SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL (Keyboard) Mini-Review

SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL (Keyboard) Mini-Review

Shortly after the release of SteelSeries’ Apex M750 mechanical keyboard, the manufacturer announced they would be producing a 10-keyless design variant. Retailing for $156 CDN, the Apex M750 TKL is targeted at eSports players looking for a mechanical keyboard that provides all the high-quality performance professional players need while stripping away the excess fat known as the numpad. By cutting this portion of the keyboard the Apex M750 TKL is now one of the best mechanical keyboard to travel with to LAN events due to its compact/portable form. Other than this difference in form factor, the board largely remains the same. Here are some of my positives and negatives from the original review of the Apex M750 that still affect the TKL version.

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SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL Mechanical Keyboard (image credit CGM Staff)

“Unlike the rather plain design of the Apex M500, the M750 takes a futuristic approach, leaving behind hard edges for sleek curves and a raised profile. The different mixes of aluminum and plastic make a great looking keyboard that stands out in the market. My only disappointment were the rubber feet on the bottom of the board that users can switch out to increase the height. This is supposed to replace the adjustable plastic feet found on most keyboards, but the feature isn’t executed all that well. The rubber feet dislodge too easily and could potentially be lost in transit if users take the board on the go.”

“To compliment that powerful aluminum frame, SteelSeries has developed their third generation of house built switches, the QX2s. These RGB switches are akin to traditional Cherry MX Reds, delivering a fast and smooth linear response to users who want a precise experience”

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SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL Mechanical Keyboard (image credit CGM Staff)

“While SteelSeries has corrected many of my previous complaints, the only one that has not been corrected is the continued absence of multimedia functionality. It just feels weird that in 2017 the user still needs to use function keys to increase the volume of their music or stop their piece of media on a premium keyboard.”

“The best-selling feature of SteelSeries’ mechanical keyboards continues to be their fantastic build quality that users can easily rely on, and the Apex M750 is no exception. The sleek new design, innovative RGB lighting effects and the ever-evolving software suite are sure to satisfy whatever user purchases it.”

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SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL Mechanical Keyboard (image credit CGM Staff)

A retail version of this device reviewed was provided by the manufacturer. You can find additional information about CGMagazine’s ethics and review policies and procedures here.


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Top 5 Audio Headsets to Give Your Friends (or Your Greedy Self) This Holiday

Top 5 Audio Headsets to Give Your Friends (or Your Greedy Self) This Holiday

If you’re looking for the perfect set of headphones for that special audiophile in your life, then your search has ended, my friend! The team of experts at CGMagazine have come up with a selection of our favourites from this year that are sure to satisfy that special someone in your life – even if that special someone is you.

Razer Hammerhead Headset

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Razer Hammerhead BT Headset (image credit: CGMagazine)

The Razer Hammerhead headset is a Bluetooth headset that works with everything from your smartphone to your gaming laptop. These metal earbuds come with a magnetic clip that fits securely to your shirt or work-out gear, inline remote, excellent battery life, and surprisingly good sound for a wireless headset.

Why They’ll Love It: “I was impressed with the Razer Hammerhead BT; they quickly become my go-to headphones while working out, and I even used them for some of my mobile gaming. Also, the comfort made them a great option for when I just wanted to listen to music while doing some work in the office. For the price range, these are some of the best feeling, best sounding headphones I have tried. They are headphones I would happily buy for personal use, and would recommend to anyone who does not mind the “gamer look” and loves the quality Razer offers. Razer Hammerhead BT headset is a fantastic offering to the segment, and I look forward to seeing what Razer comes out next in the realm of audio.”

– Brendan Frye, EIC at CGMagazine

Find out more details here.

Sennheiser 4.40BT Wirelesses Headset

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Sennheiser 4.40 BT Headset (image credit: CGMagazine)

The Sennheiser 4.40BT Wireless Headset is light and durable, comes with a promised 25 hours of battery life, optional headphone 2.5mm to 3.5mm headphone jack and cable, and excellent sound quality.

Why They’ll Love It: “The bass has solid kick and the mids and highs punch pretty well, especially using the aptX codec or an amplifier. The battery life is absolutely fantastic, and were a major convincing point for someone like myself who is constantly on the move and is often neglectful when charging devices. Lightweight and comfy—for the most part—they also fold up for easy storage in a bag or purse. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better pair of headphones that offer great sound, great battery life, and easy use in this price range.”

– Brendan Quinn, Associate Editor at CGMagazine

Find out more details here.

Razer Thresher Ultimate Gaming Headset

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Razer Thresher Ultimate Headset (image credit: CGMagazine)

Packed with a wealth of features, such as Dolby 7.1 Surround sound, central hub, stand attachment, two micro-USB cables, and an optical cable that pubgs into your platform of choice, the Razer Thresher Ultimate gaming Headset offers quality sound for a diverse array of platforms.

