SteelSeries 7G Gaming Keyboard
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- Supports all keys pressed down at once
- Durable metal inner chassis
- Features SteelSeries Media Control
- Removable hand rest
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SteelSeries 7G sets new industry standards for gaming keyboards by allowing users to perform the most detailed and advanced key combinations to date. By utilizing the most powerful PS/2 buffer-system ever created for a gaming keyboard, SteelSeries 7G redefines "anti-ghosting" by supporting as many simultaneous key presses as there are keys on the keyboard. The keyboard features both PS/2 and USB connectors. The use of PS/2 combined with a gold-plated USB connector and 18K gold-plated mechanical switches, means that SteelSeries 7G improves your ability to obtain more Actions Per Minute than any other keyboard in the world. It features gaming grade response times and more than six times the durability of a traditional keyboard.
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SteelSeries 7G sets new industry standards for gaming keyboards by allowing users to perform the most detailed and advanced key combinations to date. By utilizing the most powerful PS/2 buffer-system ever created for a gaming keyboard, SteelSeries 7G redefines "anti-ghosting" by supporting as many simultaneous key presses as there are keys on the keyboard. The keyboard features both PS/2 and USB connectors.
Golden Quality and Rapid Response Time
The use of PS/2 combined with a gold-plated USB connector and 18K gold-plated mechanical switches, means that SteelSeries 7G improves your ability to obtain more Actions Per Minute than any other keyboard in the world. It features gaming grade response times and more than 6 times the durability of a traditional keyboard.
To put it simply: If you need the fastest reaction time, highest reliability, and the ability to perform very complex keyboard combinations, then the SteelSeries 7G is your choice.
Ever tried pressing a few keys on your keyboard and getting a beep sound? It either happens when you press too many keys at the same time, or when you press too many keys within the same cluster at the same time (like the keys around WASD which often used for movements in games). If your keyboard exhibits this behavior it will hinder your ability to perform certain actions, movement in FPS games being one example. The industry calls this anti-ghosting. When using USB, you can use up to 6 keys plus modifiers at the same time, which is the highest spec limit a USB connection can accommodate.
It gets even better. With the 7G you don’t have to press the keys all the way down for them to register. The mechanical switches will register key presses quickly with a travel distance roughly 50% shorter than a conventional keyboard. You will type faster, with a consistent tactile feeling. Your Actions Per Minute (APM) can reach new heights with the 7G thanks to this feature.
Tactile Feedback and Unrivaled Lifecycle
But the 7G offers more than just a long lifecycle. The rubber domes on a conventional keyboard will, over time, lose their tactile feeling due to rubber flexing. The keys you use the most will start to feel different. The physical construction of the mechanical switches used in the 7G, and the strict tolerance levels in which the switches are manufactured, is what allows the key presses on this keyboard to always feel consistent.
USB and Audio Ports
SteelSeries 7G is equipped with audio ports for headphone-in and microphone-out and features two USB 1.1 ports, making it easier than ever to connect speakers or a headset to your setup. Headphone/speaker-out and microphone-in is built directly into the keyboard. This gives you easy access to your audio outlet, instead of having to move to the back of your computer, when changing or plugging in audio devices. Not to mention plugging in your mouse or recharging your MP3-player or cell phone is closer and easier.
It may take a while to get used to a mechanical keyboard. Most gamers or typists acclimate in approximately 1 to 2 weeks. Once you are properly acclimated you will appreciate better tactile feedback, superior response times and ultimately greater control. Simply put: You will become a better typist.
...And It's Heavy
It's not just called "heavyweight" because it packs the best performance in the industry. The 7G is also physically heavy. All keys are mounted on a metal plate within the keyboard to ensure durability. The plastic material used to create the keyboard has metal elements, also to help to improve durability.
