Over a year ago, Steel Series released information on all the peripherals they planned to release for Guild Wars 2; the only exception was the gaming keyboard. Well, the keyboard has finally released. If you’ve thought about getting one, here are the specs to help you decide, although it continues to sell-out quickly.
The Guild Wars 2 Gaming Keyboard is made up of sleek lines and low-profile keys that bring together beautiful form and optimized function.
FASTER RETURN TO WASD
Small bumps on the W-key provide a faster return to WASD. When you quickly have to type a message or execute a command, we want to make sure that you find your way back to WASD as quickly as possible without having to look.
RAISED MACRO KEYS
The macro keys above the F-keys feature a raised design that allow you to locate them without looking and execute devastatingly fast key combinations. Simply swipe your finger down from the macro key onto the F-key for quick key combinations.
34 MORE WAYS TO PLAY
The Guild Wars 2 Gaming Keyboard features 17 independent macros keys that are each capable of up to 2 layers. This equates to 34 potential macros.
LAYER SELECT BUTTONS
Switch between macro layers quickly and easily thanks to 2 quick-access keys on the upper left corner that allow you to select your desired macro layer.
Find your way in the dark and locate your macros with brilliant red illumination featuring 8 levels of intensity.
DISABLE WINDOWS KEY
Simply hold down the SteelSeries key and tap the Windows key to disable it. This simple key combination will disable and enable the windows key without the need for software or complicated menus.
THE STEELSERIES KEY
The special SteelSeries key on the right hand side of the keyboard allows you to access special functions like disabling the Windows key.
With the Guild Wars 2 Gaming Keyboard, we left the windows key on the left side for commands and shortcuts that are frequently used when not gaming.
We added two arrow keys for a bit of extra directional convenience.
The SteelSeries Apex and Apex [RAW] gaming keyboards support anti-ghosting for 20 keys located in the most-used gaming areas on the keyboard. Out of these 20 capable keys, users can press up to 6 of them simultaneously, allowing those key presses to register and without locking the keyboard.
SteelSeries has chosen 20 of the most commonly used keys in games in the anti-ghost key list:
- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
- Q, W, E, R, A, S, D, F,
- Left Shift,
- Space bar
- 4 arrow keys
PLUG, PLAY, CONQUER
There’s no need to install software of any kind in order to use the Guild Wars 2 Gaming Keyboard. Without software many features will work including disabling of the windows key and more. However, for the full experience and for the gamers who want really advanced customization options, the Guild Wars 2 Gaming Keyboard is supported by SteelSeries Engine technology.