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SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

MSRP 130 USDExt score 66%

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Product Overview

SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL is a tenkeyless mechanical gaming keyboard that features SteelSeries' own QX2 mechanical switches. Its full-size sibling is the Apex 7.
As a premium mechanical keyboard, the Apex 7 TKL features a full metal frame made from 5000 series aluminum. It further comes with a magnetic wrist rest with a durable soft touch finish that is easy to attach.
SteelSeries' QX2 switches are available in three flavors: Red switches with linear and quiet actuation, Blue with tactile and clicky actuation, and Brown with tactile and quiet actuation.
For versatility, the Apex 7 TKL sports a range of media keys, including a clickable metal roller, as well as an OLED display for custom information. Naturally, it comes 100% anti-ghosting and N-key rollover.
The tenkeyless form factor makes the Apex 7 TKL more interesting for pro gamers who need to carry their keyboards on tournament.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Stylish, rigid aluminum chassis
  • Excellent build quality
  • Customizable RGB backlighting
  • Excellent software support
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

Ext 66% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good ergonomics with magnetically-attached wrist rest
  • Excellent companion software that allows you to reprogram keys, set macros, and adjust lighting settings without minimizing games
  • Comfortable palm rest
  • Full RGB lighting with individual...
Cons
  • No wireless capabilities
  • Can't be connected wirelessly
  • Somewhat pricey for a mechanical keyboard
  • No trackpad
  • Only works in Windows and macOS
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB

Construction

Cable
2m braided cable
Form Factor
Tenkeyless (84 keys) mechanical keyboard
Material
Aircraft Grade Aluminum Alloy Frame
Switch Type
SteelSeries QX2 mechanical switch (Linear Red, Clicky Blue, or Tactile Brown)

Dimensions

Size | Depth
139.26 mm
Size | Height
40.44 mm
Size | Width
355.44 mm
Weight
1.7 lbs

Function

Keyboard Backlight
Dynamic Per Key RGB Lighting
Misc
N-key Rollover, 100% Anti-Ghosting

Performance

Durability
50 million key strokes
Key Travel
2mm actuation, 4mm bottom, 45g actuation force

Production

Debut
2019-05

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External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
SteelSeries' Apex 7KL keyboard has a monochrome OLED display with a resolution of 128x40. The panel is designed to work with applications such as Discord and Spotify. You can also use the OLED display to adjust system settings. SteelSeries also equips this keyboard with a USB passthrough port that illuminates.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Comfortable palm rest
  • Easy-to-use onboard menu system
  • Built-in USB passthrough port
Cons
  • Somewhat pricey for a mechanical keyboard

rtings[2]

Sentiment Score 50%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL is an outstanding gaming keyboard. It has full RGB lighting with individually-backlit keys and good ergonomics with an included wrist rest. It can't be used with mobile devices, as it has no wireless capabilities. Its exceptional companion software allows you to reprogram keys, set macros, and adjust lighting settings.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Good ergonomics with magnetically-attached wrist rest
  • Full RGB lighting with individually-backlit keys
  • Excellent companion software that allows you to reprogram keys, set macros, and adjust lighting settings without minimizing games
  • Very stable typing ...
Cons
  • No wireless capabilities
  • No trackpad
  • Can't be connected wirelessly
  • Only works in Windows and macOS

User Reviews

References

1. ^ SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/steelseries-apex-7-tkl. 2019-11-27. Retrieved 2021-04-10.
2. ^ SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL Keyboard Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/keyboard/reviews/steelseries/apex-7-tkl. 2020-01-20. Retrieved 2021-04-10.

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