USB and PS/2 Connectors
The PS/2 connector will give you total freedom with no limit to the amount of simultaneous key presses. And, equally as important, using the PS/2 may just improve your overall gaming experience. The reason is that when you use a USB keyboard your computer is actually using CPU time polling your keyboard. The higher the polling rate the more CPU time is used to perform the polling. And because of the built-in debounce rate found on any quality keyboard, any polling rate above 200Hz is simply a waste of CPU time and really just a result of pointless marketing hype. Unlike USB keyboards, a PS/2 keyboard isn’t polled at all. The keyboard simply sends a signal to the computer as key presses are made, which causes a hardware interrupt, forcing the CPU to register the signal.
The 7G is built with a USB as standard, but also included is a USB to PS/2 adapter in the box. The choice is yours.
Easy Access to Media Controls
The Windows key is useful for certain things and in certain situations. But not in the middle of a gaming session. Replacing it on the 7G is a SteelSeries Key that won’t wreak havoc during a gaming session by minimizing your game or by opening a menu. The SteelSeries Key serves a different purpose: it's a function key for the Media Controls found on the 7G. You can press the SteelSeries key and access the Media Controls via the first six F-keys on the keyboard.
What's in the Box
The SteelSeries 7G Mechanical Keyboard, handrest, USB connector, USB to PS/2 adapter.
What Critics Are Saying About SteelSeries 7G Mechanical Keyboard
"...the build quality of the 7G is nothing short of exceptional. The SteelSeries 7G is a fantastic keyboard for users who want the best possible performance and build quality and don't mind paying for it."
--Henry Butt, KitGuru.com
"It might look pretty normal to the untrained eye, but the SteelSeries 7G is the Aston Martin of the keyboard world--if James Bond did computers, he would have some SteelSeries equipment in his kit."
"...anyone who appreciates a quality product should look no further than the 7G whether they want a blazingly fast response for the latest shoot 'em up or unbeatable feedback while typing. The mechanical switches are simply magnificent and the build quality is some of the best you'll ever see in a keyboard."
--Nathan Marks Forder, HardwareHeaven.com
- USB Hub: Two (2) USB 1.1 Ports
- Gold-plated Microphone and Headset Jacks
- Connection Options: PS/2 and USB
- Dimensions: 21.5" x 12.6" x 3.3"
Which SteelSeries Gaming Keyboard is Right for You?
|Integrated Media Keys|
|PS/2 Connection Option|
|Gold-plated Audio Ports|
|Dedicated Gaming Terrain|| |
(w/ optional keysets)
|Record Macros Directly on Keyboard|
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NOTES: The cord going to the computer is a thick, braided cord, nice quality. 4 connectors - microphone, audio out, usb port, and keyboard. All you need to plug in is the keyboard if that's all you're using. USB port on the keyboard, just plug in the other connector. The 2 audio cables, I left those unplugged, but plugging them in allows you to use the audio ports on the keyboard. Indicator lights are a bright white LED color (numlock, caps, scroll lock). Backspace key is smaller than usual, not a biggie, but worth a mention for those who demand a big backspace key. Left Windows key (between ctrl and alt) hes been replaced with a function key, holding it lets you adjust speaker volume, and media player functions like play, previous and next (F1-F6 keys work with the function key). I normally use the left Windows key but I willingly adjusted to using the right-side key as the quality of this keyboard makes it worth the small sacrifice. Lastly, the characters on the keys, I don't think they're etched on, seems like painted on, so I have a feeling they'll wear off in time. Not a concern for me, as I don't look at the keys.
Recommended keyboard for those who want the best quality, no-frills keyboard. I'd buy this again, but looks like it'll last me 10 years.
UPDATE: Less than 2 weeks into this keyboard, and I've got some seriously grimy, dirty keys. Using soapy water or rubbing alcohol with water to clean the keys won't take off the grime that's absorbed into the painted-on characters. You will need to use a pencil eraser. I used a small screwdriver to pop off the dirty keys one at a time, and rub the eraser on the letters. Took off the grime! So if you can't stand dirty-looking keys, invest in those clicky Japanese-style eraser pens (they're dirt cheap) and you're set! Or just use a plain wooden pencil and give their eraser tips a workout. Just a tip for you 7G owners. A super-strong keyboard that's taken a LOT of abuse from me already! I'm all barbaric and stuff, no holding back. It's been a long time since I've actually enjoyed thrashing on a gaming keyboard! I might just buy another one of these for my girlfriends' computer so I can do serious gaming when I'm not at my own computer. Best keyboard in its class, hands down.
