SteelSeries Apex Pro Review Summary

SteelSeries Apex Pro

This is a summarized review of the SteelSeries Apex Pro, a premium 104-key mechanical gaming keyboard with dynamic RGB illumination. The size of the keyboard is 436.7 x 139.2 x 40.3mm and it weighs 0.97kg or 2.14 lb.

It has a keypress force of 45 cN, a response time of 0.7ms, and is advertised with a “lifetime” reliability of 100 million keypresses.

The following scores from Amazon for this product only, show that the 5-stars rating is 88%, while the 1-star rating is 2.5% only.



Omnipoint adjustable switchesAdjustable actuation distance for each key from 0.4mm to 3.6mm.
Comfortable keysQuiet and feels premium rated at 4.7/5 stars. 
Cablet Management SystemCustom cable routing from centre, right or left side of the back of the keyboard.
RGB illuminationEach key is customizable up to 24 bits or 16.8 million colour choices.
Fast response rateSuper fast response rate and actuation using magnetic sensors.
Aircraft-grade aluminiumFrame build in Aluminium 5000 series for lightweight, durable and rigid construction.
Magnetic wrist rest with premium surfaceDetachable wrist rest with 8 rubber feet for stability, attaches via magnetic catch. The top surface feels premium.
Built-in LED mini screenDisplay customized info from Spotify, Discord, etc.
Media volume wheelA clickable metal roller and media keys allow you to adjust volume and settings on the fly: change brightness, rewind, skip, pause and more, all at the touch of a button. 
100% Anti-GhostingKeypresses are sent without error and in the order pressed.


  • Expensive: Currently it is sold for around $170 which is expensive but around the same range as other high-end gaming keyboards such as the Razer Huntsman V2 selling at $199.
  • No indications of CAPS Lock being on or off.
  • It is not waterproof.
  • The lifetime reliability of 100 million keypress does not mean lifetime warranty, according to SteelSeries:
    • All countries outside the EU: 1-year warranty from date of purchase
    • EU: 2-year warranty from date of purchase.
  • User feedback with 1 or 2 stars is less than 5% which is impressive. There are the few with reported issues such as:
    • The plastic or rubber feet below the keyboard fall off easily.
    • Keyboard malfunctioned in less than a year, such as locking up, “sticky” keys,

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