SteelSeries Unveils The World's Fastest, Most Customizable Mechanical Gaming Keyboard With The Apex M800

Breakthrough innovation across all key aspects of the mechanical gaming keyboard: switches, ergonomics, software — creates a new standard for gamers.

Las Vegas, CES Jan. 5, 2015

SteelSeries, the leading global manufacturer of gaming peripherals, today introduced the world’s fastest, most customizable mechanical gaming keyboard – The Apex M800.

SteelSeries’ new mechanical switches deliver 25% faster actuation than the standard mechanical keyboard. Combined with its unique low-profile design and slim ergonomic style, the Apex M800 is optimized for quick strikes and less wasted movement. And with n-key rollover, the Apex will register every single key press, no matter how fast the gamers fingers fly.

Featuring a centered, surface-mounted LED on every key, the Apex M800 exudes crisp, vibrant illumination with your choice of 16.8 million colors. Illumination on the Apex M800 moves beyond just aesthetics and into function – gamers can design their own lighting effect based on profile, preference or needs within a certain game. The Apex M800 will also have in-game integration with select game titles. SteelSeries is working with game developers on preset layouts and illumination changes based on in-game events; more details regarding game titles to come in early 2015.

“We are rethinking the mechanical gaming keyboard from the ground up. We’re not just giving gamers another switch option or nifty illumination settings – we are delivering the total package of customization, speed, ergonomics and performance,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO. “The Apex M800 is all about packaging the latest the hardware and software technologies in a way that improves the gamer experience.”

“When we first laid our hands on the Apex M800, it was like no other mechanical keyboard we had ever felt before. Out of all the new mechanicals that we’ve tried, this one was the first that had significantly improved our speed and movements around the keyboard,” said Chief Operating Officer and former captain of Team Fnatic, Patrik ‘cArn’ Sattermon. “After spending time testing it, we honestly believe the Apex M800 is the mechanical keyboard that the eSports community has been waiting for.”

The Fastest
In designing the switch for the Apex M800, SteelSeries partnered with experts in switch technology to design a switch unparalleled in mechanical gaming keyboards. The result: the QS1 linear switch, with a uniquely responsive feel and specs weighing in at the absolute top of the industry – 1.5mm actuation point and 3mm throw distance.

The new mechanical keyboard is built for durability from the ground up – each and every key boasts an indestructible 60 million-click lifecycle. While the switches on the Apex M800 they are not the full story behind this beauty. The Apex M800 is the mechanical gaming keyboard that delivers world-class performance on every feature, including:
•    A slim, indestructible board design
•    Low-profile keys for rapid keystrokes
•    Key cap shape optimized for speed
•    Dedicated row of macro keys
•    Capture every key press with 256 key rollover and full anti-ghosting
•    Two Powered USB ports to simplify your gaming setup

Leader in Customization
The Apex M800 features an unlimited host of customizable options including unlimited profiles, macros and illumination, all powered by SteelSeries Engine software. Every single key features a centered LED with clear switch housing for the perfect crisp, bleed-free illumination of 16.8 million color capabilities. Every key can be individually controlled: from the full RGB color scheme, 8 brightness levels and a roster of electrifying illumination modes. Choose from pre-configured options like Breathe, Wave and Trigger, or create your designs. Gamers can also craft custom illuminated cool-down timers for specific games, in-game events and actions.

The feature-rich macro editor of the Apex M800 is incredibly easy to use. All keys are individually programmable to any keyboard key, mouse button, media control, application or macro. And if that wasn’t enticing enough, you can record macros on the fly with a simple button press or use powerful text-based macros. Any and all keys can instantly be remapped with the touch of a button, based on a specific play-style, game or application.

The SteelSeries Apex M800 Customizable Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is $199.99 / €199.99 – for more information Follow our team on social media for live coverage and activity from CES 2015. To check out the new SteelSeries Stream Team using the new ApexM800 and more, check out

About SteelSeries
SteelSeries is a gaming brand that leads the market in building peripherals with quality, innovation and purpose. The company’s passion has been the driving force behind many first-to-market innovations and technologies that continue to become the industry standard and have-to-have requirements of gamers. The global brand continues to support the growth of competitive gaming tournaments and electronic sports leagues through professional team sponsorships, partnerships and community support. The company surrounds itself with the passion and the commitment to being the best. It is with this mentality that SteelSeries chooses to partner with some of world’s most respected and recognized brands that work together to push the growth and evolution of the gaming industry into an even greater proposition.


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