1- SteelSeries apex:
The Apex Pro’s frame is manufactured from premium grade aluminum alloy. Instead of having a regular black finish, it sports more of a black steel color, which contrasts well with its RGB lighting keys. When I picked the Apex Pro gaming keyboard out of the box, I noticed that it was comparatively light (0.95 kilograms), but the body still felt unyielding. For a gaming keyboard with lots of characteristics, the Apex Pro gaming keyboard cuts the top row that many gaming keyboards have. Rather, the Apex Pro fits its functions into a few F keys, and in the vacant space that most gaming keyboards mind not to use. Some gamers may like to have discrete keys, but cutting the top row allows the Apex Pro to be denser and attractive. I’m in love with the font on the keyboard also. The most impressive feature of the Apex Pro’s design is the mini-OLED display placed on the top right. To the right of the small screen are the volume wheel and the stop/play button for audio and videos. You can further use these controls to operate the OLED display. There are 6 macro keys, which are subordinate functions of the Insert, Page Up, Home, End, Delete and Page Down keys. While, keys F9 to F12 function as the keys for profile switching, macro recording, brightness increase or decrease, sequentially. You can stimulate these characteristics via the SteelSeries Function key.
SteelSeries didn’t put scarcely any automatic switches in the Apex Pro gaming keyboard; the corporation made its own. Meet the OmniPoint Switch: A mechanical switch with a flexible actuation force. Keys have to move to a specific point before they actuate. In most gaming keyboards, there isn’t a mild way to change that fixed point without ripping the peripheral open. With the Apex Pro gaming keyboard, you can adjust the actuation force of the OmniPoint switches to wherever you want between 0.4 mm and 3.6 mm. If you set your keys to 1, you can initiate your switch with hardly a press, while fixing them to 10 challenges you to depress the key fully. The best part is that you can arrange 61 individual keys at different actuation forces. Though, the function keys, the arrow keys, the macro keys, and the num-pad keys do not have OmniPoint switches, which is a total omission. Several games make use of those keys. And as a gamer, you may don’t like this.
The SteelSeries Apex Pro gives you an exceptional gaming keyboard experience, as it highlights per-key actuation, a functional on-board User-Interface and reliable execution crammed into an attractive, dense design. Though, the expensive $199 price tag may give some gamers rest, particularly since SteelSeries didn’t outfit all of the keys with OmniPoint Switches.
If you’re ready to spend this much on a gaming keyboard, and you’re looking for variation, you won’t find anything better than the Apex Pro.
2- Corsair keyboard:
Build and Design:
If you’ve used any of Corsair’s machines, you pretty much know what to assume in terms of material design. The deck is composed of a single bent piece of brushed aluminum. Dedicated media controls and a nice metal volume wheel placed above the number pad, with lighting controls and a Windows key lock on the upper right. 6 dedicated macro keys, rolled down the left side. There are 2 significant material changes as compared with the 2017 (non-XT) model. More enduring, luxurious-feeling Double Shot keycaps are now standard. They’re constructed with 2 different sheets of plastic –translucent white beneath to let the RGB lighting glow through and black over the top– which apart from making them feel more superior and long-lasting, should help them oppose staining and wear . Corsair also adds S-key caps to substitute the pre-installed G-key caps, should you feel the need to more immediately state that your spare buttons are there to do Stream Deck duty. Textured keys for WASD and QWERDF caps are also added, to help your fingers find their place in FPS or MOBA titles.
Corsair uses a solid, enduringly attached braided cable, which makes this gaming keyboard-heavy, and a little less travel-friendly than the gaming keyboards with detachable USB-C cables, like the HyperX Alloy Origins. though, you get a USB 2.0 pass-through port on the back, near the center-mounted principal cable, as well as cable routing wells on the bottom. This makes the K95 a more reliable option for hardcore gamers or office workers.
Switch Options and Gaming and Typing Experience
While other gaming keyboard corporations have partnered with switch creators to compose their own mechanical switches or test with optical and/or analog actuation technology, Corsair has united with tried-and-true Cherry MX switches. Two of the 3 options –MX Speed and MX Brown– have been enhanced for even greater authenticity, with the commitment to stand up to 100 million keystrokes. But the corsair keyboard we are testing is with clicky MX Blue switches, which are “only” determined to 50 million presses. The variation probably isn’t something you have to worry about except you’re a young, hard-core gamer who intends to hold onto their keyboard for years.
I favor Blue switches for typing, which caused the K95 RGB Platinum XT great for my daily writing and editing tasks. And with a perfect design, the K95 felt great while gaming. But clicky Blue switches are not the best for gaming, and I noticed myself desiring the linear feel of Red switches or the shorter-actuating MX Speed switches while firing and looting my way through PlayerUnKnowns Bateel Ground. If gaming is your main preference, I would clearly steer away from the MX Blue switches, as much as I like them for typing tasks. Those who are involved in switches other than the 3 Cherry options proposed here will have to look anywhere else.
