to the software... it is fairly easy to program.

Cons: Failed for several reason, but mostly because of the easily broken key (design flaw):
1- I can not figure out how to make the keyboard operate a mouse button and I no longer believe that it can.
2- The layout of the keys is tight so you can not program all of them if you want to avoid pushing the wrong one by mistake.
3- The "backward" movement button has now broke on me twice (on 2 different keyboards). I have been gaming for decades and have never broken a key on any other keyboard.

Other Thoughts: They could not just send me a replacement key (because they ran out) and I had to go through the process of returning the keyboard for replacement. I guess that this key breaks often by a lot of people.

I just broke the same key on the replacement after about 6 months and am not sure that they will replace it AGAIN.

The contact path for these guys is frustrating. You have to email them and wait for them to respond. Then back-and-forth with them until it gets resolved.

The good part of that ... is that when they finally responded, they were polite and actually helped.

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  • Emily W.
  • 11/26/2013 6:42:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsAwesome layout, sticky buttons.

Pros: The layout is awesome for most forms of gaming, generally responsive buttons, and for the most part durable construction.

Cons: after 7 months of use the two volume utility buttons in the upper left have stuck, I cannot use the keyboard as the volume up button is always engaged and so the keyboard is pretty useless to me. Considering that these keys do not see much use I question the quality.

Other Thoughts: Nice board but the volume buttons ruin it entirely, pass this one up.

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  • Graydon W.
  • 11/20/2013 2:24:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsLove it

Pros: I use this board for work, play, and for school.
My primary computer is an ASUS laptop, and I despise laptop keyboards so I carried this over from my last pc, which cratered.

Works wonderfully for gaming, the left pad and layout is fantastic once you learn how it's mapped.

Another bonus is the keyboard itself is scaled and oriented perfectly for how I sit and my hand size; the keys are backlit which is perfect because I often work with low lighting.

For work applications, I use AutoCAD, Inventor, Solidworks and a few other applications. Remapping does not always work with these programs, as I will note in cons.

Cons: The ZBoard program itself is 100% incompatible with AutoCAD. Attempting to remap a profile for AutoCAD causes terrible lag and ultimately crashes the program, sometimes leading to irretrievable data.

That being said, this is a GAMING keyboard, and AutoCAD allows for remapping within itself. It makes life harder when you go from station to station and you are familiar with your own mapping, hotkeys, and layout - but that's not a really big deal.

Other Thoughts: All around, I love this keyboard. I've spilled beverages into it ranging from coffee to milkshakes - and in quantities ranging from 8oz cups to 64oz sugar-junkie sip-cups. I've cleaned it thoroughly maybe five times, and it still functions perfectly! I've worn a few keys so badly that the they can no longer be read, but it's still going. Backlight rocks, I do like to go back and forth from violet to red; I avoid blue as it screws with my eyes.

In closing, this board has brought me years of enjoyment - from WoW to LoL and SCII, I've never encountered a better board, nor have I been more attached to a piece of hardware.

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