Steelseries is starting 2020 by launching a bunch of new PC peripherals today, including two new Apex keyboards and a new Rival 3 gaming mouse. Rival 3 and Apex 3 keyboards are budget-oriented issues, which will be good news for any person after a new mouse and keyboard that does not break the bank, but the Apex 5 increases things with its own OLED screen and aluminum chassis, which brings features previously reserved for Steelseries premium keyboards at a price range (marginally) more affordable
Let’s start with him Rival 3. Despite having a 3 in its name, this right-handed gaming mouse of £ 35 / $ 40 seems to be a direct replacement for the Steelseries basic level gaming mouse (and one of our best current gaming mouse recommendations), the Rival 110, instead of the Rival 310. The Rival 3, for example, comes with one of Steelseries’ TrueMove Core 8500 DPI sensors, which is one step ahead of the 7200 DPI TrueMove 1 sensor of the Rival 110, but not so Agile like the 12,000 DPI TrueMove of the Rival 310 3 sensors.
The Rival 3 also does not have the rubber side handles of the Rival 310. Instead, it only has a smooth, matte finish on both sides. However, it comes with a couple of notable improvements over the two current Steelseries Rival mice, including a resistance rating of 60 million clicks on their pair of switches (compared to 50 million on the Rival 310, and matching the Steelseries considerably more expensive Rival 650 mouse), and three RGB lighting zones instead of two, with a new rainbow-colored lighting strip that extends across the entire bottom of the mouse chassis. With only 77 g, it is also much lighter, it comes in 10 g lighter than the Rival 310 and 12 g lighter than the Rival 110.
That all sounds like a pretty good set of specifications for a £ 35 / $ 40 gaming mouse, especially now that the Rival 110 is getting harder and harder to get. The latter is still available for £ 25 on Amazon in the United Kingdom, but stock levels seem quite non-existent for those in the US. UU. However, when my other mouse recommendation for better budget games, the HyperX Pulsefire Core, is still very lively and active (and is also available for £ 25 / $ 30 at the time of writing), Steelseries will have to seriously increase its engine software and the type of functions that you can assign to the programmable buttons of the Rival 3 if you are really going to justify that extra trend.
New Steelseries Apex 3 The keyboard is also likely to face the tough competition of the Asus TUF Gaming K5 keyboard. Available now for £ 70 in the United Kingdom (US TBC pricing), the Apex 3 is IP32 waterproof, which technically means that it can withstand up to 3 mm of “vertically dripping water” when the Keyboard tilts at an angle of 15 degrees or In a nutshell, the strange splash of water from a nearby drink. That is not as much as the 60 ml of water that can be thrown into the TUF K5 of similar price and continue to use it, but at least it is better than nothing.
The Apex 3, at least, has a more attractive design than the military-inspired aspect of the TUF, and its magnetic wrist rest can be separated from the main body of the Apex 3 instead of being incorporated. In addition, the Apex 3 has a three-way cable routing underneath, which means you can have the cable protruding from the top, right or left side of the keyboard according to your preference. This is always a nice view on any gaming keyboard, and I wish my best gaming keyboard recommendations were standard. That said, the Apex 3 does not have as many dedicated multimedia keys as the TUF K5, since all you get here is a dedicated volume roller and an all-in-one multimedia key that also allows you to adjust the keyboard brightness such as skip, pause and rewind music tracks.
In addition, the Apex 3 remains just a membrane keyboard at the bottom, while the Asus TUF Gaming K5 is a suitable mechanical membrane hybrid. Even so, Steelseries states that its new “low friction” reinforced switches are “silent”, which, if true, will make it much easier for the ears (and the ears of those around it) than the soft knocks of It is his rival Asus.
the Apex 5, meanwhile, is a bit more luxurious, with a cost of £ 110 in the UK (the price of the US TBC again). Unlike the Apex 3, this it is a hybrid gaming keyboard, with Steelseries describing it as “with the softness of a membrane switch with the durability, performance and satisfactory touch of a blue mechanical switch”. Personally, £ 110 sounds like a lot for a hybrid keyboard, especially when you can get many of our main mechanical recommendations for that kind of money, but a large part of its high price certainly comes from its aluminum alloy chassis and dedicated OLED Display in the upper corner
Similar to the current Apex Pro and Apex 7 keyboards from Steelseries, the Apex 5 OLED screen can be used to display Discord messages, song information, GIF, volume and various other compatible game data, such as CS : GO and Dota 2. If you will ever have time to look at such information it is still a matter of debate, but if you have ever looked longingly at the OLED screens on the considerably more expensive Apex keyboards of Steelseries (which cost more than £ 180 a time to write), then this is possibly the best and cheapest way to get one. You also get the same three-way cable routing, volume roller and all-in-one multimedia key combination as the Apex 3, but its magnetic wrist rest falls into the “premium” category of Steelseries and is once again similar to your Apex 7 and Apex Pro keyboards.
In a way, the Apex 5 fills the much-needed gap between the Apex 7 £ 150 keyboard from Steelseries and its Apex 150 from £ 60 considerably cheaper, but there’s still no way around the fact that £ 110 is a lot of money for a hybrid gaming keyboard. I reserve the full trial until I have a review sample in my hands, but in the meantime, I think it would be much better to spend that kind of money on something like the excellent Fnatic Streak, which costs £ 120 / $ 110 at the time of writing, and it comes with the right Cherry MX Silent Red mechanical switches and the most comfortable wrist rest on the planet.