Once in a while a product enters our labs which sits around in one corner and does its job like a professional war sergeant. The Steelseries 7G mechanical keyboard is one such product.
With a sturdy build quality, gold plated mechanical keys, a huge slide out hand-rest and never-say-die attitude, the Steelseries 7G has everything going for itself, at least on paper. Let us put this mammoth to test and find out how it performs in the lab and in real world tests.
The Steelseries 7G uses the Black Cherry MX mechanical switch (for details check the review of Razer Blackwidow Ultimate). The Black switches are used in keyboards which are particularly crafted for gaming which means that these keys are non-tactile and non-clicky and an actuation force of 60g just bolsters your performance during gaming. The icing on the cake however is that each of these switches is gold plated so that they don’t rust as fast as the ones on a regular high-end gaming keyboard. Now we know why Steelseries is demanding the cost of a mid-range graphic card for a keyboard that won’t even flash some red/green/blue light when you type something!
The keyboard has a standard layout and the only difference is that the function key has a Steelseries logo instead of being the regular function key. It doubles up as the key to access media functions spread across F1-F6.
The Steelseries has standard keyboard dimensions of 18.9 x 9.8 in without the hand rest which can be attached for greater comfort. The plain-black keyboard looks like a military keyboard and is definitely not light by any standards. Only think about moving this keyboard around frequently if you have the biceps of Arnold Schwarzenegger or know Telekinesis.
The icing on the cake however is that each of these switches is gold plated so that they don’t rust as fast as the ones on a regular high-end gaming keyboard.
The 2 meter braided wire has all the connectivity options including one gold-plated USB connector, one gold-plated PS/2 connector and wires to connect to the speaker and the microphone to connect to the respective slots on the PC. The PS/2 connectivity is a great bonus and if you want to stick to USB then you have a PS/2 to USB convertor also provided with the package.
We have absolutely no gripe with design whatsoever. It is a dream typing or gaming with this keyboard.