Connect with us

Gaming

The Best PS4 Games of 2020- Experience the Best that the Console Has to Offer

Avatar

Published

on

Horizon Zero Dawn

Playstation 5 is just around the corner but it doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy Sony’s Playstation 4 console. The PS4 has released some of the most iconic games ever made.

In this article, I will go over the best ps4 games of 2020 but I will also include some classic games just to prep you for what’s to come in the next-generation console.

So, without further ado, here are the best titles on the PS4:

Best Playstation 4 Games

1.Final Fantasy 15

Final Fantasy 15

People who have played the first-generation Playstation console would be familiar with the first game on this list.

The Final Fantasy franchise has amassed a loyal following and its 15th installment in the series is a refreshing one.

You see, the previous FF title was an MMORPG and FFXIII has got fans divided over whether or not Square Enix still has the penchant for creating amazing games with memorable storylines.

Well, I am happy to say that the latest installment in the series definitely has reignited the fans’ love for the franchise.

In this game, you will be embarking on a journey with Noctis and his 3 trusty bodyguards as you fight against monsters- as is customary with the title.

I love the fact that Square Enix meld both great storytelling with impeccable graphics as this game truly delivers.

2.Death Stranding

Death Stranding

Starring Norman Reedus from the infamous The Walking Dead franchise, Death Stranding is a peculiar game but it doesn’t mean it’s bad. In fact, I would go on to say that it is one of the more interesting games on the platform.

The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world and you will be taking control of Sam Bridges. The premise of the game is to deliver supplies to the survivors and you happen to be learning new abilities along the way.

What’s grappling here is that the story actually lets you rethink your life choices thus far and how you will make decisions in the future. Yes, it’s that deep.

More importantly, it is actually quite fun though you will have to be spending hours into the game to truly notice that it is.

Still, I would encourage you to give this a try.

3.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)

The Call of Duty franchise has some of the best games in existence while there are also those that people really did not like at all.

In the previous titles, it was too sci-fi that the game has veered away from what it was supposed to be. Thankfully, Activision went back to its roots and created a game that donned the ‘boots on the ground’ approach.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare should not be confused with the game of the same name as this is the 2019 edition.

It still talks about Captain Price but this game takes you to his earlier years. While there are some inconsistencies when it comes to a storytelling standpoint, the gameplay is actually pretty intense and exciting from beginning to end.

The game has had a lot of new updates. In fact, you will need a hefty SSD capacity if you want to install this game because it will really eat up your storage space.

4.Bloodborne

Bloodborne

People who love the Dark Souls series will definitely love this next one. Bloodborne is not, by all means, a new game, but it certainly still has a massive loyal following even to this day.

This is a third-person hack-and-slash game that will require you to think quickly, time your moves correctly, and strategize as you fight hordes of souls and demons.

Bloodborne is one of the first PS4 exclusives and while this game is already a couple of years old, it aged like fine wine.

I do have to caution you that, like the Dark Souls titles, this is a pretty hard game. It can be fun, provided that you are a person who likes to challenge themselves when playing.

5.Devil May Cry 5

Devil May Cry 5

Fans were eagerly waiting for a sequel to Devil May Cry 4 and after waiting over a decade, Capcom has finally delivered a fitting sequel.

Devil May Cry 5 is still nearly the same at its core but there are some new moves that players will have to be familiar with in order to get the most out of their experience.

You will be controlling either of the three characters: Dante, V, and Nero. Each of them has their own unique weapons and abilities and it is up to you to master all of them.

It will take some time to master all of their moves but when that is accomplished, this is simply one of those games that will help you get glued to the edge of your seats.

6.Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima

The Ghost of Tsushima is quite a popular game at the time of writing and it talks about the exploits of Jin Sakai- a Japanese Samurai who has to fight against the 13th century Mongols.

This title is so appealing because it is not only historically accurate but it can also get very deep as well. You also have to be ready to sink a lot of hours into this to fully grasp the story and all.

Players who love customizing their characters will love the fact that the level of customization in this game is superb. Of course, you will have to be willing to get whatever is needed to unlock them so there’s that.

Despite the long hours of gameplay, where Ghost of Tsushima shines is in its storytelling. It speaks about duty, honor, and sacrifice which are things that are definitely fitting for the theme.

7.God of War (2018)

God of War (2018)

This game was one of the most highly anticipated PS4 exclusives back in 2018 and it is still loved by many to this day.

Here, you will control Kratos as you fight against Greek gods from Norse mythology. One iconic change to the franchise, well, at least in this game, is that Kratos now has a son and it certainly changes the whole dynamic.

Considered by pundits and game reviewers as the best game in the franchise, God of War 2018 is definitely one that you should play before the Playstation 5 releases.

8.Marvel’s Spider-Man

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Of all the superhero games that were released on the console, Marvel’s Spider-Man is definitely one that you should consider playing.

You will play as the titular character and what’s exciting here is that you not only get to fight against spidey’s signature villains but you can also get a lot of different things that will help make the game even more interesting.

The good thing is that this game is constantly being improved- whether in the form of some new patches that will help smooth out the kinks of the game or some new features that will definitely get you hooked on your TV screen.

It is worth noting that the game also has a pretty unique photo editor which you can use extensively if you want to produce some snaps in-game or whatnot.

The makers of this game have also promised the public that it will continually release new DLCs in the coming months, so stay tuned for more.

9.Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn

One of the most captivating games both in terms of storytelling and graphics, Horizon Zero Dawn is always placed in the Top 10 Lists and for all of the right reasons.

This game has impressive visuals. This is so much so that there will be a PC port of this game that will arrive in the near future.

For those of you who haven’t played this game yet, you will be transported back into a unique post-apocalyptic world where it is filled with robotic dinosaurs that you will have to deal with in many parts of the story.

You will be controlling Aloy who is a very skilled fighter and a master of the spear and the bow. She later learns that the things that she can do can ultimately make the lives of the things around her even better.

Seriously, if you want to play a game that is just so visually appealing, you should definitely think about playing Horizon Zero Dawn without a doubt.

Or, if you want to wait for the PC version, be sure to equip your computer with the best graphics cards on the market just to make sure it is ready to handle this beauty.

