SteelSeries chops keys off the Apex M750 TKL keyboard

The number of choices available for the most particular typists and gamers has expanded again with SteelSeries' Apex M750 TKL. The new offering is a tenkeyless version of the company's 104-key Apex M750 that debuted just a couple of months ago. Like its big brother, the M750 TKL is built with SteelSeries' proprietary QX2 switches atop an aluminum base and offers per-key RGB LED backlighting.

According to SteelSeries, the linear QX2 switches are "whisper-quiet" and have 4 mm of total travel, an actuation distance of 2 mm, and actuation force of 45 cN. The mechanical characteristics make them similar to Cherry's most popular MX Blue, Brown, and Red offerings. The mention of silence and linearity seem to imply that the QX2 switches are probably analog to Cherry's MX Reds.

Given that the Apex M750 TKL is missing the numerical pad present on its older sibling, SteelSeries says it ought to be more portable for LAN gaming and offer increased desktop real estate for mouse movement. The keyboard has all of the high-end gaming keyboard features like N-key rollover, full anti-ghosting, and per-key illumination. SteelSeries' Apex M750 TKL retains compatibility with the company's SteelSeries Engine apps—ImageSync, Audio Visualizer, GameSense, and Discord Integration.

The SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL is available now from SteelSeries for $120. The regular Apex M750 with a ten-key block is still available from Amazon and Newegg for $140. The manufacturer offers one-year warranty coverage.

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    • gecko575
    • 2 years ago

    Have the chattering issues in mechanical keyboards been addressed? I have a hard time swallowing the 100+ price tag on these keybards. Cheapo mechanical switches in my experience with both Kailh and Cherry switches have had issues with chattering.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 2 years ago

      That has more to do with the construction of the keyboard than the keyswitches they use. A high-quality mechanical keyboard shouldn’t have that problem. I’m currently using a Kinesis keyboard using Cherry MX switches which is downright silent.

        • gecko575
        • 2 years ago

        Sounds like I’m gonna have to bite the bullet and buy a decent keyboard then 🙂

      • Voldenuit
      • 2 years ago

      As RAGEPRO said, “chattering” is usually due to a flimsy backplate and not a fault of the keyswitches themselves. I have a Rosewill RK-9000R w/ Cherry Reds and an Ozone Strike TKL with Cherry Browns, and neither of them chatter, because they have very solid backplates.

      • TheRazorsEdge
      • 2 years ago

      I have a CoolerMaster mechanical keyboard, and it has no weird noises. (Not at home, so I don’t have the model# handy.) The Brown switches make their own sound, of course, but nothing beyond that.

      Don’t get a cheap mechanical if you’re worried about it, and buy from somewhere with a reasonable return policy like Newegg or Amazon.

      I’ve personally seen Corsair and SteelSeries in action, and they’re good. CoolerMaster pulled ahead because they were the first to offer 10-key, durable key caps, no LEDs, and clean styling under $100.

    • tay
    • 2 years ago

    These need to have 1 less gimmick and be about $40 cheaper each. $80 and $120. Especially if these are ABS keycaps.

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