First I want to thank Steelseries for providing me with their new Apex Gaming keyboard, its a really nice keyboard with illuminated keys you can customize how you want to.
About the Apex:
SteelSeries Apex is designed to give you everything you want and more. With sleek lines and style, the Apex leaves nothing to be desired. Enjoy 88 more ways to win with 22 macro keys each capable of up to 4 macro layers. SteelSeries ActiveZone lighting delivers 5 independent color zones, each capable of 16.8 millions colors for style and function. Set unique colors for each of your macro layers enabling you to not only recognize your current layer faster, but also locate groups of keys with ease. The Apex also includes a few extras like integrated USB hub, independent media keys, and a braided nylon cable.
From day one, SteelSeries has been focused on making high performance gaming gear used by the most demanding, top professional gamers worldwide and peripherals that provide superior quality and a competitive edge to gamers of all skill levels. We believe, as most gamers do, in winning, not trying!
What originally began with two people who recognized the need for superior, high-quality/performance gaming gear that would give gamers a competitive edge, has grown into a global leader in gaming and entertainment gear sought after for their high performance capabilities.
Fast-forward to today, and we’ve come a long way since our first glass mousepad. We have global offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, providing an integrated portfolio of products designed specifically for gaming. Fueling our growth is you, the gamer!
While we are proud of our technology and product innovation, we are even more excited about how these products are developed to meet the needs of gamers. Many companies may claim to develop superior gaming products but few actually do. Instead, they spend countless hours with lab engineers trying to force fit a new technology with bells and whistles and mediocre functionality for the end-user.
At SteelSeries, we develop our products with a small internal team and a vast network of technology partners, channel partners, game publishers, and gaming communities around the globe. We aren’t afraid of being challenged and implementing new ideas. Our main goal is to always to listen to the collective feedback of our professional gaming community.
We won’t bore you with cheeky slogans, trying to underline our authenticity as gamers. We fully acknowledge that the best professional gamers in the world know more about what they want and what will make them better, than we do. We are proud to be working with our partners, but we can’t take credit for their invaluable input and feedback. Instead we tell it like it is: they help us. We want to know what works and what doesn’t. For this reason, SteelSeries creates innovative solutions that provide a competitive advantage for all gamers.
Critical to our company’s success is also our reinvestment in the gaming communities and the individuals who support them. As a result, our corporate philosophy is to take a substantial portion of our revenue and put it back into the gaming community to help spur industry growth. We support our community in numerous ways, ranging from co-hosting tournaments like Iron Lady and King of the Hill, and supporting gaming competitions of all sizes, to promoting the top and up-and-coming gaming teams/organizations.
Put simply, SteelSeries does not claim to invent or reinvent the gaming industry. Nor do we focus on one specific product, copy other companies or follow the crowd.
Instead we leave it to you, the gamer, our customer/partner/inspiration, to decide if we are deserving of such declarations and accolades. What we do promise, however, is to remain committed to you. We will continue to work with you and the gaming community to make the best products possible and give you that competitive edge. We will continue to do our best to support the growth of the professional gaming industry and give back to the gaming communities. By doing so, we don’t just talk a good game, we win!
Importance of good peripherals and why buy an expensive keyboard?
Most people have a cheap Logitech or ... keyboard for 10 euros and some others have a keyboard of 100 euros, why buy an expensive keyboard if you just can buy a cheap 10 euro keyboard??? The more expensive keyboards have more and better features, better design and are more comfortable. You have 2 main category's of keyboards: Rubber dome switches and mechanical switches, The mechanical keyboards are always expensive and priced around 100 euro or more. then we have the rubber dome keyboards and are the cheapest, for around 10 euro you have one. But rubber dome keyboards with a lot of options like: lights, macro keys, independent media keys, USB hub,... obviously costs more. This isn't necessary but its great and fun to have such things.
Also the anti-ghosting feature is really nice BUT for people who just use there computer to check their mail or browse the web, its a waste of money to buy 'high-end' keyboards. They are made for gamers in particular, with all the features and cool things to win!
As a gamer myself i do know how important it is to own good peripherals, if you have a bad keyboard which won't register your key presses or a mice which always go to the borders of your screen or if you are wearing a headset but you can't hear gunshots or whatever I assure you you won't get that pleasant feel when gaming. But if you have good peripherals you can just enjoy your game and have much more chance to win or be better in your game because your stuff does what it has to do.