10.Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

Just like the previous title, Red Dead Redemption 2 is another highly anticipated game. It is made by the same studio that developed the iconic GTA V so you’ll know that you’re in for a treat.

Red Dead Redemption 2 takes you back to the days of the wild west as you patrol the area with a bunch of buddies on horses and deal with the renegade cowboys along the way.

The graphics are just so breathtaking that you can simply have your character stay in one spot and marvel at the beauty of the world you’re in.

This game will require you to play long hours for you to truly grasp what’s going on but I think that that is no problem for you, right?

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Gaming

Xbox Series X- When Will It Be Released and What Does It Bring to the Table?

Avatar

Published

on

Microsoft Xbox Series X

After months of hype and speculations, the Microsoft Xbox Series X has finally been unveiled to the public and we now know a lot more information about the upcoming game console than ever before.

In this article, I will go over the key points that you need to know about Microsoft’s console, such as release dates, pricing, new features and technologies, and so much more.

Release Date and Pricing

The Xbox Series X will be released on November 10 and pre-orders will start as early as September 22. The price of the said game console will be $499 which is in-line with Sony’s Playstation 5 disc edition.

Unlike Sony where the company has decided to employ a staggered release date for its PS5 consoles, the Microsoft Xbox Series X will be released on the same date worldwide. Of course, there is the challenge of availability considering that we are still suffering from a global pandemic, which is why pre-ordering the console (assuming that you want to get one) makes a whole lot of sense.

Design

Microsoft Xbox Series X 1

Unlike previous Xbox consoles, the Series X will actually have a more tower-like design with some air vents that can be visibly seen on top of the device.

The Series X will also feature a 4K Blu-ray player, so you could say that it is indeed quite similar to what Sony has to offer.

As of the time of writing this article, the console will only be available in black, though with the release of prior Xbox consoles, a white-colored Xbox is not too far off.

The more vertical design of the upcoming gaming machine might prove to be challenging for some people, especially when it comes to desk space. You will need to have adequate space to rest the console on the surface.

Specs

Microsoft Xbox Series X Design

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen Custom Zen 2, 8-cores/16-threads (via SMT) @3.8GHz (boost) and 3.6GHz (base)
  • GPU: AMD Custom RDNA 2 GPU with 52 Compute Units, 12 TFLOPS, and @ 1.825GHz
  • Process (nodes): 7nm Enhanced
  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6, 320-bit Bus, 10GB @ 560GB/s and GB @ 336GB/s memory bandwidth
  • Internal Storage: 1GB Custom NVMe SSD, 4.8 GB/s (read) and 2.4 GB/s (write) (both are theoretical values)
  • Storage Expansion: 1TB
  • External Storage Support: USB 3.2 External HDD
  • Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
  • Performance Target: 4K @ 60 FPS, up to 120FPS (Theoretical)

I am really very excited about the new-gen consoles because they are packed with serious hardware that allows you to play games at 4K resolution without any issues.

Just like the PS5, the Xbox Series X is also powered by a custom AMD Ryzen CPU (using Zen 2 architecture) and a custom AMD GPU (using the new RDNA2 architecture). This performance package should allow you to play games at 4K@ 60 frames per second ‘comfortably’ (at least according to Microsoft Xbox president, Phil Spencer) and it could even give you the right amount of processing power to achieve more than 60 frames per second (up to 120 frames per second, theoretically).

The CPU, according to Digital Foundry, has a base clock of 3.6GHz and it boosts up to 3.8GHz. The good thing is that the boosting algorithms will only kick in when the console needs more horsepower which can be a good thing both from a performance and thermals standpoint.

It is also worth noting that the new Xbox will support ray tracing. Thus, you can enable such a feature in the games that support it and you will not have to worry about any performance penalties at all since the hardware is more than capable.

This new and upcoming game console will also be using a custom 1TB NVMe SSD which is 100+ GB more than what the PS5 has to offer.

While Spencer didn’t mention anything specific, the SSD that comes in the Xbox Series X should be faster than any consumer SSD that you can find on the market up to this point.

This would mean that if you are going to use its expansion slot to add more storage, you will have to buy an SSD directly from Microsoft if you want to get the best performance possible out of a storage drive.

If you are okay with using an external hard drive, it can support one that is using a USB 3.2 Gen 1 cable.

The optical drive is a 4K Blu-Ray player and each game disc can hold as much as 100GB of storage (though it is more likely that each disc can contain an amount lower than that).

Features

The Microsoft Xbox Series X has a lot of nice features up its sleeve. For one, it has the new Velocity architecture that makes good use of the console’s NVMe SSD, thus virtually eliminating load times.

In line with the said technology, you will also get to enjoy the ‘Quick Resume’ feature where you can pick up right where you left off almost instantly thanks to the use of a new DirectStorage API and Sampler Feedback Streaming (SFS) technologies.

The Xbox Series X will also have VRR or Variable Refresh Rate and Auto Low Latency Mode or ALLM to provide you with a smooth gaming experience. The former will eliminate screen tearing and improve overall frame rates and the latter will ensure that it will use your chosen display’s lowest latency mode for maximum performance.

Because the Playstation 5 can support 8K resolution, Phil Spencer also said that the Microsoft Xbox Series X can also handle that as well, though it remains to be seen if the gaming experience will be somewhat enjoyable, given how taxing the said resolution can be.

Controller

Microsoft Xbox Series X Controller

Unlike the DualSense controller that comes with the PS5, not much is known about the Series X’s controller. Spencer did say that it will have a slimmer form factor and its D-Pad is vastly improved (to mimic the Xbox Elite controller which is a 3rd-party peripheral).

The rumble motors are reported to make a comeback, though I do not know if it will be a better implementation than the haptics that are embedded in the DualSense controller.

It seems that lowering the latency is one of the top priorities of the company as Spencer said that it will have a Dynamic Latency Input feature that will significantly reduce the input lag of the said controller. Of course, this will be tested in our review once the unit is available.

