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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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Press Any Key to Win
iconThe SteelSeries Apex

Introducing the SteelSeries Apex, a gaming keyboard designed to enable users to react quickly, move strategically, and customize performance for every game. Beyond just choosing from 16.8 Million colors, the Apex features SteelSeries ActiveZone lighting, a visual support tool allowing the user to independently customize each of its five zones and in multiple macro layers.

The SteelSeries Apex
iconFaster Return to WASD

Small bumps on the W-key provides a faster return to WASD. When you quickly have to type a message or execute a command, we want to make sure that you find your way back to WASD as quickly as possible without having to look.

Faster Return to WASD
iconExtra Arrows

We added two arrow keys for a bit of extra directional convenience.

iconSuperior Design

Apex is made up of sleek lines and low-profile keys that bring together beautiful form and optimized function.

Superior Design
iconRaised Macro Keys
Raised Macro Keys

The macro keys above the F-keys feature a raised design that allow you to locate them without looking and execute devastatingly fast key combinations. Simply swipe your finger down from the macro key onto the F-key for quick key combinations.

Raised Macro Keys
icon88 More Ways to Win

The Apex features 22 independent macros keys that are each capable of up to 4 layers. This equates to 88 potential macros. Of course, much of the keyboard is also programmable making for an enormous total of 504 programmable keys.

88 More Ways to Win
iconLayer Select Buttons

Switch between macro layers quickly and easily thanks to four quick-access keys on the upper left corner that allow you to select your desired macro layer.

Layer Select Buttons
iconLight 'Em Up

Featuring 16.8 million color illumination in five independent zones and eight levels of intensity that you can configure differently for each of your macro layer, for endless customization.

Light 'em up
iconActiveZone Lighting

The Apex features five independent color zones that are each capable of 16.8 million colors. These can be customized to create a unique color scheme for each of your macro layers. This allows you to quickly determine which macro layer you have enabled and help you find groups of your macros according to their color. Imagine a yellow theme for harvest macros, blue theme for defend macros, red for attack macros and more. The possibilities are limitless.

ActiveZone Lighting
iconDisable Windows Key

Simply hold down the SteelSeries key and tap the Windows key to disable it. This simple key combination will disable and enable the windows key without the need for software or complicated menus.

iconThe SteelSeries Key

The special SteelSeries key on the right hand side of the key lard allows you to access special functions like disabling the Windows key.

With the Apex, we left the windows key on the left side of the keyboard for commands and shortcuts that are frequently used when not gaming.

ActiveZone Lighting
iconSuperior Anti-Ghosting

The SteelSeries Apex and Apex (RAW) gaming keyboards support anti-ghosting for 20 keys located in the most-used gaming areas on the keyboard. Out of these 20 capable keys, users can press up to six of them simultaneously, allowing those key presses to register and without locking the keyboard.

SteelSeries has chosen 20 of the most commonly used keys in games in the anti-ghost key list:
- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
- Q, W, E, R, A, S, D, F
- Left-Ctrl
- Left Shift
- Space bar
- The four arrow keys


There’s no need to install software of any kind in order to use the Apex. Without software many features will work including disabling of the windows key and more. However, for the full experience and for the gamers who want really advanced customization options, the Apex is supported by SteelSeries Engine technology.

iconSwappable Feet

Swappable rubber feet allow you to find the most comfortable gaming angle for those long gaming sessions.

Swappable Feet
iconIndependent Media Keys

Independent media and volume keys provide instant access to media control and more.

Independent Media Keys

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Robert W.
  • 10/7/2015 4:00:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsGood Keyboard but...

Pros: I got it, it worked for like a few weeks then the space bar spring mechanism broke and I had to contact Steelseries about replacing it. But as for the Pros, the lights are very good and the keys are very responsive. It's a little odd having to USB connections for a keyboard though, but it wasn't a big deal I had plenty connection ports. Overall it's a decent keyboard.

Cons: Is a complete joke, the way they handle support is a just nothing short of a laugh. I requested replacement parts for the space bar, they told me to do an RMA on the board itself and issued me an RMA number. Two weeks later I sent the keyboard to them in it's original packaging. It was shipped UPS and it was signed for at the correct address they told me to ship it to. This is where the real trouble starts.

