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The Perfect Keyboard, But Not Necessarily for GamingRating
As much as this is the most comfortable, accurate, and fastest keyboard, I have ever used, I can’t recommend it without reservation to the average gamer. Programmable buttons and accompanying software are critical features of a keyboard for most gamers, and spending twice as much on a keyboard that doesn’t have them is just not a good option. Even if it is, in every other measure, the best keyboard out there and worth every penny, it isn’t worth every penny to someone who doesn’t already have a high end computer and programmable keys.
That’s not to say it is not great for some gamers. Some purists don’t believe in using even mapped hot-keys, let alone macros. Some gamers don’t bother setting up extra keys but still want an awesome, durable keyboard and can afford the premium. Also, if you happen to own a Fang from Ideazon (which SteelSeries owns), you have a nice wasd pad and a few dozen programmable keys in a highly ergonomic semi-circle, but need a keyboard for mundane typing duty (even if it is just the chat window). Using the Fang and 7G has been something of a best of both worlds setup. All the programmability I could want on the Fang, and the best typing tool I could want with the 7G. This is only going to work if you have the extra 8 inches (5 if you figure the 7G is narrower than a normal gaming board) of desk space and fifty bucks for the Fang, though.
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But It Is a Great Typing KeyboardRating
The best I have ever used. As a Hardware Writer and Editor, when I am not playing, I am typing, and I am completely thrilled with the 7G. It oozes quality in look and feel, and using it is a delight. Also, the lack of features that will keep away many gamers leaves the 7G with a solid, clean, classy, appearance that won’t leave your clients wondering if you will boot up Warcraft as soon they vacate your office.
If you spend all day typing or have a good looking office and need a keyboard to match, you can’t beat the SteelSeries 7G.
Newegg has the 7G for $131.99.
SteelSeries 7G Keyboard Review – Conclusion
Some tools offer all kinds of features to simplify the tasks faced by their users. Some just do what they are supposed to do so well that they are a joy to use, and are built so well that they will be a joy to use for years to come.