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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)
  • Detachable wrist rest
  • Ergonomic design with 3 leg levels and non-slip base
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: SteelSeries
  • Model: 64340
  • Keyboard Description: QWERTY
  • Color Name: Black
  • Hardware Platform: PC
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 10.2 x 2.6 inches ; 5.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004H4P8FM
  • Item model number: 64340
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 23, 2010

Product Description

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.

The SteelSeries Shift Keyboard
Featuring an intuitive layout of the most common commands and actions. View larger

The SteelSeries Shift Keyboard
Offering easy access to media controls

SteelSeries Shift Keyboard
Equipped with two USB 2.0 ports as well as in- and out-audio ports

The SteelSeries Shift Keyboard
Fine-tuned heat spots for enhanced gameplay
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

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.

The SteelSeries Shift Keyboard
System Requirements

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

SteelSeries Keysets
SteelSeries Shift Keyboard
Shift the rules in your favor with removable 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.)

Technical Specifications

  • 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)

Product Description

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. 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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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The overall packaging of the keyboard adds to the WOW factor of the product.
Austin
I finally gave up and returned the keyboard to the store where I purchased it, after which I got an email telling me that I was taking too long to get back to them!
Frosthetic
It's easily customizable, comes with the default keyset (for everyday applications) and is extremely well made.
Justin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Justin on March 1, 2011
Ignore the previous reviewer; unless you can't copy paste a specific alt character in WoW only (which by rights you shouldn't even be able to do) there is NO reason to not love this keyboard. It's easily customizable, comes with the default keyset (for everyday applications) and is extremely well made. I'm not going to sit here and list every feature; that's the manufacturer's job. What I will say is that this is simply put an amazing keyboard all around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen R. Swanay on October 4, 2011
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OK...I like this keyboard. What I don't like is that it has high functionality but almost no ability to use it because the company offers NO support and NO instructions. When I got this keyboard I had to spend a lot of time searching the internet for other user advice to even install the thing. The level of "support" is absolutely none and that is inexcusable. The company doesn't help at all. So although it has the ability to keybind and support elaborate macros, I do not know how to make it do those things because there is no information telling me how. "Epic fail" on that.

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.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Yolanda L. Madrid on July 23, 2011
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This keyboard in all honesty appears to be a World of Warcraft Gamers Dream Keyboard. I know it appeared that way to me. However, my initial enthusiasm blinded me to the fact that this is in no way functional to its optimal user capacity with a Mac Operating System. This device is ONLY compatible with a Windows OS. I found this to be utterly disappointing. I would think since the game is available to both operating systems that the devices carrying their namesake would be interfaced to function properly with both OS's. (Even though I understand that the makers are indeed independent). For my current gaming usage I find that this keyboard only rates @ most 2 Stars for me. If in future SteelSeries can overcome the interfacing issues presented for optimal functionality with a Mac OS, I would indeed attempt to repurchase and reevaluate my current rating, but as it pertains to my current experience, 2 Stars: "I don't like it"; is the highest mark I can give at this time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By isaac on March 28, 2011
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This was definitely a good purchase. The extra keys are really useful, and it was easy to pop the keys and remap in Dvorak mode (and it comes with an extra keyset for easy switch to qwerty) worth every penny.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Austin on December 22, 2011
Upon Steelseries' acquiring of Ideazon there was a decent product out there on the market called a Zboard. Don't get me wrong, I've used both a Zboard and the Shift. (The Shift for about a year now) Steelseries looked at the Zboard and thought: What things could we make better? Firstly, the Zboard always felt cheaply made. And it was. Steelseries took that into account when designing the Shift. The overall build quality when holding the Zboard in one hand and the Shift in the other is a big difference. The idea that you can remove keysets from the Shift are what makes this product have so much potential. I for one like the fact that you remove the keyset, and gently shake it out to get any loose crumbs out that might have fallen down into the keyset over time. The programmable macros on the right side of the keyboard are very handy in all situations when playing World of Warcraft. For example: If you are in a raid or dungeon, pressing the emote bar 2 button will light up your emote LED orange and your 2nd emote bar (which replaces the F1-F12 keys) will allow you to place raid targets on monsters in a fairly quick fashion. The keyboard comes preinstalled with the standard QWERTY keyset and the Cataclysm keyset it stored nicely in a plastic sleeve. The overall packaging of the keyboard adds to the WOW factor of the product. This is one of the best products I've used in terms of keyboards and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to buy a price competitive gaming keyboard for use with World of Warcraft.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fran on December 1, 2011
This keyboard its great, works awesome when I'm playing the game, excellent functions and shortcuts, great price for this keyboard, it really worth the money
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