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SteelSeries has introduced its latest keyboards in the form of the Apex 9 series. Available in TKL and Mini models, they feature the “world’s fastest optical switches,” according to the gaming and esports peripherals maker, which explained that they “actuate 33% faster than the leading optical keyboard” and feature a “response time of just 0.2 ms with zero debounce.” The Apex 9 TKL and Apex 9 Mini are now available at SteelSeries.com and retailers around the world for NA $139.99 | EU €149.99 | AP $169.99 and NA $129.99 | EU €139.99 | AP $149.99, respectively.

Apex 9 TKL highlights:

  • Custom-built OptiPoint optical switches for faster actuation and zero debounce
  • Toggle the keystroke actuation point from gaming-grade 1mm to more deliberate 1.5mm
  • Fully swappable switches for customization and longevity
  • Tenkeyless form factor for a streamlined gaming setup and more space on your desktop for mice swipes
  • Series 5000 aluminum top plate, identical to metal in combat jets, enhances structural stability and durability

Apex 9 Mini highlights:

  • Custom-built OptiPoint optical switches for faster actuation and zero debounce
  • Toggle the keystroke actuation point from gaming-grade 1mm to more deliberate 1.5mm
  • Fully swappable switches for customization and longevity
  • Compact 60% form factor for a streamlined gaming setup and more space on your desktop for mice swipes
  • Series 5000 aluminum top plate, identical to metal in combat jets, enhances structural stability and durability

SteelSeries Unleashes the World’s Fastest Optical Switches in the New Apex 9 Keyboards

SteelSeries, the worldwide leader in gaming and esports peripherals, today introduced its newest tech innovation with the launch of the Apex 9 series keyboards. Built from the ground up to help serious gamers create their own momentous occasions, the Apex 9 series is fast, customizable, esports-ready, and powered by new SteelSeries OptiPoint technology.

Faster equals more wins. For the first time, the industry-leading innovation brand for gamers brings an optical switch to its award-winning line of Apex keyboards. SteelSeries OptiPoint tech delivers the very best performance and design with hot-swappable optical switches that actuate 33% faster than the leading optical keyboard, a response time of just 0.2ms with zero debounce, and 2-point actuation adjustment.

Customization is key. Through SteelSeries GG, the brand’s software ecosystem, the Apex 9 series keyboards allow gamers to create personalized settings for everything from RGB lighting to preferred Actuation Point. Users can choose between a performance-driven 1mm actuation point or a deeper and more deliberate 1.5mm on a per-key basis. For further customization, Apex 9 users can swap their switches and choose between Linear, Tactile and Clicky switches to truly make the Apex 9 their own.

Play like the pros. As the adoption of smaller keyboards increases among professional esports players, the new Apex 9 series features SteelSeries’ new streamlined ID for aspiring pros and casual gamers to create sleek setups. Engineered for elite performance, the new line of keyboards comes standard with the new OptiPoint switches and are available in two esports-ready form factors – the SteelSeries Apex 9 TKL and SteelSeries Apex 9 Mini.

Apex 9 TKL – The esports-ready APEX 9 TKL (tenkeyless) design is preferred by the world’s leading players and provides comfort, familiarity, and more flexibility for large mouse movements while giving better ergonomics, so gamers can play harder and longer. SteelSeries’ groundbreaking OptiPoint optical switches react with a lightning-fast speed, in combination with the 1mm actuation point, to earn players the top spot. Gamers will experience fadeproof durability and enhanced keystroke feel with specially designed Double Shot PBT keycaps, and an aluminum top plate that fuels win streaks with unbreakable durability.

Apex 9 Mini – The mini is mighty, providing everything gamers need in a small package. For those who want to completely maximize their gaming space, the Apex 9 Mini’s 60% form factor gives users more desk space for big deliberate mouse sweeps and movements while offering all the capabilities of a full-size keyboard through printed secondary functions. Custom-built OptiPoint switches harness the power and speed of light for a 0.2ms response time and keystrokes with zero debounce. Double Shot PBT Keycaps are renowned for their durability, quality, and sound, so when gamers have key switches that last 100M presses, they have elite keycaps to match.

Source: SteelSeries

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2 comments

  1. Hmm... I can recall some times over a particularly slow SSH connection, or some background process has slowed the computer to ridiculous levels, that I think "Wow, my typing is really lagging and I wish this were faster".

    I've never thought that with a local wired keyboard though. I guess I am not the target audience.

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