They sent me an email stating that they had not received the keyboard or heard anything from me so they canceled the RMA. Not only did I have proof they received it almost two weeks after this email was sent, I had the UPS shipping documents for it right here with me. It took me several emails to get a response from them. It wasn't till I threatened to take legal action for them losing my keyboard did I get a response.

They received it on August 20th, then when I finally got a response from them it was almost two weeks into September and it's now 10/07/2015. Between all of this, they claimed to have been changing warehouses and would take a bit but I'd be receiving my replacement as soon as possible. I gave way for this, considering it could take a bit if they are telling the truth about all of this. I can't question that part, but I can question their ability to handle a simple RMA properly.

This went on for weeks, I've never had such a miserable time dealing with such incompetent people in my life. Today, 10/07/2015 I got an email, of all things, asking what it was I sent them actually.

"Hello Robert,

Currently we show your product listed as : UNLISTED :: PRODUCT NOT LISTED - KEYBOARD

Please let us know what the actual device is so we can switch it. We need this change made as soon as possible. Thank you!"

This is rather embarrassing I should say, after all the emailing back and forth, all the frustration dealing with them for them to not even bloody know what it was I sent them? So I responded to them warning them already this would not win them a favorable review on many of sites I do business with and does not look good on them how they completely mishandled all of this. I sent them a link straight to their very own site showing the exact keyboard to them.....

To date, this has to be the worst handled customer support I've had since dealing Packard Bell ages ago, that's saying quite a lot.

Other Thoughts: The only thing I want everyone to get out of this is that if you do need to deal with their customer support? Document everything extremely well on your end, do not send originals to any company, always send copies of receipts and invoices. This has been the only reason I feel I've gotten this far with them, otherwise I feel I'd just lost the keyboard after sending it to them. Always do insurance on anything you ship as well.

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  • Thomas C.
  • 8/29/2015 11:11:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsThis keyboard looks nice.....

Pros: They keyboard is very aesthetically pleasing. I personally love the wide spacebar and hope that continues and actually hope that more companies use it as well. The lighting functions are decent, and the keyboard does offer a lot of versatility with it's macro keys. Pretty quiet keys.

Cons: I've had nothing but issues however with this keyboard. Especially since this is supposed to be a "gaming keyboard". Playing a game with this keyboard is extremely frustrating. I'm pretty sure I've had to fight this keyboard more than my enemies.

While streaming FPS games, like CS GO, Black Ops 3 (Beta), Killing Floor 2, Alien Isolation, Zombi and insurgency. I've noticed that the keyboard has issues (At least mine does) with pressing multiple keys at the same time. I mean, something like pressing my W + A keys while pressing the spacebar. A lot of the times the A and D keys will become unresponsive.

Playing other games I've experienced this as well, like Star Citizen, Dark Souls 2, and when it comes to games that really require some multiple key presses.

Like I have some bars set up in WoW where I have to press alt+shift+(another key), doing that while also pressing other keys leads to a very, very unplayable experience.

I've tried running this with and without the steelseries engine 3. I've also tried different USB ports, 2.0, 3.0, 3.1. I've had the problem as well as when I have nothing plugged into the usb ports on the keyboard.

Now, it could just be the one I have. Maybe I just got a bum keyboard, but it most definitely isn't worth $100. It's not even worth $50. Which sucks because this keyboard really is just so pretty.

The build quality is also pretty mediocre. This keyboard feels pretty flimsy and weak.

Other Thoughts: Save yourself the waste of time. Just get a Chroma or K70.

Unless you just want it for it's looks, which if that's the case. Totally go for it, it's a gorgeous keyboard. Just a shame nothing else is as good.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/20/2015 10:49:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Lots of colours and macros
Comfortable to use
2x USB 3.0 on back

Cons: Anti-Ghosting does not allow you to press more than 2 keys at a time for example W,S, and X. Inconvenient for CS:GO and Arma 2-3 I found.

Other Thoughts: All in all, probably better spending your money on a Corsair or Razer keyboard.

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  • adam k.
  • 6/11/2015 12:20:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot that great

Pros: Lights up and has lots of buttons.

