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SteelSeries Zboard

alaTest has collected and analyzed 327 reviews of SteelSeries Zboard. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Keyboards for all reviews. People really like the durability and design. The price and usability also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the size and reliability.

usability, price, design, durability

reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Keyboards the SteelSeries Zboard is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for SteelSeries Zboard

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of SteelSeries Zboard from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Keyboards on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the size. The price is also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the reliability and design.

usability, price, size

design, reliability

63% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: SteelSeries Shift Keyboard and Keyset - World of Warcraft - Cataclysm Edition (PC)SteelSeries Shift Keyboard and Keyset - World of Warcraft - Cataclysm Edition (PC)

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for SteelSeries Zboard

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 152 user reviews of SteelSeries Zboard from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Keyboards on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the design and durability. The price and usability are also appreciated, but there are some less positive opinions about the size and reliability.

usability, price, durability, design

reliability, size

72% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Alex Castle (maximumpc.com)

SteelSeries Shift Review

 

It's tough to set yourself apart as a keyboard—when you get right down to it, most of them are fundamentally the same. The SteelSeries Shift, however, manages to set itself apart in two big ways.

Amazing feature set, including huge customization and great software support

Switchable faceplates require more sacrifices than they’re worth

The problem with the Shift is simple: The swappable keysets are a gimmick. The game-specific keysets are rarely helpful, and if you want game-specific key bindings you’re better off just getting a high-quality gaming keyboard that lets you customize...

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: Natalie Shoemaker (pcmag.com)

SteelSeries Shift

 

The SteelSeries Shift keyboard is a good choice for the multi-genre gamer, but you may find that your wrists may suffer in the long term.

Good software interface. On the fly macro-editing functionality. Audio and USB 2.0 ports. Swappable keyset

Uncomfortable palm rest. Quick-keys are oddly placed. Not backlit

The SteelSeries Shift offers a plethora of features for a good mid-range price, at least for a gaming keyboard. Unfortunately, the flaw in the Shift is ultimately in the design. An ergonomic palm rest is an important aspect of any keyboard and in this...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

SteelSeries Shift: Cataclysm Keyboard

 

The Shift: Cataclysm keyboard features one-touch macros, the ability to mark targets using preset keys and color coded command keys to reduce the amount of press combinations needed to raid efficiently. Though, if multi-key commands are a habit you...

Expert review by: Jamie Fletcher (techgage.com)

SteelSeries Shift Gaming Keyboard Review

 

If you're the type gamer who spends more than the normal amount of time tweaking your peripherals, then the Shift keyboard from SteelSeries deserves your consideration. Not only does it allow you to configure every single key, it also enables you to...

To call this review long-term would be somewhat of an understatement as the keyboard has been in use for several months, providing ample opportunity to test its features and to become accustomed to its layout.

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Anthony Garreffa (tweaktown.com)

SteelSeries Shift Gaming Keyboard Review

 

Can the SteelSeries Shift find its way onto your desktop? We think so.

Jun, 2011

GOLD SILICON AWARD

Expert review by: The Duke (techreaction.net)

Steelseries Shift Gaming Keyboard

 

The Steelseries Shift gaming keyboard is designed to change and adapt to real-time strategy (RTS), and massively multiplayer online (MMO) games through interchangeable keysets. Powered by the Steelseries Engine software, the Shift provides gamers with...

The Steelseries Shift almost gave us a headache (in a good way), simply because of the vast options and customizations available with it. The interchangeable keysets really put this board in a class of its own. Having the macros keep track of time...

Jun, 2011

Recommended

Expert review by: Lersar (lanoc.org)

SteelSeries Shift

 

The original Zboard by Ideazon was, for better or for worse, the first gaming keyboard I ever owned. Because of this, it will always hold a special, biased place in my heart. About two years later, I had become more engrossed in the world of PC gaming,...

Finally, I do appreciate the audio and USB hubs that SteelSeries included. Though it makes for a beefy male-end to plug into the tower, it has saved me the trouble of pulling out my tower to get to USB ports many times. My back is grateful.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Uzair Sajid (wccftech.com)

SteelSeries SHIFT Gaming Keyboard Review

 

The only reason that PC gaming is still alive and thriving is because it offers customization and adaptability beyond any other gaming platform around.

Like I just mentioned a few paragraphs ago, I’ve been using the SteelSeries Shift as my primary keyboard for several weeks now and I’m simply in love with it. It is a good, well designed keyboard which is durable yet comfortable to use and has a lot of...

Feb, 2011

PERFORMANCE AWARD!

Expert review by: Stuart_Davidson (hardwareheaven.com)

SteelSeries Shift Gaming Keyboard Review

 

In the world of gaming peripherals there are only a few manufacturers that create products which cause excitement amongst pro and casual gamers, SteelSeries is one of them. When they launch a new mouse, keyboard or audio product gamers take notice due...

In the world of gaming peripherals there are only a few manufacturers that create products which cause excitement amongst pro and casual gamers, SteelSeries is one of them. When they launch a new mouse, keyboard or audio product gamers take notice due...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by: Natalie Shoemaker (techreviewsource.com)

SteelSeries Shift Gaming Keyboard

 

When a computer peripheral company touts a keyboard as "gaming-grade," it's the software and additional features that distinguishes it from, say, a keyboard you'd use for your office PC. The SteelSeries Shift packages bonus features like a swappable...

Good software interface. On the fly macro-editing functionality. Audio and USB 2.0 ports. Swappable keyset

Uncomfortable palm rest. Quick-keys are oddly placed. Not backlit

The SteelSeries Shift keyboard is a good choice for the multi-genre gamer, but you may find that your wrists may suffer in the long term.

Product Specifications

Design

Backlight: No
Color of product:Black
Ergonomic design: Yes
Game edition:StarCraft / World of Warcraft
Internal:No / Yes
Surface coloration:Image / Monotone

Energy Management

Power source type:USB

Ergonomics

Cable Length:78.7
Headphone outputs:1
LED Indicators: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
Plug and Play: Yes

Keyboard

Adjustable keyboard height: Yes
Device interface:PS/2 / RF Wireless / USB
Full-size keyboard: Yes
Hot keys: Yes
Keyboard form factor:Standard
Keyboard integrated devices: No
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard style:Straight
Keyboard type:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad: Yes
Programmable hot keys: Yes
Purpose:PC/server
Recommended usage:Gaming
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
Wrist rest:No / Yes

Mouse

Mouse included: No

Other Features

Built-in touchpad: No
Compatibility:StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty / Steelseries Shift
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP, Vista, 7 / Windows XP/Vista/ 7\nMac OSX / Windows XP/Vista/7,\nMac OS X.
Depth:7.48
Depth (imperial):7.5
Display included: No
Height:1.57
Height (imperial):1.6
I/O ports:2 x USB 1.1 / 2x USB
Keyboard function keys:6
Width:19.3
Width (imperial):19.3

Packaging Content

Number of products included:1

Packaging Data

Number of products included:1

Power

Power source type:USB

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah / No / Yes
USB required: Yes
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64 / Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Keyboard dimensions (WxDxH):19.3 x 7.48 x 1.57 / 19.3 x 9.45 x 1.57 / 8.86 x 18.4 x 1.5
Keyboard Weight:3.09