SteelSeries offers some exciting gaming keyboards, such as the Apex Pro or the Apex 7. However, these are in price ranges that some gamers simply don’t want to invest in their setup. With the Apex 3, however, the manufacturer also offers a gaming keyboard that is considerably cheaper and is thus aimed at budget-oriented gamers.
The SteelSeries Apex 3 offers no mechanical switches and is “only” equipped with a 10-zone RGB illumination. However, it is water-resistant and thus survives even a small accident on the gaming table. For improved ergonomics, it is also equipped with a handball tray. Is that enough to justify the price of € 79.99? You’ll find out in our review.
|Material||Polymer housing, ABS plastic keycaps|
|N-key rollover||24 keys|
|Lighting||RGB lighting with 10 zones|
|Size (HxWxD)||39.69 x 444.7 x 151.62 mm|
|Switch||Rubberdome (20 million keystrokes)|
|Cable||1.9 m, USB 2.0|
|Extras||media control, macros, palm rest|
Design and workmanship
With dimensions of 39.69 x 444.7 x 151.62 millimeters, the keyboard is average in size for a full-size keyboard. The solid, magnetic palm rest adds another eight centimeters to the keyboard as needed.
The housing of the Apex 3 is made of plastic, no metal elements are used. Nevertheless it does not look cheap. The plastic feels pleasant to the touch and the keyboard isn’t extremely light with 816 grams, so that it still feels high-quality. It also has a secure stand due to the rubberized and adjustable feet on the bottom.
There are also cable ducts at the bottom so that you can route the connection cable away from the keyboard according to your preferences.
The ABS plastic keys are translucent, so that the letters and numbers are illuminated. But the keyboard rather becomes an eye-catcher by the illumination underneath and/or beside the keys, as the complete key surface is lined with a milky plastic that is illuminated. This looks really great, despite the RGB lighting limited to 10 zones.