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SteelSeries 7G keyboard launched

Posted on Tuesday, November 13 2007 @ 16:45:47 CET by

SteelSeries has released a new keyboard for gamers, the SteelSeries 7G Professional Gaming Keyboard. The firm claims this board is the most powerful keyboard ever with 18K gold-plated mechanical switches and buttons with a lifetime of 50 million operations.

One of the special features of the 7G is it's anti-ghosting, SteelSeries says this keyboard supports as many simultaneous key press commands as there are keys on the keyboard! Pretty impressive but not really useful as most people only have 10 fingers. The keyboard also has a headphone-out, microphone-in and 2 USB ports.

“Somewhere the industry took a wrong turn when it came to gaming peripherals. It became more important to add colorful lighting and features that have no impact on professional gaming, than to create high quality products, “ says Tino Soelberg, Head of R&D for SteelSeries. “With the 7G keyboard, SteelSeries is following our company line of no-BS / no-nonsense, and to deliver a product that does what it's supposed to do - help players perform better and faster in-game".

All keys are operated at 60g, with a travel time of roughly 50% compared to standard keyboards, making the SteelSeries 7G ideal for long gaming sessions. The mechanical tactile system is ergonomically designed to ensure ease-of-use, and the no-click switches makes the SteelSeries 7G both comfortable and pleasant to use.

It will be available in early December but the price of the keyboard will be very high, SteelSeries says it will cost $149.99 (129.99EUR) - that's even $50 more than the Razer Tarantula. Sure the keyboard seems to have quite some improvements for gamers but does that justify a $149.99 price ticket?

For such a high price I would expect some more, at least some dedicated media buttons and programmable buttons like most gaming keyboards offer nowadays. The design also looks quite plain - it has the same look as the cheapest keyboards you can find in a computer store.



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