With rubber dome switches, the SteelSeries Apex 3 is a fantastic gaming keyboard. Despite its low price, it has a high build quality and comes with a lovely magnetic wrist rest.
It gives a comfortable typing experience that isn’t too taxing, although some users may find the keys mushy and lacking in tactile feedback. Its latency is a little high for a wired keyboard, and the rubber dome switches have a significant pre-travel distance, so it’s not the most responsive.
The RGB lighting is zone-lit, but SteelSeries’ Engine software still provides a good amount of customization choices. Overall, it’s a fantastic choice for individuals who are on a budget or simply dislike mechanical keyboards.
The SteelSeries Apex M750 is an excellent gaming keyboard that offers a unique experience. It uses mechanical switches, which are smooth and clicky with a low actuation point.
This is great for games that require quick key presses, such as first-person shooters. However, the keys don’t have tactile feedback and may feel mushy to some users. The design of the Apex M750 allows you to use it as a productivity keyboard, too.
It comes with a full-sized wrist rest and rubber bumpers on the palm rest to prevent it from sliding around while typing. The RGB lighting is zone-lit, so you can customize your lighting in software without disrupting your entire setup. Overall, the SteelSeries Apex M750 gives gamers and productivity users alike an excellent experience at an affordable price.
With its comfortable keys and RGB lighting, the SteelSeries Apex M750 is a great choice for gamers or anyone who wants a mechanical keyboard with a wrist rest.
The Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 is a great entry-level mechanical keyboard that offers a lot of customization options. It uses the Razer Mechanical Switches with tactile feedback and a low actuation point, making it great for gaming.
It also has fully programmable keys and a detachable wrist rest in the form of an extra-large rubber pad that fits over the keyboard’s keycaps. The RGB lighting is zone-lit, so you can customize your lighting in software without disrupting your entire setup.
Overall, it’s a fantastic choice for gamers looking to get into mechanical keyboards. It’s not as comfortable as our other picks due to its lack of wrist rest, but if you’re on a budget this is still an excellent choice for gamers who want to get into mechanical keyboards without breaking the bank.
The SteelSeries Apex 3 gaming keyboard is a solid choice. However, despite the ease with which the keys may be pressed, the rubber dome switches have a lengthy pre-travel distance, and the keyboard’s latency is considerable, making it seem a little unresponsive. Macros can be assigned to any key, however there are no special macro keys for MMO players. You won’t be able to change each key separately since the RGB lighting is zone-lit.
Pros and Cons
- Build quality is excellent.
- Excellent software assistance.
- Excellent typing skills.
- For a wired keyboard, there is a lot of delay.
- Backlighting with zones.
Create a high-quality product
Close Up Keycap Material ABS SteelSeries Apex 3 Build Quality The construction quality is excellent. The keycaps are constructed of ABS plastic with a soft finish, and the frame is entirely composed of plastic with a reasonable degree of flex.
The keyboard also has a detachable wrist rest built into the keyboard, which is made of a thick rubber material. The keyboard has an attractive finish and a user-friendly design. The SteelSeries Apex 3 is an attractive product in terms of appearance and build quality, but it doesn’t have the premium feel of our other picks.
The SteelSeries Apex 3 has four macro keys. They are located on the left side of the keyboard. The macro keys have good tactile feedback, and they’re easy to press. However, they’re too easy to press, so you may accidentally trigger a macro inadvertently.
The SteelSeries Apex 3 has a very good software suite. It’s an intuitive software package that’s easy to use and allows you to customize your keyboard without having to dig through a lot of menus. You can set up macros for all the keys on the keyboard or just for particular macros that you want to use frequently.
You can also change the lighting effects and watch your customized lighting in real time while playing games or watching movies using the SteelSeries Engine software.
Razer Chroma RGB backlighting with 16.8 million colors.You can switch between 8 pre-set lighting modes and customize lighting effects on-the-fly. You can even assign different lighting effects to individual keys if you choose to do so (e.g., music mode for the keys F1 through F4).
The Griffin Glyph gaming mouse is an excellent choice for MMO gamers who want a mouse that’s not too heavy, but it’s still responsive enough for gaming or other uses (e.g., CAD work).
It also has several customizable buttons that are programmable using Razer Synapse 2 software, which allows you to set up macros, profiles and DPI settings for each button independently from one another using the mouse’s onboard memory action buttons and scroll wheel as triggers for macros or profiles respectively.
The Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse is good ergonomic choice for MMO gamers who want a mouse with adjustable weights and full RGB lighting customization options at an affordable price point without sacrificing quality or performance in any way (DTP/CAD work).
Cable & Connector
The SteelSeries Apex 3 has braided, gold-plated, USB 2.0 cable that’s built to last. The mouse connector on the keyboard is gold-plated, as well.
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The keycaps are made out of a durable and lightweight plastic that’s easy to clean. The keycaps can be easily removed from the base plate if you want to change them out or if they get dirty.
Quality of Typing
It’s a good typing experience. The keys are fairly stable and don’t wobble at all, although they do seem a little mushy, and the tactile feedback isn’t always evident, making it difficult to discern if a keypress was recorded.
The wrist rest is really beneficial in reducing tiredness. Other membrane keyboards, such as the Razer Cynosa Chroma, provide a superior typing experience. If you enjoy the tactile sensation of mechanical switches when typing, the NPET K20 is a good choice.
The SteelSeries Apex 3 is a good choice for gaming, the keyboard feels sturdy and is easy to use with the steel plate under the keys. The keys are well spaced and have an audible click when pressed. The mouse has a very high DPI setting of 12000 which can help in fast paced games.
Keyswitches (Rubber dome) switches are durable but they require more keystrokes per second than Cherry MX switches to register on average (87g actuation force). Mechanical switches provide tactile feedback but they’re more expensive, heavier and take longer to actuate (45-65g), making them unsuitable for typing applications.
The SteelSeries Apex 3 Gaming Keyboard is a good keyboard for typing and gaming. If you want to switch between the two purposes, you can easily do that. It’s a solid keyboard with a sturdy chassis, that’s easy to use and won’t cause any problems.
The TKL mechanical keyboard has a good typing experience, but it’s not good for gaming since it lacks the tactile feedback of Cherry MX switches. The NPET K20 features solid Cherry MX switches but it doesn’t have enough keys to make typing easier in games.
The SteelSeries Apex 3 Gaming Keyboard is an affordable option that offers more features than most gaming keyboards on the market, while maintaining its value and providing an excellent typing experience.