SteelSeries Apex M800

SteelSeries Apex M800

The Apex M800 is the high end model from the manufacturer SteelSeries. The mechanical keyboard uses QS1 Switches, these are specifically for the Apex M800 created switches. Similar to the Romer-G Switches in the Logitech G910, the QS1 Switches in the Apex M800 have a quite short actuation distance. SteelSeries promises a 25 percent faster actuation and overall faster inputs.

Keyboard for speed junkies

SteelSeries calls the Apex M800 the world’s fastest and most programmable mechanical gaming keyboard. To live up to its promises, the manufacturer has made some arrangements. The SteelSeries Apex M800 has an own dual core processor just to process the key presses. Thanks to this processor, the Apex M800 offers a 256-Key-Rollover. This should be sufficient as an Anti-Ghosting measure, as the keyboard doesn’t even have that many keys.
Last but not least, the Apex M800 has a low-profile layout to minimize the distances your fingers have to travel.

More features of the SteelSeries Apex M800

The Apex M800 is not only a fast keyboard, but also a good looking one. All the LEDs are individually customizable. There are 16.8 million colors and 8 brightness levels available.

Additionally the Apex M800 has six fully programmable macro keys, a cable management routing area under the keyboard and an integrated usb hub to connect 2 additional usb devices. There are no dedicated media controls, but the function keys offer various actions as an additional option.

Tech Specs for SteelSeries Apex M800

Dimensions: 510 x 174 mm
Weight: 1390 g
Connection: USB
Illumination: Yes (RGB)
Cable Length: 200 cm
Key Rollover: NKRO
Numpad: Yes
Macro Keys: 6 keys
Media Keys: Dedicated media controls
USB Passthrough: Yes (USB Hub)
Switches: SteelSeries QS1
Keycaps: Laser etched ABS keycaps
Extras: With palm rest, fully programmable
Available since: Jan. 2015

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Mechanical Keyboard Score


The mechanical keyboard score is our overall score for a keyboard. The score is based on the available ratings and critics and makes an easy comparison between different mechanical keyboards possible. It is also used for our mechanical keyboard ranking.



October 28, 2015

3.5 out of 5 stars

"This mechanical keyboard packs attractive features (notably, a new kind of key switch) and elaborate lighting, but its few shortcut keys and superficial macro editor suggest you should wait for a price drop."

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PC Gameware

July 2, 2015

10 out of 10 points

"If your not planning on writing a novel and you want to spend that bit extra for gaming perfection then the SteelSeries Apex M800 is the keyboard for you."

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Tom's Guide

April 3, 2015

3.5 out of 5 stars

"While the SteelSeries Apex M800 is too sensitive for everyday tasks, it's worth picking up if you want tournament-level competitive FPS play."

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Kit Guru

March 30, 2015

8.5 out of 10 points

"The Apex M800 is a great keyboard to type and game with and does not present any real comfort issues."

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February 27, 2015

80% overall score

"Firstly, the QS1 switches are a joy to use – the low profile design, low travel distance and light actuation force makes typing a breeze and it feels very responsive, and ...."

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Reviews in other languages

PC Games Hardware

June 22, 2015

Note 1.52

"Für den Schreiber gut, für den Spieler sehr gut."

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