Games

It is a bit of a disappointment that Halo Infinite, which used to be a launch title, is delayed until 2021. There are still plenty of different games, however, and here are just some of the most notable ones:

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • As Dusk Falls
  • Avowed
  • Battlefield 6
  • Borderlands 3
  • Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War
  • Chivalry 2
  • Control: Ultimate Edition
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Dirt 5
  • Dragon Age 4
  • Dying Light 2
  • Everwild
  • Exomecha
  • Fable
  • Far Cry 6
  • FIFA 21
  • Gears 5
  • Graven
  • Hood: Outlaws and Legends
  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • New Genesis: Phantasy Star Online 2
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Rainbow Six Quarantine
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Scorn
  • State of Decay 3
  • Watch Dogs: Legion

Backward Compatibility and Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft Xbox Series X Game Pass

A lot of people were disappointed by the fact that the Playstation 5 only supports PS4 games and is not backward compatible with the older generation Playstation consoles. The Microsoft Xbox Series X is different.

You see, it not only supports all of the games from its predecessor’s content portfolio, but it will also support most of the games of the older generation platforms as well. This means that even the original Xbox games are playable on the new game console which is a really good thing.

You would want to register for the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate so that you can unlock all of the games. It is worth noting that by getting the game pass, you also have the privilege of using the company’s xCloud feature that allows you to play Xbox games while you are on the go. Think of this as an improved version of Google Stadia.

Conclusion

I am really impressed with what the Microsoft Xbox Series X has to offer. Aside from its very powerful hardware, its new features and technologies will certainly improve your gaming experience manifold.

By getting the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you get to enjoy your favorite Xbox games while on the go, while also unlocking all of the possible older-generation games that are playable on the new platform.

It remains to be seen if the new controller is better, but I am eager to find out if the new low latency feature can truly decrease input lag by a lot.

Remember that you can already pre-order your own unit today and the console will be officially released on November 10 in all regions. It costs $499.

Continue Reading

Gaming

The Best Wireless Gaming Keyboards for a Clean and Minimalist Setup

Avatar

Published

on

Razer Turret

Almost all of the new peripherals that you can find on the market are going wireless. From gaming headsets to gaming mice, things have cut their cords in favor of a more seamless experience.

That being said, keyboards are generally okay to be used wired, but if you want a clean setup, you may want to consider one of the best wireless gaming keyboards in 2020.

Why Wireless?

There are plenty of reasons why you’d want to go wireless. The first is for convenience. Although I’ve really loved my wired headphones, wireless gaming headsets have provided me with a chance to not have to deal with any cables getting plugged into my PC.

Gaming mice have certainly matched or even bested their wired counterparts. Although they are more expensive, using a wireless peripheral allows for those quick movements without any compromises.

A wireless gaming keyboard might not be what you need right now, but it can certainly be useful, especially if you are looking to cut as many wires as possible to have a clean setup.

It is also a great idea to get one since you can play games while you’re sitting on the couch. I have a lot of friends that wire their PCs to their 4K TVs and just play while they’re relaxing on the sofa using their wireless gaming peripherals.

With all of those being said, I will now recommend some of the best wireless gaming keyboards that you can find on the market today.

Best Wireless Gaming Keyboards

1.Logitech G915

Price: $240

Logitech G915 Review

The best wireless gaming keyboard, in my opinion, is the Logitech G915. It is a full-sized mechanical gaming keyboard with five macro buttons located on the left side and some media controls situated at the top-right corner of the peripheral.

It uses the company’s own Romer-G mechanical switches which have a low-profile design and good tactile feedback on every keypress. If you’ve grown accustomed to using laptop keyboards, then this should feel right at home.

You can set different macros and save them in the keyboard’s three onboard profiles so you will not have to use the Logitech G Hub software if you do not want to.

Its RGB lighting is okay though if you want to save its battery, you would want to leave that turned off.

Speaking of battery life, this thing can last up to 40 hours without its lighting enabled and around 20 hours if it is. To me, that is pretty good.

You can charge this thing using the included cable, so if you want the convenience of not having to worry about this thing’s battery, you can use it wired if you want.

This thing has a solid build quality and it looks and feels premium. That should be the case considering that this is a $240 peripheral.

Although its price is definitely steep, the Logitech G915 provides you with a seamless gaming experience.

2.Obinslab Anne Pro 2

Price: $110

Obinslab Anne Pro 2

If you want a minimalist wireless keyboard, then the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is for you. This is a ‘60%’ keyboard and for those of you who do not know what it is, this just means that the Numpad and the section with the INS and DEL keys are removed- giving you a more compact keyboard.

A lot of gamers actually want this form factor as you only have to deal with the keys that you are most likely going to use anyway.

It has RGB lighting though you’d want to disable it if you want to maximize its battery life.

It connects via Bluetooth and can connect up to four devices at any time. This is great because you can use it on your tablet or any mobile device that uses Bluetooth technology.

I also love the fact that you have plenty of switch options to choose from. You can either select Gateron, Cherry MX, and a host of other mainstream mechanical key switches.

The only downside to this thing is its form factor. If you are not okay with the omission of the Numpad and INS-DEL keys, then this is not for you.

However, if you are a gamer who wants a minimalist setup, the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is certainly one of the best out there.

3.Logitech G613

Price: $73

Logitech G613

Not all wireless gaming keyboards need to be expensive. The Logitech G613 has received a huge price cut! It was originally sold for $130 but you can get one now for just $73 which is a pretty good deal!

Its design is nearly identical to the G915, albeit that it doesn’t have any backlighting whatsoever. This can be a good thing since, as I’ve mentioned numerous times before, it can help extend the peripheral’s battery life.

You still have some dedicated macro keys situated on the left side of the board and you also have the media control buttons on the top-right as well. To unlock the full potential of this keyboard, you will need to use the G Hub software.

It has a plastic wrist rest that is somewhat comfortable, but for people that do not want a wrist rest attached to their keyboards, you are out of luck. That is because the wrist rest is not removable at all. This could be a potential downside.

You can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth or its 2.4GHz USB dongle. You may want to use the latter for better performance, but if you are using a mobile device that has Bluetooth 5.0, the wireless signal should not be a huge issue at all.

My only gripe with this thing is that you will have to buy two AA batteries to power this thing. Do not worry, if you get one of those Energizer batteries or any heavy-duty ones, then this thing should last for a whopping 18 months which is pretty insane!

4.Logitech MX Keys

Price: $100

Logitech MX Keys

Although marketed as an ‘office’ keyboard, the Logitech MX Keys can actually still be used in gaming. In fact, I’ve known some people that really love using this thing over a standard mechanical gaming keyboard.

