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SteelSeries Apex [RAW]

Designed to enable users to react quickly & customize its performance for every game.

Brilliant White Illumination

Featuring 8 levels of intensity to help you easily see your keys and find your macros

Fastest Key Combinations

Raised macro keys enable you to quickly swipe down for rapid key combos.

Massively More Macros

34 more ways to win thanks to 17 macro keys that each feature up to 2 layers.

Faster Return to WASD

Small bumps on the W-key provides a faster return to WASD.

Superior Anti-ghosting

20 frequent gaming keys designed for up to 6 simultaneous keypresses.

Integrated Media Keys

Use the SteelSeries key to adjust volume, brightness, control media, and more.

Backed by Engine

Customize, configure, and tweak for all your games with SteelSeries Engine.
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Features Apex Apex [RAW]
Low profile keys
Backlight color 16.8 mill. at 8 levels Bright white at 8 levels
SteelSeries ActiveZone 5 zones -
Anti-ghosting 6 simultaneous keypresses of 20 antighosting capable gaming keys 6 simultaneous keypresses of 20 antighosting capable gaming keys
Macro keys 22 17
Macro layers 4 2
W-key with tactile bump
Media keys Dedicated Through modifier key
Adjustable keyboard tilt Two angles (7° & 10°) Two angles (7° & 10°)
SteelSeries Engine support*
Surface material/treatment Textured/Glossy Textured/Glossy
Braided, anti-tangle cord -
Rubber dome keys 5 mill. keystrokes 5 mill. keystrokes
USB hub 2 ports -
OS compatability Windows, OS X, & Linux** Windows, OS X, & Linux**
Recommended price $99.99/€99.99 $69.99/€69.99


SteelSeries Apex is designed to give you everything you want and more. With sleek lines and style, the Apex leaves nothing to be desired. Enjoy 88 more ways to win with 22 macro keys each capable of up to 4 macro layers. SteelSeries ActiveZone lighting delivers 5 independent color zones, each capable of 16.8 millions colors for style and function. Set unique colors for each of your macro layers enabling you to not only recognize your current layer faster, but also locate groups of keys with ease. The Apex also includes a few extras like integrated USB hub, independent media keys, and a braided nylon cable.

SteelSeries Apex [RAW] follows in the footsteps of our other [RAW] products and delivers only the essentials for victory. Featuring brilliant white illumination with 8 levels of intensity, the Apex [RAW} has 17 macro keys that are each capable of up to 2 layers.

Both keyboards deliver features like raised macro keys for fast key combinations, tactile bumps on the W key to help you find WASD faster, swappable rubber feet for the most comfortable angle, and anti-ghosting of up to 6 simultaneous keypresses of 20 frequently used gaming keys. And of course, both keyboards are supported by our legendary software, SteelSeries Engine.

* SteelSeries Engine is the software suite that powers both the Apex and Apex [RAW]. Its features are limitless and include:
  • Unlimited number of profiles to create and store
  • Unlimited macro creation
  • Complete button remapping
  • Analyzed usage via recorded movements and heatmap display
** Full SteelSeries Engine support on Windows & OSX. Linux support is limited to basic HID Keyboard, Windows Key toggling, and illumination brightness control.

Press Any Key to Win

The SteelSeries Apex

Introducing the SteelSeries Apex [RAW], a gaming keyboard designed to enable users to react quickly, move effortlessly, and customize its performance for every game. Effortlessly navigate your way around the keyboard with raised macro keys, and a unique W-key with tactile bumps for improved WASD speed, along with the visual support of bright white illumination.

Superior Design

Apex [RAW] is made up of sleek lines and low-profile keys that bring together beautiful form and optimized function.

Faster Return to WASD

Small bumps on the W-key provides a faster return to WASD. When you quickly have to type a message or execute a command, we want to make sure that you find your way back to WASD as quickly as possible without having to look.

Raised Keyboard Macro Keys

The macro keys above the F-keys feature a raised design that allow you to locate them without looking and execute devastatingly fast key combinations. Simply swipe your finger down from the macro key onto the F-key for quick key combinations.

