|SteelSeries 7G Mechanical Gaming Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Thursday, 09 December 2010|
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Testing & Results
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.
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.