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SteelSeries Apex M750 Review

The SteelSeries Apex M750 is an instant classic!

September 26, 2017

/ by Tin Salamunic

SteelSeries is a household name among gamers and Esports enthusiasts today, but many fans don’t realize that up until 2007, the Danish company went by the name Soft Trading. They were known for manufacturing the Icemat and SteelPad mouse mats that eventually inspired the brand we now see in nearly every major gaming tournament. I’m mentioning this because it’s been precisely ten years since SteelSeries shifted gears towards Esports gear and entered a field that at the time didn't have the same global reach and impact it now has in 2017.

Clearly, this was a transformative move. If those ten years have proven anything, it’s that SteelSeries remains focused and committed in their pursuit to dominate the competitive gaming scene. I’ve been a SteelSeries fan since their early days, and I’ve seen the company’s product lineup evolve in sync with their audience, which is exactly how you want to see a brand preach what they sow.

SteelSeries’ keyboard lineup in particular has become a force to recon with. After experiencing the sublime Apex M800 for the first time back in 2015, I had no desire to use other brands going forward. Personal preferences play a big role in choosing the right gaming gear, and for me, SteelSeries’ gear is perfect for my daily gaming/work use. Since the M800, I’ve had the pleasure testing their mid-range and budget models, the Apex M500 and the Apex 100, which were both impressive offerings, but today, I’m looking at something more unique: The Apex M750—a model that falls somewhere between the high-end Apex M800 and the mid tier M500. Although I do wonder if the M750 is replacing the M800 since it’s no longer listed in their catalog.


"The M750 is beautifully designed, and borrows some of the design accents directly from the excellent M800."

Retailing at $139.99, the Apex M750 isn’t cheap, but the superb performance and build quality easily rival keyboards in the $200+ range. The M750 is beautifully designed, and borrows some of the design accents directly from the excellent M800. Some of the highlight features include pure performance QX2 mechanical gaming switches, a frame constructed with durable 5000 Series aluminum alloy, real-time Discord in-game lighting notifications and easy, intuitive per-key RGB lighting customization.

The QX2 are Steelseries’ third generation mechanical switches. They are lightning fast thanks to their low force and a linear actuation point. Their precision impresses right away, and their snappy performance excels at both gaming and typing. The aluminum frame provides sturdiness and adds a nice aesthetic touch thanks to the matte finish that conveniently hides fingerprints and dust.


"The aluminum frame provides sturdiness and adds a nice aesthetic touch thanks to the matte finish that conveniently hides fingerprints and dust."

The Apex M750 boasts a slim design that emphasizes performance over extras. You won’t find additional macros keys or dedicated media controls (although media controls are still accessible via the SteelSeries function key). The SteelSeries Engine 3 is used to customize lighting and adjust the polling rate, but there aren’t other specialized tweaking options here. I personally rarely use macros, so I’m very happy that SteelSeries has decided to craft a high-quality, competitive gaming keyboard for users who don’t need the extras.

I’m not a pro gamer, but I play competitive multiplayer enough to notice subtleties in my gear. Since I spend just as much time typing, I tend to be picky about my setup because I need a tool that’s reliable across both my professional and hobbyist activities. This is one of the reasons I’m usually not too fond of gaming keyboards that have extras in excess. Thankfully, the Apex M750 is perfect for varying tasks. My wrists have a tendency to cramp up after hours of typing and gaming, but the light and fast keys provide a much smoother workflow.

Spec Overview:
N-Key Roll Over 104-Key(All)
Anti-Ghosting 100%
Illumination Individually controllable per-key RGB, including whole-keyboard patterns, and reactive typing effects
Weight 2.2 lbs
Height 153.5 mm
Width 454 mm
Depth 46.7 mm
Cable Length 2 m, 6.5 ft
Actuation Point 2 mm
Total Travel 4 mm
Force 45cN
Lifetime 50 Million Keypresses
OS Windows and Mac OS X/USB port required


"The SteelSeries Apex M750 is an instant classic. If excellent performance, design and build quality are important to you, and you don’t care for specialized extras, then the Apex M750 is currently king!"

I actually prefer the new M750 model over the pricier M800. My major gripe with the M800 was the distance between keys. They were too tight and made typing somewhat of a challenge. The M750 has plenty of space between keys, so you don’t have to worry about hitting the wrong key if you happen to have larger hands.

Conclusion: The SteelSeries Apex M750 is an instant classic. I can see myself using this keyboard for the unforeseeable future, or at least until SteelSeries releases another gem. If you’re mostly playing MMOs and absolutely need the extra macros, then the M750 may not be the best choice. For everyone else, however, the M750 is a superb alternative that shouldn’t be overlooked. If excellent performance, design and build quality are important to you, and you don’t care for specialized extras, then the Apex M750 is currently king!

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