I have examined many gaming keyboards over the years, and manage to keep going back to Corsair’s models when I’m not reviewing any other gaming keyboard. I love their appearance and enjoy the media controls and that premium quality and gorgeous looking volume wheel. The extension of Double Shot keycaps and a padded wrist rest comfortably make the K95 RGB Platinum XT the best version yet. And that’s before you acknowledge that Elgato software support could probably save you from spending over $100 on a customized Stream Deck. But except this keyboard will truly save you from making that purchase, $180 is very expensive for a gaming keyboard, even though the fact, that this is one of the best gaming keyboards in the market. The K95 RGB Platinum XT is pure keyboard luxury.
3- Steelseries 3:
The Steelseries Apex 3 is a full-size keyboard, with a 10-key number pad, a dedicated media button, and handle, and it’s even reasonably lightweight, particularly when compared to some of the further high-end mechanical boards. It does sit up a tad higher than we’d like, but the base of the board comes furnished with some amazingly firm linked feet. Expanding these lends a nice slope to the unit, but even then the keys can feel just a bit too tall.
Luckily, SteelSeries has included an absolutely fantastic palmrest in the box. It magnetically snaps to the front of the board and has eight rubber-padded feet, which prevents it from sliding around during gaming sessions. It sounds like a minor thing, but this palmrest is legitimately one of our favorite parts of this keyboard.
RGB lighting has become nearly synonymous with luxury gaming peripherals, but SteelSeries has managed to cram a full-featured lighting suite into a budget board. The Apex 3 boasts 10-zone RGB illumination that’s fully customizable via the SteelSeries Engine 3 software. A handful of fun effects make your board feel dynamic and far more luxurious than the price might suggest. In addition, you can program the lighting to react to in-game action, such taking damage or losing durability in Minecraft. Elsewhere in the software, you can change macros and the unit’s polling rate–standard characteristics, but deserve mentioning.
A lot of the marketing circling the Steelseries Apex 3 promotes the unit’s stability features, and we’re glad to report that the provisions mostly lives up to the claims. The water protection, in special, was a priority for SteelSeries here, and while it’s difficult to judge long-term durability, light sprays of water had no noticeable opposing effects.
Gaming-focused consumers are likely to decry SteelSeries’ choice to opt for membrane switches on the Apex 3 rather than mechanical ones, especially considering the fact that there exists a market for budget-minded mechanical boards. Admittedly, this was a primary concern of ours as we unboxed the unit, and it persisted even as we began typing and gaming. After using mechanical boards for so long, the Steelseries Apex 3’s softer switches felt slow and chunky.
However, quiet performance is one of the Apex 3’s checkmark features, and it’s hard to achieve that with the clickiness of mechanical switches. SteelSeries’ Whisper-Quiet membrane switches most definitely live up to their name, making the Apex 3 a good choice if you play or type a lot at night while others are sleeping nearby. After a bit, our fingers acclimated to the Whisper-Quiet switches. Once we took the time to consider that SteelSeries sacrificed the high-speed performance of mechanical switches in the name of relative silence, whatever mental block that was preventing us from truly appreciating the Whisper-Quiet design dissolved immediately. Really, the Steelseries Apex 3 is a pleasure to game and work on.
SteelSeries has succeeded to fit a full suite of features into the budget-friendly Apex 3 gaming keyboard, and the result is an amazingly robust peripheral. There are a few disadvantages along the way (no passthrough, cheap cable, membrane switches), but there’s sufficient here to easily satisfy all but the most intelligent gamers. The luxury peripheral market is awash in exorbitantly-priced devices, but the Apex 3 proves that you don’t need to break the bank for a keyboard that looks and performs fantastically.
4- RAzer Huntsman tuornament edition:
Design and feature:
The Huntsman TE seems and feels dense, even for a “tenkeyless” keyboard. At 1.5 by 14.2 by 5.5 inches, it has just sufficient of a base to maintain its keys and a small outer edge. There’s no unnecessary space used for lights, media keys, or logos. The dense body isn’t just for show: It’s composed, as the name infers, to bring along to tournaments. In extension to being compact for a gaming keyboard, it’s light—only 1.7 pounds—and its cable is removable. The USB Type-C port on the keyboard side is installed in the base of the back-left corner of the board. To keep it from getting pulled and separated—not a nonsensical concern when playing in jammed spaces like game tournaments—the Type-C connector has security bars to hold it in place. Clearly, that’s important, though it stops you from using other USB-C cables in lieu of Razer’s, and I could see that easy cable-replacement compliance coming in handy. Of course, you aren’t going to carry a keyboard anywhere if you don’t like using it. The Huntsman TE uses the company’s new Razer Linear Optical quality of key switch. Optical switches in the general sense are a unique, advanced type distinguished from mechanical one.
