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.
“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”
“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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