SteelSeries Apex 5 Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard The Apex 5 combines the smoothness of a membrane switch with the added durability, performance, and satisfying tactile click of a blue mechanical switch for a premium gaming experience that doesn't require you to choose one.
The Apex 5 combines the high performance and tactile click feel of a mechanical keyboard with the extreme durability and convenience of IP32 water resistance. Designed from the ground up for gaming, it also includes a high quality magnetic palm rest, OLED smart display and RGB per button. The Apex 5 is the perfect mix of gaming and real life.
I actually have this keyboard. They are not membranes. The alphabetic keys are special adjustable keys. The numeric keypad, arrow keys, etc. they are regular red, not adjustable. I certainly wouldn't call them a silent whisper. It is significantly louder than a laptop keyboard (although this depends on the laptop brand). That said, I wouldn't even call them noisy. But anyone in the room with you will hear you as you type. With the adjustable keys, you can, in theory, set them to be extremely sensitive. Then lightly press the button to activate it. It would make them whisper softly. Although, I imagine, it would also make entry difficult.
The top of the Apex 7 is plastic (although advertised as "aircraft aluminum"), so it feels cheaper. The customization software is much more intuitive than iCUE and the card can handle 15 hardware effects instead of the 5 on the K95 Platinum or K70 Mk.2 (but it can't do more through software like Corsair too). No RGB logo / light bar or dedicated media keys, but instead you get an OLED display and you can still access the media keys via the roller and button (roller clicks too).
You can use meta links to map the Steelseries button + another key.
The activation setting is great! Feel the difference in games with their super fast implementation. Typing is exactly the opposite, I have a lot of typos with super fast implementation. Which isn't a problem at all, as you can switch profiles on the fly and have one of the best typing experiences imaginable with a super deep 3.6mm actuation point. It's like having multiple keyboards at the same time and being able to effortlessly change them to suit the task at hand.
Some disadvantages that I would like to highlight: - Not waterproof. Be careful with this. - Only the main block uses omnipoint switches. Not a big deal considering you don't really use the other keys, but it's a good reason to make a 60% or TKL keyboard with just omnipoint switches, right? After using the TKL keyboards, I really appreciated the extra space. I highly recommend the TKL version over the full version once it has actually been released. - The o-rings will prevent the 3.6mm actuation point from working properly and I didn't really like the feel of the o-rings on this keyboard. Not a big deal considering the keyboard is already quiet enough even without the O-ring.
I have owned a Steelseries keyboard in the past and was very disappointed with the switches it used. I had an m750 with qx2 switches and I just didn't like them. I don't really know how to explain it, but they just felt bad. I'm generally not a fan of linear switches (as a player I know profanity) as I tend to have a heavy hand and accidentally hit Shift or Ctrl by accident, which interrupts my movements and gets me killed. Not only that, but I feel more wrong when writing essays for college and have to come back to revise more frequently. I needed a new keyboard that left more room for my mouse, as I play at low dpi, and was looking for TKL models from various companies. I originally planned to use Logitech's G Pro to pair it with my G Pro Wireless, but then I realized they had Romer-G switches. I tested them and found them okay, but the lack of customization and aftermarket touches put me off. The new Apex Pro TKL has come out with its OmniPoint switches, which are linear switches whose trigger point you can change to suit your preferences. Again, I'm not a linear fan, so this disappointed me as the rest of the keyboard caught my eye. Fortunately, with the Apex 7, they allow you to choose your switches from the 3 options they offer. I chose chestnuts because I wanted something quick but with some feedback.
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