Why They’ll Love It: “Razer’s Thresher Ultimate headset is a great purchase for a user looking for the benefits and build quality that comes from a premium priced headset.”

– Cole Watson, Senior PC Hardware Editor at CGMagazine.

Find out more details here.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Gaming Headset

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Steelseries Arctis 7 Headset (image credit: CGMagazine)

The SteelSeries Actis 7 is a powerful wireless offering from the Arctis family of peripherals. They feature 7.1 surround sound, a comfortable headband well suited for hours of music or gaming, 13 hours of battery life, all for a price well under those of equal or greater specs.

Why They’ll Love It: “If you’re a user who prefers a wireless gaming experience then the Arctis 7 is a great candidate in its price bracket. The Arctis family strips away the stereotypes of traditional gaming drivers for a more casual and comfortable design that any modern user can appreciate.”

– Cole Watson, Senior PC Hardware Editor at CGM.

 Find out more details here.

Plantronics RIG 800LX Gaming Headset

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Plantroniocs RIG 800LX Headset (image credit: CGMagazine)

While offering a comfortable experience due to its unique design, an efficient battery life, and an impressive frequency range, the major stand-out feature of the Plantronics RIG 800LX is the inclusion of a Dolby Atmos product code that will not only enhance this headset, but all of your previous and future gaming headsets as well as a permanent audio choice for any compatible piece of content.

Why They’ll Love It: “The RIG 800LX is a powerful new competitor in the headset market for users to consider. While it’s Dolby Atmos technology isn’t an exclusive perk, the headset is more than competent enough to handle any type of game thrown at it and deliver a satisfying and immersive experience akin to some of the best competition offered on the market.”

– Cole Watson, Senior PC Hardware Editor at CGM.

 Find out more details here.

Still unsure about what to get that special someone this Holiday season? For more suggestions, check out the CGMagazine Buyers Guide – Best of 2017 Edition, available for pre-order now, in print and digital formats. Get yours here.

EDITORS NOTE: Retail versions of the devices in this article were provided by the publisher for previously published reviews. You can find additional information about CGMagazine’s ethics and review policies and procedures here.


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SteelSeries Rival 110 (Hardware) Review- The Core Essentials

SteelSeries Rival 110 (Hardware) Review- The Core Essentials

Instead of rolling out their next generation of gaming peripherals, SteelSeries has opted for a different approach by deciding to update their fan favourite products to match the current industry standards that consumers desire. Most notably, the Rival series of eSports-geared mice. This lineup contains a rich legacy of products that continue to be go-to recommendations from many prominent players in the field across multiple titles, including Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The subject of this review is the Rival 110, the cheapest mouse currently offered by the manufacturer that still contains the core essentials for competitive PC play.

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SteelSeries Rival 110 Professional Gaming Mouse (image credit: CGM Staff)

Starting with design, the SteelSeries Rival 110 features the same streamlined chassis as its previous iteration, the Rival 100. It’s understandable why there was no need to update the chassis because the Rival 100 is a very accommodating mouse for right-handed players that feels comfortable to use due to its small form-factor and low profile. Unfortunately, this still leaves left-handed players with the SteelSeries Sensei as the companies only ambidextrous offering. As is standard with Rival mice, the left and right sides of the mouse are covered with textured gripping to take advantage of the variety of grip styles players use. The only true weakness of this Rival 110’s design and 6-button layout is that the USB cable only uses a stiff sleeve instead of a more durable and flexible braided cable. This feels like the only real compromise that comes from the mouse’s affordable price tag of $49.99 CAD.

While the design of the Rival 110 has not been updated, the sensor certainly has. Previously the heart of the Rival 100 was a custom 3059-SS sensor, which had a max of 4000 CPI, 143 IPS, and 20g acceleration. This sensor has instead been swapped out for the new line of SteelSeries TrueMove sensors, which the company advertises as being the world’s first true 1-to-1 tracking mouse. The Rival 110 specifically uses the TrueMove 1 sensor, which touts specs of a max of 7200 CPI, 240 IPS, and 30g acceleration. These numbers can be hard to interpret for casual readers, but what these values equate to is a mouse that has no latency, pinpoint precision, and the ability to keep up perfectly with the quick flick movements of players who lower their DPI settings.

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SteelSeries Rival 110 Professional Gaming Mouse (image credit: CGM Staff)

Performance-wise I would rank the SteelSeries Rival 110 right up there with the likes of some of my favourite mice, such as the Logitech G403 Prodigy and the classic Rival 300. All three of these mice deliver a great pinpoint experience and feature the in-depth customization software required to fit the user’s personal needs. What makes SteelSeries products competitive-player friendly is that the user’s settings can be saved to the Rival 110 and taken anywhere on-the-go without the need for additional software or drivers. The Rival 110 may not have any of the innovative features of its more expensive brothers, but the mouse can still sync up with a variety of lighting effects using the SteelSeries Engine Software and other Prism Sync enabled products.

