Dedicated gaming keyboards are really some of the most exciting computer peripherals ever built, and it looks like SteelSeries has decided to really up the ante in this field by releasing the SteelSeries Shift gaming keyboard, whose main selling point is represented by its ability to alter its appearance and functionality through interchangeable keysets.
The interchangeable keyset design is the only common denominator between the SteelSeries Shift and Zboard, the company's previous big gaming keyboard line.
According to SteelSeries, the new keyboard was constructed from ground up with high-quality, strong materials that add durability and functionality, the base of the Shift and the new Shift Keysets being all made with premium plastic and finishes for a superior look and feel.
With three height levels, extra wide feet, and a wrist rest that include rubber inserts to prevent slipping, users are able to choose what feels most comfortable for their preferences.
Additional hardware features include gold plated audio-out and microphone-in 3.5mm ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, including 1 powered, as well as LED indicators to alert when profiles and functions are active.
Onboard memory allows users to easily record up to 3 layers of on-the-fly macros at the top of the SteelSeries Shift base and have access to instant media controls on the left side of the keyboard.
Furthermore, the Bar and Pad Lock keys allow additional layers of mapping on the F and NUM Pad keys that can be utilized in games or in daily applications.
However, what's really very important to point out here is that every key on the SteelSeries Shift can be customized.
More than just macros, players can record a sequence of actions with delays and then map that sequence to a single key.
Users can then program advanced capabilities in multiple layers per key.
Players can take advantage of an endless amount of layered movements with the support of its anti-ghosting capability, which allows up to simultaneous 7 keystrokes.
Equipped with an advanced chip reader in the SteelSeries Shift base, users can easily interchange SteelSeries Shift Keysets from the Standard QWERTY Keyset, which is included, to licensed Keysets of game titles that are each sold separately.
Every keyset is uniquely designed in cooperation with game publishers and configured with input from expert players to establish an intuitive command setup and predefined game mods for games of all types.
The SteelSeries Shift has an MSRP of $89.99/ €89.99 and includes the Shift Base, and the Standard QWERTY Keyset, while the SteelSeries Shift Keysets will be sold separately for $24.99 USD/ €24.99.
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