SteelSeries Apex 3 Review Rundown

SteelSeriesPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*


Photo of SteelSeries Apex 3 Gaming Keyboard
Neoscore* 56%
  • Comfortable keyboard with rubber dome switches and individually-lit keys
  • Good build quality
  • Comfortable wrist rest
  • Limited customization options


Steelseries Apex 3 boasts a robust feature set and ergonomic comfort. The SteelSeries has managed to fit a full suite of features into the budget peripheral market. The Apex 3 comes with 10-zone RGB backlighting and 24-key rollover. Despite its plastic construction, the entry-level keyboard still comes with a magnetically-attached wrist rest. Dedicated media controls can still be found on the Apex 3, though it drops the OLED display.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 62%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following[***]:
The SteelSeries Apex 3 is a decent gaming keyboard with rubber dome switches and RGB backlighting. Every key can be reprogrammed, but sadly, the RGB backlight is zone-lit, though there's still a decent amount of customization options through SteelSeries' great software. Compared to a similar keyboard such as the Razer Cynosa Chroma, the SteelSeries has a much better typing experience, though the Razer has a more customizable backlight.
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  • Comfortable keyboard with rubber dome switches and macro-programmable RGB backlighting
  • Comfortable wrist rest
  • Razer Cynosa Chroma has more customizable RGB backlight than the Apex 3


Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Steelseries Apex 3 gaming keyboard has an MSRP of $49.99 (£39, around AU$76) It's a full-size keyboard, sporting a tenkey number pad, a dedicated media button and knob. The bottom of the board includes a three-way cable routing channel. It would have been nice to see a braided cable or something similar.
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  • Robust feature set and ergonomic comfort
  • Fantastic palmrest
  • High-quality RGB lighting
  • Lack of USB passthrough


Sentiment Score[*] 34%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The SteelSeries Apex 3 is part of the Danish manufacturer's new lineup of budget-friendly gaming gear. It's not that comfortable for either typing or gaming, and most of its features feel half-baked. The keys are workable, sure, but they feel stiff at first, and mushy once depressed.
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  • Solid build quality
  • Water resistance
  • Comfortable wrist rest
  • Not that comfortable for either typing or gaming
  • Mediocre RGB lighting


1. ^ SteelSeries Apex 3 Keyboard Review. rtings. 2020-02-17 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ SteelSeries Apex 3 review. techradar. 2020-02-28 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ SteelSeries Apex 3 review. tomsguide. 2020-02-06 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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