|SteelSeries 7G Mechanical Gaming Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Thursday, 09 December 2010|
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SteelSeries 7G Conclusion
In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the SteelSeries 7G Mechanical Gaming Keyboard a rating out of 10. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar gaming keyboard that has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a higher or lower score. It is however a good indicator of whether the keyboard is good or not. I would strongly urge you to read the entire review, if you have not already, so that you can make an educated decision for yourself.
I was sceptical of any performance advantage that might be gained from using a mechanical keyboard before I had used one, it is one of those devices that have been long forgotten like the beige box of their era. Once you have had the pleasure of using one you will not want to go back to your regular keyboard, so I encourage you to give one a try, if you have access to one that is. With regards to gaming though, I cannot really say if I have noticed any benefit offered from the mechanical nature, this will only become obvious months or years down the line if I am still using this keyboard or not. I have got through many regular keyboard that have simply broken due to their cheap nature. Since I only play FPS I won't notice the anti-ghosting or increase actions per minute afforded by the 7G but I really appreciate the tactile and audible feedback.
The appearance of the SteelSeries 7G is going to get mixed ratings, with the wrist rest removed the 7G is right up my street I really appreciate the minimalistic looks and the color scheme suits my needs down to the ground but with the wrist rest attached that look is somewhat spoilt. This is not a problem though as the wrist rest is purely functional and as such is acceptable.
The SteelSeries 7G weighs just shy of 3lbs, and while I haven't wielded it as a weapon or used it like a dance mat I can safely say that it is one tough cookie that is sure to last for some time to come. The omission of retractable height adjusting feet is a god send, having these break is a nightmare and makes an acceptable keyboard nearly unusable. The ABS plastic and metal inner chassis give the 7G a feeling of real strength and gives me confidence that I won't hurt it with some heavy use.
Functionality is good with the 7G, sure the wrist rest makes it look odd but it really makes a difference when you use it. The media keys are a nice addition and the replacement of the left windows key is like a blessing for an FPS gamer such as myself. The rear headphone / microphone ports proved themselves very useful and really improved my working area by allowing me to place my headphones on the other side of my desk as the wire from my headphones often got in the way of my mouse. The USB ports however are not so useful for me, but a left handed person might really appreciate the location of the ports for plugging their mouse into (like me with my headphones). While I have not noticed the benefit of anti-ghosting I can rest assured that it is there and of course I had to make sure it worked, and it does! You really can hold down all the keys on the keyboard without getting that annoying tone and having all the keys register, but I am not sure why you would want to.
The SteelSeries 7G can be yours for $149.99 (PriceGrabber). While this may seem like a lot of money for a gaming keyboard but you must remember it is a Mechanical keyboard at heart and will likely outlast most if not all of your entire system. The gaming related features of the SteelSeries 7G are anti-ghosting, quick response keys and the omission of the windows key on the left of the space bar. It hasn't made a great deal of difference to my game but it is a damn good keyboard to type on. I find it difficult to recommend an input device that costs just shy of $150 to anyone, especially when that money could get you a GTX 460 768MB or an ATI 5770 1GB, but if you have the money and you want a quality keyboard that will last the duration then I am confident that you would not regret buying the SteelSeries 7G.
+ 18k gold plated mechanical switches
- Wrist rest spoils the looks
Final Score: 8.90 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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