The SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Wireless is, in fact, very fast. Most of the keyboard’s keys can be set to be pressed anywhere between 0.2mm and 3.8mm, in 1mm steps. That’s about as far as I’d like to go in either direction. 0.2mm is very sensitive to even the lightest touch, which makes it too sensitive for most everyday typing tasks without making mistakes, but it’s great for gaming.
SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Wireless: Description
This light touch means you barely have to press a key to make it work. This saves time on the down press and also makes it easier to reset. That’s useful for games where you have to press a key switch quickly and often. The dual action is the other cool thing about it. You can make any key do two things depending on how hard you press it. The best thing about the Apex Pro TKL Wireless is how easy it is to set up and switch between typing and gaming profiles.
On the keyboard, we only have to hold down the SteelSeries logo key and press F9 to cycle through all the profiles that have been loaded onto the board. we have a profile set to 1.8mm for typing and 0.2mm for Destiny’s WASD and other keys around the left side of the keyboard The Pro TKL’s small OLED screen can show a different image for each profile, which is a great way to remember which profile you’re using at any given time.
SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Wireless: Pros and Cons
- Adjustable mechanical switches for personalized actuation.
- High-quality double-shot PBT keycaps for durability.
- Compact tenkeyless (TKL) layout for space-saving design
- May require some time to get used to the adjustable actuation feature.
- Wireless range may be affected by obstacles and interference.
- Non-detachable wrist rest may not suit everyone’s preference.
|Switch Type||OmniPoint Adjustable Mechanical Switches|
|Keycaps||Double-shot PBT keycaps|
|Keyboard Layout||Tenkeyless (TKL)|
|Connectivity||Wireless (2.4 GHz) and Wired (USB-C)|
|Wireless Range||Up to 10 meters|
|Battery Life||Up to 40 hours (per charge)|
|Charging Cable||Detachable USB-C|
|Backlighting||Dynamic RGB Illumination with per-key customization|
|Actuation Force||45cN (cN = Centinewton)|
|Actuation Point||Adjustable between 0.4mm – 3.6mm|
|N-Key Rollover||Full-key rollover|
|Multimedia Keys||Dedicated multimedia controls (Volume, Play/Pause, Skip)|
|Programmable Keys||Fully programmable with SteelSeries Engine|
|Software Compatibility||Windows, macOS|
|Dimensions||355.44mm x 139.26mm x 40.44mm|
|Weight||820 grams (without cable)|
|Official link||Visit Website|
SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Wireless: Design
The SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Wireless Keyboard looks and feels simple because it has a compact TKL form factor. This means that it doesn’t have a numpad. This 1 kg unit is made of a high-quality aluminum alloy top plate and a tough hard plastic shell. You can change the height of the stand, which is pretty common in mechanical keyboards. There’s also a cool little OLED display, a small but high-quality volume dial, and a mute button.
Even on a high-end keyboard like the SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Wireless Keyboard, you wouldn’t expect a TKL to have dedicated media controls, so it’s great to see them here. There’s also a place to rest your wrist, but it’s not padded. It still supports your wrist, which is a plus.
The keycaps themselves are made of double-shot PBT and have a design that keeps them from fading. They also have a great texture that feels great to the touch. The Apex Pro TKL Wireless can also be used as a wired keyboard, and SteelSeries has included a nice braided detachable USB-C to USB-A cable so you can play and charge at the same time. With RGB lighting, the battery life is about 37 hours, which is a little longer than you might expect for a wireless TKL product.
Even though the Apex Pro TKL Wireless is designed for PC use, especially in terms of software support and customization, it can be used for a lot of different things. It can be used with game consoles and, to a limited extent, with Mac computers.
SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Wireless: Setup
Along with the Apex Pro TKL wireless, you’ll get a magnetic wrist rest, a USB-C to USB-A cable to connect the keyboard, a keycap puller, an extension adapter, a wireless connection dongle, and the product manual, which is also available on SteelSeries’ website. You must first decide how you want to connect. The dongle can be switched between Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless. If you choose 2.4GHz wireless, you can use the SteelSeries Engine software page to customize or fix it.
For this software to work, you need Windows 7 or later or MacOSX 10.12 or later. For the keyboard to be fully charged, it may need to be plugged in first. The magnetic wrist rest just snaps onto the keyboard, and the legs underneath can be used to change the height of the keyboard. On a basic level, everything is set up. After you connect the keyboard, the best thing to do first is to go to SteelSeries Engine and start making changes to how the keyboard works.
SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Wireless: Performance
The SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL has the company’s new and improved mechanical OmniPoint switches, which it calls OmniPoint 2.0. These switches are made to respond 11 times faster and be activated 10 times faster. A typical gamer might not notice the difference in milliseconds, but it will help in gaming, especially if you like fast-paced games where you often fight hordes.
We have no problems with how the games work, of course. This gaming keyboard is very quick and responsive, and the keys have a satisfying mechanical feel without being too loud. We only wish that the roller had a little less resistance, but since we’re not using it for gaming, that’s easy to overlook. And while the iCue software can be buggy we can’t even remember how many times we have installed and uninstalled it on our computer the adjustable actuation and dual actuation features work well and reliably.
We have tested both of these features in games like Control and Cyberpunk 2077, and they’re a game-changer that can be used in very useful ways. You can use the same key to walk and run, but you have to press it lightly for walking and all the way down for running. You’ll have a smoother time, and since you won’t have to reach over for a second key, you’ll also be more comfortable.
SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Wireless: Price
The SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL isn’t the cheapest mouse. Even though it’s a wired gaming keyboard, it costs more than the Corsair K70 RGB TKL, the Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro, and even the Logitech G915 TKL Lightspeed Wireless, which is also wired.
It will cost you $189.99 (£189.99 or AU$219.99), which is a lot of money but fair for all the features you get. It has adjustable actuation and dual-actuation, an OLED smart display, a magnetic wrist rest that is soft to the touch, and SteelSeries’ new OmniPoint 2.0 adjustable mechanical switches.
As long as you can use all of these features when you play games, this gaming keyboard is a great deal. On the other hand, if you’re not going to use those features, you might want to choose one of the many cheaper alternatives.
The SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Wireless Keyboard has a high price, but it is worth it because it is well-made and works well. On paper, the OmniPoint 2.0 adjustable switches might sound like a gimmick or something you wouldn’t use much, but when you use them, they are more than impressive they feel like a big step forward.
Aside from a few small problems, being able to switch between fast and slow keystrokes was eye-opening and helped you figure out the best actuation point. Once you find your sweet spot, you might not need to change anything, which shows how flexible you are.
The Apex Pro is a full-size model from the past. The Apex Pro TKL (2023), on the other hand, is a more recent TKL model. It also has better PBT keycaps and switches that can be activated at a wider range of points.
The world’s fastest and most advanced full-sized keyboard is easy to use for any task, whether you need to hit the keys quickly in a game to beat the competition or slowly to type accurately. The power is in your hands.