Instead of the usual mechanical key switches, the MX Keys actually use tactile scissor switches. Its feel is somewhat similar to what you can find in laptops and provide you with a nice tactile feedback on every keypress.

This keyboard connects to your PC or laptop via Bluetooth and the signal doesn’t drop at all. That means that you can play your games with full confidence knowing that this thing won’t bail on you.

Even though you cannot program macros or whatnot and your use-case is limited to just typing and gaming, the Logitech MX Keys provide you with a seamless experience across the board.

5.Corsair K63 Wireless

Price: $60

Corsair K63 Wireless

Corsair is another competent gaming peripherals manufacturer. I really love some of their gaming mice and their keyboards are pretty good as well.

That being said, the Corsair K63 Wireless is the perfect wireless gaming peripheral for people that are on a budget.

At $60, it is really tough to beat. It uses Cherry MX Red switches which are the de-facto standard for gaming keyboards. It provides a good feel, though some typists might find it a bit harder to use due to its lightweight nature.

This thing connects via a USB dongle and it only has blue/white backlighting. In my usage, I was able to use this keyboard for 15 hours with its backlighting turned on, about 25 hours with it set to its lowest brightness, and around 70 hours without any backlighting enabled.

It does have onboard batteries that you can recharge when using the included USB cable. In fact, you can use this peripheral with the cable wired to your PC as well.

The K63’s weakness is its battery life, but if you’re okay with it, it is actually a pretty good wireless gaming keyboard nevertheless.

6.Razer Turret

Price: $250

Razer Turret

The Razer Turret is more of a complete package because it not only has a gaming keyboard but it also comes with a gaming mouse as well.

You basically have a huge lapboard that can house all of the keys of the keyboard, as well as a nice surface for your mouse to glide on.

This is a complete solution for people that want to engage in some couch gaming and its wireless signal is unparalleled for that seamless and uninterrupted gaming.

You only get one choice of keys in the form of the Razer greens. They are tactile and clicky but for the most part, they are good for typing and gaming.

The included mouse is also quite competitive. Its sensor is accurate and it can be set to a whopping 16,000 DPI (not that people would use it in real-world scenarios, but the option is there).

It works seamlessly in both the Xbox and the PC, so this is definitely one of the best gaming peripherals to get out there, especially for couch gaming.

7.Corsair K83 Wireless

Price: $95

Corsair K83 Wireless

The Corsair K83 Wireless is marketed as an ‘entertainment’ keyboard but in reality, it is actually a great lapboard for gaming. It is somewhat similar to the Razer Turret above in the sense that you get a keyboard and a mouse, but instead of a ‘true’ gaming mouse, you get a touchpad with some buttons for the left and right mouse clicks.

It uses scissor switches which are a bit mushy for my tastes, but it will certainly do for most gamers.

It can connect wirelessly to your device or computer via Bluetooth or its included USB wireless receiver and using both of them yielded no problems on my end.

The ‘WASD’ keys have a different color and are a bit more textured than the regular keys which can be helpful if you are playing battle royale or first-person shooters.

Although using its touchpad is clunky, in my opinion, the Corsair K83 Wireless can still be good for couch gaming.

Continue Reading

Gaming

Steelseries Apex 7 Review- A Gaming Keyboard with a Cool OLED Display

Avatar

Published

on

Steelseries Apex 7 Review

Steelseries is one of those gaming peripherals manufacturers that have an ace up its sleeve and one of its products, the Steelseries Apex 7, has one nifty feature that you will probably like.

I am going to be reviewing the said mechanical gaming keyboard today. What are my thoughts about it? Read through the rest of this piece to find out.

Design

If you have seen the Steelseries Apex 7 Pro, then the design of its younger brother is quite similar to that. In fact, other than the mechanical switches that are used, the Steelseries Apex 7 looks exactly the same as its ‘Pro’ counterpart.

Here you have a full-sized keyboard that is a bit more compact than others that you can find on the market. It has a volume scroll wheel at the top right and situated directly to its left is the hallmark feature which is the OLED display (more on this later).

Since this is a premium product, you can expect a really good build quality on this one. The company has used aircraft-grade aluminum to ensure that there will be no flexing or creaking when you use this peripheral.

The keycaps use ABS plastic but I would have preferred to use PBT keycaps since they feel much smoother. This won’t be a huge issue for most users though.

Because the keycaps are laser-etched, the RGB lighting can be quite tame by comparison. If you are an RGB fan, this might turn you off, but to compensate for this, you can maximize the LED brightness setting in the Steelseries Engine software.

The Steelseries Apex 7 uses two USB cables and that is because one is used to power the peripheral and the other is used for the USB pass-through that is situated in the top-left corner. You can use the said port to transfer data or plug in your gaming mouse, for instance, but you cannot use it for charging your mobile device as it is a low-powered port.

Upon looking at the keyboard, you might find that the INS key up to the page down key has M1-M6 imprinted on them. That is because you can use the keys for your macros which can be set using the aforementioned software.

Lastly, the Steelseries Apex 7 comes with a plastic wrist rest with a soft matte coating. It is not as comfortable as those leather ones but it is still comfortable nevertheless.

Keys

Steelseries Apex 7 Review 2020

Unlike the ‘Pro’ version, the Steelseries Apex 7 makes use of the company’s mechanical red switches. They are rated to last up to 50 million keystrokes and they also have N-key rollover as well which means that all of the keys (no matter how many of them you press at the same time) will register on the screen.

Just like Cherry MX Switches, you have three choices to choose from. You can choose the linear red switch, the tactile brown switch, and the clicky blue switch.

Personally, I like the blue switch since I really love clicky switches, but for most users, you would probably want to choose either the red or the brown variant.

My review sample has the red switches and they are actually great for gaming. But, I have to caution you about something.

Normally, mechanical switches have some sort of resistance when you type on them. That is what separates them from the mushy feeling of rubber-dome keys.

The Steelseries Apex 7 is somewhat in the middle. It is not mushy like rubber-dome switches but it certainly does not feel like your conventional mechanical switches as well. This is not to say that it doesn’t feel right; it just feels weird in comparison, especially if you have used mechanical gaming keyboards for quite some time.

