Steelseries Apex 7
The Steelseries Apex 7 is special, not only because of its features but also the price. With its price tag it is not the most expensive thing there is. There are other manufacturers that have similar features for half more. It is a unique piece that is certainly not out of place at your battlestation.
- Date : 16.10.2019
- Client : Steelseries
- Status : Completed
- Language : Dutch
Various manufacturers have already shown that mechanical keyboards are becoming increasingly cheaper to make (and buy). Nowadays it is becoming more and more the standard to have it typing nicely and to add color to the keyboards. Very nice, but that does not mean that it is special. Occasionally a manufacturer takes a risk and makes an incredibly high-end keyboard with all sorts of gadgets. Steelseries did the same and created a keyboard that, in addition to well-functioning keys, per-key RGB, a USB port and a detachable magnetic palm rest, also has an OLED screen. Therefore with kind regards: the Steelseries Apex 7.
The Steelseries Apex 7 looks tough, an aluminum beast that can take a beating. After you plug in the cable, the keyboard comes to life and you see a set of beautiful colors and a Steelseries logo appear on the OLED screen in the top right corner. By the way, did I say cable? Okay, that's right, but it has two USB plugs. This is because one is for the keyboard and the other for the USB passthrough as it is called. There is a USB port behind the Apex 7 so you can use USB sticks quickly. Smart pinch, especially with my camera work.
The Steelseries Apex 7 has some special features, in addition to the USB port. For example, it has a per-key RGB; it is possible to set a color for each key. Via Steelseries Engine you can even add special effects and profiles that are loaded separately per game. The Apex 7 also has built-in memory which saves your settings. Another nice feature is that you can play a gif file within the keys. For example, you can play an RGB snake game if the keyboard is not used for a while. It also has highlighted macro keys that can be played at the touch of a button. At least, a press of two buttons. The macro keys are integrated with the function keys such as home and delete. By pressing the Steelseries button these functions are released. Handy, if you notice that you use a certain key combination often, it is easy to record and set. What immediately stands out is of course the OLED screen. This can be used in two ways: 1. You can download the Steelseries software called Steelseries Engine to set it up. 2. You can adjust settings on-the-fly with the volume wheel and the menu button next to it. But why an OLED screen? Steelseries thought that most gamers would like to see at a glance what is happening with the PC or with the game. With different settings you can also show different features on the screen. This can be your health, PC specs, time, the current song in your playlist, and even Discord messages later. I was pretty skeptical. I use two screens that show everything and thought to myself that I would never use the OLED screen. Boy, I was wrong. I use it more often, and I still discover more features. So you can even adjust the presets of your keyboard via the screen, and I always stay informed when someone sends me a message on Discord. It takes some getting used to, but man, how useful it is.
When your fingers touch the keys, it feels familiar. It has a somewhat rough surface so that your fingers do not slip. It also works stain-repellent so you can eat a lot at your desk. The palm rest also has this coating, and is therefore nice to work on. The palm rest is magnetic so that it cannot slide away suddenly. Again a point for Steelseries. The keys of the Apex 7 are mechanical, and therefore clicky. It does not give clickable feedback, which makes it a bit quieter, but I can imagine that your roommates, or whoever may be sitting next to you, can be annoyed by this. Anyway, that can be explained by the fact of mechanical keys, not the Apex 7. The keys are easy to pick up to clean the board and have enough space between them to make a distinction.
The Steelseries Apex 7 is special, not only because of its features but also the price. With its price tag of € 189 it is not the most expensive plate there is. There are other manufacturers that have similar features for more than half more. The quality of this keyboard is almost perfect. It is a unique piece that is certainly not out of place at your battlestation. This is a true showpiece for the real gamer.