SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Gaming Keyboard Review
When the Apex Pro keyboard launched a couple of years ago, it was in a class all by itself. The flagship of the SteelSeries gaming family uses custom “OmniPoint” switches inside instead of mechanical or optical technology. These switches use precise measurements of magnetic force to determine the exact position of the core 61 keys, allowing gamers to adjust their specific actuation point and have increased response speed and operating lifetime as well.
Those switches are still awesome two years later in 2021. Whether you opt for the full size model or the smaller TKL option, you get 61 of these futuristic keys that SteelSeries spent years developing. Even though other manufacturers have now approached their speed and performance thanks to the march of technology, there’s still nothing quite like them as far as their specific feel and actuation adjustment system.
Still, the rest of the keyboard has remained unchanged since 2019. And it shipped with other design elements that were already weirdly out-of-date back then. If you can put up with these strange aspects and need this specific type of adjustability, or you’re entrenched in the SteelSeries ecosystem and want the best keyboard it has to offer, this is still a great choice.
But for many gamers, it won’t be the clear cut winner it was when it first came out.
Note: I bought this keyboard with my own money. I don’t receive a kick back or any other kind of incentive if you decide to pick one up. None of my stories contain affiliate links. For more about how I monetize my writing please click here.
The SteelSeries Apex Pro is available in full-size and TKL editions, selling for $199 and $179 respectively (official site here). That puts them near the very top of the market price-wise, and up against a wide swathe of popular wired and wireless gaming models.
All of the core switches are the special OmniPoint magnetic ones, and the function row, extra profile keys, and arrow keys on the TKL model I went for use…