Steelseries APEX PRO Review – Does Omnipoint REALLY Matter?

by birtanpublished on May 28, 2021

well hello with people I'm Dimitri and today we're talking about the SteelSeries apex Pro keyboard with new omni point switches now we have done several videos on the keyboard and the switches during Computex you can check it out over here but now that I've actually had the keyboard in my studio for about a week I've been using those switches and I can finally make up my mind of what I think about the omni point direction by the general overview of the only points which is is that there's a magnet at the bottom there's a magnet in the

Stem and when you press the switch it creates this magnetic flux what they call it which means that you can measure that flux and through software and through different calibration processes you can change the actuation point on when that key is registered from point four millimeters to three point six millimeters which gives you that whole range of movement and when that key is registered so you basically can create your own speed switch or going something with a little depth for typing you know all the way up to three point six which means that you're most likely will have

To bottom out in order to activate the switch it is important to know that the Hall effect switches are nothing new this is not something that SteelSeries has patented and in fact we've seen this sort of actuation customization via wooden one keyboard under wording two keyboards VR the flare tech switches which are optical so there's a laser and could detect how much distance is passed between the stem and the bottom so the Omni point direction with magnets is kind of better in a way because we have a much larger range of actuation customization but this isn't something

That still series invented so I want to clarify that there and overall I'm pretty happy with the execution of the omni point switches but it is an expensive keyboard for $200 or the $180 for the TTL version and there's also the apex 7 which is a non-key point switches and the price is slightly reduced so welcome to my full review of the apex Pro let's begin after this excuse me please explain is easy to systems fully powered by a single power supply just like me and you two bodies powered by a single mind just imagine the good we can do the revolt X by fantex a high

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Really smooth and magnetic rest rest wonderful execution over here we do have a USB pass-through on the top left that is illuminated which is why the cable is so thick that is one disadvantage I would say it'd be nice if the cable was removable but you can route it across the bottom of the keyboard to channel it in whichever direction you want the keyboard feet have one angle orientation which is nice however they're not strong enough so if I push the keyboard from the front they might collapse and that has happened to me many times and this stabilizes one end of the keyboard and

Completely messes up my finger placement on the walls area and this whole OLED screen implementation and the actual keyboard in the beginning I was like man this is kind of cool but after having used it in some games it's kind of pointless I will say it is fantastic for many customization so you can access you macros your illumination your actuation point your profiles and different other settings without actually going into the driver software all that is done through the OLED screen and the little joystick wheel over here and the one multifunction button so with these two

Combination you can do media control you can cycle between different illumination profiles and change your actuation point for example but the actual wheel feels very cheap the scroll steps for example are kind of weak I feel like I have no control the actual click of the wheel is also kind of poor and for $200 this is not what I was expecting and the reason why I say the screen is pointless for in-game integrations and applications is because it is so limited so when it works it works for csgo or dota 2 or minecraft another game so you can see or kill to this ratio you can see which

Round you're on you can customize when those appear and for how long they stay on screen which is kind of awesome but the screen is kind of out of sight like I feel in when I'm playing a game I'm never looking down to see what my kill to death ratio is and what round it is and from my perspective given the game support list is so little unless you play csgo Mortal Kombat 11 and dota 2 and minecraft then this is really not a value and of course you can do cool things with animated gifs and actually drawing your own little graphic to display but

Do you ever really look at the keyboard for any information outside of maybe readjusting your hand or seeing where a certain character is because the display on the keyboard to give you some useful information is more of a gimmick than it actually being useful in real life that is of course my opinion through my experience but I will say the omni points which has really saved the Pro and the pro Tal keyboards because they're really fantastic and what they do and how they feel I'm a huge fan of Gator on red switches which are currently my favorite and the Omni

Points remind me of that so incredibly smooth travel distance throughout the entire range and this is exactly what you need when you can customize the actuation point from point four millimeters to three point six and just let that sink for a second less than half a millimeter to press before the key is registered in game sometimes I would not realize that I would be pressing shift and my character be walking or sometimes I would be going slightly sideways because my finger weight was registering the keystroke point four millimeters at one point my

