SteelSeries Apex M800 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

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SteelSeries Apex M800 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Keys and the QS1 switch


Introducing the QS1 linear switch, one of the main selling points of the SteelSeries Apex M800 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. The Apex M800 uses these custom switches that are designed to deliver 25% faster actualization than that of traditional switches by coming with a 1.5mm actuation point and 3mm throw distance. Additionally, the LED’s for each key are housed in the center of the switch, providing a nice overall illumination and combatting light leakage from the sides of the keys.

Admittedly the shorter keys took some getting used to, but not too much. Having your fingers not have to “sink” or travel too far is a reasonable goal when appealing to the PC gamer or even the intermediate to advanced typist. Just know that if you remotely experienced in either, mental adjustments will need to be made here. However, once you are acquainted with the Apex M800, you will begin to appreciate the feel and impact of the QS1 switches.

Other vendors have attempted to use their own switches in lieu of cherry switches for their gaming keyboards only to achieve a squishy key-press sensation. That sensation becomes less and less bearable depending on how much time you actually spend with your keyboard when gaming. That said, SteelSeries was able to achieve a comfortable and snappy typing experience with these QS1 switches. What I’d describe to be nice, clean and authoritative key strokes flow efficiently throughout your gameplay and typing experience.

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