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SteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboard

  • Raised Macro Keys with 88 Settings (22 Keys with 4 layers)
  • 5 Custom Illumination Zones With Over 16.8 million Color Options
  • 6 Simultaneous Key Presses For Anti-Ghosting
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • mark m.
  • 7/8/2014 11:51:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSteelSeries. NICE KEYBOARD FOR LESS!

Pros: Colorful. I Like That. Bought It On Easter Sale For $85.99! Easy-to-use SteelSeries Engine Software. THANKS STEELSERIES!

Cons: None.

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  • Geoff G.
  • 6/30/2014 6:13:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsALL OF THEM ARE FAULTY

Pros: The KB is nice, well designed, has a good solid feel, the cord is nice, and has 2 USB plugs (that are a separate plug on the cord - so it uses 2 USBs)

Cons: Some colors dont work. SteelSeries Knows this. They admitted it, said it was being fixed.

Other Thoughts: Let me first start by saying I have been trying for months to get them to give me a simple status update. First they would ask for my Ticket number... but would never get back. Then they just ignored me. Now they have blocked me from their facebook page because I have began to spread the word about this. Please read. ALL OF THESE ARE FAULTY AND THEY KNOW THIS!

I have always wanted a light up KB... when I first saw this I thought it would be really cool.. that it claims to be able to light up any of the 16.8 million colors. Right? wrong... it actually cant. I found this out on day one. I tried to set all the "zones" to the preset Orange color (not the color picker, the preset.. so all are the same orange) Well, the KB and Numpad area dont match the other zones. Kind of more red. Well, I contacted SteelSeries about it (this is on 7/31/2013) and opened a ticket. I was told I could send it back (and pay to ship it!) No way... this is faulty, I shouldnt have to pay. This went back and forth for a long while, till they decided to just send me another one. Guess what? it does the same thing. So I again contacted them and told them how to reproduce the issue. This is when they admitted that its a hardware fault that affects almost ALL of the APEX keyboards! They then said they would be fixing it and would let me know when so I could get a WORKING one. That was in December. They have since closed my ticket and refuse to reply to me. So, be warned, none of the APex KB's work correctly. Some of you might be thinking.. so what? its just a color? If I didnt care, I would have paid far less for a BETTER keyboard. I paid for a KB that claimed to light any color, I wanted it to be orange (there are other colors that dont work either). want proof? Here: set all zones to FFFF6400. They dont match.. FF0080FF... nope... FFFF0080 ... nope... these KB's are junk. - PS, the macros are junk too.. if you set a timed macro string of keys... the ENTIRE KB is locked while the macro runs. that defeats the purpose!!

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  • Ted T.
  • 6/30/2014 4:38:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome!!

Pros: This keyboard rocks, I replaced a Razor Blackwidow Ultimate,
the Razor worked fine just did not like the loud mechanical clicks. This one is just as responsive has all the macro space you need plus you are able to customize the lighting on the keyboard. I'm very happy with my purchase.

Cons: None

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  • Aaron W.
  • 5/23/2014 6:56:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSo far...not so great...

Pros: Feels great (im a weirdo that's not a huge fan of mechanicals), knowing it was going to be large, it's still a great size for me considering the amount of buttons over a standard keyboard. The back lighting is really awesome- 8 levels of brightness that i'll never use since i just want full on all the time, dedicated media keys are always a plus and the over-sized space bar doesn't bother me much either. It's the only keyboard out there that has multiple color sets and 100% key macro editing (ALL keys can be edited or programmed)...

Cons: i really really really want to like and/or love this keyboard...but right now all it is is a $100 basic keyboard with 24 useless keys and another 4 (layer keys) that just change between stock color sets. WHY?....the software. of course. I kept reading in reviews that the software is junk. I'm upgrading from an old Merc Stealth board because the software, being years out of development and updates, had turned unreliable. It seemed so hopeful that SteelSeries finally got their stuff together... The reviews are all pretty well balanced, some love it, some hate it for the reasons im posting; and i should have listened better. The software will not detect the keyboard at all. Numerous reinstalls, redownloads, driver updates, firmware updates, trying ALL USB ports, relaunching software, name it...nothing. To add insult to injury....the other Cons you'll likely hear support. absolute trash. can you call? NOPE. you have to fill out one of their little web-based forms and wait. just wait. and hope. the only reply i've gotten so far was clearly a copypasta, which i've heard other people get, and it was telling me to just "simply" do something i'd already done...TWICE. I replied 5 BUSINESS days ago. Nothing back since. I just submitted a new ticket with all the same info again but spelled out MORE clearly so they don't confuse what I've already done. If this still gets me no where I'm just going to return it for a Logitech board. I already have a G13 and don't need the screen and i won't have the color zones or 100% button editing....but at least I know Logitech has their sh**t together.
From what I've heard, if I do get a reply they are going to tell me the keyboard is faulty and I'll have to send it to them on my own dime....good thing I still have my old keyboard.
Oh, and 5 button zones of lighting is a lie. it's 4 button zones and the 5th is just the logo and the side washes.