The SteelSeries Rival 110’s greatest strength is that it offers a fantastic 1 to 1 sensor experience to budget users at an affordable price. While I personally prefer mice with a bit more bulk and additional features, this mouse delivers the core essentials that every player requires from their hardware with no hassle. Users who already have similar hardware don’t need to upgrade and should wait for the next generation of gaming peripherals if they are looking for more innovation.

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SteelSeries Rival 110 Professional Gaming Mouse (image credit: CGM Staff)

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SteelSeries Apex M750 (Mechanical Keyboard) Review

SteelSeries Apex M750 (Mechanical Keyboard) Review

The last SteelSeries mechanical keyboard I tested was the Apex M500, and that was over a year ago. While the board had great build quality for its price, the largest complaints I had were the lack of entertainment features and its rather boring design. Those complaints are mostly rectified with the release of SteelSeries’ next iteration in their mechanical keyboard lineup, the Apex M750.

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SteelSeries Apex M750 (Mechanical Keyboard) – image credit: CGMagazine

Retailing for $179.99 CAD, The Apex M750 is another addition into SteelSeries’ long legacy of high-quality keyboards. The keyboard’s frame is built with the use of aerospace aluminum alloy, which is sure to provide users with a durable and stable base on which to play their favourite games.

Unlike the rather plain design of the Apex M500, the M750 takes a futuristic approach, leaving behind hard edges for sleek curves and a raised profile. The different mixes of aluminum and plastic make a great looking keyboard that stands out in the market. My only disappointment were the rubber feet on the bottom of the board that users can switch out to increase the height. This is supposed to replace the adjustable plastic feet found on most keyboards, but the feature isn’t executed all that well. The rubber feet dislodge too easily and could potentially be lost in transit if users take the board on the go.

To compliment that powerful aluminum frame, SteelSeries has developed their third generation of house built switches, the QX2s. These RGB switches are akin to traditional Cherry MX Reds, delivering a fast and smooth linear response to users who want a precise experience. The large clear casings built around the QX2’s are also a nice touch, showcasing all of the RGB lighting effects the Apex M750 has to offer to great effect. The weirdly satisfying factor about these switches is the copper click leaves built within the switch, which make a hard click that mimics Cherry MX Blue’s.

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SteelSeries Apex M750 (Mechanical Keyboard) – image credit: CGMagazine

Performance wise, these house switches are a great addition. While operating the Apex M750 felt weird at the beginning, within an hour I adjusted and warmed up to the fast response time and smooth linear key presses of the keyboard. This speed is created due to the 2mm actuation point of the switches and the miniscule amount of force needed to register an input. These two design choices make the Apex M750 appealing for competitive players who want to improve their game with faster reaction speeds.

While SteelSeries has corrected many of my previous complaints, the only one that has not been corrected is the continued absence of multimedia functionality. It just feels weird that in 2017 the user still needs to use function keys to increase the volume of their music or stop their piece of media on a premium keyboard. While this is a mild disappointment, what I’m really excited about are the three new RGB effects that the company has developed for their SteelSeries Engine software.

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SteelSeries Apex M750 (Mechanical Keyboard) – image credit: CGMagazine

My personal favourite of the three new effects is how the SteelSeries Engine now works in tandem with Discord. By pairing the two applications together, users can program the keys on their Apex M750 to flash or light up when they receive new messages or notifications. Users can also control their voice chats, allowing them to mute specific users on the fly or even an entire chatroom. Those are just a few examples though because every function in Discord can be programmed into the keyboard and customized with an effect.

The last two effects are purely visual enhancers, but fun none the less. Audio Visualizer makes all of the user’s compatible SteelSeries products sync up to their music and put on a private light show, while ImageSync can convert any animated gif into a customizable lighting effect. All of these effects continue to build a better software suite of effects that a broad audience of users can enjoy.

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SteelSeries Apex M750 (Mechanical Keyboard) – image credit: CGMagazine

The best-selling feature of SteelSeries’ mechanical keyboards continues to be their fantastic build quality that users can easily rely on, and the Apex M750 is no exception. The sleek new design, innovative RGB lighting effects and the ever-evolving software suite are sure to satisfy whatever user purchases it. The price tag of $179.99 CAD is a bit steep for the market considering the feature set, but the high-quality construction and materials are a welcome trade-off to ensure users possess a keyboard that is built to last for years to come.


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SteelSeries Arctis 7 (Hardware) Review

SteelSeries Arctis 7 (Hardware) Review

While SteelSeries didn’t blow me away with the Siberia 800 due to its extensive set- up options and high enthusiast price point, the techies in their lab have certainly learned how to pack more bang for buck in their latest line of headsets with the Arctis 7. Gone are the days of RGB lighting gimmicks that the user can’t even see, as well as the uncomfortable sharpness and pointy protrusions that make our heads look as if they were encapsulated inside alien technology. The Arctis family strips away these stereotypes of traditional gaming drivers for a more casual and comfortable design that any modern user can appreciate. 

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