|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, a gaming keyboard designed to enable users to react quickly, move strategically, and customize its performance for every game. Beyond just choosing from 16.8 Million colors, the Apex features SteelSeries ActiveZone lighting, a visual support tool allowing the user to independently customize each of its 5 zones and in multiple macro layers.
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.
We added two arrow keys for a bit of extra directional convenience.
Apex is made up of sleek lines and low-profile keys that bring together beautiful form and optimized function.
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 features 22 independent macros keys that are each capable of up to 4 layers. This equates to 88 potential macros. Of course, much of the keyboard is also programmable making for an enormous total of 504 programmable keys.
Switch between macro layers quickly and easily thanks to 4 quick-access keys on the upper left corner that allow you to select your desired macro layer.
Featuring 16.8 million color illumination in 5 independent zones and 8 levels of intensity that you can configure differently for each of your macro layer, for endless customization.
The Apex features 5 independent color zones that are each capable of 16.8 million colors. These can be customized to create a unique color scheme for each of your macro layers. This allows you to quickly determine which macro layer you have enabled and help you find groups of your macros according to their color. Imagine a yellow theme for harvest macros, blue theme for defend macros, red for attack macros and more. The possibilities are limitless.
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 keyboard 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.
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. 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 is supported by SteelSeries Engine technology.
Swappable rubber feet allow you to find the most comfortable gaming angle for those long gaming sessions.
Independent media and volume keys provide instant access to media control and more.
"Once you've got your fancy new gaming rig, you'll want a keyboard to match. At just $100, the Apex is a quality keyboard with flashy features to keep gamers new and old happy for years to come while not beating up your wallet."
Score: 4 Stars
"This keyboard without a doubt is one of the most fun, useful, and dependable products we've used, not only from SteelSeries but the gaming industry overall. This keyboard is useful for all types of games, and is even comfortable while typing this entire review. Without a doubt we will be recommending the Apex from SteelSeries to anyone because for what you get the price is great."
"The Apex has become my new primary keyboard. I can’t really give it more praise than that. "
"Once you grown accustomed to the Apex’s amazing versatility across all genre of gaming, it is just not possible to switch back."
Score: Grade A
"The SteelSeries Apex gaming keyboard is not just the most colorful gaming keyboard money can buy—it may well may well be one of the best values in gaming keyboards currently available. It’s comfortable, responsive, powerful, and whisper quiet--all for about a hundred bucks."
Score: 5/5 stars
"Still overall the APEX is without doubt one of the best gaming keyboards we've used in the last 3 years and that's why gets our Golden Award."
"Overall, the SteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboard is a top performing, brilliantly designed, amazingly cool keyboard that represents one of the best values we’ve ever seen from a computer peripheral. There’s really nothing about the keyboard that our team didn’t absolutely love, even when purposefully trying to find negative aspects to the device."
"As a gamer myself i do know how important it is to own good peripherals, if you have a bad keyboard which won't register your key presses or a mice which always go to the borders of your screen or if you are wearing a headset but you can't hear gunshots or whatever I assure you you won't get that pleasant feel when gaming. But if you have good peripherals you can just enjoy your game and have much more chance to win or be better in your game because your stuff does what it has to do."
"In this instance the core functionality exceeds that of many competitors, even those at a higher price point, making it appear to be exceptional for MMO gamers looking for high quality macro functionality without breaking the bank."
"For any gamer out there who is looking for a non-mechanical keyboard the SteelSeries Apex is the best option, everything feels right with this one, the price (99$), the visual appeal, the technology behind it and the build quality are all top-notch."
"Overall the SteelSeries Apex is a solid keyboard for those looking to fully customize their experience with some fancy lighting features to boot. "
"That said, this keyboard is one sexy looking beast; if you’ve got the extra scratch or are looking for something to get the gamer who’s got everything, the APEX might be a good choice."
"Typing on the Apex for extended periods is a joy. The keys are responsive and have just the right amount of travel – more than a laptop, but less than a standard desktop keyboard."
"Despite the larger size of the space bar, it responded well during gameplay and did not feel clunky to use. The feel of the keys is obviously different from a mechanical keyboard, but the Apex's membrane still did a good job to ensure an adequate amount of resistance when playing games or simply typing."
Score: 4 Stars
"Stylish, bold, and responsive, the SteelSeries APEX is a keyboard that will help you get to the top of your game and show a little attitude at the same time."
"If you’re interested in upgrading your boring keyboard, the value at this price is hard to beat."
"One feature of the Apex I particularly enjoy is the grotesquely oversized space bar, which is beautifully easy to mash with an idle flick of the thumb."
"Unlike other gaming keyboards, particularly the mechanical ones, the Apex has done away with the cramped feel and instead spread itself out as much as possible."
"All in all, the Apex is a monster of a keyboard, offering more features than we could possibly mention here, a seriously robust build and world-class responsiveness at a great price. It’s highly recommended and well worth picking up."
"You get a great looking keyboard with some great gaming touches and the best part is that this keyboard is very affordable. Therefore, if you need a keyboard, you just can’t go wrong with the SteelSeries Apex"
"Right from very first look it’s easy to see SteelSeries’ new Apex gaming keyboard means business. It’s big, black and glowing with so many colors in practically demands your attention. And you’d be wise to comply, since the Apex is probably one of the fastest, and certainly most customizable, membrane keyboards in the market today."
"With a $100 price tag, you get a lot bells and whistles attached to a great piece of hardware that’s worth every penny."
Score: 5/5 stars
"The Apex Gaming Keyboard is a great keyboard in terms of its features and flexibility."
"If you have a medium budget want a keyboard with the capability for more macros than you can possibly remember, a backlight, and a very high degree of customisation, then this is probably the right keyboard for you."
Score: 4 Stars
"All in all, the Apex is a monster of a keyboard, offering more features than we could possibly mention here, a seriously robust build and world-class responsiveness at a great price. It’s highly recommended and well worth picking up. "
"For anyone who might be confused about how much I loved the Apex [RAW] and, subsequently, the Apex, let me break it down for you: YOU NEED THIS."
"If you’re looking for a great keyboard with some awesome options that won’t make your wallet cry, the SteelSeries Apex is an excellent choice for gamers who like a little bit of flash and a whole lot of functionality."
""It’s a lot of money but at the same time you are guaranteed to make a splash at any LAN and the quality of SteelSeries speaks for itself. This is definitely a solid piece of equipment to add to your setup.""
"I think this is the perfect give for computer enthusiasts since it is often a device not thought about improving their computer experience."