Performance

The linear red switches are great for gaming. I’ve had no issues using the Apex 7 in fast-paced games at all thanks to the fact that it doesn’t have that tactile bump that is found in brown and blue switches.

I also love the fact that the RGB lighting can be used to your advantage. For instance, you can set the lighting to let you know the status of your health in the games that you play. Of course, it takes some time doing this as you would have to set things in the Steelseries Engine program, but you would only have to do it once. In fact, you can exit the program after use since you can save the profile to the peripheral’s onboard memory.

For maximum performance, I advise you to update the keyboard’s software. You should be prompted after firing up the device’s software.

OLED Display

Steelseries Apex 7

What separates the Steelseries Apex 7 apart from other gaming keyboards is its OLED display. When this was first implemented in one of the company’s gaming mice, it was considered as a gimmick, but it can actually be quite useful if you really take the time to set things up nicely.

You can use the OLED display to provide you with some useful information about the games that you play or the programs that you are using.

When I work, I’ve used the OLED display to provide me with the current information about the song that is playing on my Spotify playlist.

You can use the said feature to tell you to display some important statistics in the games that you play. The usability is extensive- you just have to commit some time to set things up first before you can truly enjoy it.

If there is one thing that could have been improved, it would have been nice if the display was a bit larger. But, it works nicely.

Verdict

From a performance standpoint, the Steelseries Apex 7 is just like any other gaming keyboard that you can find on the market. Although it uses the company’s own switches, it feels somewhat similar to Cherry MX switches that are commonly found in mechanical keyboards.

However, what sets it apart is its OLED display which, once configured, can be quite helpful in daily and gaming tasks.

Do I recommend the Steelseries Apex 7? I wouldn’t say that I would 100% recommend this thing to anyone who is looking for a gaming keyboard, but what I would say is that the OLED display is quite an appealing and nifty feature that you may want to try out.

This keyboard retails for $160.

Continue Reading

Trending Story

Gaming

The Best PS4 Games of 2020- Experience the Best that the Console Has to Offer

Avatar

Published

on

Horizon Zero Dawn

Playstation 5 is just around the corner but it doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy Sony’s Playstation 4 console. The PS4 has released some of the most iconic games ever made.

In this article, I will go over the best ps4 games of 2020 but I will also include some classic games just to prep you for what’s to come in the next-generation console.

So, without further ado, here are the best titles on the PS4:

Best Playstation 4 Games

1.Final Fantasy 15

Final Fantasy 15

People who have played the first-generation Playstation console would be familiar with the first game on this list.

The Final Fantasy franchise has amassed a loyal following and its 15th installment in the series is a refreshing one.

You see, the previous FF title was an MMORPG and FFXIII has got fans divided over whether or not Square Enix still has the penchant for creating amazing games with memorable storylines.

Well, I am happy to say that the latest installment in the series definitely has reignited the fans’ love for the franchise.

In this game, you will be embarking on a journey with Noctis and his 3 trusty bodyguards as you fight against monsters- as is customary with the title.

I love the fact that Square Enix meld both great storytelling with impeccable graphics as this game truly delivers.

2.Death Stranding

Death Stranding

Starring Norman Reedus from the infamous The Walking Dead franchise, Death Stranding is a peculiar game but it doesn’t mean it’s bad. In fact, I would go on to say that it is one of the more interesting games on the platform.

The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world and you will be taking control of Sam Bridges. The premise of the game is to deliver supplies to the survivors and you happen to be learning new abilities along the way.

What’s grappling here is that the story actually lets you rethink your life choices thus far and how you will make decisions in the future. Yes, it’s that deep.

More importantly, it is actually quite fun though you will have to be spending hours into the game to truly notice that it is.

Still, I would encourage you to give this a try.

3.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)

The Call of Duty franchise has some of the best games in existence while there are also those that people really did not like at all.

In the previous titles, it was too sci-fi that the game has veered away from what it was supposed to be. Thankfully, Activision went back to its roots and created a game that donned the ‘boots on the ground’ approach.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare should not be confused with the game of the same name as this is the 2019 edition.

It still talks about Captain Price but this game takes you to his earlier years. While there are some inconsistencies when it comes to a storytelling standpoint, the gameplay is actually pretty intense and exciting from beginning to end.

The game has had a lot of new updates. In fact, you will need a hefty SSD capacity if you want to install this game because it will really eat up your storage space.

4.Bloodborne

Bloodborne

People who love the Dark Souls series will definitely love this next one. Bloodborne is not, by all means, a new game, but it certainly still has a massive loyal following even to this day.

This is a third-person hack-and-slash game that will require you to think quickly, time your moves correctly, and strategize as you fight hordes of souls and demons.

Bloodborne is one of the first PS4 exclusives and while this game is already a couple of years old, it aged like fine wine.

I do have to caution you that, like the Dark Souls titles, this is a pretty hard game. It can be fun, provided that you are a person who likes to challenge themselves when playing.

5.Devil May Cry 5

Devil May Cry 5

Fans were eagerly waiting for a sequel to Devil May Cry 4 and after waiting over a decade, Capcom has finally delivered a fitting sequel.

Devil May Cry 5 is still nearly the same at its core but there are some new moves that players will have to be familiar with in order to get the most out of their experience.

You will be controlling either of the three characters: Dante, V, and Nero. Each of them has their own unique weapons and abilities and it is up to you to master all of them.

It will take some time to master all of their moves but when that is accomplished, this is simply one of those games that will help you get glued to the edge of your seats.

6.Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima

The Ghost of Tsushima is quite a popular game at the time of writing and it talks about the exploits of Jin Sakai- a Japanese Samurai who has to fight against the 13th century Mongols.

This title is so appealing because it is not only historically accurate but it can also get very deep as well. You also have to be ready to sink a lot of hours into this to fully grasp the story and all.

Players who love customizing their characters will love the fact that the level of customization in this game is superb. Of course, you will have to be willing to get whatever is needed to unlock them so there’s that.

Despite the long hours of gameplay, where Ghost of Tsushima shines is in its storytelling. It speaks about duty, honor, and sacrifice which are things that are definitely fitting for the theme.

7.God of War (2018)

God of War (2018)

This game was one of the most highly anticipated PS4 exclusives back in 2018 and it is still loved by many to this day.

