SteelSeries APEX Gaming Keyboard

Article Index
SteelSeries APEX Gaming Keyboard
Features, Specs and More
Installation and Software Setup
Testing and Final Thoughts

Product: SteelSeries APEX Gaming Keyboard
Provided By: SteelSeries
Price: $99.99 MSRP at time of publication

Introduction:

Got bling? The SteelSeries Apex Gaming keyboard sure does. Are you looking for a high performance, fully customizable keyboard with virtually unlimited lighting and macro options? Well, if you are this may be the keyboard for you.

SteelSeries has been in the game for over a decade now designing high performance gaming peripherals and accessories. Their lineup includes mice, keyboards, gaming surfaces and audio devices geared for a range of users. They’ve something for casual users all the way up to pro.
 
Box of APEX

So let's take look at the Apex keyboard and see what it can do.

In The Box

First Look:

Right out of the box the first thing you'll notice is how rather large the SteelSeries Apex Gaming keyboard is. The SteelSeries Apex is larger than most keyboards because of the four "layer" keys and the 10 macro keys to the left of the standard key layout. Also, there are ten raised macro keys above the function keys, and a larger than normal space bar and as well as a non-removable wrist rest.

Top Layout

The design of the SteelSeries Apex Gaming keyboard is smooth and sleek. It has a very low profile, sleek rounded edges as well as a high gloss area around the large font keys. The overall finish really gives this keyboard a unique and futuristic look. 

Apex Left Profile Apex Right Profile

Looking at the top of the Apex keyboard you'll see two conveniently placed integrated USB ports. This is a perfect location for a memory stick or any other device you want plug in without having to dig around the back of your PC for an unused USB port.

USB Ports

In between the two USB ports you'll notice the heavy duty, anti-tangle cable. The cable, although fairly thin, is double braided for added strength and it looks like it should last a long time. The 6.5 foot-long cable should be long enough to suit almost any desktop setup.

Turning over the keyboard to view the underside there is nothing too spectacular. You'll see four soft rubber, non-slip feet that you can squeeze and pull out. The Apex comes with only two slightly taller swappable feet, making height adjustment really easy but extremely limited.

USB Cable Feet Options Foot Installed

 

On the next page we'll take a look at the official features, options and specifications of this keyboard before we jump into installation and testing.