|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|
|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*||✓||✓|
|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**|
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.
Apex [RAW] is made up of sleek lines and low-profile keys that bring together beautiful form and optimized function.
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.
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.
The Apex [RAW] features 17 independent macros keys that are each capable of up to 2 layers. This equates to 34 potential macros.
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.
Find your way in the dark and locate your macros with brilliant white illumination featuring 8 levels of intensity.
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 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.
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 Shift,
- Space bar
- 4 arrow keys
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 rubber feet allow you to find the most comfortable gaming angle for those long gaming sessions.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"For gaming, you can’t do much better. The response time on the keyboard is amazing, especially with the low-profile keys. You will definitely notice an increase in K/D ratio when using this keyboard thanks to the design choices made. Plus, with the sheer amount of macro keys available, it should be able to appeal to any type of gamer."
"Even though this is the slightly stripped down version of the Apex, I found it to be an incredible keyboard to use. It’s by far the best keyboard I’ve come to play on and it looks just as awesome as it plays."
"Which brings me back to my original point about both this keyboard; it is a fantastic “in-between” product as far as price and quality goes. It is well made and does what it needs to do."
" 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."
"The Apex’s performance is where it really shines though. Able to take absolutely everything we threw at it without so much as flinching, including support for as many as 20 simultaneous key presses, it’ll ensure you’re never left cursing your keyboard again. If you take your gaming seriously then this is one piece of kit you can’t afford to live without."
"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."
"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."
"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."