The optical diffrence:
In case you don’t know about them, optical key switches trigger inputs utilizing beams of light. Rather than actuating the key with a physical connection inside a switch, pushing down a key enables a beam to pass through from one side of the key to the other, creating a circuit and indicating that the key has been pressed. According to Razer, its Linear Optical Switch enables more responsive actuation, especially when pressing the same key many times. Razer also declares that it decreases wear and tear long-term since each key requires less moving parts versus a typical mechanical switch. I can’t speak to those claims, but I can say that the Huntsman TE has the lightest touch of any keyboard I have ever used. It demands only 45g of force to actuate, and the key actuates at just 1mm of force, out of a 3.5mm travel distance. And, it seems like you hardly need to touch a key ere the result triggers on the screen. At times, it appears as if each idea goes right from your brain to the screen. As an esports-minded keyboard, this clearly has associations for twitchy shooter titles, strategy games, and MOBAs, but surely it applies to every game. I’m not sure that the lighter actuation actually helps me play faster—I’m 33 and my reaction time is not very fast—but it truly feels faster. And that is really good for any gamer. The issue with that, though? Having a gaming keyboard that appears to type at the slight touch of a key tap doesn’t continuously work in your favor. Outside of games, the keyboard can be a bit of a burden. Even keeping your fingers landed on the keys can be uncertain. It’s easy to apply just enough strength to slip from a ready position to holding down a key without noticing. Of course, some hardcore players who know their hardware are used to this increased capacity for typos and mistakes—the Razer Linear Opticals, after all, are not the only feather-trigger switches on the market. But the Razer Linear Optical Switch puts it to a new sensitivity level. As with linear mechanical switches, I’m sure players who welcome the Huntsman TE will find their flow, but as someone who plays a lot and writes, even more, I found the typing perspective of these switches a bit too light which can cause misspell if you don’t pay attention.
The Huntsman TE is clearly made for a special kind of player. Given its $129.99 MSRP, a lot of buyers may be happier spending the same amount of money and receiving a high-end mechanical keyboard, which will likely have more bells and whistles and maybe more suitable for everyday computing. Even so, there’s something to the Huntsman TE. I can’t promise it will make you a better player, but it can strengthen a particular instinctual style of play—the kind where you can play as fast as you can think, and the best keyboard is the one that just gets out of your way. If you’re fast enough in your favorite games to have that quick flow, the Huntsman TE could very well be your perfect channel to speed—and victory.
5- Asus Rog Strix :
Design and features:
Asus ROG Strix Scope keyboard is a demonstration of ‘less is more,’ this mechanical set does away with all the bells and whistles to present one scalpel of a machine. Dense, light and trustworthy, it doubles down on the essentials to glorious effect. You may not get that idea from just looking at it, though; it has a unique but attractive design, especially for something floating around $170/£150. Highlighting an unpredictable matte-black coat with a corner of dark, brushed aluminum, it’s unique yet unquestionably simple. At 440 x 137 x 39mm, it’s also on the smaller side. This is a contestant for the best gaming keyboard award that is nevertheless hesitant to draw attention to itself. Well, apart from its RGB lighting. The board has 10 preset RGB patterns that can be switched through with the FN and directional keys. Such ease-of-use became an attractive theme during our tests.
Indeed, out-of-the-box functionality is invigorating in an age where everything appears to demand the use of its own established software. While you can download ROG’s Armoury II for more customization or save system memory, it’s not important for great performance. That spirit of uniqueness carries over to the Scope’s feature-set. Although it lacks passthrough abilities and dedicated media controls, this keyboard has everything else you need. There are the usual anti-ghosting and N-key rollover we’ve come to suspect. On-the-fly macro recording makes an impression. ‘Quick Toggle’ lets you flip between media controls or regular duty buttons, and you can store forms via onboard memory too. Oh, and a ‘Stealth’ key will immediately hide all apps while muting the audio. It’s much for most of us. You can’t deny the fact that it works amazingly. There’s no confusion. No trouble. It simply gets the job done. After months of experimenting keyboards that have let me down with sticky keys, fading letters, and/or software glitches, it’s a comfort to use something that does accurately what it claims to. The keys display a specific amount of jiggle when tested, but that’s the size of my complaints. The Scope is reliable, and that’s exactly what you need in the middle of an fortnite battle or PlayerUnkknowns battel ground firefight.
As a conclusion, I can happily suggest the ROG Strix Scope. It’s a keyboard that’s attractive yet amazingly, reliably efficient. At $170 in the US and £150 in the UK, it’s a little more expensive than you would like. However, I’d still say it’s good value for money—especially when it comes down in price. I’d actually suggest it over Razer’s new BlackWidow, the Scope’s closest equal in performance and specialties. Yes, this isn’t a flashy deck. It could do with a wrist-rest and slightly more enduring keys, too. But if you pick it up, it won’t let you down.