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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

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

Testing an input device is simple, all one needs to do is use it, unfortunately there are no quantative benchmarks to run, no numbers to compare, and no software used that can test the quality of the hardware. Testing an input device like the SteelSeries 7G mechanical Gaming Keyboard is going to be based around personal opinion and preference. For instance, I really like the simplistic approach to looks used in the 7G, but this might not be to everyone's taste. In this section I will present my unbiased opinion with regards to the use and operation of the 7G and report back any improvement benefiting directly by its use in various games and programs listed below. Your mileage may vary slightly and as such this should be taken as a guide only.

Test System

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Software Tested

  • Call of Duty: Black-Ops
  • Need For Speed: World
  • Microsoft Word
  • Firefox & Internet Explorer

Results

In the first few days of using the SteelSeries 7G I found myself making a lot of typos, this can be attributed to the sensitive nature of the keys. Unlike regular (non mechanical) keyboards the keys on the 7G don't need to be completely depressed to register as a press and combined with my chubby fingers you get unusual typos now and then. The second thing I noticed is that I seem to type faster with the 7G, whether this is purely psychological or not remains to be seen but it definitely feels nicer to type on the 7G over a regular keyboard. I have read that users of mechanical keyboards like the audible 'clack' that you get when you press a key and that it helps create a rhythm when typing. For me the noise seems more nostalgic than anything, it reminds me of the noise of someone operating a typewriter in a way. At first I wasn't too keen but now I am coming round to liking it after all. Maybe the 7G has me in a trance superimposed by a deep embedded 'idea' subliminally implanted in my brain when I first visited the SteelSeries website. No thats not possible... is it?

Joking aside, the SteelSeries 7G definitely has something about it that is hard to describe. In the short period I have had the pleasure to use it I can't really say that it has improved my gameplay by any comparable amount but the whole subject of a keyboard / mouse enhancing gameplay will be discussed in my final thoughts. It has definitely improved my typing rate and those typo's are less frequent now, SteelSeries do recommend a one to two week period to "acclimate" (get used to using) the 7G mechanical keyboard by which time you will better appreciate the tactile feedback and fast response of the keys. I must say that I haven't needed a lot of time to get used to using the 7G but if one more week will make any difference then I will be very happy indeed as the overall experience has been very good so far.



 

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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