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SteelSeries Unveils the Apex and Apex [RAW] Gaming Keyboards

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Kicking off the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, SteelSeries, the leading global manufacturer of gaming peripherals today, announced the Apex and Apex [RAW] Gaming Keyboards. Made up of beautiful form and carefully optimized functions, the Apex and Apex [RAW] feature unique enhancements to the keyboards layout from low-profile keys, specially designed raised macros rows for quick access, and multiple layers of customization in colors and intensity. Built to deliver the world's fastest reaction time and key combinations, the Apex features SteelSeries ActiveZone - a unique combination of programmability with visual support to better navigate the keyboard to win.

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The big Esc key which you hit just before someone crosses the finish line before you do.
 

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Non mechanical fancy gamer keyboard, a dying breed.
 
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I don't know that I will ever get a non-mechanical keyboard. I would like to test out other kinds of switches though.

Great looking keyboard though.
 
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This just feels like a proof-of-concept product made to embody a couple of design ideas, much like a concept car does. I simply can't see it as a finished, polished product that I'd consider buying. I hope some of the good solutions "spill over" to better existing base products.
 

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Non mechanical fancy gamer keyboard, a dying breed.
First thing i looked at was the pic and thought sweet 2 extra keys for the left handed then i noticed that Non mechanical...

Extra keys would of helped but as you said Non mechanical, and to me that's fail.. So i am back to thinking of getting th ROCCAT Ryos once again.
 
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Yeah, I got my hopes up too and now SteelSeries derped yet another time. C'mon, SteelSeries, get out of the past already.
 

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Yeah, I got my hopes up too and now SteelSeries derped yet another time. C'mon, SteelSeries, get out of the past already.
They have the 7g if you want a mechanical keyboard from them.
 
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They have the 7g if you want a mechanical keyboard from them.
Thing is, it shouldn't be a case of "if you want a mechanical" anymore. They should all be mechanical. Rubber domes are fair enough for budget boards, but at a price like that? The Apex RAW is somewhat reasonable, but for $99 the only takers of the Apex will be people who don't know any better.
 

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Thing is, it shouldn't be a case of "if you want a mechanical" anymore. They should all be mechanical. Rubber domes are fair enough for budget boards, but at a price like that? The Apex RAW is somewhat reasonable, but for $99 the only takers of the Apex will be people who don't know any better.
Not many mechanical keyboards with shiny lights and many keys for $99, and not everyone will benefit from the durability of a mechanical keyboard.
 

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I don't think anyone said they needed to pay $99 for a mech board with these features. Sure it would be nice, but I think the point is they are missing the mark so less people will pay $99 for rubber dome.

I know I will not be buying this keyboard.
 

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I don't think anyone said they needed to pay $99 for a mech board with these features. Sure it would be nice, but I think the point is they are missing the mark so less people will pay $99 for rubber dome.

I know I will not be buying this keyboard.
That is just to answer (justify?) the point Vancha made ("but for $99 the only takers of the Apex will be people who don't know any better.")

I am pretty sure not everyone prefer mechanical keyboards (or forced to use rubber dome due to circumstances like noise), so this can be an alternative to them.
 
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That is just to answer (justify?) the point Vancha made ("but for $99 the only takers of the Apex will be people who don't know any better.")

I am pretty sure not everyone prefer mechanical keyboards (or forced to use rubber dome due to circumstances like noise), so this can be an alternative to them.
I spend way too much time reading about keyboards, among other things...and the amount of people I've seen who've stated a preference for domes having owned a mech? Less than five. The number's even lower if you eliminate people who qualified that with specific keyboards (the Sidewinder, the original G15 or a certain Dell keyboard I can't remember the name of). Noise can be taken care of with dampeners, so long as you aren't using blues.

Granted, there aren't many mechs with backlight and extra keys for $99, but given a choice between the Apex and the CM Storm Trigger? You'd have to really be into pretty lights to choose the Apex.
 

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We have companies like coolermaster leading the market with mech boards. The Storm TK is just one iteration of a fully-backlit board with a great layout for gaming and typing. Steelseries lagging behind the more affordable/higher quality option is just an attempt to grab the demographic with pretty lights and empty promises. With mech keyboards it will not be easy for companies to really bank off of a keyboard sale, but the keyboards will sell instead of sitting on the shelf. Mech keyboards, even the gaming models, are being bought for employees at my work by the staff to increase productivity and reduce unwanted strain on the hands. Can you believe that? Amazing!

When one uses mechanical keyboards long enough they tend to make less noise as there is no need to "bottom out" like all rubber domes force the user achieve.

$99 for their software/leds/design is fine, but I'm arguing that this, like a number of steel series products, will just sit on the shelves.
 

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I spend way too much time reading about keyboards, among other things...and the amount of people I've seen who've stated a preference for domes having owned a mech? Less than five. The number's even lower if you eliminate people who qualified that with specific keyboards (the Sidewinder, the original G15 or a certain Dell keyboard I can't remember the name of). Noise can be taken care of with dampeners, so long as you aren't using blues.

Granted, there aren't many mechs with backlight and extra keys for $99, but given a choice between the Apex and the CM Storm Trigger? You'd have to really be into pretty lights to choose the Apex.
We will just need to wait and see how popular shiny lights is compared to mechanical keyboards. In the world where Justin Bieber can reach number 1 in charts, where Monster Beats are "the best headphones I have used", pretty lights can be a seller.

If it hits the bargain bin rapidly then we know that customers are more informed, if this continues to be a strong seller then SS will have nice fat profit margins.
 
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Thing looks nice and custom and I'm sure there are plenty out there that will buy. Check out that huge space-bar, I did a double-take on first glance.
 
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I have never heard them referred to as Monster Beats, and their contract expired with monster (as a manufacturer) in 2012 didn't it?

Just like beats and apple, there is more marketing the product than product driving the company.
 
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$70 for a illuminated keyboard? Better than Razer products at that price