It’s funny how with everyone introducing their own RGB mechanical keyboards that SteelSeries is actually the last of the big companies to bring theirs out. This is interesting to me because they were one of the first to bring out a full RGB rubber dome keyboard with their first Apex keyboard. That said I do know what took so long. Corsair locked down RGB Cherry switches for the first year leaving everyone to figure out their own design. Razer was able to get to the market quickly with their Kiehl manufactured cherry knockoff switches. Logitech brought out their G910 recently with their new “Romer-G switches” made in partnership with Omron. So SteelSeries took their time designing their own switch as well. Their new QS1 switch is designed with a short throw and center mounted lighting as well and can be found in the new Apex M800 that I’m going to take a look at today.

Product Name: SteelSeries Apex M800

Review Sample Provided by: SteelSeries

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes




1390 g (3.06 lbs)


510 mm (20.08 in)


174 mm (6.85 in)


41 mm (1.61 in)

USB Cable Length

2 m (6.6 ft)


Zero Ghosting, 256 Keys

Keyswitch type

SteelSeries QS1

Keyswitch Throw


Keyswitch Activation Point


Keyswitch Force


Keyswitch Life

60 Million Clicks


16.8 Million color


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garfi3ld replied the topic: #36411 13 Mar 2015 19:16
Today I take a look at the brand new Apex M800 from SteelSeries with their new QS1 mechanical keyswitches.

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