UPDATE MAY 2013: Now I'm using Windows 8. All is good, I'm too lazy to keep cleaning the keys with an eraser, but interestingly enough, the grimy keys are still readable. Using an eraser without popping off the keys, followed up by using a handheld vacuum would do the job of keeping the keyboard looking like mint condition. But it's just my personal keyboard. None of the keys have worn out their decals. This board holds up to MASSIVE abuse! I got one for my girlfriend's computer and hers is grimy like mine. But it works like a charm. Play Super Hexagon? You won't get better scores with any other keyboard. I use laptops, other people's computers and also play on android tablets and smartphones. My highest gaming scores are at home on my pc using this keyboard. Gaming on this gives you supreme tactical response. Cannot recommend this board enough for gaming.
Would I buy this keyboard again should it break? No.
I don't think this keyboard is breakable. Honest opinion, this board will last me 20 more years, unless they change from the ps/2 and usb connectors to some new-fangled interface and there's no adapter for this board.
I plan to use the 2 keyboards I bought for the rest of my life.
11 out of 10 for this keyboard.
EDIT: I added this section on how to do maintenance on your keyboard if you have repeating keys.
Because the keys are mechanical, over time, dust or whatever will start causing friction in some of the keys. For me it was the n, x, and e keys. I press one time and I get multiple characters. Here's how to fix it. You'll need a dry lubrication spray, I got mine from Home Depot for about $5.00. It's called Blaster Dry Lube. You can find it on Amazon, here's the link so you can see the exact one I used: http://www.amazon.com/Blaster-16-TDL-The-Lube-9-3-Ounces/dp/B0002JM8HM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419735983&sr=8-1&keywords=blaster+dry+lube
1. Take off all the keys. You might want to take a photo of the keyboard beforehand, so in case you mix up the keys, you can put them back correctly later.
2. With the keys off, vacuum the whole keyboard as best you can. If you don't have a vacuum, get a Q-Tip or a microfiber cloth, take the time to wipe between the keys, get everything as clean as you can.
3. Now, what you do with the spray is press down a key and spray it. You want the lube to go inside the key. You can wear a glove and use your finger to press the keys, or use a Q-Tip to press the key. You can just work on the keys that give problems, but if you have the time, do all the keys. Why not?
4. The Blaster dry lube will spray wet, but will dry almost instantly. When you spray a key, start pressing it up and down to work the lube in.
5. The lube will leave a white film when it dries all over the keyboard. It wipes off with a slightly damp cloth. Wipe the surface, you can go between the keys, but it'll be hard to get all the white film off. It's fine, it won't harm the keyboard. Just get the areas you can reach. Once you get the keys on, you won't see the white stuff.
6. Wipe the keys as you push them back on. This will take some time, and will help ensure the dry lube has time to dry more.
The keystroke has light resistance to the press, goes down quick, comes up quick, and has a audible and tactile click when it reaches the bottom.
Also, I didn't notice this before, but this keyboard has a built in keyboard ps2 controller of some sort. You can depress every key at the same time and not overload the system if you use the ps2 port instead of the usb port, and the interruptive signal is probably a couple milliseconds faster, nothing to brag about and might be impossible to even notice.
You also aren't using a usb driver at all, or having overhead on the usb system if you hook up that way.
My understanding of USB keyboards is that they work by a subsystem polling the keyboard looking to see if a key has been depressed, over and over in a loop, but a ps2 controller is interruptive, meaning when you push a key down an electrical signal is broken and it's polled by it's own 300mhz controller all the time that isn't really used to do anything else.
You take away a probably negligible amount of overhead from the usb subsystem and move it to the ps2 controller, which in theory should be a very minute advantage but it does exist.