Favorite switches were MX speed that's registered at one point two millimeters so they're really fast and I was really comfortable with that but eventually move on to something that actuator 2 millimeters but here you have that whole customization range basically you can make your own speed switch you can go back to reg switch you can maybe even drop the actuation point all the way to 3.6 in case you really want to bottom out while you're typing that what makes the switch so special but so in the software for example you can select between 1 and 10 but not knowing exactly

Where the actuation happens in terms of millimeters so that makes recreating a certain switch that you're comfortable with can I difficult what is five so that is point four to three point six so that's three point two so that's one point six millimeters all right so I guess you can do your own math also important to note how many points witches are only located on sixty-one keys everything below the F keys and everything to the left of the arrow keys and the rest of the keys are SteelSeries right I do appreciate the perky actuation customization for those

61 switches because my was–they area can be really fast same thing with my spacebar but my shift and control can be like fully actuated so that I don't accidentally press them and my weight of the fingers don't you know register the keystroke and the same thing when I'm doing something around the wast area just to eliminate any errors while I'm in game but when I go back to my desktop all the keys go back to their normal it's a two point five millimeter actuation point which I'm quite comfortable with and I like to bottom out anyway so that hole per application

And purse which is awesome and weirdly they've only recently added the perky illumination customization before that it was just like the whole board and you chose the different color presets and different profiles but now you can select your entire you know range of keys and color them to whatever you want now I am disappointed the SteelSeries decided to use abs key camps instead of something more premium and quality once you go pbt it's hard to go back and you notice the difference in quality of the actual key caps and just noticing it on a premium keyboard like the apex Pro

Disappointing now the fact that SteelSeries decided to avoid the analog direction of being able to detect on like how far you press and actually registering that as movement for example like we've seen with flare text which is from the winning one keyboard that you can use things like to slow down your character so depending on how far you press so that is not present with the Omni point switches so it's only based on the actuation customization and that's cool but it's also limiting to the tech that's built into the switch and so if you are interested in

Actuation customization plus having the full analog control check out wooden one and winning two keyboards because through the driver software you can remap certain keys so they're seen by the program as analog inputs giving you the fool like full range of motion in terms of how far you press to how fast your character moves I was also hoping to see more functionalities and features built into the omni points which outside of the actuation control so like maybe setting in the recent point at certain level and having different maybe actuation points beyond the first one so

It like a double taps or it activates something else so having these dual functionalities that are built into the Hall effect functionality but here it's quite basic with the actuation registration distance only it is cool to play around different actuation points and seeing how it reacts to your game play and your typing experience or whatever and given the 100 million keystrokes this keyboard will last you for a while so you can switch back and forth depending on how deep you like the press or how light you like tap I like that alright so that's my experience

With the apex pro keyboard the omni point switches are fantastic the actuation customization is super fun but it's one of those things where once you set it may be for like certain games and certain applications you'll forget it and the OLED screen is underwhelming it'd be nice if it was slightly bigger or maybe in a more visible area I would like the keyboard feet to be improved and also the actual little scrolling wheel to have a bit more resistance and feel more premium because using it to control different things just yeah it didn't feel really good and the frame

Plus the amazing wrist rest really kind of complete the package to be a really premium keyboard so if you don't mind spending $200 and want to play around the customization of the actuation for the 61 switches then the apex Pro and kikyo might be for you all right guys I'm Dimitri what is your favorite switch right now I went from MX black to MX red MX blue MX Brown MX green no razor greens to MX speed to silent to get on reds and the only point switches are like up there with the Gator on red so they've done a really good job with this switch so if any of you have tried it

Let me know what you think alright guys talk to you later

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well hello with people I'm Dimitri and today we're talking about the SteelSeries apex Pro keyboard with new omni point switches now we have done severa...