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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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  • Joshua F.
  • 7/31/2014 12:26:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsOK... while it works

Pros: Flashy cosmetics
Macro Customization

Cons: I bought this board for my new gaming setup, and ALMOST liked it at first. It looked cool, had an intimidating presence, and (I thought) would be good for gaming along-side my Razer Naga (which I adore).

I soon realized however, that this keyboard has some serious flaws. First off, some combinations of more than 2 keys cannot be pressed in unison (the third simultaneous keypress wont be registered). This is particularly annoying for some common gaming key combinations (such as "W" "Q", and "X").

I also noticed some latency issues that seemed to increase or decrease intermittently.

Worst of all, after only a few months of use, the "S" and "1" keys for some reason both started typing "1s" or "s1" when pressed. This makes the board virtually useless for anything from simple word processing to gaming,

This lead me to quickly realize how lacking SteelSeries is in the customer support department.

I may have gotten a defective keyboard and my RMA request with SteelSeries is still "pending", but even still, because of my experience with this keyboard I will not be buying any other SteelSeries products ever again.

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  • Dave S.
  • 7/26/2014 5:07:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs"Gaming Keyboard"

Pros: It's pretty. Nice look to it if you value flash over substance.

Cons: Like most Razer keyboards, it's apparent that the people who designed it have no concept of what makes a keyboard "gaming".

Backlit keys, extra arrow keys, and macros in areas that can't be easily reached from the WASD home aren't gaming features. They're fluff. Do keyboard designers know that gamers don't look at the keyboard while typing? Do they know that we don't use the arrow keys? Do they know that we have one hand on the mouse and the other on the WASD block? Do they know that we hit several keys at the same time?

It's also a USB keyboard, which has more latency (as it's polling rather than interrupt based) and fewer simultaneous keypresses than a PS/2 keyboard.

The unconventional layout, particularly with the extra audio keys on the right, also makes it hard to type if you don't look at the keyboard while so doing. If you're used to having an "Enter" key on the far right and seek for it by touch, you're hitting the audio play/pause key. There's a learning curve instituted by having useless added keys.

Everything SteelSeries figured out for the design of the 7G, they threw out the window in making this keyboard.

Customer service is also disappointing at SteelSeries. See notes in "Other thoughts".

Other Thoughts: I had a SteelSeries 7G keyboard. The one flaw, other than the SteelSeries customer service, for that keyboard, is the poorly manufactured key caps, which had a tendency to bend/break/fade under normal use. After putting in a support ticket for that keyboard, they RMA'd it and instead of sending something comparable, sent me this junky keyboard. I traded a well designed, legit gaming keyboard with bad keycaps for a junky $20 mess with $80 in lights attached. Very disappointed. It's the gaming equivalent of trading a Ferrari for a Honda with neon lights.

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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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