SteelSeries Apex 7 & Apex Pro Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅19-12-19
Closer Look (Apex Pro)
Pushing the envelope a little, SteelSeries have tightened the borders of their keyboard right to the edge of the keys, only leaving around 3mm around the top, left and right edges. The keyboard casts a 440mm x 140mm shadow on the desk, which is extended to 220mm with the wrist rest in place.

With the soft-touch wrist rest in place, using incredibly strong magnets to ensure it stays put, the keyboard looks very sleek. The rest isn’t padded at all but uses a super soft rubber coating that gives the impression of a cushion.

Just behind the F1 and Escape keys is the USB 2.0 passthrough, backlit to help you find it in the dark, which is handy for charging your phone or connecting up a headset instead of reaching around the back of your PC.

In the top-right of the keyboard is a volume wheel, which can be depressed to activate options, and a small customisable button underneath. Next to that is the 128 x 40 resolution OLED display with integrations built into games and Discord.

Perhaps the pièce de résistance of the Apex Pro is the adjustable Mechanical keyswitches, which can be tuned to the users preference between 0.4mm and 3.6mm of sensitivity to enable instant response or a more tactile, involved typing experience. This keyswitch is included on all of the keys in the “main block” of the keyboard, which basically excludes the F-row, direction keys, special keys above that and the numpad, where SteelSeries have installed their QX2 Mechanical switches in the red, linear flavour.

Putting the keyboard on its front, the cable routing options are immediately apparent, with three clear choices to help keep your desk as tidy as possible. The rubber grips on the bottom are bulky enough that they should help to absorb some noise from the keyboard as well as keeping it in place on your desk.

The 1.8M rubber cable is certainly thick and robust and should last a while. But it’s unusual for a keyboard, or any peripheral for that matter, to arrive without a braided cable, particularly at the £200 region. Having said that, using a rubber cable does make things easier when it comes to routing through the cable channel on the underside of the keyboard, helping the plastic grip onto the cable so it stays put, braiding the cable makes that much more difficult.

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