- by Bin_L @Feb 01, 2013
Introducing the SteelSeries Apex [RAW], a gaming keyboard designed to enable users to react quickly, move effortlessly, and customize its performance for every game. Effortlessly navigate your way around the keyboard with raised macro keys, and a unique W-key with tactile bumps for improved WASD speed, along with the visual support of bright white illumination.
Apex [RAW] is made up of sleek lines and low-profile keys that bring together beautiful form and optimized function.
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.
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.
The Apex [RAW] features 17 independent macros keys that are each capable of up to 2 layers. This equates to 34 potential macros.
Switch between macro layers quickly and easily thanks to 2 quick-access keys on the upper left corner that allow you to select your desired macro layer.
Find your way in the dark and locate your macros with brilliant white illumination featuring 8 levels of intensity.
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.
The special SteelSeries key on the right hand side of the key lard allows you to access special functions like disabling the Windows key.
With the Apex, we left the windows key on the left side of the keyboard for commands and shortcuts that are frequently used when not gaming.
There’s no need to install software of any kind in order to use the Apex [RAW]. 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 [RAW] is supported by SteelSeries Engine technology.
We added two arrow keys for a bit of extra directional convenience.
Swappable rubber feet allow you to find the most comfortable gaming angle for those long gaming sessions.
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Hey guys, just thought I would throw this up here for anyone that's thinking of buying a new keyboard. I was using an Azio Levetron Mech 5 keyboard, it was a great keyboard, but I found it sat high and made the angle of your wrist quite akward, so you were either holding your wrist up off of the desk, or you had an aching wrist throughout the game. That's why I had switched from keyboard/mouse to a 360 controller, thinking "fuck this, if this is what WASD has turned into, I'm using a controller". The keyboard has lots of mechanical accessories, including a removable number pad, and a removable set of programmable keys. However the keys were very tall and VERY noisy. It got to the point that my typing was waking up our baby in the next room. So I had to make a change.
I opted to go with a Steelseries APEX (Raw) Gaming Keyboard from NCIX.com. I have to tell you that this thing comes better than advertised and most reviews don't do it justice. It is very sleek, and the front edge is low enough that my wrist sits almost perfectly flat when playing. It has a "Steelseries Button" which acts similar to a "CTRL" or "ALT" button to modify the function of a current key. But it does two very useful things, it allows you to disable the Windows button that occasionally gets hit during gameplay and minimizes your window (which I'm sure is the cause of death for many monitors :P ) and it also allows you to change the brightness of the white LED backlit keys (they have 8 settings, mind you the brightest setting isn't THAT bright, it's very nice). For raising/lowering the angle of the keyboard, it comes with rubber feet that you can pop in and out of the back to change your angle from perfectly flat to approximately 20 degrees of incline. I have the inclined feet on and it is VERY comfortable, the rubber feet make it so the keyboard doesn't jump around, and they don't have the ability to fold up on you if you get a little over-eager during gameplay.
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