Earlier this yr I lastly received round to protecting SteelSeries’s Apex M800 and its proprietary QS1 swap, and now it’s gone. Sure, after only one keyboard, SteelSeries has ditched the QS1 swap, with its sq. housing and centered LED. 

Taking its place is the Apex M750 keyboard designed across the all-new QX2 swap—nonetheless proprietary, however fairly a bit extra acquainted. The QX2 falls squarely into “Cherry MX knockoff” territory, as with so many switches as of late.

So how does it fare?

Observe: This evaluate is a part of our best gaming keyboards of 2017 roundup. Go there for particulars about competing merchandise and the way we examined them.

Design: Conserving it easy

Earlier than we dive deeper into the QX2, let’s speak a bit concerning the Apex M750 itself. That is presumably SteelSeries’ flagship these days—if for no different motive than it bears a flagship value. At $140 the Apex M750 is the most costly keyboard SteelSeries sells, and regardless of its decrease numeric designation, the M750 replaces the Apex M800 utterly.

It’s a really primary keyboard although. Constructed nicely, actually—the all-metal chassis offers the M750 a sturdy and dependable really feel. However so far as luxurious options go—devoted media keys, macro keys, USB pass-through, removable or routable cable, wrist relaxation—none of that’s included right here.

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Media keys are embedded within the operate row from F9 to F12. That’s extra logical placement than keyboards that use F1 to F4, because it lets you use the M750’s keys one-handed. It’s nonetheless no substitute for precise media keys although, not to mention a quantity curler, as on Corsair’s Ok95 or Logitech’s G810. Embedding media instructions within the operate row is the naked minimal these days, so on a flagship keyboard it appears like a misstep.

Macro keys aren’t any actual loss, and I’m effective with the M750’s smaller dimension in comparison with the M800. Hell, I’m additionally effective with no USB passthrough, no removable or routable cables, and even no wrist relaxation. None of those are must-have options.

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