SteelSeries unveils Apex and Apex [RAW] gaming keyboards

By Shawn Knight
Jan 7, 2013
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  1. SteelSeries has introduced two new gaming keyboards at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. The Apex and Apex include a bevy of gamer-specific features as well as low-profile keys and customizable backlit illumination.

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  2. Jbucko

    Jbucko Newcomer, in training Posts: 33

    Are they Cerry MX switches? I can't find anything that says what type of keys that they are. If they are this will replace my Razer Blackwidow ultimate.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,253   +531

    We'll have to wait & see. So far Steel Series hasn't released a single solitary product that really interests me & the odd one that's come close is far too pricey for what you get. Some people like by them but usually you can get better for less.
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,366   +261

    Have you ever tried a steel series headset?

    I agree there keyboards are nothing special and mice etc... but there headsets have a sound quality almost completely in a league of its own in there price points.

    If you ever go to a convention that has Steel Series Headsets, Turtle Beach, Logitech, Razer etc... Try them all, and you'll find the Steel Series are the better of the bunch.
  5. captainawesome

    captainawesome TechSpot Booster Posts: 410   +42

    No thanks. Way too many damn keybs minus the ones I use the most: media buttons. And why does no one offer curved layouts anymore :(
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,253   +531

    I have tried the Siberia V2 but that was the white & blue usb one with the built in sound card & I can honestly say that I was not impressed. The price was insane for what they deliver but they were comfortable though.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,253   +531

  8. captainawesome

    captainawesome TechSpot Booster Posts: 410   +42

    Yeah I have one of those MS keyboards on my desk. But the wireless is just not fit for gaming. And I really want backlighting. And non-ghosting. All of which is not offered by MS.
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,253   +531

    I don't think anyone offers what you're looking for. Probably because there's not much demand for such kit. Maybe sometime in the future... Who knows.
  10. captainawesome

    captainawesome TechSpot Booster Posts: 410   +42

    I'm just about decided on the Roccat ISKU FX. Here's to hoping it is released soon :)
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,253   +531

    IMHO Roccat make the finest gaming peripherals & I can attest to that because that's all I use apart from my kbd which is a CM Storm Trigger. Why don't you wait for their new Ryos kbd. Check it out here http://www.roccat.org/Products/Gaming-Keyboards/ROCCAT-Ryos-MK-Pro/ I'd love that kbd but I'll just have to be satisfied with what I have now.
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  12. captainawesome

    captainawesome TechSpot Booster Posts: 410   +42

    That's really good to hear because so far they seem to offer a very good value proposition especially when compared to Razr and Logitech
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,253   +531

    I've used a lot of gaming peripherals from different manufacturers but none come close to Roccat's quality & value. No I don't work for them.
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  14. IMO roccat kone+ is over rated and not comfortable, sold it fast, I went back to the reaper edge from steelseries, most comfortable mouse ive ever had. and still to date.

    but I am really interested in getting the new roccat keyboard, looks like a well designed product.
  15. captainawesome

    captainawesome TechSpot Booster Posts: 410   +42

    Yeah I hope Roccat gets those new peripherals to market very quickly. I want to get mine before end Feb :)
  16. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,366   +261

    Haha! you've tried the only Steelseries Headset I've never used xD I have never tried the USB versions, I've never really liked USB Headphones to be honest, never found the built-in Amplifier was as good as a dedicated sound card.

    I guess I'll need to try out the Roccat's headphones at some point then ;)
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  17. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,253   +531

    Yeah I use the Kave's in conjuntion with an Asus Xonar DX. Not the best for music but excellent in games. It's always a matter of personal taste though.
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  18. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,253   +531

    Yeah I believe it was a bit big for a lot of hands. I never had the Kone [+] instead I used the earlier Kone which was exactly the same shape & size. It too was a little big for my hand. Now I use the Kone Pure which is slightly smaller & perfect. (For me)
  19. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,366   +261

    I also use an Asus sound card:

    Asus Xonar Essence STX

    I still think its pretty good for music as well though :p
  20. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,253   +531

    Wonderful sound card.(y)


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