It has been a long time since I sat down to tell people how important a mechanical keyboard is. We talking about something that is sturdy, reliable. Something that will register each button press without fail and will survive you pressing the same keys again and again, or even smacking them around a bit. Meet the SteelSeries Apex M750, a built for serious business mechanical keyboard with that lighting bling that is all the rage.
Light ’em up
While every device and bit of the PC is being turned into a disco by LEDs, the peripheral is one of the least offending spots. For typing or finding your hand position again in darker rooms (not that you should be playing games in dark rooms or you will be wearing glasses like me soon) or for a small amount of feedback on the periphery of your vision, keyboard lights work. While not completely practical, there is something very sci-fi about having the keys react to your typing, changing colour or intensity or even sending a ripple across the surface. It is an aesthetic you either love or hate and the M750 has grown on me. I especially like how the keyboard lights up the shortcut keys when holding down the SteelSeries function key, reminding me which keys are used to control my volume or adjust the LEDs on the fly. The same style lighting can be used for game-specific keys, so you can make sure your hand is lined up on the keyboard properly for your mobo game.
From the keyboard’s construction which feels sturdy and durable to the keys all having a nice uniform glow around their edges and through the keys as well, this peripheral screams quality in dulcet RGB tones.
In a world of exhibitionism, from esports to streamers and the like, this keyboard highlights everything you do, and it looks and feels like quality while doing so. From the keyboard’s construction which feels sturdy and durable to the keys all having a nice uniform glow around their edges and through the keys as well, this peripheral screams quality in dulcet RGB tones.
Built for heavy-duty
For someone like me, it is what is beyond the flashy lights that really gets me excited. The QX2 mechanical switches only require 45cN of force to depress and actuate at 2mm. If you want a fast reaction from a key even from a minimal press of a key, this is where the action is at. The QX2 has a linear operation and a satisfying sound when pressed and I like knowing that if I tap on a key, that press is registered and I find it works well both for gaming as well as typing, though if you have a habit of touching the key next to the one you want, you will find a few words have extra letters in them.
SteelSeries has stuck to the original idea of building a sturdy platform to use. This thing has an aluminium core and will take a beating. Not that you should damage your peripherals but sometimes things go wrong, frustration builds and your hand hammers down on the keyboard. Having a device that can handle that kind of percussive frustration relief, a little bit of punishment is a requirement for anyone that puts many hours into MOBAs or battle royale titles. It also looks really good while doing its job. Besides the nice lighting, the keys all sit on a base plate which gives it a minimalist appeal and making it a bit easier to clean the keyboard if you take all the keys off. This is probably something you might want to do often because that base section with the shiny lights really shows up the dust and hair that have gravitated towards your keyboard.
The Apex M750 might be built with esports and the exhibitionist in mind, but the strength of SteelSeries mechanical keyboard design philosophy means that just about anyone will use this keyboard and enjoy their time with it. I say just about everyone, but I mean people who are willing to dole out cash for something that will last a long time. Buying a tank isn’t cheap and this tank costs R3,200.