Other Thoughts: BUYER've got about a 50/50 chance of a piece of junk that will cause tons of frustration and headache, or a really awesome tool.
Chose wisely.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood for night gaming

Pros: I love the customizable, color-coded layout of this keyboard. It comes with 2 sets of thick rubber "raisers" to suit the angle you need. The buttons are responsive and the slew of programmable macro keys is amazing!

Cons: A bit off center of my monitor when switching from gaming (WASD) to actually typing things (since I don't need to look when I type), but this is a minor gripe


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  • Anonymous
  • 4/25/2014 12:30:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it.

Pros: Multi-area, multicolor, backlight customization. Plenty of macro buttons. ANY button can be customized for macros. I Love this thing. 2 USB pass through ports.

Cons: Not mechanical. This is just a personal preference, not enough to remove an egg.

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  • Jon B.
  • 4/21/2014 4:39:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid keyboard

Pros: Solid, sturdy design

Sleek look

LED light/color customization

Feels good

2 USB ports are handy

Decently quiet

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this keyboard after my Logitech G15 took water damage and died after a good 6-7 years. I loved the G15, and comparatively, the SS Apex is a very good alternative. The plus is that the LEDs are more customizable. The downside for me is that there is no more indent between the "Caps Lock" and "A" keys. The G15 had this, which made it easier to be able to feel where "WASD" was without looking at the keyboard.

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  • Juan C.
  • 3/24/2014 7:11:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent overall

Pros: 88 macro keys makes life 1000x easier. Steel-series engine works well.Two usb ports on the keyboard that replaces the two usb ports its using. The larger space bar and the diagonal keys are convenient. The ability to change colors makes this keyboard stand out. Large keyboard for large hands.

Cons: You would need to mess around with the color selection to get the color you want, for example: to get a good red you would need to pick a darker red on the color selection.

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  • C M.
  • 3/11/2014 2:16:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA Thing of Beauty

Pros: This thing is just beautiful through and through. I have owned many different "gaming" keyboards in my lifetime from Razer to Logitech and many in-between, but I must say that SteelSeries takes the cake. Good weight, good sound, heavy construction, extreme customizability, and excellent longevity make this a no-brainer for someone looking for a high-end keyboard that will last for years. Oh, and being able to change the colors on key zones is way too much fun.

Cons: N/A


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  • Wilder B.
  • 3/4/2014 10:43:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsSlow support on non functional keyboard

Pros: Non-slip (rubber feet)
Adjustable colored back lights
Keys are very customizable (macros and other functions)
Solid construction

Cons: Apex customer service is trash. My keyboard stopped working 6mo after purchase from Best Buy (I normally shop newegg). Anyhow judge for yourself via the response for my trouble ticket:

Hello, my Apex keyboard has stopped working. The lights along with the keys no longer operate. It does however recognize on the PC that a device is plugged into the USB ports and will install drivers. I've tried using the keyboard on different PCs amongst a range of USB ports and I get the same thing. The only problem I had with the keyboard before this happened was it would occasionally not recognize the keyboard on PC startup and very rarely it would stop working while the PC was in use, I would have to unplug and then reinsert the USB for it to come back up. I bought the keyboard I think less than 6mo ago. I've used the keyboard pretty lightly so I am surprised it suddenly stopped working altogether.

^my ticket.

my name,

This is likely an issue with settings either in your BIOS and/or power management settings. Please take the following steps and test after each step (1, 2, 3, 4) before moving on:

Refer to the picture in the link below and make sure that you are not plugged in to any of these places. The USB 3.0 port is OK to use but try using both a 3.0 port and 2.0 port. Since 3.0 provides more power, it may be the better alternative.

Make sure that your USB devices are set to be powered up at all times and that any power saving features are turned off.
Please refer to this thread for further information (steps 1 & 2 apply for all Windows OS, step 3 is ONLY for windows 7 users):

Note: You will need to access your BIOS (Binary Operating System) for this step. If you are unfamiliar with working in the BIOS, please take caution before taking this step and perhaps enlist the assistance of an IT-professional.

Check your BIOS settings for the following (some may not apply). Some may be under ACPI advanced settings.
a) S3 stand by type is allowed if you have standby enabled
b) USB speed is at Full Speed (12 MBPS)
c) USB devices are allowed to wake the computer from standby
d) Legacy USB support is enabled
e) Toggle 'Wake on Lan' (if it's on, turn off - if it's off, turn on)
Visit the website of your motherboard or computer manufacturer (if you have a brand-name system) and search for the latest: a) Motherboard Chipset drivers b) BIOS version - make sure you have the latest stable release from the manufacturer

Please advise if these steps help to resolve the issue.

customer service tech's name
SteelSeries Support

^my response

Swapping the keyboard between different PC's eliminates all of this garb troubleshooting I got sent. Useless customer service.

Other Thoughts: I am on day 8 for my ticket with only 1 useless reply for my ticket. It seems like Steelseries products are generally good from what I've read of other reviews but just hope you don't need to go through their customer service for anything.

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