Steelseries Apex Pro Keyboard Review

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The Apex Pro has a very clear product image and description on the box. Too often manufacturers want to show you every tiny thing that their product does, but Steelseries have kept it simple by showing off the lighting and Omnipoint switch options as well as attracting those with just a console by listing the compatibility options.

Steelseries Apex Pro Keyboard Box  
Steelseries Apex Pro Keyboard Contents  

In the box you have the keyboard itself, a clear and well written user guide as well as a high quality wrist rest which attaches to the main Apex Pro itself with strong magnets. With the abilities of the OLED display and onboard key combinations you could get away without downloading and installing the Steelseries Engine software, but we'd recommend you do.


Steelseries Apex Pro Keyboard   

So often we test products which seem to have been designed without any thought to where the user places their system (headsets with the cable on the left ear piece being a particular offender) and if you too find this annoying then you'll be pleased that the Apex Pro offers all three main routing options.


Steelseries Apex Pro Keyboard Cable Routing  

The Omnipoint switches are what separates the Apex Pro from the majority of the competition and rises it above Steelseries other Apex models. Those of you with a penchant for custom key caps will appreciate the standard cross mounting point, whilst the rest of us can enjoy the ability to adjust the height at which the key actuates to our own preference.


Steelseries Apex Pro Keyboard Key switches  

As well as some onboard key combinations for live macro recording or lighting adjustment, the real star is the OLED display at the top right and the two controls for it in the form of a button and the volume wheel which also has a click function just like you find on your mouse. We'll look at this in more detail in a moment.


Steelseries Apex Pro Keyboard OLED Display  

Getting your keyboard to the correct height for long term use without strain is vital and with the Apex Pro there are some very sturdy feet that keep each key, if you'll pardon the expression, at your fingertips.


Steelseries Apex Pro Keyboard Ergonomics  

The cable is rubberised rather than braided, something which is definitely becoming more common these days and stops your cable getting the hairy look after you've used it for a while. There are clearly labelled USB connectors for both the keyboard and the USB pass-through. Those of you short on USB ports will appreciate that you only need the keyboard connector in for all the non-pass-through parts to work.


Steelseries Apex Pro Keyboard Cable  

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Most Recent Comments

16-10-2019, 02:25:13

Peace
What's the price though? I feel like this could easily cost around 200 EUR :XQuote

16-10-2019, 08:38:07

Linchpin
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Originally Posted by Peace Ð View Post
What's the price though? I feel like this could easily cost around 200 EUR :X
It's $200 in the US so you're probably spot on with that estimate.Quote

16-10-2019, 12:27:28

demonking
Can you set up actuation per key or is it a general setting for all keys?
I ask as id say i'd want less response on secondary action keys (like use or reload or something) than I would on say WASD and Space. But i'd expect to pay a fortune for this TBH lolQuote

17-10-2019, 07:10:22

Sgt.Bilko
I'd like to see a modern take on the old SteelSeries Merc Stealth Gaming Keyboard.
I still use mine but can't connect to the new Steel Series software. Just the old Z Board software.
Maybe a new keyboard where the gaming keys could detach and be bluetooth.
Then you could push the normal keyboard section forward and have more room for your hands.
The Merc Stealth Gaming Keys are much more comfortable. Especially if you have grown up hands.
There is only so much you can do to a bog standard keyboard. You have to innovate!Quote

17-10-2019, 07:42:36

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by demonking View Post
Can you set up actuation per key or is it a general setting for all keys?
I ask as id say i'd want less response on secondary action keys (like use or reload or something) than I would on say WASD and Space. But i'd expect to pay a fortune for this TBH lol

From VonBlade (review author)

The actuation level of the main keys (a-z, numbers etc, but not arrows, F-keys or numpad, imagine a TKL without the F-keys) is per key.Quote
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