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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 Final Thoughts

I would like to use this section to express a view about a trend that has been steadily evolving, I hope a lot of others may share my views about the subject, and that is products that are designed for gamers. To kick start this viewpoint we need to rewind time a little, back to the days before the likes of SteelSeries, Razer, Choixx and Roccat etc ever made gaming peripherals. What were people using to play games before these companies created their revolutionary 'must have' devices?? A short answer is anything that they could get their hands on. Before the days of optical or laser sensors we had to grind with trackball mice, and although the IBM model M and other similar mechanical keyboards were around, I'm pretty sure they weren't touted as 'gaming' keyboards. No, we used regular keyboards but people still had significant advantage over others, it wasn't until cyber sports had become popular that these gaming peripheral companies were founded.

It's hard to look at a motherboards and memory and CPU's and read the words 'created for gamers' in the features list, the only piece of hardware that is truly designed for gamers are graphics cards surely. We have reached a stage now where the words 'created for gamers' are becoming a little over used, or used purely as marketing to sell a product to a wider market. Gaming mice are making large strides to becoming a whole lot more responsive and feature rich but I cant really see any new innovations that can make any new product individual any more. Most gaming keyboards are a joke with their backlit keys for improved visibility and LCD panels for additional info, sure macro keys are great but when using them in games doesn't it kind of feel like cheating a little? I remember playing Need for Speed: Porsche Challenge on the PS1 and found a little glitch when playing a wager mode between two players, it was possible to load the same car for both players by cloning the memory card. The end result was that I won my own car several times and was able to sell it over and over again and earn a large amount of cash and was able to buy the best car available, which was good for all of one hour and kind of killed the game as I now had nothing to aim towards.

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Sure today's games have evolved a lot and we now have the multiplayer aspect to contend with, so now we are pitching ourselves against each other and we need to find that competitive edge. Sure that 5600dpi mouse and that LED backlit keyboard may give you a slight advantage but when it comes down to it nothing comes close to raw skill. My first taste of multiplayer action was in the form of Americas Army, when I started I was rubbish, first I thought it was my RAM holding me back so I upgraded that but no difference was seen. Next I decided to upgrade my CPU but it was the same story. It was then that I upgraded my flailing MX440 Video Card to a more suitable ATI Radeon X800 XT and the difference was immediately apparent. It wasn't until I destroyed my mouse in a fit of rage that I bought into the whole gaming peripheral market ideal in the form of a Razer Krait 1600dpi gaming mouse, which made little difference to my gameplay when compared to the improvement gained from buying that X800 XT Video Card. It wasn't until I learned to watch shadows and listen for footsteps and learn different aspects and routes of maps that I could call myself good. Also being part of a gaming clan and communicating via teamspeak improved my gameplay a lot more than any peripheral ever has.

I don't intend to start a mission to debunk the entire gaming peripheral market segment as there are products out there that really do make a difference, but at the end of the day you need to understand that a particular input device won't transform you into a pro-gamer overnight and you can also become 'pro' without the use of one of these devices so long as you have good hardware that is related directly to games. I'm talking now about Video and Sound cards that are able to recreate your game of choice with high details because at the end of the day your main weapons are ultimately your senses and your reaction time, skills that are developed over time. This brings me back now to my opening statement, what are you looking for in a gaming keyboard? Hopefully I have been able to put some things into perspective.



 

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# 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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