I was dazzled by a rainbow of colored keys during a meeting with SteelSeries today at CES. They told us that each of the keys can display from 16.8 million colors, and that each of the Apex's 5 zones can show up to 8 levels of intensity. Each zone has 4 customizable layers, too. Every single key is programmable, including the 22 macro keys. Lights line the side edges, and two bonus USB ports are located on its rear.
The [RAW] has the same fast keys, but only has 8 levels of white intensity. There's 17 macro keys with 2 layers, making for 250 possibilities.
SteelSeries told us that they decided against mechanical keyboards as they would have been much more expensive to make, and would in turn be limited in appeal.
There's so much going on with these Apex keyboards that standard boards look dull and featureless. I'm looking forward to spending a bit of quality time with one of these boards. Look for them this summer.
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