Here, you will control Kratos as you fight against Greek gods from Norse mythology. One iconic change to the franchise, well, at least in this game, is that Kratos now has a son and it certainly changes the whole dynamic.

Considered by pundits and game reviewers as the best game in the franchise, God of War 2018 is definitely one that you should play before the Playstation 5 releases.

8.Marvel’s Spider-Man

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Of all the superhero games that were released on the console, Marvel’s Spider-Man is definitely one that you should consider playing.

You will play as the titular character and what’s exciting here is that you not only get to fight against spidey’s signature villains but you can also get a lot of different things that will help make the game even more interesting.

The good thing is that this game is constantly being improved- whether in the form of some new patches that will help smooth out the kinks of the game or some new features that will definitely get you hooked on your TV screen.

It is worth noting that the game also has a pretty unique photo editor which you can use extensively if you want to produce some snaps in-game or whatnot.

The makers of this game have also promised the public that it will continually release new DLCs in the coming months, so stay tuned for more.

9.Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn

One of the most captivating games both in terms of storytelling and graphics, Horizon Zero Dawn is always placed in the Top 10 Lists and for all of the right reasons.

This game has impressive visuals. This is so much so that there will be a PC port of this game that will arrive in the near future.

For those of you who haven’t played this game yet, you will be transported back into a unique post-apocalyptic world where it is filled with robotic dinosaurs that you will have to deal with in many parts of the story.

You will be controlling Aloy who is a very skilled fighter and a master of the spear and the bow. She later learns that the things that she can do can ultimately make the lives of the things around her even better.

Seriously, if you want to play a game that is just so visually appealing, you should definitely think about playing Horizon Zero Dawn without a doubt.

Or, if you want to wait for the PC version, be sure to equip your computer with the best graphics cards on the market just to make sure it is ready to handle this beauty.

10.Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

Just like the previous title, Red Dead Redemption 2 is another highly anticipated game. It is made by the same studio that developed the iconic GTA V so you’ll know that you’re in for a treat.

Red Dead Redemption 2 takes you back to the days of the wild west as you patrol the area with a bunch of buddies on horses and deal with the renegade cowboys along the way.

The graphics are just so breathtaking that you can simply have your character stay in one spot and marvel at the beauty of the world you’re in.

This game will require you to play long hours for you to truly grasp what’s going on but I think that that is no problem for you, right?

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Gaming

Xbox Series X- When Will It Be Released and What Does It Bring to the Table?

Avatar

Published

on

Microsoft Xbox Series X

After months of hype and speculations, the Microsoft Xbox Series X has finally been unveiled to the public and we now know a lot more information about the upcoming game console than ever before.

In this article, I will go over the key points that you need to know about Microsoft’s console, such as release dates, pricing, new features and technologies, and so much more.

Release Date and Pricing

The Xbox Series X will be released on November 10 and pre-orders will start as early as September 22. The price of the said game console will be $499 which is in-line with Sony’s Playstation 5 disc edition.

Unlike Sony where the company has decided to employ a staggered release date for its PS5 consoles, the Microsoft Xbox Series X will be released on the same date worldwide. Of course, there is the challenge of availability considering that we are still suffering from a global pandemic, which is why pre-ordering the console (assuming that you want to get one) makes a whole lot of sense.

Design

Microsoft Xbox Series X 1

Unlike previous Xbox consoles, the Series X will actually have a more tower-like design with some air vents that can be visibly seen on top of the device.

The Series X will also feature a 4K Blu-ray player, so you could say that it is indeed quite similar to what Sony has to offer.

As of the time of writing this article, the console will only be available in black, though with the release of prior Xbox consoles, a white-colored Xbox is not too far off.

The more vertical design of the upcoming gaming machine might prove to be challenging for some people, especially when it comes to desk space. You will need to have adequate space to rest the console on the surface.

Specs

Microsoft Xbox Series X Design

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen Custom Zen 2, 8-cores/16-threads (via SMT) @3.8GHz (boost) and 3.6GHz (base)
  • GPU: AMD Custom RDNA 2 GPU with 52 Compute Units, 12 TFLOPS, and @ 1.825GHz
  • Process (nodes): 7nm Enhanced
  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6, 320-bit Bus, 10GB @ 560GB/s and GB @ 336GB/s memory bandwidth
  • Internal Storage: 1GB Custom NVMe SSD, 4.8 GB/s (read) and 2.4 GB/s (write) (both are theoretical values)
  • Storage Expansion: 1TB
  • External Storage Support: USB 3.2 External HDD
  • Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
  • Performance Target: 4K @ 60 FPS, up to 120FPS (Theoretical)

I am really very excited about the new-gen consoles because they are packed with serious hardware that allows you to play games at 4K resolution without any issues.

Just like the PS5, the Xbox Series X is also powered by a custom AMD Ryzen CPU (using Zen 2 architecture) and a custom AMD GPU (using the new RDNA2 architecture). This performance package should allow you to play games at 4K@ 60 frames per second ‘comfortably’ (at least according to Microsoft Xbox president, Phil Spencer) and it could even give you the right amount of processing power to achieve more than 60 frames per second (up to 120 frames per second, theoretically).

The CPU, according to Digital Foundry, has a base clock of 3.6GHz and it boosts up to 3.8GHz. The good thing is that the boosting algorithms will only kick in when the console needs more horsepower which can be a good thing both from a performance and thermals standpoint.

It is also worth noting that the new Xbox will support ray tracing. Thus, you can enable such a feature in the games that support it and you will not have to worry about any performance penalties at all since the hardware is more than capable.

This new and upcoming game console will also be using a custom 1TB NVMe SSD which is 100+ GB more than what the PS5 has to offer.

While Spencer didn’t mention anything specific, the SSD that comes in the Xbox Series X should be faster than any consumer SSD that you can find on the market up to this point.

This would mean that if you are going to use its expansion slot to add more storage, you will have to buy an SSD directly from Microsoft if you want to get the best performance possible out of a storage drive.

If you are okay with using an external hard drive, it can support one that is using a USB 3.2 Gen 1 cable.

The optical drive is a 4K Blu-Ray player and each game disc can hold as much as 100GB of storage (though it is more likely that each disc can contain an amount lower than that).

Features

The Microsoft Xbox Series X has a lot of nice features up its sleeve. For one, it has the new Velocity architecture that makes good use of the console’s NVMe SSD, thus virtually eliminating load times.

