Gaming Keyboard should be mechanical – with this statement hard to argue, and professional kibersportsmeny easily convince you of that. But what about gamers, for which mechanical models are not very accessible due to the high cost. The model number of companies engaged in production of gaming peripherals, are usually present and inexpensive membrane model. I was no exception and the SteelSeries Apex 100 was released. This game model is distinguished by the lights and switches Quick Tension 20 million keystrokes.
The keyboard SteelSeries Apex 100 comes in a standard cardboard box with color printing. Decorated in the traditional style of the company: a black background and orange insert an image of the device. On the front side of the key benefits keyboard – the presence of the backlight and the key resource of 20 million keystrokes.
On the reverse side there is very little more information on the keyboard features. Detailed specifications on the packaging is not.
The keyboard is packed in a plastic bag, in a cardboard insert separately stowed cable. Dampers are absent during transport only hope thick cardboard packaging.
The set is only present brochure, which has a link to download the software.
SteelSeries Apex 100 looks like a simple, classic keyboard. The front panel is made of matte plastic. Along the perimeter of the frame comes with a decorative border in the form of glossy strokes engraved on plastic. In the upper right corner of the company logo and the four indicator labeled as N, C, S, and W.
The layout of the keys is standard. Shift keys are long, right on the 10 mm longer left. Caps formed in a step that prevents accidental depression. Inter Single row that has become habitual. Right Win key is replaced with the SteelSeries logo button that performs the role of the Fn button.
Combinations with Fn F5-F12 buttons to adjust the brightness of the backlight on and off, control the player and adjust the volume. As it should be for a gaming keyboard, there is a lock button Win combination Fn + Win. This will cause the Lock-indicator W.
Lower keypad is made of gray plastic. For additional stiffness is present a trapezoidal relief.
Along the perimeter glued five rubber feet that provide good adhesion to the surface of the table. A pair of folding legs clearly fixed in the open position, on the basis as there are rubber pads.
In addition, there are two drain holes. Although the keyboard and not declared water resistance, but this design feature helps to protect with spilled liquid.
In a high profile keyboard. Housing height varies from 20 mm in front to 32 mm at the top. With legs spread out far edge of the body is raised by 50 mm.
Caps each of the six rows of keys made on the individual form. This design provides a comfortable ergonomics.
The surface of the cap is made of matte plastic. The upper part of narrowed and has a pronounced groove. On the upper perimeter of the cap comes in glossy chamfer. It looks stylish design that option.
The symbols on the keys marked with white paint, contours tactilely perceptible. Russian characters in size slightly smaller than the English.
The cable comes out of the body in the middle, there is a bend protection. Cable without braiding, soft and without memory effect. On the cable tie fastened with Velcro. USB-connector is covered by a cap. Cable length 1.7 meters exactly.
The keyboard SteelSeries Apex 100, though the membrane, but is significantly different from the other membrane options. Technology Quick Tension Switches, applied by the manufacturer, simulates the operation of mechanical switches and feel reminiscent of the plunger mechanism. Tactile barrier occurs at the beginning of pressing, then quickly falls down the button until you fully press. This ensures fast response clicking. reverse Giving a very clear and well palpable.
Long keys are well stabilized and does not hang when pressed and reverse. clicking sound is quiet.
With regard to the simultaneous keystrokes. More than 10 key could not be pressed simultaneously. The greater number of the controller does not register.
The manufacturer tried to implement the backlight, but it turned out it is not as it should be in the gaming keyboard.
Lights only padded keys. Sami buttons and symbols on them are not highlighted. In the dark, difficult to navigate, and light loses all meaning.
There are three levels of backlight brightness and without light mode. Default lighting is uniform, but with the help of software, you can turn on the “breathing”.
On the site of the manufacturer will need to download a generic driver SteelSeries Engine 3. Readers familiar it by tests SteelSeries peripherals on our site.
In principle, the direct keyboard settings in the driver one menu screen. You can create and save different profiles. Reassign can all but the Fn button. Available commands are selected from the drop-down list.
In the same tab, performed and recorded macros.
In the right pane contains the backlight setting and sample rate.
The standard keyboard layout does not require additional addiction. In games and typing keyboard showed his best side. False positives or missing characters there. The thickness of the keyboard housing and the lack of support under the wrist can cause discomfort after prolonged use. For convenience, better raise the keyboard by opening the legs. I liked the tactile response of buttons, much unlike conventional membrane keyboards.
The case is made of durable plastic, has left a positive impression. The design is tough, it does not bend and can withstand any “hot” game sessions. Pound weight and the presence of the rubber feet make the keyboard very steady on the table.
Backlight Functionality disappointed, the main task of lighting the symbols on the keys is not performed.
The software even without the bells and whistles, but allows the user to configure and remap keys, in games it will be in demand. And gamers will be able to use advanced macro creation function.
Keyboard SteelSeries Apex 100 in spite of the diaphragm mechanism is really a game. Quality monolithic body, ergonomic key design, availability of software, technology Quick Tension Switches, locking Win buttons – these features are of an acceptable level of comfort for users undemanding games.
But if you look at the price, do not take into account the functional illumination and limit pressed simultaneously, the keyboard selection becomes less and unambiguous.
Model SteelSeries Apex 100 is the first budget gaming membrane keyboard in the line of SteelSeries. Competition in this segment of the market is large, and other manufacturers offer interesting innovative products. If the price is slightly lower, then this keyboard will compete successfully and find a buyer.