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SteelSeries Apex 5 – the Rubberdome gaming keyboard that wants to be mechanical

The SteelSeries Apex 7 has the features you want, but it’s just too expensive? Then maybe SteelSeries Apex 5 is just the right keyboard for you!

Just like the Apex 7, SteelSeries Apex 5 offers the programmable OLED display as well as the media control in the upper right corner. The palm rest, the aluminium base frame and the RGB lighting are also included.

Nevertheless, the keyboard costs 60 euros less and is therefore much more attractive in terms of price.

How does that work? With hybrid switches, i.e. rubber domes, which are supposed to provide a mechanical typing feel.

In our test of the SteelSeries Apex 5, you can find out if the mechanical hybrid blue gaming switches are suitable and how the rest of the materials and features of the gaming keyboard perform.

The technical details of the SteelSeries Apex 5

Size (H x W x D): 4.5 x 44.3 x 13.9 cm
Weight: 925 g
Cable: 1.90 m, USB 2.0
Key rollover: 24-KRO
Switch: SteelSeries mechanical hybrid RGB switch
Keys: ABS plastic
Additional keys: Media control, scroll wheel (volume), SteelSeries/FN
Additional functions: brightness (adjust, switch off), gaming mode, macro recording, display
Lighting: RGB, single keys
Profiles: 5 profiles, software-free Macros programmable
Price: € 124.90

Only at first sight reserved

The SteelSeries Apex 5 has it all. With a size of 44.3 x 13.9 centimeters, it has the standard size of a keyboard, but offers a lot more.

SteelSeries Apex 5

First of all, it can be extended by the magnetic palm rest. This is easy to attach and remove, but even holds when moving the keyboard. The matt black soft-touch plastic surface feels pleasant to the touch, but isn’t very easy to clean.

SteelSeries Apex 5 with palm rest

The keyboard case is made of plastic, but it is provided with a high-quality aluminum plate, so that one doesn’t notice anything of the cheaper plastic on the upper side. Due to the aluminum, the keyboard is absolutely torsion resistant and robust. By the way, there is a three-way cable guide at the bottom in order to lead the connection cable away from the keyboard as desired. Furthermore, the rubberized stands are located here, which can be folded out.

SteelSeries Apex 5 rear panel

But only when connected, Apex 5 reveals its true appearance. Then the integrated RGB lighting lights up, illuminating each button individually. And the OLED display with 128 x 40 pixel resolution also shows the first contents. The SteelSeries logo is programmed into this display at delivery, but you can also integrate your own pictures and GIFs. But the highlight of the OLED display is certainly the game info, discord messages and more. Do you really need this and notice it during use? I don’t think so – but it is a cool gimmick.

SteelSeries Apex 5 OLED display

Two buttons with many functions

A button and a rotary wheel are integrated in the Apex 5 directly next to the OLED display. This is the media control.

The rotary wheel is of course responsible for the volume, but can also be pressed to immediately mute the audio output.

The additional button is assigned several functions. One click starts or stops the media playback, a double click jumps to the next title, three clicks lead to the last played title. If you hold the button pressed for four seconds, you can also make various keyboard settings via the OLED display. In addition to the lighting, the profiles can also be changed, for example.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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