SteelSeries Apex 9 TKL

SteelSeries Apex 9 TKL / Mini

Make way for new SteelSeries OptiPoint switches! SteelSeries enters the realm of optical switches in September 2022 by presenting two new keyboards: The SteelSeries Apex 9 TKL and the Apex 9 Mini.

Apex 9 with OptiPoint Switches

The Apex 9 features linear OptiPoint switches. These optical switches provide two main benefits: Zero debounce time and less susceptibility to physical wear off. In addition, the OptiPoint switches from SteelSeries offer another advantage: You can choose whether the switches should actuate after 1 mm or after 1.5 mm. Furthermore, the switches of the Apex 9 can be swapped out by the end-user. This might come in handy when it comes to maintaining / repairing the keyboard. The solid double-shot PBT keycaps are another commitment from SteelSeries to the durability of this keyboard.

Small optical gaming keyboard

As for the rest, the Apex 9 is a small optical gaming keyboard with big versatility. Via SteelSeries software, you can adjust the position of the actuation point, the lighting and the executed action for each key individually. Combined with a detachable USB cable, adjustable feet, keycap puller and convenient media controls (only for Apex 9 TKL), SteelSeries has created a convincing overall package.

SteelSeries Apex 9 TKL vs Apex 9 Mini

The SteelSeries Apex 9 is available in two versions: The Apex 9 TKL features a tenkeyless form factor, so coming from a full-size keyboard you only lose the numpad. The Apex 9 Mini on the other hand features a 60% form factor, meaning it has neither a navigation block nor a function row. Also the media controls are only available in the TKL version.


Versions: SteelSeries Apex 9 TKL | SteelSeries Apex 9 Mini

Tech Specs for SteelSeries Apex 9 TKL

Dimensions: 355 x 128 x 42 mm
Weight: 635 g
Connection: USB
Illumination: Yes (RGB)
Key Rollover: unknown
Numpad: No
Macro Keys: No macro keys
Media Keys: Dedicated media controls
USB Passthrough: No USB Passthrough
Switches: SteelSeries OptiPoint Linear
Keycaps: Double-shot PBT keycaps
Extras: Fully programmable, keycap puller
Available since: Sep. 2022
Dimensions: 293 x 103 x 40 mm
Weight: 676 g
Connection: USB
Illumination: Yes (RGB)
Key Rollover: unknown
Numpad: No
Macro Keys: No macro keys
Media Keys: Dedicated media controls
USB Passthrough: No USB Passthrough
Switches: SteelSeries OptiPoint Linear
Keycaps: Double-shot PBT keycaps
Extras: Fully programmable, keycap puller
Available since: Sep. 2022

Further Information on Amazon.com

SteelSeries New Apex 9 TKL – HotSwap Optical Mini Keyboard – TKL Esports Design – Optical Switches – RGB Customization – Aluminum Alloy Frame – Double Shot PBT Keycaps
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Mechanical Keyboard Score

80

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Reviews


Vortez

October 18, 2022

Premium Award

"If you want a quick, small, aesthetically pleasing keyboard from a reputable manufacturer, you could do a lot worse than this."

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Tom's Hardware

September 6, 2022

4 out of 5 stars

"SteelSeries’ Apex 9 series is an attractive option for those interested in a slightly-less customizable Apex Pro Mini."

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