SteelSeries 7G Pro Gaming Keyboard Built Like a Tank, Costs Almost as Much

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Pro gaming gear maker SteelSeries was better known in a former life as Icemat, but they're moving forward under the steelier moniker to break into the mainstream US gaming market. Today they're launching their 7G pro gaming keyboard. It promises to "eliminate 'anti-ghosting'" by supporting as many simultaneous key presses as there are keys—so you can bunny hop while crouching, spraying and checking the score—as well as a serious lifespan: 50 million keystrokes. We've actually got one, and yeah, the thing is built like a tank—or at least weighs as much as one. Stay tuned, we'll let you know if it's worth the military weapon-grade $150 pricetag.

May 05, 2008 09:00

SteelSeries Introduces the 7G Professional Gaming Keyboard

Mechanical keyboard increases responsiveness by more than 90 percent and is more than 10 times more durable than typical keyboards; Eliminates anti-ghosting

CHICAGO —(Business Wire)— May. 5, 2008 The leading manufacturer of innovative professional gaming gear, SteelSeries, today announced the U.S. release of its new gaming keyboard, the SteelSeries 7G. The keyboard, designed with 18-karat gold-plated mechanical switches, sets new industry standards for advanced key combinations and Actions-Per-Minute (APM). This translates into quicker reaction times and stronger results.

Eliminates Anti-Ghosting

The SteelSeries 7G keyboard sets a new industry standard for gaming keyboards by allowing users to perform at new levels with advanced key combinations. Utilizing a powerful PS/2 buffer-system created specifically for gaming, the SteelSeries 7G keyboard eliminates "anti-ghosting" by supporting as many simultaneous key press commands as there are keys on the keyboard. What this does, for example, is allow users in a first person shooter game to walk, crouch, aim, fire and check the scoreboard simultaneously. Traditional keyboards do not allow this much functionality all at once.

The keyboard was built specifically to offer gaming-grade response times as well as an unmatched durability with a switch lifetime of 50 million operations, which is 10 or more times the lifespan of a typical "membrane" keyboard which has a maximum of 1-5 million total keystrokes in a lifetime.

"Professional gamers demand top quality equipment that provides durability and quicker response times," said Bruce Hawver, CEO of SteelSeries. "The time that we've invested into working with literally hundreds of gamers to design the SteelSeries 7G keyboard has resulted in a device that will truly change the way you play, limiting gamers only by their skill level - not their equipment."

The SteelSeries 7G keyboard is equipped with audio ports for headphone-out and microphone-in and includes a two port USB hub. With both PS/2 and USB connectors, the keyboard features the compact SteelSeries Media Controls, an essential gaming element that allows the user quick access to volume, muting and other audio controls.

Recognizing the importance of high-performance PC gaming equipment, professional Counter-Strike player, Franz "mouz/gore" Burghardt, said that, "SteelSeries creates top quality gaming gear that helps players perform at their best. The 7G has taken gaming keyboards to a whole new level by eliminating anti-ghosting and increasing the response time, which is so important for first-person shooter games. It's a tool I can rely on even on a professional level." Franz Burghardt and his teammates from mousesports recently won the ESL Masters championship at CeBIT in Germany, beating the best teams in the world and winning $50,000 USD.

The mechanical tactile system is ergonomically designed to ensure ease-of-use, and the no-click switches and iron-infused plastic make the SteelSeries 7G keyboard both comfortable and durable for professional or competitive gamers.

The new SteelSeries 7G keyboard, with an MSRP of $149.99 USD, is available for purchase at Dell.com, AlienWare.com, NewEgg.com, Amazon.com and on the SteelSeries Web site at http://www.SteelSeries.com.

About SteelSeries

SteelSeries is a leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals and accessories, including headsets, keyboards, mice, software and gaming surfaces, selling in more than 75 countries. SteelSeries has been on the forefront of professional gaming gear since its inception in 2001, thanks to continued innovation and product development in cooperation with leading professional gamers. All SteelSeries products are developed in co-operation with professional gamers to ensure optimum performance and durability. SteelSeries supports the growth of competitive gaming and electronic sports through professional team sponsorships and community support all over the world. For more information, please visit http://www.SteelSeries.com.

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DISCUSSION

I dont know why I in googling for user opinions as well as availability on this keyboard want to register for every odd site that has comment threads on it, because i'm not a plant nor particularly in love with steelseries and the notion of elite gaming gear or the kind of lost individual who gets suckered into following a brand as if they actually cared.

BUT the sheer unfairness in what people throw around is probably it, as well as for once finding a product that is tailored to your likes and alone cutting the crap. Here you have a keyboard, that probably IS too expensive, but that uses high quality mechanical switches that on its own carries a certain kind of cost, and all people care about is how it looks. "Gaming keyboard" seems to be synonymous with "christmas lights" rather than a functional tool for doing the job for a lot of people. Wanting a l33t looking keyboard is fine! But when it is a "gaming keyboard" (the notion is silly but anyway) why is people on a rule writing it off because of the way it looks?? Not everyone wants something out of the ordinary looks wise or lights to begin with, and might even think that extra keys and similar is really a problem when looking for a keyboard - people being so assuming, it's annoying.

To add something constructive for people deciding on getting one or not (not from first hand experience but from reading up on the few user accounts available), if you like what is usually referred to as "tactile feedback" ie some sort of resistance when you supress a key (like classy spring resistance or squishy membrane hell), this is not for you. It does not use springs like the legendary IBM Model M keyboard but another kind of mechanical switches that while being with regular high full sized keys really are a lot like laptop keyboards in that they respond half pressed (not different from any other mech switch though, I think) and simply go down without any friction. For me personally its a bit mixed since the few times i've come in the close vicinity of lappy keys it has been icky to say the least, but I do see the benefits of easily surpressed keys when doing combinations and I think lappy keys being flat and not slanted does make for an general difference in feel as well. The squishy plastic membrane sort of keyboard i'm using right now does make it an hassle to sprint and wasd + another key so i'll probably go with it simply knowing that.

And in the end it'll probably benefit my writing as well as just knowing that most people used to lappy keys dont want to go back.