Steelseries’ 7G mechanical gaming keyboard has been around for a while now but it’s still one of the most popular choices around. While you won’t find any extra utility like dedicated macro keys or backlighting, it offers fantastic build-quality, one of the most comfortable wrist rests around and full N-key rollover through its PS/2 connection (a USB converter is also provided).
The 7G is quite plain as far as looks go, without any fancy backlighting or ergodynamic styling - it’s essentially just a black rectangle with a small connectivity hub consisting of two USB 2.0 ports, a headphone port and a microphone port found at the rear. The one design flair that Steelseries has included is an oversized wrist rest that actually goes over the entire keyboard. While it takes up a considerable amount of space, the rest is sturdy and provides a very comfortable sloping surface with loads of room to rest your wrists on.
Keys on the 7G are quite high profile, which complements the feel of its Cherry MX Black switches quite nicely. Each key has an 18K gold-plated connector and, while the switches themselves feel no different from other MX Black-equipped keyboards, the 18K gold-plating supposedly increases the durability of each switch. Like all MX Black keyboards, the keys are linear with plenty of travel, with a matching actuation and reset point, resulting in a very smooth, if slightly stiff, punchy feel. It’s not the best keyboard for typing as you have to bottom out every time to activate a key, and anyone that prefers a tactile bump should definitely stay away, but FPS gamers that employ aggressive double tapping should look no further.
The Windows key on the 7G has been relocated to the right side to prevent accidental tabbing out. In its place on the left is a Steelseries logo key, which serves as an Fn key to activate the media control functions found on F1 to F6.
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The 7G doesn’t have much extra utility, but each key uses an 18K goldplated switch for extra durability.
The 7G comes with the largest and most comfortable wrist rest out of all of our keyboards.