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This review is from: SteelSeries Apex 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.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SteelSeries 64022SS 7G Professional Gaming Keyboard
Pros: PS/2 interface (less latency and more simultaneous presses than USB). Audio ports and USB ports integrated into keyboard, the former is VERY handy for swapping between if you sometimes use headphones, sometimes don't. Responsive, and no ghosting whatsoever.
Cons: Cheap key caps, sub-par customer service. Non-conventional layout makes it impossible to get replacement keys from third party vendors (space bar is different size, Enter key is different, backspace is smaller).
Other Thoughts: They key caps have lettering that wears off very quickly. That's not a huge deal, but they're not well constructed, so under normal use, they also will crack.
Contacted service, and after some time, did get 10 replacement key caps sent to me.
Later, space bar had problems, so submitted another ticket. Instead of sending a replacement space bar, they issued an RMA. After sending my keyboard back, got a cheap, non-mechanical replacement from SteelSeries. Was told that under the RMA conditions, a comparable replacement is done if the keyboard in question is not in stock. A non-mechanical keyboard is in no way comparable to the 7G.
This review is from: ASUS TF700T-DOCK-GR Tablet Docking Station - Gray
Pros: Made to fit perfectly with the ASUS Transformer tablet. If you have that, and you want a keyboard, plus other options for expansion, this is the way to go. Gets you a SD card slot, USB port, keyboard, and extended battery life. Adjustment of screen angle keeps in place well, and the position is rigid.
Cons: The only con is not directly related to this device, but some Android programs are specifically made to not have a widescreen format available (for example, Yahoo fantasy sports apps, Temple Run). For these, and for games that are dependent on the device being tilted (once again, Temple Run), you will need to detach the tablet and use it as a tablet.READ FULL REVIEW