In line with the said technology, you will also get to enjoy the ‘Quick Resume’ feature where you can pick up right where you left off almost instantly thanks to the use of a new DirectStorage API and Sampler Feedback Streaming (SFS) technologies.

The Xbox Series X will also have VRR or Variable Refresh Rate and Auto Low Latency Mode or ALLM to provide you with a smooth gaming experience. The former will eliminate screen tearing and improve overall frame rates and the latter will ensure that it will use your chosen display’s lowest latency mode for maximum performance.

Because the Playstation 5 can support 8K resolution, Phil Spencer also said that the Microsoft Xbox Series X can also handle that as well, though it remains to be seen if the gaming experience will be somewhat enjoyable, given how taxing the said resolution can be.

Controller

Microsoft Xbox Series X Controller

Unlike the DualSense controller that comes with the PS5, not much is known about the Series X’s controller. Spencer did say that it will have a slimmer form factor and its D-Pad is vastly improved (to mimic the Xbox Elite controller which is a 3rd-party peripheral).

The rumble motors are reported to make a comeback, though I do not know if it will be a better implementation than the haptics that are embedded in the DualSense controller.

It seems that lowering the latency is one of the top priorities of the company as Spencer said that it will have a Dynamic Latency Input feature that will significantly reduce the input lag of the said controller. Of course, this will be tested in our review once the unit is available.

Games

It is a bit of a disappointment that Halo Infinite, which used to be a launch title, is delayed until 2021. There are still plenty of different games, however, and here are just some of the most notable ones:

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • As Dusk Falls
  • Avowed
  • Battlefield 6
  • Borderlands 3
  • Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War
  • Chivalry 2
  • Control: Ultimate Edition
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Dirt 5
  • Dragon Age 4
  • Dying Light 2
  • Everwild
  • Exomecha
  • Fable
  • Far Cry 6
  • FIFA 21
  • Gears 5
  • Graven
  • Hood: Outlaws and Legends
  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • New Genesis: Phantasy Star Online 2
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Rainbow Six Quarantine
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Scorn
  • State of Decay 3
  • Watch Dogs: Legion

Backward Compatibility and Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft Xbox Series X Game Pass

A lot of people were disappointed by the fact that the Playstation 5 only supports PS4 games and is not backward compatible with the older generation Playstation consoles. The Microsoft Xbox Series X is different.

You see, it not only supports all of the games from its predecessor’s content portfolio, but it will also support most of the games of the older generation platforms as well. This means that even the original Xbox games are playable on the new game console which is a really good thing.

You would want to register for the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate so that you can unlock all of the games. It is worth noting that by getting the game pass, you also have the privilege of using the company’s xCloud feature that allows you to play Xbox games while you are on the go. Think of this as an improved version of Google Stadia.

Conclusion

I am really impressed with what the Microsoft Xbox Series X has to offer. Aside from its very powerful hardware, its new features and technologies will certainly improve your gaming experience manifold.

By getting the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you get to enjoy your favorite Xbox games while on the go, while also unlocking all of the possible older-generation games that are playable on the new platform.

It remains to be seen if the new controller is better, but I am eager to find out if the new low latency feature can truly decrease input lag by a lot.

Remember that you can already pre-order your own unit today and the console will be officially released on November 10 in all regions. It costs $499.

Continue Reading

Gaming

The Best Wireless Gaming Keyboards for a Clean and Minimalist Setup

Avatar

Published

on

Razer Turret

Almost all of the new peripherals that you can find on the market are going wireless. From gaming headsets to gaming mice, things have cut their cords in favor of a more seamless experience.

That being said, keyboards are generally okay to be used wired, but if you want a clean setup, you may want to consider one of the best wireless gaming keyboards in 2020.

Why Wireless?

There are plenty of reasons why you’d want to go wireless. The first is for convenience. Although I’ve really loved my wired headphones, wireless gaming headsets have provided me with a chance to not have to deal with any cables getting plugged into my PC.

Gaming mice have certainly matched or even bested their wired counterparts. Although they are more expensive, using a wireless peripheral allows for those quick movements without any compromises.

A wireless gaming keyboard might not be what you need right now, but it can certainly be useful, especially if you are looking to cut as many wires as possible to have a clean setup.

It is also a great idea to get one since you can play games while you’re sitting on the couch. I have a lot of friends that wire their PCs to their 4K TVs and just play while they’re relaxing on the sofa using their wireless gaming peripherals.

With all of those being said, I will now recommend some of the best wireless gaming keyboards that you can find on the market today.

Best Wireless Gaming Keyboards

1.Logitech G915

Price: $240

Logitech G915 Review

The best wireless gaming keyboard, in my opinion, is the Logitech G915. It is a full-sized mechanical gaming keyboard with five macro buttons located on the left side and some media controls situated at the top-right corner of the peripheral.

It uses the company’s own Romer-G mechanical switches which have a low-profile design and good tactile feedback on every keypress. If you’ve grown accustomed to using laptop keyboards, then this should feel right at home.

You can set different macros and save them in the keyboard’s three onboard profiles so you will not have to use the Logitech G Hub software if you do not want to.

Its RGB lighting is okay though if you want to save its battery, you would want to leave that turned off.

Speaking of battery life, this thing can last up to 40 hours without its lighting enabled and around 20 hours if it is. To me, that is pretty good.

You can charge this thing using the included cable, so if you want the convenience of not having to worry about this thing’s battery, you can use it wired if you want.

This thing has a solid build quality and it looks and feels premium. That should be the case considering that this is a $240 peripheral.

Although its price is definitely steep, the Logitech G915 provides you with a seamless gaming experience.

2.Obinslab Anne Pro 2

Price: $110

Obinslab Anne Pro 2

If you want a minimalist wireless keyboard, then the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is for you. This is a ‘60%’ keyboard and for those of you who do not know what it is, this just means that the Numpad and the section with the INS and DEL keys are removed- giving you a more compact keyboard.

A lot of gamers actually want this form factor as you only have to deal with the keys that you are most likely going to use anyway.

It has RGB lighting though you’d want to disable it if you want to maximize its battery life.

It connects via Bluetooth and can connect up to four devices at any time. This is great because you can use it on your tablet or any mobile device that uses Bluetooth technology.

