Published: 6th February 2010 | Source: SteelSeries | Price: £104.99 |
Sturdy doesn't begin to cover it. Firstly this is an exceptionally large box. Measuring in at 22 inches x 12.5 inches it could double as a table in an emergency. The look is exceptionally professional with a very clean and clear design. That deep charcoal box with a fade logo is used throughout the SteelSeries range and looks as good here as it has on their other products. The enormous 7G leaves nobody in any doubt about which model this is and the Pro Gaming logo beneath emphasises the purpose this is designed for.
Moving to the other side is a clear window that shows a good view of the 7G, something we always like to see here at OC3D. Below the window is the standard list of specifications and details.
Turning the box over gives us a far more complicated look than the front, but nothing unusual for a product of this type. The more detailed information is always on the back, to help those of us who've actually picked the product up. In this case it looks busier than it really is thanks to the use of 10 languages. A nice touch by SteelSeries is to use a product photo that demonstrates the 7G both in its wrist-rest and unadorned states.
On the is a close up of the SteelSeries feature highlights. If you've clicked the picture to view the large version you'll probably already be anticipating some of the detail shots on the next page.
Sliding the external box off we see the level SteelSeries have stretched to make sure the 7G exudes quality throughout. Whereas a lot of companies would be happy with just the internals being as we can see them on the right, SteelSeries have provided an extra level of thick stiff cardboard to protect the keyboard as much as is humanely possible.
Sliding this off, a very easy procedure as the tolerances used as perfect and it neither flaps about nor is harder to remove than ink from your favourite shirt, we see the next layer of protection. Also at this point notice the thickness of the surrounding edge. This is the same quality and thickness as the top sheet we've just removed and so should give you an indication of what your money buys.
Keeping the keyboard secure are to pieces of perfectly designed polystyrene that fit exactly around the keyboard. Whilst some cheaper products use low-density polystyrene that very easily breaks and dents, this is sturdy indeed. It's akin to the density difference between hi-impact foam and a bath-sponge.
With the packaging removed, it's as good a time as any to get a close look at the 7G itself.