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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Wednesday, 08 December 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
SteelSeries 7G Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Closer Look: SteelSeries 7G
SteelSeries 7G Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts
Conclusion

SteelSeries 7G Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

When you are shopping for a gaming keyboard what features are at the forefront of your mind? If you are looking for LED backlit keys, an LCD display or macro keys then you won't find them here. Benchmark Reviews brings you the SteelSeries 7G mechanical Gaming Keyboard. SteelSeries have taken a much different approach to the gaming market with their first mechanical gaming keyboard, by bringing durability and quality in the form of individual 18k gold plated spring loaded mechanical switches. I can't say for sure if this keyboard is an IBM Model M killer because I dont own one of those, but if this keyboard lasts anywhere near as long as some of those Model M's have lasted then it will be a very worthy investment indeed.

The SteelSeries 7G sports a rigid metal inner chassis for extreme strength and each key on the 7G is an individual 18 karat gold plated and spring loaded mechanical switch which are guaranteed for 50 million presses and provide excellent tactile and audible feedback. The anti-ghosting system allows for as many simultaneous key presses as there are keys on the keyboard. If this isn't enough for you then you also have a removable wrist rest bundled with the 7G and on the back are two USB ports and headphone and microphone ports built in for added convenience when you come to attach a headset or mouse to your PC.

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This is my first experience with a mechanical keyboard which means that I can't comparatively compare it to any other currently on the market, but what I can do is report back whether or not if there are any real benefits over a standard keyboard. Before we take a look at the keyboard itself, let's read up on the features and specifications of the SteelSeries 7G Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.

Manufacturer: SteelSeries
Product Name: 7G
Model Number: 64022
Price As Tested: $149.99 (PriceGrabber)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by SteelSeries.

Features and Specifications

Below is a snippet from the SteelSeries 7G product page:

As we began to design the 7G, we wanted to offer a keyboard that would do more than emulate the bridge console on the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 and instead, we focused on raw performance and durability.

We took a long look at the most extreme use scenarios for keyboards and designed a keyboard that would meet and (in most cases) exceed every one of them. That's why we refer to the 7G as the "heavyweight of gaming keyboards". It's not the prettiest chick in the beauty pageant. It doesn't glow or pulse. But it packs a punch. A serious one.

  • GOLDEN QUALITY: 18K gold-plated mechanical switches and USB connectors for extremely low latency.
  • EXTREME ANTI-GHOSTING: Allows as many simultaneous key presses as there are keys on the keyboard.
  • RAPID RESPONSE TIME: No-click mechanical switches ensure low latency and fast response.
  • UNRIVALED LIFECYCLE: Guaranteed keyboard lifecycle of 50 million keystrokes.
  • SUPREME COMFORT: Large removable handrest assures superb comfort even during the longest gaming sessions.
  • INCREASED APM: All facets of the 7G are included to increase the users' actions per minute.
  • CONNECT YOUR HEADSET: Audio ports available for headphone-in and microphone-out.
  • MEDIA CONTROLS: Quick access to volume, mute and other audio controls.
  • DURABLE BUILD QUALITY: Durable metal inner chassis and 2 meter long deluxe braided cord.



 

Comments 

 
# Seriously ?Ray 2010-12-09 23:44
How can you give a 9.0 to this hideous looking thing. come on now. The value should get 6.5 just because of they have the balls to include USB 1.1.
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# RE: SteelSeries 7G Mechanical Gaming KeyboardSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2010-12-10 00:15
I did say that the looks would get mixed ratings... and the inclusion of USB 1.1 ports over USB 2.0 ports isn't such a big issue as you're not going to use it for anything other than a mouse anyway.
At the end of the day you are allowed to make your own mind up and you can decide for yourself what you think, I can't represent everyone...
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# MechanicalToeringsandthong 2010-12-10 12:13
mechanical keyboard suck ! too 1990ish ! good if you had a ibm 386 dx40 i guess !
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# clackBoo 2010-12-10 21:31
Mechanical keys come in three flavours. The ones nice for typing have key spring resistance which reduces part way through the key travel. You press a key and it yields completing the stroke and giving you tactile feedback. This yielding can be accompanied by a mechanical clack or not. The 7G has constant spring pressure the only clacking comes from the keys hitting something hard at the end of their travel rather than a rubber dome, it is more of a rattle and depends on how hard you hit the keys.

