On Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 gaming peripheral company SteelSeries unveiled a new set of keyboards for PC gamers that they are calling the “world’s fastest gaming keyboards”, the SteelSeries Apex and the Apex [RAW].
The Apex [RAW] is the cheaper of the two, $69.99, and is the “essentials” keyboard. It features white illumination with 8 levels of intensity and 17 raised macro-keys along the top and left side of the keyboard that along with every other key on the Apex [RAW] can be programed with up to two layers per key for a total of 250 programmable keys on the board. You can learn more about the Apex [RAW] by visiting this link.
The Apex will run gamers $99.99 and offers SteelSeries ActiveZone illumination, a visual tool that allows users to customize the colors of the keys with up to 8 levels of illumination intensity in 5 separate zones with up to 4 customizable layers per zone. Like the Apex [RAW], every key can be customized, including the 22 macro-keys, up to 4 layers per key, along the top and left side. The keyboard also includes independent media and volume keys. You can learn more about the Apex by visiting this link.
Here are some of the other features that both keyboards will feature.
-Raised macro-keys along the top and left side, which provide faster and more precise macro-combinations.
-The addition of two small tactile bumps on the W-key to provide a faster return to WASD.
-Superior anti-ghosting that supports simultaneous key presses in 20 of the most used gaming keys on the Apex and Apex [RAW}.
-An enlarged space bar and added directional keys that support features that improve comfort and reaction time.
-A SteelSeries key that allows the user to easily adjust brightness and disable the Windows key with no software required.
-Two swappable feet that allow the user to adjust the keyboard’s angle to what is most comfortable.
Both keyboards are expected to be available in early Q2 of 2013. Images of both the Apex and Apex [RAW] can be found in the slideshow up top.
If you would like to purchase other SteelSeries products locally, here are the listings for some of the game stores in the Las Cruces and Albuquerque areas.
Las Cruces NM (Store 802)
2280 E Lohman Ave
Las Cruces, NM 88001
W Albuquerque NM (Store 338)
3741 Ellison Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114-7010
Albuquerque NM (Store 223)
55 Hotel Cir NE
Albuquerque, NM 87123-1202