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SteelSeries APEX M800

alaTest has collected and analyzed 97 reviews of SteelSeries APEX M800. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the durability. The design also gets good views. Some have doubts about the reliability and price. There are some mixed views about the size and usability.

design, durability

price, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the SteelSeries APEX M800 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Hayden Dingman (pcworld.com)

SteelSeries Apex M800 review: Yet another custom keyboard switch, but it's compelling

 

The SteelSeries Apex M800 and its custom QS1 switch put on a good light show, but it falls just shy of outdoing keyboards with Cherry MX keys.

Brilliant and uniform lighting ; QS1 is a solid stand-in for the Cherry Red switch ; Creative handling of Caps Lock/Num Lock indicators

Proprietary keycaps are flimsy, not easily replaced ; The thing is huge ; Tiring to type on after a few hours

If you can get past its biggish bones and that absurd spacebar, the Apex M800 is a solid option for those who want ultra-responsive keyboard switches—especially when it’s on sale. SteelSeries’ asking price of $200 is more than a bit ridiculous,...

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Matthew Buzzi (pcmag.com)

SteelSeries Apex M800

 

The SteelSeries Apex M800 is a premium gaming keyboard outfitted with high-performance mechanical switches and a staggering number of customization options for key lighting and programming.

Top-quality mechanical switches. Nearly unlimited key lighting and programming customization options. USB pass-through.

Expensive. Large frame. Plastic body.

Conclusion The SteelSeries M800 is a premium gaming keyboard at a premium price, and delivers consistent performance while offering high levels of customization. The software is helpful in setting up the keyboard to your preferences, and the lighting...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by : Chris Scott Barr (slashgear.com)

Steelseries Apex M800 Keyboard Review

 

When it comes to desktop keyboards, there are generally two types to choose from. There are those with the typical rubber-dome keys, and those that use mechanical switches. Gamers tend to gravitate toward the latter for many reasons, and the latest...

Excellent keyboard for twitch-based games ; Every keys is remappable

Pricing could be a bit more competitive ; Lack of dedicated media keys ; Keys are too sensitive

SteelSeries appears to be targeting twitch-based games with their Apex M800 keyboard, and I’d say that it does a great job in those scenarios. You only need to press the keys 1.5mm before they’re registered, and that can be the difference between...

Aug, 2016

APH:Renewal

Expert review by : Jonathan Kwan (aphnetworks.com)

SteelSeries Apex M800 Review

 

What is the difference between a luxury and an overkill? As I sit here at 2:25pm on a Tuesday afternoon contemplating about this question, the more I think, the more I realize the line is not as clear as I have first imagined. In my opinion, luxury has...

Sep, 2015

Expert review by : Mike Jennings (trustedreviews.com)

SteelSeries Apex M800

 

The Apex M800's £140 price makes it one of the most expensive gaming keyboards on the market. SteelSeries tries to justify the price by loading this unit with new features, from specially-designed mechanical switches to RGB-backlit keys.

Quiet, low-profile keys ; Consistent, comfortable typing ; Good software ; RGB backlighting

No dedicated media buttons ; Awkward USB ports ; Only plastic throughout

Nov, 2015

Expert review by : Abhijit Dey (digit.in)

SteelSeries Apex M800 Review

 

With the exclusive QS1 mechanical switches, SteelSeries is essentially trying to present a new switch design with beautiful RGB lighting on the Apex M800.

Brilliant RGB lighting ; Software has better control over lighting modes and macros ; Keys have good feedback for gaming ; Two USB 2.0 passthrough ports

Expensive ; Bad typing experience ; Applying and retaining effects are buggy in the software

Mechanical keyboards are expensive because of their unique feedback given from the tactile and clicky switches. This is absent on the keyboard, hence we are sceptical about the extremely high price on the Apex M800. The new switch design brings along...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : Daniel Wilks (pcauthority.com.au)

One Minute Review: Steelseries Apex M800 Keyboard

 

Rather than follow the normal mechanical keyboard bandwagon and use Cherry switches, Steelseries has gone its own way with the Apex M800, designing a new mechanical switch the company calls the QS1. The proprietary switch is less clicky than many...

A great keyboard, but heavily overpriced.

Jun, 2015

Expert review by : Chris 471 Articles (funkykit.com)

SteelSeries APEX M800 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review - FunkyKit

 

Today I will be reviewing the SteelSeries Apex M800 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This will my first review of a mechanical keyboard. In my opinion the worst thing about mechanical keyboards are the price. Most mechanical keyboards carry a higher price...

Mechanical ; QS1 Switches ; Superb lighting capabilities ; Every key programmable ; SteelSeries Software easy to use ; Multimedia keys ; Anti-Ghosting

Price

In conclusion, the SteelSeries Apex M800 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is a fantastic pice of hardware. The Price may be pretty hefty but break that down in the how long this keyboard will last and the unlimited customization capabilities and the price...

Jun, 2015

Expert review by : Jon Martindale (kitguru.net)

Steelseries Apex M800 mechanical keyboard

 

Even though most serious gamers use mechanical keyboards these days, many do not realise that the te Even though most serious gamers use mechanical keyboards these days, many do not realise that the technology behind those key-switches is over 30 years...

QS1 switches are excellent. Cartainly comparable to Cherry MX.

Expensive.

Mar, 2015

Extreme Ultra Award

Expert review by : Matthew Lambert (bit-tech.net)

SteelSeries Apex M800 Review

 

SteelSeries' latest mechanical keyboard has RGB backlighting and a new low-profile switch

The Apex M800 was always going to be a tough sale for SteelSeries at £160, especially given that it uses an entirely new and thus largely unproven mechanical switch, but we have to say we like what it's done. Firstly, the QS1 switches are a joy to use...

Feb, 2015

Product Specifications

Design

Adjustable backlight:Y
Backlight: Yes
Backlight color:Various
Backlight type:RGB LED
Color of product:Black
Internal: No
Surface coloration:Monotone

Energy Management

Power source type:USB

Ergonomics

Cable Length:78.7
Card reader integrated: No
LED Indicators: Yes

Keyboard

Actuation force:1.59
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Device interface:USB
Fingerprint reader: No
Flexible keyboard: No
Full-size keyboard: Yes
Hot keys: Yes
Key travel distance:0.118
Keyboard form factor:Standard
Keyboard integrated devices:No / USB hub
Keyboard key switch:Mechanical key switch
Keyboard language:Belgian / French / Swiss / Turkish
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:256
Keyboard style:Straight
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keys operating life:60
Number of programmable (macro) keys:6
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device: No
Programmable hot keys: Yes
Purpose:PC/server / Universal
Recommended usage:Gaming
Rollover:N-key rollover
Scroll wheel:N
Smart card reader:N
Spill resistant keyboard: No
Split keyboard:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB hub:Y
Windows keys: Yes
Wireless technologies:Wired
Wrist rest: No

Mouse

Illumination color:Red/Green/Blue
Mouse included: No

Other Features

Height:6.85
Width:20.1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Engine 3 / SteelSeries Engine
Cables included:USB
Number of products included:1
Quick start guide:Y

Packaging Data

Bundled software:Engine 3 / SteelSeries Engine
Cables included:USB
Number of products included:1
Quick start guide: Yes

Power

Power source type:USB

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Technical Details

Cord Length:78.7

Weight & Dimensions

Keyboard dimensions (WxDxH):20.1 x 0.118 x 6.85 / 20.1 x 1.61 x 6.85
Keyboard Weight:3.06