34 More Ways to Win

The Apex [RAW] features 17 independent macros keys that are each capable of up to 2 layers. This equates to 34 potential macros.

Layer Select Buttons

Switch between macro layers quickly and easily thanks to 2 quick-access keys on the upper left corner that allow you to select your desired macro layer.

Light ‘em up

Find your way in the dark and locate your macros with brilliant white illumination featuring 8 levels of intensity.

Disable Windows Key

Simply hold down the SteelSeries key and tap the Windows key to disable it. This simple key combination will disable and enable the windows key without the need for software or complicated menus.

The SteelSeries Key

The special SteelSeries key on the right hand side of the key lard allows you to access special functions like disabling the Windows key.

With the Apex, we left the windows key on the left side of the keyboard for commands and shortcuts that are frequently used when not gaming.


We added two arrow keys for a bit of extra directional convenience.

Plug and play


The SteelSeries Apex and Apex [RAW] gaming keyboards support anti-ghosting for 20 keys located in the most-used gaming areas on the keyboard. Out of these 20 capable keys, users can press up to 6 of them simultaneously, allowing those key presses to register and without locking the keyboard.

SteelSeries has chosen 20 of the most commonly used keys in games in the anti-ghost key list:
- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
- Q, W, E, R, A, S, D, F,
- Left-Ctrl,
- Left Shift,
- Space bar
- 4 arrow keys

Plug and play


There’s no need to install software of any kind in order to use the Apex [RAW]. Without software many features will work including disabling of the windows key and more. However, for the full experience and for the gamers who want really advanced customization options, the Apex [RAW] is supported by SteelSeries Engine technology.

Swappable Feet

Swappable rubber feet allow you to find the most comfortable gaming angle for those long gaming sessions.


Hardware Secrets

"For those who prefer membrane models, the Apex [RAW] is an efficient no-frills product that sticks to the basics. The ease of programming and the key layout make this peripheral ideal for macro enthusiasts."

"The space bar, used to jump on almost every game, has a great response, and the blocky format makes it easy to hit with the thumb. The other keyboards should abandon their traditional space bar and adopt this shape, which is better suited for gaming."

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Tweak Town

"There really wasn't anything about the keyboard that I didn't like."

"During gaming where I was mashing multiple keys as I was trying to use the arrows to move around along with the usual suspects like reloading and swapping spells, the keyboard didn't miss a stroke."

Score: 95%

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Hardware Heaven

"For the typing experience the APEX RAW is responsive and the low profile keys do ensure typing is fast. It is also nice to see some thought going into the angle of the extra keys at the top of the board which ensures we know where our hand is without looking."

Score: 8/10

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Go! Gaming Giant

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Lazy Gamer

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The Slanted

Score: 8.5/10

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Geek Insider

" I never ran across any flaws in the hardware and the design is simply decadent. I have finally found a gaming keyboard that looks and feels like the sophisticated beast that it is. Not only is it sleek and elegant, but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty of hardcore gaming, the Apex [RAW] from SteelSeries performs just as beautifully as it looks."

Score: 4/5

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Click Magazine

Score: 4.5/5

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Game Rant

"Those gamers that are looking for a relatively inexpensive gaming keyboard that has a nice design, is very responsive, and has a few unique but useful features might want to give the SteelSeries APEX [RAW] a look."

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"Best of both worlds."

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"It has everything an MMO, FPS, and Strategy player would need without overwhelming the user. If you can put aside its bulkiness, it is a perfect keyboard, gaming or not. "

Score: 9/10

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Fragged Nation

"Though it may be aimed at gamers, the Apex [RAW] is great for anyone who wants a classy keyboard with excellent capabilities, and with a price tag of only $70, you'll be hard pressed to find a better value when it launches later this summer."

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Tech Bargains

"Look, $70 for a keyboard is still a big investment compared to traditional planks, but this isn't a standard deck of keys. It's a gaming keyboard, and judged as one, the price tag is a definite plus."

Score: 4/5

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