My first and only experience with SteelSeries products until now has been with the Apex M750 keyboard back in September 2017, which is a full-size keyboard using their branded QX2 linear switches that helped herald the age of company-branded mechanical switches we see more often now. Perhaps it was because this feature is not remotely exclusive anymore or just because the mechanical keyboard market has become very competitive that the company wanted to go with something to grab eyes again. We saw them add OLED displays to mice before, and it was only a matter of time before it happened to their keyboards as well. Today, we take a look at one such keyboard, and thanks again to SteelSeries for sending a review sample to TechPowerUp!
The Apex Pro is the flagship of a series of new keyboards SteelSeries brought to market last year, and somehow a shipping carrier, who shall remain unnamed, decided to keep this package to themselves for months before finally delivering it to me as a legitimate surprise. Aside from the aforementioned OLED display, the Apex Pro also includes magnetic Hall-effect switches, which have not been used in mainstream consumer keyboards in ages, if arguably ever before. These switches alone are worth a detailed look at the keyboard, and we will cover everything, but begin with a look at the specifications in the table below.
|SteelSeries Apex Pro Keyboard|
|Layout:||104-key form factor in a US ANSI layout, language support dependent on region|
|Material:||ABS plastic case and keycaps, aluminium alloy frame|
|Weight:||0.97 kg / 2.14 lbs.|
|Wrist Rest:||Yes, included|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-Key rollover USB|
|Dimensions:||139 (L) x 434 (W) x 40 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6 ft / 1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||SteelSeries QX2 + SteelSeries OmniPoint RGB switch|
|Backlighting:||Yes, 16.8 M per-key RGB lighting|