Product Provided By: SteelSeries
Platform : PC
Editor: Carrie Crockett
SteelSeries is one step above the rest by implementing their own custom branded key switches. With a collaboration between Chinese firm Kailh, SteelSeries has ensured the new M800 comes equipped with the best keys possible. Compared to their competitors CherryMX Red switches, the new QS1 has only 2mm of travel before the key is fully pressed down. This is an improvement over the normal 3mm input we have seen with past keyboards.
The point of input for the M800 is set to 1.5mm meaning the input registers when the key reaches the half way mark. While these numbers not mean much for your average user, every gamer knows that each second counts.
SteelSeries has fully loaded the Apex M800 with complete RGB back lighting. Users have access to 16.7 million colors behind every key is an LED. This means you have an endless amount of color combinations at your fingertips. For one setting you can have the keys turn blue when they are pressed down, but when you release your finger the color fades back to orange. This is a nifty looking feature, one that makes us feel we are operating something special. This is just one of the preprogrammed options however, and with customization available on your PC, the variety of illumination combinations feels nearly limitless.
The build quality is the only thing that seems to hold back this unique piece of hardware. Despite the M800 looking and operating like a piece of high tech machinery, the keyboard is made entirely of plastic. Sure, the M800 will sit nicely on your desk with its removable feet, but the board will just as easily pick up scuffs or scratches. We expected at least a metal exterior for a keyboard that originally retailed for a little over $200. While the price does seem to have dropped to around $170, it might be a little rough for the budget of a more casual user.
Similar to other SteelSeries keyboards before it, the M800 has only six dedicated media keys and USB 2.0 ports. While the additional USB ports are appreciated, we cannot deny the disappointment of the lack of USB 3.0. If only Steelseries gave us more dedicated media keys and USB 3.0 ports, it would be easier to give it a near perfect score.
We here at Game Rampage give the SteelSeries Apex M800 an 8.5/10
High amount of customization
Bright, vibrant illumination
Easy to use software
Very responsive keys
Higher cost (At least MSRP)
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SteelSeries Rival 500 Gaming Mouse
The addition of the bottom switches located on the side of the mouse gives the user that extra push needed to maximize customization. If for some reason you do not wish to use the extra bottom switches, you can lock them down with a physical switch on the bottom of the mouse.
The Engine 3 allows you to endless amounts of customization, including full access to the Prism RGB color system. This allows the user to change the LED within the mouse to any color they wish. Something unique offered with the Rival 500 is the tactical alert system. If you really want to get into your games, the Rival 500 allows you to change the way it feels combined with your games. Vibration, triggers, short and long buzzes all comes together to immerse you further within the game. The feeling of having your mouse simulating a heart beat when you are 1 health in Doom makes your own heart match it, there really is nothing else like it.
We here at Game Rampage give the Steel Series Rival 500 Gaming Mouse a 9/10.
Customization to the Extreme
Flawless flow between actions
Durable yet compact
May be too intricate to your average user
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