Keyboard Layout and Make
Less macro keys leads to smaller form factor. I felt this was quite a practical approach to lessening the space that the Apex M800 takes up in comparison to its predecessors. Gaining more desk real-estate is always a plus as long as it doesn’t compromise functionality. The 6 macro keys are off to the left of the keyboard. The once dedicated media control keys now come in the form of the now-common secondary function approach, where you hold the “SteelSeries” button in order to use the various functions. Other than that, the rest of the keyboard utilizes a very traditional QWERTY keyboard layout complete with F-keys, num-pad, and 4 arrow keys.
Some of you previous Apex model southpaw users may be impacted slightly more here by the removal of the once-present diagonal arrow keys here. Being right-handed myself, I found the removal to be negligible at best.
Summing up the base of the keyboard, the Apex M800 uses a 2 meter (6.6 ft.) threaded cable, comes with two taller replaceable rubber feet (for adding height towards the back of the keyboard), houses 2 USB ports, replacement Apple keys, and houses dual processors. The additional processer is dedicated for processing key presses. Combine that with N-key rollover allowing up to 256 key presses at once and the Apex M800 becomes a keyboard that shouldn’t fail you any time soon.
Overall the make of the SteelSeries Apex M800 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is solid and encourages the user to have confidence in its build. That confidence is solidified further in the meat and potatoes of its physical construction, the QS1 switch keys.
Continue on to Keys and the QS1 switch…