SteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboard
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.
Apex is made up of sleek lines and low-profile keys that bring together beautiful form and optimized function.
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.
88 More Way to Win
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.
Layer Select Buttons
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.
Fastest Key Combinations
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.
Independent Media Keys
Independent media and volume keys provide instant access to media control.
Faster Return to WASD
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.
Disable Windows Key
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.
20 frequent gaming keys designed for
up to 6 simultaneous keypresses. View larger.
The SteelSeries Apex gaming keyboard supports 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.
Plug, Play, Win
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.
PC with 1 USB port, Windows XP, Vista, 7
Compare SteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboards
|Features ||Apex ||Apex RAW |
|Quick Summary ||SteelSeries Apex is designed to give you everything you want and more. Enjoy 88 more ways to win with 22 macro keys each capable of up to 4 macro layers. SteelSeries ActiveZone lighting delivers 5 independent color zones, each capable of 16.8 millions colors for style and function. Includes extras like integrated USB hub, independent media keys, and a braided nylon cable. ||SteelSeries Apex RAW follows in the footsteps of our other RAW products and delivers only the essentials for victory. Featuring brilliant white illumination with 8 levels of intensity, the Apex RAW has 17 macro keys that are each capable of up to 2 layers. |
|Low profile keys ||✔ ||✔ |
|Backlight color ||16.8 mill. at 8 levels ||Bright white at 8 levels |
|Anti-ghosting ||6 simultaneous keypresses of 20 antighosting capable gaming keys ||6 simultaneous keypresses of 20 antighosting capable gaming keys |
|Macro keys ||22 ||17 |
|Macro layers ||4 ||2 |
|W-key with tactile bump ||✔ ||✔ |
|Media keys ||Dedicated ||Through modifier key |
|Adjustable keyboard tilt ||Two angles (7 deg & 10 deg) ||Two angles (7 deg & 10 deg) |
|SteelSeries Engine support* ||✔ ||✔ |
|Surface material/treatment ||Textured/Glossy ||Textured/Glossy |
|Braided, anti-tangle cord ||✔ || |
|Rubber dome keys ||5 mill. keystrokes ||5 mill. keystrokes |
|USB hub ||2 ports || |
|OS Compatibility ||Windows, OS X, & Linux** ||Windows, OS X, & Linux** |
* SteelSeries Engine is the software suite that powers both the Apex and Apex RAW. Its features are limitless and include:
- Unlimited number of profiles to create and store
- Unlimited macro creation
- Complete button remapping
- Analyzed usage via recorded movements and heatmap display
** Full SteelSeries Engine support on Windows & OSX. Linux support is limited to basic HID Keyboard, Windows Key toggling, and illumination brightness control.