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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 Detailed Features

Time to take an even closer look at the SteelSeries 7G and its features that set this apart from other similar peripherals on the market.

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The cable on the SteelSeries 7G is two meters long and splits off into four separate cables one foot from the end. The USB headphone and microphone ends are merely extensions of the inbuilt hub. The keyboard is connected to your PC via a PS/2 plug but you have the option to use the supplied PS/2 to USB adapter. SteelSeries recommend that you use the 7G via the PS/2 port as it will not be restricted by any polling rate like it would be with USB.

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Round at the back of the SteelSeries 7G keyboard are some expansion ports for USB, Headphone and Microphone. The headphone and microphone ports are just pass through and work flawlessly but the USB ports are from an internal USB 1.1 hub. This isn't a problem if you want to hook up a mouse or any other low bandwidth device but if you want to use a USB data stick or any other USB 2.0 device via this port you will be restricted by the lower bandwidth offered by USB 1.1 protocol.

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One particularly useful feature of the SteelSeries 7G is the replacement of the left hand Windows key with a specialized SteelSeries key. This isn't a new idea by any means but this key serves a purpose as a function key for the media keys that you can see at the top of the keyboard from F1 through to F6. What this means is that you won't find yourself minimising your game in the heat of the moment by accidently pressing the windows key, this is something I'm sure we have all done in the past. Media keys are always useful and by using a dedicated function key to operate them SteelSeries have managed to keep the keyboard nice and compact.

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Looking at the bottom of the SteelSeries 7G keyboard we see that it has four large rubber feet that stop it from sliding around the place (the sheer weight of the unit helps too) and the plastic wrist rest also has four smaller rubber feet of its own. A nice addition here would have been to have some cable routing options as the cable coming out of the center is not always ideal. I am glad that it doesn't have the common retractable height adjusting feet that adorn most if not all modern keyboards, I can recall several keyboards that have been ruined by having these break on me.

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Zooming in a little to the label now, there isn't too much info to be gained here. Various standard confirmation icons and other info give us an idea what we are dealing with here. We also get a nice close up on one of the textured rubber feet and what I assume is a serial number on the white sticker above it.

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The 7G features the three standard lock LED's that are found on 99% of keyboards, but in this case SteelSeries have fitted super bright white LED's in place of standard low level LED's commonly found in keyboards. The LED's really catch your eye are so bright that if you look at them directly you will get the sun spot effect in your eyes for a short duration.

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The keys on the SteelSeries 7G keyboard are individually shaped and sculpted nicely for ergonomic use and should provide a much better typing experience over a standard keyboard that has all flat keys or flat low profile keys like you see on laptops.



 

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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