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SteelSeries Apex 5 Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

MSRP 100 USDNEX score 71%

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Product Overview

SteelSeries Apex 5 is a full-size mechanical gaming keyboard that features SteelSeries' hybrid blue mechanical switches in a series 5000 aircraft grade aluminum frame.
The hybrid switches combines the smoothness of a membrane switch with the tactile feeling of a blue mechanical switch, though each is rated for only 20 million key strokes.
Despite its low-to-mid-range positioning, the Apex 5 retains the OLED display and dedicated media controls found in higher-end models such as Apex 7 and Apex Pro. It similarly keeps the full metal frame as well as a magnetic wrist rest with a durable soft touch finish that is easy to attach.
As a compromise, the Apex 5 comes 24-key rollover only.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Stylish, minimalist design
  • Hybrid Blue switches are spring-loaded
  • Keys feel more like mechanical keyboards
  • Sleek design
Cons
  • Keys feel a bit plasticky

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 71% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great keyboard performance
  • Great RGB lighting
  • Excellent build quality
  • Outstanding build quality and RGB backlighting
  • Solid in-game performance
  • Good typing experience
Cons
  • Expensive for a full mechanical keyboard
  • No dedicated macro keys
  • No detachable cable
  • No RGB lighting
  • Only available for Windows and macOS
  • Screen saver is a bit silly
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB

Construction

Cable
2m braided cable
Form Factor
Full-size (104 keys) mechanical keyboard
Material
Aircraft Grade Aluminum Alloy Frame
Switch Type
SteelSeries Hybrid Mechanical RGB Switch

Dimensions

Size | Depth
139.2 mm
Size | Height
40.5 mm
Size | Width
442.8 mm
Weight
2.04 lbs

Function

Keyboard Backlight
Dynamic Per Key RGB Lighting
Misc
24-key Rollover

Performance

Durability
20 million key strokes
Key Travel
2mm actuation, 4mm bottom, 50g actuation force

Production

Debut
2020-01

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External Reviews

laptopmag[1]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The SteelSeries Apex 5 uses what the company calls Hybrid Blue Mechanical Switches. The keyboard's form factor is extremely solid -- when I pressed down on the frame, it didn't budge. The Apex 5 also comes with a detachable wrist rest, which magnetically attaches to the bottom of the keyboard.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Comfortable wrist rest
  • Stylish design
Cons
  • No detachable cable

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The SteelSeries Apex 5 gaming keyboard has 104 keys. It has a detachable wrist rest, a hard, rubber-coated panel that clings magnetically to the bottom of the keyboard. The screen gives you access to on-the-fly lighting changes, profile customization, and other settings.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Great RGB lighting
  • Solid build quality
Cons
  • Screen saver is a bit silly

rtings[3]

Sentiment Score 46%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The SteelSeries Apex 5 is an outstanding gaming keyboard. Every key is programmable, but the absence of dedicated macro keys may be disappointing for some MMO players. The latency is quite high for a wired keyboard, which might be a dealbreaker for some gamers. On the plus side, it has excellent build quality and its RGB backlighting is great for gaming in the dark.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • RGB backlighting is great for gaming in the dark
  • Outstanding build quality and RGB backlighting
  • Good typing experience
  • Great keyboard performance
Cons
  • No dedicated macro keys
  • Short pre-travel distance and light operating force
  • Loud typing noise
  • Only available for Windows and macOS

tomsguide[4]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The Apex 5 offers per-key lighting with a full RGB spectrum. Unlike many full mechanical keyboards, the lighting is not that bright. You can reprogram any key on the whole device, not just a row of function keys. The keys do a fairly good job when it comes to typing.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, durable design
  • Comfortable keyboard keys
  • Solid in-game performance
Cons
  • Expensive for a full mechanical keyboard
  • No RGB lighting

User Reviews

References

1. ^ SteelSeries Apex 5 review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/steelseries-apex-5. 2020-04-29. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ SteelSeries Apex 5 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/steelseries-apex-5. 2020-02-10. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ SteelSeries Apex 5 Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Keyboard Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/keyboard/reviews/steelseries/apex-5-hybrid-mechanical-gaming-keyboard. 2020-02-14. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ SteelSeries Apex 5 review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/steelseries-apex-5. 2020-02-06. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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