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SteelSeries Unveils World’s Fastest Gaming Keyboards

/ Jan 7th, 2013 No Comments

Apex
Apex

Apex

SteelSeries announced the Apex and Apex [RAW] gaming keyboards at International CES. The new keyboards are designed to have the world’s fastest reaction time.

The new gaming keyboards feature low-profile keys, raised macros rows for quick access, and customization for colors and intensity. SteelSeries ActiveZone, a unique combination of programmability and visual support that help navigate the keyboard quickly and more efficiently, are built into the Apex.

SteelSeries specifically designed the layout of Apex and Apex [RAW] to appeal to gamers. In addition to raised macro-keys along the top and left side, unique enhancements include the addition of two small tactile bumps on the W-key, superior anti-ghosting that supports simultaneous key presses, an enlarged space bar and added directional keys, a SteelSeries button for easily adjusting the screen brightness and disabling the Windows key without the use of software, and two feet for adjusting the keyboard’s angle.

The Apex is expected to be priced at $99.99. The gaming keyboard features SteelSeries ActiveZone illumination, up to eight levels of illumination intensity and 16.8 million color options. Every key is customizable, including 22 macro-keys along the top and left side. Independent media and volume keys are also included to provide instant access to media control.

The Apex [RAW] will hit retailers at $69.99. The more moderately-priced keyboard features white illumination with eight levels of intensity. Users can program every key, including 17 raised macro-keys, and up to two layers per key, giving the keyboard a total of 250 programmable keys.

Apex Raw

Apex Raw

The Apex and Apex [RAW] are supported by SteelSeries Engine technology. This provides gamers with the technology to easily customize, save and perfect their keyboard set-up. Advanced macro capabilities specific to the SteelSeries Engine give players the ability to “Copy and Paste” macros optimized for entry in command lines for MMO games as well as to create key-press macros with programmed timings and delays.

Using the SteelSeries Engine, gamers can create an unlimited number of profiles with original features for each. Apex users can define four layers of macros, while Apex [RAW] users can define two layers. Profiles can be set to open automatically based on what game is being played.

The SteelSeries Apex and Apex [RAW] gaming keyboards will be available in early Q2.

Ryan Bloom

Ryan Bloom

Chief Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ryan Bloom is a writer and avid gamer from Orange County. He received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton in 2010. Follow him on Twitter @BloomsTweets.
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