SteelSeries APEX [RAW] Gaming Keyboard
If the images on the box didn't set you straight, now you can see for yourself, fresh out of the box, what I was talking about with the mix of textures, the thin look to it, and the 125 key layout of the APEX [RAW].
The sides of the APEX [RAW] have this odd shape to them so that users get the typical seven degree angle for the keyboard. Inserted for some contrast is a grey rubber that not only goes and makes the shape pop out more in the back, but it also runs right across the front edge.
On the extreme left of the keyboard you will run into the L1 and L2 keys to select which layer of programming you want to use. Below those are the MX1 through MX5 keys. In all honestly they are just Macro keys, but I guess going to 17 was odd, so they added the X and continued with new numbers.
Moving back a bit you can see the raised M1 through M12 keys that are other Macro keys at the top. Other things that stick out are the enlarged Escape key and space bar, oh and the wrist rest at the front that is built right in. There is also the SteelSeries modifier key next to the right ALT key.
While the key caps are very low profile, they aren't very concave, and don't really caress your fingertips. You can see the home keys have bars on them, but if you look off to the left at the W key, you can also see one of the bumps added to it.
The top right corner of the keyboard is reserved for the SteelSeries name and logo that will also illuminate with white LED light just like the rest of the keys, when this is plugged in.
On the right side of the keyboard, there is the more typical layout of command keys and the full number pad.
What is a bit different is that the APEX [RAW] offers six arrow keys, with two new angled keys being added. These work not only in gaming to allow those who use the arrow keys a bit more option in movement, but even in text documents, they work and move the cursor in the specified angle, one up, and one over.
The right side of the keyboard is the same as the left, but I took the shot from the reverse angle to give you a feel for the thickness in the back, as well as showing off the incorporated design in the side.
Under the keyboard you will find a serious amount of screws, a few drip holes to allow liquids to pass through for accidental spills, and the four corners are supported with large, round, thick rubber feet that give the APEX [RAW] very good footing on any surface.
Where the original APEX had a braided cable coming from the back of the keyboard, with the APEX [RAW], you get two meters of rubberized cable, with a very ordinary looking USB 2.0 connection at the end.