- Brand Name: SteelSeries
- Model Number: 64340
- Connectivity Technology: usb
- Keyboard Description: QWERTY
- Color: Black
SteelSeries Shift Gaming Keyboard-World of Warcraft Cataclysm Edition
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- 8 programmable hotkeys
- On-the-fly macro recording
- Multiple media controls
- Gold plated audio & headset jacks
- 2 USB 2.0 ports (1 powered)
- Ergonomic design with 3 leg levels and non-slip base
- Detachable wrist rest
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From the Manufacturer
The SteelSeries Shift World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Edition Bundle presents gamers with predefined game mods and an intuitive layout of the most common commands, actions and emotes. The Keyset helps groups run more smoothly through its ability to mark targets for added group and raid functionality. The SteelSeries Shift Keyset provides new functionality that reflect changes that have come over the game since the last expansion. Its labeled and color coded keys, together with the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm artwork and functionality, will immerse players into the world of Azeroth and help to accelerate game mastery.
Custom Hotkeys Designed for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
Powered by SteelSeries Engine software, the SteelSeries Shift World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Edition Bundle provides gamers with predefined game mods and an intuitive layout of the most common commands and actions for specific game genres and titles. With the functionality to customize every key on the keyset, on-the-fly macro recording, and the anti-ghosting of up to 7 simultaneous keystrokes, the SteelSeries Shift World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Edition Bundle is designed to help in the mastery of any game.
Use powerful one-touch macros for raiding and PvP gameplay, including the ability to mark targets for added group and raid functionality. Extended raid functionality lets you better manage raid groups as well as easily find a raid group to join. All commands are labeled and color coded on all keys for easily visibility and quick access. Although designed especially for Cataclysm, the Shift is compatible with all versions of World of Warcraft.
Multiple Levels of Macros Can Be Directly Recorded on the Keyboard
Personalization allows you to shift the rules to your favor. You can program every single key on the Shift through our advanced software--in fact, you can do this multiple times. That’s because macro layers are added to the Shift which can be easily activated through hotkeys on the base of the Shift. This means there is almost no limit to how much you can ask the Shift to do or how many times you can ask the Shift to do it. Illuminated indicators on the Shift quickly and easily indicate which layer is active.
You can record macros and actions on-the-fly. You can start recording macros directly from the base of the keyboard and quickly assign them to 8 specific hotkeys with 3 unique layers--giving you an easy access to a total of 24 keys. The Shift will even record your timing and delays on-the-fly, making it as easy as ever to configure and personalize.
Media Keys and Detachable Wrist Rest
Shift also offers easy access to Media controls, making it a convenient companion even when you are not destroying your friends and foes. A detachable wrist rest increases comfort for long gaming sessions.
Audio and USB Hubs
The Shift base was also designed to make it easy to plug in your peripherals. The keyboard's base includes gold-plated microphone-in and audio-out ports, as well as two 2.0 USB ports (one powered).
Enhanced Keys with Heat Mapping for Extended Lifecycle and Comfort
Normal keyboards are built to offer a lifecycle of 1 to 5 million keystrokes per key. That's just not enough for even an entry-level PC gamer, who will use and operate a keyboard a lot more than a standard office-type user. This is why SteelSeries Shift was designed with high quality silicone, which boosts the lifecycle to 15 million keystrokes per key and ensures the lifecycle of the Shift is Gaming Grade.
Basic operation of the Shift is comfortable, even for those really long gaming sessions. The keys on SteelSeries Shift are specifically designed to operate with a travel distance of 4mm, which is less than most standard keyboards. SteelSeries considers 4mm the sweet spot for rubber dome keyboards, given it is faster, more responsive, and still offers a great tactile feeling during use.
Automatic heat-mapping carefully fine-tunes the force you need to apply with your finger to operate the keys. Some keys are used more frequently than others, both when gaming and typing. The keys you use the most, like the WASD keys for first-person shooters, require less force than the keys you don’t use as often. The SteelSeries Engine software keeps track of the keys you use most and can adjust the level of force needed for your most-used keys.
SteelSeries Engine is the optimized software powering the features and functionality of the SteelSeries Shift. Organization of character profiles and macro administration are easily maintained from an easy-to-use interface of menus, sliding window panels, and tabs. Through its capacity to record action sequences and map them to a single key as well as measure actions per minute (APM) through a statistics module, SteelSeries Engine offers tools that provide gamers with a competitive advantage.
Get access to pre-defined profiles for the hottest game titles, or create your own custom profiles. Every key can be customized. Record a sequence of actions, with delays included, and map them all to a single key for powerful macros.
Download and utilize key layouts created by SteelSeries pros or create your own to save or share with other gamers online. The SteelSeries Engine features quick and easy setup with zero latency and full Windows support. You can configure several devices to work simultaneously--the SteelSeries Engine powers SteelSeries’ entire family of products, for a common interface for all peripherals.
PC with 2 USB ports and sound card (for integrated USB and Audio ports), latest release of the SteelSeries Engine software, and World of Warcraft game. Works with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OSX (configuration software available for Windows only).
What's in the Box
SteelSeries Shift Keyboard, standard Keyset, SteelSeries Shift World of Warcraft Cataclysm Edition Keyset, manual.
Optional Accessories: SteelSeries Shift Keysets
Just like the original patented concept from the SteelSeries Zboard, the new SteelSeries Shift Keyboards also support interchangeable keysets. The keysets are extremely easy to switch, just pull the rubberized lever to remove a keyset and insert a new one. SteelSeries offers a wide range of keysets including the World of Warcraft Cataclysm, Starcraft II, and Medal of Honor editions. Designed with developers and expert gamers to provide players with an immersive, easy to use experience, to ultimately master their game. Critical game commands are grouped together, making it easier than ever to build, raid, frag or just simply...win. Keysets are compatible and can be used with both the SteelSeries Shift bases and the SteelSeries Zboard base (bases sold separately.)
- Programmable Hotkeys: 8
- Macro Mode: Preset, on-the-fly
- Media Keys: Yes
- Keyboard Base: Non-slip with 3 leg levels
- Mic In: 3.5mm gold-plated
- Line Out: 3.5mm gold-plated
- USB Ports: 2 (1 powered)
- Dimensions (H x W x L): 1.6" x 19.3" x 7.5" (9.5" with wrist rest)
Top Customer Reviews
The one thing I love about this keyboard is the swap out keysets because I can clean my keyboard like never before and like we all want to do. No more tipping it over and shaking it, cans of compressed air etc... I just snap out the one key set and clean underneath and I can wipe the keys down while they aren't connected so no worries about damaging anything. That is a bonus I hadn't even considered before purchase. And it's the only reason that I gave this thing as many stars as I did. Were it not for that, this might be a 1 star review.
And the principle thing that drags it down is the total lack of information leading to me having paid extra for a product to do something I need it to do, but can't get it to do. Very frustrating. I have no complaints about the quality and durability at all though.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
im finding it a bit hard to figure out how to customize the emote keys but an incredible keyboard nonetheless. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Seth Reyes
Arrived broken. When we tried to call and have it fixed from the original company, they wanted an original purchase receipt not an Amazon receipt. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Susan Korbitz
I bought this as a gift for my wife's son, I don't play WoW so I didn't know much about it and still don't. But he is a diehard player. And uses this for 6-8 hours a day. Read morePublished on June 6, 2012 by Dustin