The Steelseries Apex M800 incorporates brand new mechanical switches which are comparable and possibly even better than Cherry MX switches. We don’t want to delve too much into comparisons, as this is very much a personal choice decision, but Steelseries’ QS1s are a beautifully designed switch that I would be more than happy using as my day-to-day keys for the foreseeable future.
The Apex M800 is a great keyboard to type and game with and does not present any real comfort issues. That said, I would like to see Steelseries offering a wrist rest in future, as it would help raise comfort in extended typing sessions.
Steelseries has given the M800 some robust backlighting and some far reaching macro and key remapping abilities which should keep hardcore tweakers happy for some time to come.
The only real kicker for this board is the price. At £160 it is very expensive, especially if all you need is a good mechanical board for gaming. However, if you want all of the bells and whistles the Apex M800 certainly delivers a class leading overall experience. The spacebar is the best in the business.
You can pre-order the Steelseries Apex M800 on Overclockers for £160. As it stands there is no announced release date, but we would expect it sooner rather than later.
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- QS1 switches are excellent. Cartainly comparable to Cherry MX.
- RGB backlighting is some of the best available.
- Solid construction, high built quality.
- Great remapping and back end customisation.
- Great space bar.
- Not the best keyboard backlighting for the money.
- No wrist rest.