Steel Series Apex 150 Gaming Keyboard



  • The Apex 150 sports a plastic body that juxtaposes a matte black deck with glossy accents. At 2.35 lbs., the Apex 150 offers an appreciable heft, despite its plastic design. Additionally, the body takes something of an angular approach, giving the keys a concave effect.
  • Speaking of keys, The Apex 150 uses SteelSeries’ proprietary Quick Tension Membrane switches, which are designed to emulate mechanical switches, and are rated for 20 million clicks.
  • SteelSeries’ design employs a metal base with a special membrane sheet, and custom inserts per key. This is intended to lower friction and improve key actuation over traditional membrane or rubber dome keyboards.
  • Aside from SteelSeries’ Quick Tension membrane switches, the Apex 150 most notably features prominent RGB lighting.
  • In so far as software goes, SteelSeries Engine stands to be one of the better programs, as it appears obvious SteelSeries devoted a lot of time and resources to properly developing peripheral software – which can’t be said about some of the others.
  • SteelSeries Engine is intuitive, well designed, and offers perhaps the cleanest UI experience among the competition.
  • It’s here you will find lighting options for the Apex 150, in addition to the Discord integration and Audio Visualizer.
  • Through Discord integration and GameSense, Discord notifications and in-game events can be synced to unique color effects on the Apex 150.
  • Additionally, anti-ghosting – or rollover, if you prefer – comes in the form of 24 keys.
  • As previously mentioned, there is no wrist rest for the Apex 150; however, its angular design might not lend itself to a wrist rest.
  • Also, SteelSeries opted to leave out USB passthrough for the Apex 150, likely in the name of cost reduction.
  • The keys on the Apex 150 are responsive and fluid, and they don’t have a mushy feel.
  • Macros are easy to set up with Steel Engine, although for MMO and MOBA gamers, the lack of dedicated macro keys may be a deal breaker.
  • The lack of dedicated keys for media and macros, as well as no USB passthrough or wrist rest, are all understandable cost reduction measures.
  • Excellent keys and software make the Apex 150 a great choice for budget-conscious gamers, or for those loyal to the SteelSeries brand and want to maintain parity with their setup.


Material Plastic
Anti-ghosting 24 keys
Illumination RGB (five zone)
Weight 1.1 kg/ 2.35 lbs
Dimensions (height/width/depth) 6.1×18.2×1.7 inches
Cable Length 5.9 ft (1.8m)
Switch Type Membrane (20 million clicks)
Layout Standard


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