Cons: The buttons are poor quality and don't feel good to press. they often get stuck. to the point i found it unusable.
the lights arnt that bright and the software is also sub par ( not to mention it doesnt come with the software)
to big

Other Thoughts: Stay away, its not worth it.

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  • Andrew G.
  • 5/17/2015 11:36:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExactly what I was looking for

Pros: Purchased while building my new gaming rig. There are an abundance of macros/layers to use, to be honest most of which I won't ever need the full breadth of. I have had absolutely no trouble with using the software from SteelSeries to configure this keyboard exactly how I want. Most of all, the truly important stuff: it doesn't drop any keystrokes, is incredibly quiet for what I was expecting, and the layout and design function flawlessly. Oh, and the 2 piece usb "hub" on the back of the keyboard makes using peripherals and external hds a breeze.

Cons: None.

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  • Austin A.
  • 4/27/2015 6:53:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsOkay

Pros: - a lot of colors
- a lot of keys to apply commands to
- quiet

Cons: colors are not so bright, and you need to have the software running to change the colors. If you bring it somewhere else and use it on another computer and push one of the four color changing buttons, you will loose your set up.

Other Thoughts: Its not mechanical

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  • Brajan P.
  • 4/24/2015 8:00:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsSolid keyboard

Pros: - Great build
- A lot of customization available with the colors
- Great size
- 2 USB ports on the back of the keyboard

Cons: - None so far or should I say size for someone who isn't looking for a bigger keyboard

Other Thoughts: Excellent keyboard for the price. Would recommend it for sure !

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  • Joseph K.
  • 4/8/2015 9:02:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Keyboard!

Pros: Colors are rich and bold. Keys press gently and quietly. Sleek design. I like the fact that it came with interchangeable rubber pegs to raise the keyboard. I broke a clip on the bottom off my last one, so this is definitely a plus for me. I only wish i found this sooner!

Cons: Didn't come with any software, but easily downloaded from the website for the current version.

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  • James M.
  • 3/3/2015 9:16:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMost functional and Aesthetically Pleasing Keyboard Ever

Pros: Out of the box it looks amazing and works without any software needed as far as regular keys go. You can manipulate the lights through 4 pre-programmed themes as well as using the adjustment key to dim or brightent them as to not be stuck on or off. The software allows decent control over lighting and as it does have a bit of learning curve it doesn work well. I also love the fact that I again have 2 quick to use usb ports on the reverse of the keyboard. No more reaching to my tower!

Cons: No installation cd out of the box. I was at first surprised but who here doesn't have internet to download the latest drivers over the beta/release drivers that are usually buggy and miles out of date anyways. Anyone who has owned a graphics card can attest by the time you get the drivers installed your already downloading 20 revisions on new ones so I won't take any eggs off for that nor crititcize.

Functionally the only the only thing I can knock on is human nature and being acustomed to a normal keyboard. I constanlly am grabbing my home row based on my peripheral normality of where the keys SHOULD be and since this keyboard is wider and has macro keys im constantly missing the mark.

I'm sure this will go away over a week or two of use but being used to a different keyboard it has a small learning curve as far as getting use to a new layout. Think of going from a laptop to a full size keyboard for the first time with a numeric pad.

Other Thoughts: The onnly thing I would really have done differently is cut back the front of the keyboard from a design stand point. For those of us who rest in one spot constantly may find we get sweaty wrists laying on the extended front. tt in no way hinderes the use of the keyboard at all, more of a personal opinion on the design. And having a smooth spacebar key to swipe the thumb over versus a rough texture would be great. In fact most smooth keyboards I would have to say feel much better then this keyboard does. It is farily grippy with the keys. So where as some may like this some may find the keys feeling clammy. In any case, great keyboard, I'm happy with my purchase. And too anyone knocking the software, if you aren't at a level of need for sophistication in a keyboard and just want the fancy lights, then don't install the software!

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  • ivan g.
  • 1/25/2015 12:42:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood gaming keyboard

Pros: Has lots of programmable macro keys. I love that you can configure each zone to light up differently. On board media keys and build in usb hub

Cons: Membrane keyboard. Using a mechanical keyboard makes such a huge difference

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