Apex 7 TKL Keyboard Overview
Taking a first look at the Apex 7 TKL SteelSeries has gone with a silver and white design that looks absolutely awesome. For those not familiar with the tenkeyless form factor basically you are getting a full-size keyboard without the numberpad. This means you still get your arrow keys as well as the full function row. This form factor is one of the most popular amongst gamers.
One of the big changes to this keyboard over the normal Apex 7 TKL is the addition of the double-shot PBT pudding keycaps. First off PBT keycaps feel so much better than normal keycaps, but on top of that they don’t show shine or wear like normal ABS keycaps do. These are the pudding keycaps which are white on the top with see-through legends and translucent on the bottom part the really make the RGB standout.
Under these keycaps we find out mechanical key switches, which on Ghost Edition of the keyboard are SteelSeries own red switches. These are a linear switch with a 2.0mm actuation, 4mm of total travel, 45cN force, and are rating for 50 million clicks.
While there is not a whole lot of extra space on this keyboard (which I am a fan of), there is an open section in the top-right corner. Here SteelSeries has installed a small OLED screen. It can display a bunch of different things, which we’ll show you in a little bit. Also in the top-right is a small volume wheel and multi-function button. The multi-function button is for multi-media control so if you press it once it will play/pause media, double-tap will skip, and a triple-tap will go back. The interesting thing is this area is where your print screen, scroll lock, and number lock keys would be, they are absent on this keyboard.
On the top-edge of the keyboard towards the left there is a USB port which is great for plugging in your mouse, a wireless receiver, or even a flash drive.
Looking at the keyboard from the side it has a slight angle, but is pretty flat overall. The pop-out feet on the bottom of the keyboard allows for more of an angle.
SteelSeries uses a magnetic wrist rest on this keyboard, which I prefer over the ones that snap on. On the Ghost Edition is is a light grey, which really goes well with the rest of the keyboard. It has a soft-touch finish on it which feels great and is very comfortable. The USB cable on this keyboard is pretty thick and is grey as well, but I feel it doesn’t really match the keyboard all that well. It is also just a rubber cable and is not detachable from the keyboard.
Flipping the keyboard over we can see that both the keyboard and wrist rest have rubber feet on the bottom that will keep the keyboard in place on your desk. We can also see that you can choose where the USB comes out of the keyboard, either left, right, or center. The pop-out feet on the keyboard are also rubberized.