It’s the epitome of “what you see is what you get” in the best possible way. It’s sleek, sturdy, and, most notably, compact.
The design is simple and minimalistic. The SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL could easily be described as a “humble gaming keyboard”. The flashiest thing it features is the reflective SteelSeries logo, and even that is wedged subtly between the arrow keys and “few people ever use them unless it’s to close a non-responding game or software” keys.
The SteelSeries keyboard gives off the impression that everything has its purpose. It has everything you need, nothing more, nothing less. Or does it?
Let’s address the elephant in the room: the missing Numpad, the defining trait of the TKL (Tenkeyless) keyboard. While it adds to its compactness, you might certainly find yourself missing it. So, it’s not recommended unless you are certain you won’t be needing them. Trust me, muscle memory can be deceiving, and you might find yourself hitting the ghost Numpad keys at times.
What we played: Overwatch, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Frostpunk
*This item was not provided by SteelSeries. It was purchased by Unleash The Gamer for review purposes only.
|The Good||The Bad|
|Very compact||Keys are too sensitive|
|Customizable lighting||Limited RGB responsiveness|
|Sturdy||No special macro keys|
|Part of Prism Sync||Slightly crammed keys|
SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL
RGB Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
I could easily call it a comfortable keyboard, but it does have one small hitch: the incline. The SteelSeries Apex M750 features a subtle, upward incline that cannot be altered. It’s a naturally tall keyboard compared to most. There are no clasps on the back to either drop it or lift it depending on preference. It has just one angle and you have to accept it. So, it may be a small inconvenience for anyone who prefers their keyboard flat on the desk.
Simple, simple, simple. It has a matte finishing and minimalistic design. The keys are elevated a decent amount of its surface, which ultimately enhances two features: it’s easy to clean and it shouts “I’m a mechanic keyboard”. The edges are rounded and almost soft to the touch. You can customize its lighting with the usual effects and color modes you’d expect from gaming keyboards.
However, the Dynamic Prism Illumination contrasts its otherwise simple outward design. It features ultra-bright RGB LEDs which can be customized down to each individual key. That makes it part of the SteelSeries Prism family, together with the SteelSeries Sensei 310, which you can synchronize among hardware of the same manufacturer. You can set color changes and lighting effects that sync between your keyboard, mouse, and headset. In addition, it has reactive illumination to in-game events (such as when you’re low on health, ammo, have abilities ready, etc.) called GameSense Lighting.
However, while it’s highly responsive to in-game events, it will be hardly noticeable during FPS shooters when your attention is squared solely on the screen. It’s a nice touch, but ultimately won’t be of significant help in improving your gameplay.
Given that it’s a TKL (Tenkeyless) keyboard, the SteelSeries Apex M750 takes compactness to a whole other level. The lack of NUMPAD shaves off a good four inches from its length. It takes very little space and it’s perfect for either a small desk or a usually cluttered one. I also found it to have its keys just a little bit more crammed than others. It’s not noticeable unless you’re used to typing more than a sentence very quickly. It’s where muscle memory can turn against you. It’s a matter of preference, so you can read up on what users had to say.
It’s small, but sturdy. The SteelSeries Apex is surprisingly heavy for a keyboard of its size. If you fear you might accidentally knock it around just because it’s compact, you shouldn’t. Its weight and the rubber pads on the back will keep it firmly in place. The anodized aerospace aluminum seems like it could take a few punches, but I would highly discourage testing it either way. However, it’s a mechanical keyboard. If a key happens to snap out, it can easily be placed back.
The SteelSeries Apex M750 features no additional keys. That means no multimedia or special buttons. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not customizable. You can install its driver, SteelSeries Engine 3 or later versions, and program different functions for each key. As mentioned on the box, it provides programmable text-based, key-press, and on-the-fly macros.
In essence, any key can do anything as long as you have the patience. Given its relatively low number of keys and compact size, it may not be the best option for those who enjoy programming macros without interfering with other functions.
For a mechanical keyboard, the SteelSeries Apex is considered quite silent by many users. If you don’t apply more force than needed (you press the very sensitive keys instead of hitting them), you’ll barely hear it. However, it’s missing the “clicky” tactile feedback. You’ll be trading that sought-after trait among mechanical keyboards for the silence it can maintain during late-night gaming sessions.
One more thing to note is the slightly hollow sound in pushing the keys too hard. The Apex lacks the satisfying clicky sound and makes a bit of an unpleasant noise at times.
The SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL is an excellent gaming keyboard for those seeking something of a smaller size. It’s perfect for anyone with a cluttered desk or who simply wants to have additional free space for a larger mousepad. I’ve found very few flaws in its performance, though the keys can be a little too sensitive. When it comes to price vs. value, it can be said that it’s worth your money. However, you should take into consideration the lack of a NUMPAD. For some, it will be a difficult adjustment.
SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL
RGB Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
|Top Material||5000 Series Aluminum Alloy, Matte Black Finish|
|N-Key Roll Over||104-Key|
|Illumination||Individually controllable per-key RGB, including whole-keyboard patterns and reactive typing effects|
|Programmability||Fully Programmable with Key Rebinds, Key Press Macros, Text Based Macros|
|OS||Windows and Mac OS X, USB port required|
|Cable Length||2 m / 6.5 ft|
|Type & Name||SteelSeries QX2 Linear Mechanical RGB Switch|
|Actuation Point||2 mm|
|Total Travel||4 mm|
|Lifetime||50 Million Keypresses|
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