I type this on a 7G. It is a very robust quality bit of kit (which it should be for the price). The wrist rest is excellent even if you might not think so looking at it.
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# Great, but...Jerry Nielsen 2010-12-12 05:19
Never seems to amaze me how stupid American consumers are. That's probably lack of education and years of media brainwashing. They like shiny unpractical and useless junk like for ex new glossy LG or Samsung plasma screens and have not yet grown up to professional quality. Most can not afford anything but Chinese or Korean crap - that's regarding comments above.

Regaring keybord itself it's almost perfect but... I've been using it for over a year and few of the keys like lower left Ctrl and neighbouring buttons started loosing the print - it's not dissapeared just fased badly - it's a shame for such a great product and soo good looking to start diminishing after such a short time... My G6 keyboard never had issues like that, however left Ctrl key stopped working after 1 year. They sent me G7 free of charge then... Great service, I've had a whole set of extra keys with my G6 - maybe will try switching them soon but not sure if would fit.

The wrist rest is bad in my opinion but I never needed to use it used any other...
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# RE: Great, but...Olin Coles 2010-12-12 10:23
Jerry: considering you are from Illinois, I'm not sure how much validity your insults carry. I'm not even sure why you would choose to begin a public post with a personal attack anyway. Furthermore, the author is from the UK.
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# RE: RE: Great, but...Jerry Nielsen 2010-12-13 04:44
Gotcha, what does not change my opinion. UK and US are unfortunately much alike (for both of them) and so is their new mass pop culture.

p.s. and I meant recent LCD's not plasma really but also people who say things like "plasma has 600Hz refresh rate" etc. Nobody fights ignorance anymore - just tries to capitalize on it...
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# RE: RE: RE: Great, but...Steven Iglesias-Hearst 2010-12-13 05:07
so is your comment about the article or is it about consumers. I fail to see what LCD/plasma has to do with this keyboard... what point are you trying to get across here?
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: Great, but...Jerry Nielsen 2010-12-13 11:18
these comments are about comments above, as stated, regarding "looks" of it and people who value looks above functionality, quality etc... if they could afford the good stuff they would know what really looks good as they would be able to differentiate good products from bad ones just by looking at then and drawing the opposite conclusions. I've had my neighbour say "hideous looking" about my $2500 Eizo LCD monitor... I gave a great gaming keyboard to my nephew and his friend commented that it looks so ancient - well... so he's still using flat keys samsung $5.99 keyboard which is looking hideaous in my opinion and is totally unusable. Now if all the keyboards in your local store cost 5-15 dollars then it shapes your taste accordingly. If you've only used solid keyboards in $80-150 range you would not be even looking at the earlier after typing 1 word and they would look hideous instead...
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: Great, but...Steven Iglesias-Hearst 2010-12-13 11:28
I feel you. To understand why people are the way they are you have to turn to psychology, In the absence of product knowledge we revert to what 'looks good' this is perfectly demonstrated by many apple products.
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# RE: SteelSeries 7G Mechanical Gaming KeyboardJerry Nielsen 2010-12-13 20:31
won't even start on this one... :) they actually look good though...
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# RE: SteelSeries 7G Mechanical Gaming KeyboardAnton 2011-08-18 17:10
I bought one and it started falling apart almost instantly.

It's a lot of money for a pile of broken keys.
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# RE: RE: SteelSeries 7G Mechanical Gaming KeyboardSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-08-23 13:11
Sorry to hear you had a bad experience, are the keys broken or have the key caps come free of the mechanical switch? By design the key caps are removable.
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