"Really top notch build quality, this board will cope with some rough treatment. There is also very little to fault on the design and performance front. The SteelSeries Engine software is one of the best, most simple applications we have used to configure a gaming board."
"Knowing the SteelSeries tradition of working with professional gamers, I’m not surprised that the Shift is such an awesome keyboard."
"The SteelSeries Shift is an excellent gaming keyboard with tons of flexibility and functionality. Considering the quality and design, the Shift is well worth the price and should make every gamer quite happy."
"The Shift is a great gaming keyboard that will support all of a gamer’s needs, both from a functional and endurance standpoint."
"Use in conjunction with the SteelSeries Xai Pro Gaming Laser Mouse and you have all the inputs you need to be at the top of your game."
"This keyboard accepts the SteelSeries keyset inserts, where you can insert an entirely new keyboard to change your game up. This allows you to suddenly be a macro wizard in StarCraft II, or have the perfect buttons right at hand when you're raiding through World of Warcraft."
"Each key is customizable, and the back of the board has two USB ports and standard PC headset/audio connectors on it. It's very sturdy, and guaranteed to last through 15 million keycycles, which is a hell of a lot of WASDing."
"At about $90, the SteelSeries Shift may be the last gaming keyboard you’ll ever need. It’s durable enough to take a beating for years to come, and the ability to swap out keysets makes it easy to ‘upgrade’ or change out your keyboard for specific games."
"The Shift also has some of the best macro capabilities we’ve had the pleasure to play with."
"The Shift is a great gaming keyboard that will support all of a gamer’s needs, both from a functional and endurance standpoint. Use in conjunction with the SteelSeries Xai pro gaming laser mouse and you have all the inputs you need to be at the top of your game."
Fact: we are all different. We all use our equipment in different ways. We don’t know what you will do with the Shift, but we can imagine a million different things – and we’ve designed the Shift to do all of them.
SteelSeries Shift can be configured, customized and personalized to do pretty much anything you can imagine. That’s why Shift is for everyone. Whoever you are. Whatever you do. It can reduce reaction time in First Person Shooters, it can increase Actions Per Minute in Real Time Strategy titles and it can do advanced macros (including timed delays) in Massive Multiplayer Online games.
The Shift base was also designed to make it easy to plug in your peripherals. We have included gold plated microphone-in and audio-out ports, as well as two 2.0 USB ports (one powered).
Shift also offers easy access to Media controls, making it a convenient companion even when you are not destroying your friends and foes.
Just like our original patented concept from the SteelSeries Zboard, the new SteelSeries Shift also supports interchangeable keysets. The keysets are extremely easy to switch, just pull the rubberized lever to remove a keyset and insert a new one.
We offer a wide range of keysets; most are designed in close cooperation with the best developers and publishers in the games industry – from the world’s leading MMO title World of Warcraft® to triple A FPS titles like Medal of Honor®. Our keysets are designed with developers and expert gamers to provide players with an immersive, easy to use experience, to ultimately master their game. Critical game commands are grouped together, making it easier than ever to build, raid, frag or just simply… win.
Personalization allows you to shift the rules to your favor. You can program every single key on the Shift through our advanced software. In fact, you can do this multiple times. That’s because we have added layers to the Shift which can be easily activated through hotkeys on the base of the Shift. This means there is almost no limit to how much you can ask the Shift to do or how many times you can ask the Shift to do it. We have added illuminated indicators to the Shift to quickly and easily indicate which layer is active.
The Num Pad and Function keys can also be utilized to access layers. Normally these are used for predefined tasks, but Shift makes it possible to apply macros to all of these buttons and in different layers to ensure that advanced gaming can be the main priority on your keyboard.
You can record macros and actions on-the-fly. You can start recording macros directly from the base of the keyboard and quickly assign them to 8 specific hotkeys with 3 unique layers – giving you an easy access to a total of 24 keys. The Shift will even record your timing and delays on-the-fly, making it as easy as ever to configure and personalize.
Normal keyboards are built to offer a lifecycle of 1 to 5 million keystrokes per key. We know that it is not enough for even an entry-level PC gamer, who will use and operate a keyboard a lot more than a standard office-type user. This is why SteelSeries Shift was designed with high quality silicone, which boosts the lifecycle to 15 million keystrokes per key and ensures the lifecycle of the Shift is Gaming Grade.
Basic operation of the Shift is comfortable, even for those really long gaming sessions. The keys on SteelSeries Shift are specifically designed to operate with a travel distance of 4mm, which is less than most standard keyboards. We consider 4mm the sweet spot for rubber dome keyboards, given it is faster, more responsive, and still offers a great tactile feeling during use.
On a hardware-level SteelSeries Shift and Zboard Keysets are fully compatible with both the Shift and Zboard Keyboards. However, the Shift Keyboard and Shift Keysets are exclusively supported by the new SteelSeries Engine, while the SteelSeries Zboard Keyboard and Zboard Keysets are exclusively supported by the Z Engine. We’re working hard to ensure cross compatibility, which is in the works for the Zboard Keyboards and the most popular Zboard Keysets to be supported by the new SteelSeries Engine. Look out for information on our keyset product pages to find out which ones are ready!
We have carefully fine-tuned the force you need to apply with your finger to operate the keys. Some keys are used more frequently than others, both when gaming and typing. The keys you use the most, like WASD for First Person Shooters, require less force than the keys you don’t use as often.
We designed the Shift with 3 different height settings. The adjustable, rubberized feet on the keyboard will ensure that you can operate the Shift at whatever angle feels natural to you to further enhance the ergonomics of the keyboard.