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SteelSeries 7G Review

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I bought a SteelSeries 7G last week as my intro to my new obsession, Cherry Switches smile.gif Below is a letter I fired off to the fine folks at SteelSeries.

I recently stumbled into mechanical keyboards as gaming devices and decided to try out the 7G. After getting it home and set up I quickly realized that it had a few issues. Not manufacturing issues, but rather design issues.

It is a very solid keyboard. The weight of the plate makes it stick well to the desk without shifting around as I mash down the keys as if they were analog. It does, however, have several drawbacks that I will list in order from most irritating to least.

1.No rear height adjustment. Because I sit lower in my chair than the height of my desk, my hands are elevated above my elbows and to be comfortable the keyboard needs to have a slightly higher incline. This is a feature of every keyboard I have owned in the last 20 years.

2.The Wrist Wrest assembly is very deep, too deep. I had to ditch it and replace it with a shorter cushion after about 5 minutes of trying to stretch to reach the top row of keys.

3.The lack of key lighting is not ideal for anyone who plays games in the dark. At the very least, I would have expected the lettering to be refractive so as to be seen in the glow of the monitor.

4.The use of all black switches for keys is also discouraging. I would expect higher actuation force springs for some of the keys you don’t want to accidentally toggle like Caps Lock, Windows, Fn, and the Context Menu Key.

5.The LEDs used for the NUM, Caps, and Scroll keys are WAY too bright. Some kind of pop in semi-opaque diffuser would be nice.

6.The over sized Enter Key and shorter Backspace Key just have to go back to a standard US size, where the Backspace Key is 2 keys wide and the Enter Key is 1 row tall.



Just in case you were thinking of making another mechanically switched keyboard, here is my ideal feature list. Some things are over the top, but it is a "Wish List":

1.Individually selectable tri/quad/or more backlit keys. That way instead of swapping out the gimmicky zboard style keysets all one has to do is set color banks for the key types, Movement to Yellow, Specials to Green, Character UI Screens to Red, everything else to blue, white, purple, etc.. Save it as a profile and 1 keyset is completely customizable. (Google Luxeed, and Optimus Maximus.) If you are putting USB ports on the board, you could control the lighting banks via USB while the key action is PS/2.

2.Adjustable front and rear incline.

3.Options of different Cherry Switch types, Blue, Black, Red, Brown, Clear, etc.

4.USB 2.0(minimum)/3.0(Ideal) ports on the TOP of the keyboard above the Num, Caps, and Scroll keys. Mounting them on the sides or rear is a pain to see and results in unnecessary key mashing as you lift up the keyboard to see the port. They do not need to be completely vertical, they could be angled backward at 30-75deg.

5.A clear Polycarbonate or Acrylic keyboard dust cover when not in use. Either a single rigid piece or a spring tensioned roll from the back to a magnetic clasp on the wrist wrest. A rigid polycarb could be frosted and used as a logo(ed) light pipe as well for those of us that like asthetics.

6.
For a non-lit Version, substitute for #1 in above section:

a.Colored or at least differently shaded key banks, [top 1 to =] keys, [ WASD],[ Tilda, Tab, Caps Lock, Shift, Crtl, Alt, Win, Enter, etc], Letter Keys, Punctuation Keys, Movement Arrows, F Keys.

b.Alternate purchase color sets, WASD, Top Numbers, F Keys, etc in a couple colors each (White, Yellow, Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Lt Grey, Dark Grey, etc.)

c.2-3 Top mounted gooseneck(anodized Black) Bright LED lamps to point down at the keys or a single light piped bright LED on a stowaway armature that slides out from the back of the keyboard and pulls forward for the same effect.

Other random thoughts that would be cool:

A multi Layer Light Pipe effect with Orange Yellow and red Flames on the Wrist rest /and/or sides of the Keyboard Case. For those that watch APM rotate the colors between the layers as the APM increases.


Hmmm, I just realized that I can still return it to Fry's. Wonder if they have any Razer BlackWidow Ultimate's in stock....
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Took the SteelSeries back to Fry's, got my $160 back, ordered a second BlackWidow Ultimate off amazon for $116, and a regular BlackWidow for my computer at work for $70.
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Great move biggrin.gif
I still waiting 7G with backlit with PS/2 port with macro keys biggrin.gif
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MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Naga, Steelseries Ikari Roccat Raivo, destructor 2, Razer Invicta, Stee... Asus ROG Xonar Phoebus PC360, Apple earpods 
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