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.
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.
We added two arrow keys for a bit of extra directional convenience.
Apex is made up of sleek lines and low-profile keys that bring together beautiful form and optimized function.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Swappable rubber feet allow you to find the most comfortable gaming angle for those long gaming sessions.
Independent media and volume keys provide instant access to media control and more.
Worth it? I think so!
Pros: One of the best keyboards I have ever had, over a razer, countless logitechs, a few saiteks, and a zboard back in the day. This keyboard is comfortable, has keys for macros and customizing galore, and is simple to setup and use effectively. One of the best driver menus i have ever used for ANY hardware, along with the easy to setup and amazing color options. I cant say enough about this keyboard.
Cons: the only real cons that I can see so far is that the keys arent very tall, and I would like the caps lock, left shift and tab buttons to be raised. It will take a bit of getting used to as it feels like the keys are a bit larger than most keyboards, but I think these are not so much as flaws, as adjustments to the new keyset.
Other Thoughts: I only rated it 4 stars because I havent owned it for a long period of time. If it holds up I will definitely revisit this and give it a 5 star rating, as I never thought I would say this, but (I got it on sale for 85) $100 for this keyboard is a steal!
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Pros: clean easy to push keys. i think its pretty quiet for keyboards and the ability to change your keys to what ever color you want is rad
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Loving this product!
Pros: I love everything about this keyboard. It is much quieter than my last steelseries keyboard, but feels just as responsive and sturdy as the last. Great macro button utility. (You can virtually set up anything)
Cons: None what so ever.
Other Thoughts: Originally they had sent me the wrong model. Easily fixed by sending the RMA back, and once it was verified by UPS the replacement was shipped out. I saw a previous reviewer getting upset because the same thing had happened to them, but that is not steelseries fault and mistakes to in fact happen. Also I don't think anyone should review a product that they say hasn't arrived.
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Quality as usual
Pros: *Steelseries Engine
Cons: Not really a con, more of a preference, but non-mechanical.
Other Thoughts: Steelseries always puts out quality products. The Apex is no exclusion.
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They'll send you the wrong keyboard!
Pros: Pros? What pros? They sent the wrong keyboard!
Cons: They will send you the wrong keyboard.
Other Thoughts: I ordered this keyboard 2 weeks ago and they sent me the APEX RAW Gaming Keyboard. Tried to get an RMA done and was told they would send me this one before i had to send back the RAW i currently hold.
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Pros: -22 macro key's
Cons: -Bad Led's
Other Thoughts: Overall a very good keyboard, although I took off one Egg because most of the led's aren't the same color as the rest. another thing is that it Is louder then a cherry mx red when typing which is rather annoying because it is not a mechanical keyboard
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