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STEELSERIES APEX M800 KEYBOARD DRIVER
SteelSeries Apex M800 Gaming Keyboard Review — A Light Touch
Not ideal for typing or most game genres Bigger than it needs to be Verdict While the SteelSeries Apex M is too sensitive for everyday tasks, it's worth picking up if you want tournament-level competitive FPS play. The experiment mostly succeeds, as the Apex M is an incredibly responsive peripheral with a gorgeous interface.
While it's too sensitive for everyday tasks and most other game genres, if you want tournament-level competitive play, it's worth picking up — if you can afford it. Design The Apex M takes up a lot of horizontal space, but it makes the most of it.
The peripheral is a sleek black box that's low to the ground, with keys pressed close together and just one extra row for macro keys. One thing that's still not clear to me is how a keyboard whose SteelSeries Apex M800 Keyboard feel so close together can be so long. There's a lot of space on both edges of the keyboard, which explains some of the length, but either way, the keys feel packed tightly together, which affects typing, to some extent. In the past, I criticized these products for being either too obtuse or too simplistic in terms of colorful lighting, but SteelSeries seems to provide the perfect balance between the two extremes.
By using the SteelSeries Engine 3 software more on that laterusers can select from a number of pre-existing lighting patterns or make one of their own.
You can make keys a SteelSeries Apex M800 Keyboard color and control the brightness, of course ; program your own color shift pattern; or even program keys to change color as they "cool down," which is exceptionally useful for timing out skill moves in certain games. If you can't be bothered to dive into the surprisingly robust lighting options, the presets should keep you more than covered. In addition to rainbow color shifts and a very attractive default mode that changes color as you type, you can set your keyboard to look like an American or Danish flag SteelSeries is a Danish companya twinkling rave party or, my personal favorite, a warp field from Star Trek.
Keys When I reviewed the last Apex keyboardone of my primary complaints was that it was, underneath its attractive exterior, just a standard membrane keyboard. The Apex M, in contrast, is a full mechanical model, equipped with a SteelSeries-exclusive key switch known as the QS1. With a low actuation and quiet typing, the QS1 resembles a Cherry MX Red switch but is actually much easier to press, which can be both good and bad. When I first played with the Apex M at CESSteelSeries representatives told me that the low actuation was ideal SteelSeries Apex M800 Keyboard twitch-based competitive online games.
SteelSeries Apex M800 Keyboard much is true, but it comes at a cost. Using the Ten Thumbs Typing Test, I scored words per minute with SteelSeries Apex M800 Keyboard 1-percent error rate on my standard Dell office keyboard, but only words per minute with a 2-percent error rate on the Apex M I found myself constantly entering letters just by brushing my fingers over the keys, sometimes by accident, and sometimes just before I'd had a chance to hit Shift or the space bar. While the keys' springy nature did help in-game, it hampered everyday typing, which is usually one of the joys of using a mechanical keyboard.
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If you pick one up, I'm sure you'll adjust over time, but it could be a bit of a process as you lighten your typing fingers to the task. Beyond that, the only nonstandard keys SteelSeries Apex M800 Keyboard the six macro keys off on the left side. Assigning functions to them is simple, and they didn't get in the way. They were also easy to reach without looking. Features Last time around, installing software for the SteelSeries Apex was a nightmare, but this time, it was a joy. The SteelSeries Engine 3 has quickly become one of my favorite gaming peripheral programs on the market, and with good reason.
It's intuitive and easy to navigate, and allows for the easy creation of an unlimited number of SteelSeries Apex M800 Keyboard for any game or program on your PC. In addition to controlling key binding and lighting, you can set up profiles that link with individual programs and SteelSeries Apex M800 Keyboard. You can also create macros for the dedicated macro keys, although this process suffers from the same problems as the membrane Apex: There is no on-the-fly macro recording. If there is some complex combination of buttons you want to record, you'll have to either commit it to memory or use a dual-screen setup. This isn't a problem if you want to set up a shortcut for photo-editing software, but it can be a real pain if you are trying to record a skill rotation in World of Warcraft.
The Old Republic to put it through its paces. In Titanfall, the keys' responsiveness made a big difference. I was able to hold my own in intense firefights, even during frenzied close encounters between futuristic mech pilots. If you've ever played Titanfall, you know that melee combat can be a touch-and-go experience, and having responsive keys makes a world of difference.
I don't think it would be fair to say that the Apex M improved my skills, but it did put as little resistance as possible between the game and me. However, that same hair-trigger actuation didn't work quite as well in other genres. Heart of the Swarm, Unity, and The Old Republic required a bit less reflex and a bit more consideration, and accidentally hitting a SteelSeries Apex M800 Keyboard button was a frustrating but somewhat common experience. SteelSeries Apex M is the world's fastest and most programmable mechanical gaming keyboard. Quick response and personal control to master your games.
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