I also love the fact that you have plenty of switch options to choose from. You can either select Gateron, Cherry MX, and a host of other mainstream mechanical key switches.

The only downside to this thing is its form factor. If you are not okay with the omission of the Numpad and INS-DEL keys, then this is not for you.

However, if you are a gamer who wants a minimalist setup, the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is certainly one of the best out there.

3.Logitech G613

Price: $73

Logitech G613

Not all wireless gaming keyboards need to be expensive. The Logitech G613 has received a huge price cut! It was originally sold for $130 but you can get one now for just $73 which is a pretty good deal!

Its design is nearly identical to the G915, albeit that it doesn’t have any backlighting whatsoever. This can be a good thing since, as I’ve mentioned numerous times before, it can help extend the peripheral’s battery life.

You still have some dedicated macro keys situated on the left side of the board and you also have the media control buttons on the top-right as well. To unlock the full potential of this keyboard, you will need to use the G Hub software.

It has a plastic wrist rest that is somewhat comfortable, but for people that do not want a wrist rest attached to their keyboards, you are out of luck. That is because the wrist rest is not removable at all. This could be a potential downside.

You can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth or its 2.4GHz USB dongle. You may want to use the latter for better performance, but if you are using a mobile device that has Bluetooth 5.0, the wireless signal should not be a huge issue at all.

My only gripe with this thing is that you will have to buy two AA batteries to power this thing. Do not worry, if you get one of those Energizer batteries or any heavy-duty ones, then this thing should last for a whopping 18 months which is pretty insane!

4.Logitech MX Keys

Price: $100

Logitech MX Keys

Although marketed as an ‘office’ keyboard, the Logitech MX Keys can actually still be used in gaming. In fact, I’ve known some people that really love using this thing over a standard mechanical gaming keyboard.

Instead of the usual mechanical key switches, the MX Keys actually use tactile scissor switches. Its feel is somewhat similar to what you can find in laptops and provide you with a nice tactile feedback on every keypress.

This keyboard connects to your PC or laptop via Bluetooth and the signal doesn’t drop at all. That means that you can play your games with full confidence knowing that this thing won’t bail on you.

Even though you cannot program macros or whatnot and your use-case is limited to just typing and gaming, the Logitech MX Keys provide you with a seamless experience across the board.

5.Corsair K63 Wireless

Price: $60

Corsair K63 Wireless

Corsair is another competent gaming peripherals manufacturer. I really love some of their gaming mice and their keyboards are pretty good as well.

That being said, the Corsair K63 Wireless is the perfect wireless gaming peripheral for people that are on a budget.

At $60, it is really tough to beat. It uses Cherry MX Red switches which are the de-facto standard for gaming keyboards. It provides a good feel, though some typists might find it a bit harder to use due to its lightweight nature.

This thing connects via a USB dongle and it only has blue/white backlighting. In my usage, I was able to use this keyboard for 15 hours with its backlighting turned on, about 25 hours with it set to its lowest brightness, and around 70 hours without any backlighting enabled.

It does have onboard batteries that you can recharge when using the included USB cable. In fact, you can use this peripheral with the cable wired to your PC as well.

The K63’s weakness is its battery life, but if you’re okay with it, it is actually a pretty good wireless gaming keyboard nevertheless.

6.Razer Turret

Price: $250

Razer Turret

The Razer Turret is more of a complete package because it not only has a gaming keyboard but it also comes with a gaming mouse as well.

You basically have a huge lapboard that can house all of the keys of the keyboard, as well as a nice surface for your mouse to glide on.

This is a complete solution for people that want to engage in some couch gaming and its wireless signal is unparalleled for that seamless and uninterrupted gaming.

You only get one choice of keys in the form of the Razer greens. They are tactile and clicky but for the most part, they are good for typing and gaming.

The included mouse is also quite competitive. Its sensor is accurate and it can be set to a whopping 16,000 DPI (not that people would use it in real-world scenarios, but the option is there).

It works seamlessly in both the Xbox and the PC, so this is definitely one of the best gaming peripherals to get out there, especially for couch gaming.

7.Corsair K83 Wireless

Price: $95

Corsair K83 Wireless

The Corsair K83 Wireless is marketed as an ‘entertainment’ keyboard but in reality, it is actually a great lapboard for gaming. It is somewhat similar to the Razer Turret above in the sense that you get a keyboard and a mouse, but instead of a ‘true’ gaming mouse, you get a touchpad with some buttons for the left and right mouse clicks.

It uses scissor switches which are a bit mushy for my tastes, but it will certainly do for most gamers.

It can connect wirelessly to your device or computer via Bluetooth or its included USB wireless receiver and using both of them yielded no problems on my end.

The ‘WASD’ keys have a different color and are a bit more textured than the regular keys which can be helpful if you are playing battle royale or first-person shooters.

Although using its touchpad is clunky, in my opinion, the Corsair K83 Wireless can still be good for couch gaming.

Continue Reading

Gaming

Steelseries Apex 7 Review- A Gaming Keyboard with a Cool OLED Display

Avatar

Published

on

Steelseries Apex 7 Review

Steelseries is one of those gaming peripherals manufacturers that have an ace up its sleeve and one of its products, the Steelseries Apex 7, has one nifty feature that you will probably like.

I am going to be reviewing the said mechanical gaming keyboard today. What are my thoughts about it? Read through the rest of this piece to find out.

Design

If you have seen the Steelseries Apex 7 Pro, then the design of its younger brother is quite similar to that. In fact, other than the mechanical switches that are used, the Steelseries Apex 7 looks exactly the same as its ‘Pro’ counterpart.

Here you have a full-sized keyboard that is a bit more compact than others that you can find on the market. It has a volume scroll wheel at the top right and situated directly to its left is the hallmark feature which is the OLED display (more on this later).

Since this is a premium product, you can expect a really good build quality on this one. The company has used aircraft-grade aluminum to ensure that there will be no flexing or creaking when you use this peripheral.

The keycaps use ABS plastic but I would have preferred to use PBT keycaps since they feel much smoother. This won’t be a huge issue for most users though.

Because the keycaps are laser-etched, the RGB lighting can be quite tame by comparison. If you are an RGB fan, this might turn you off, but to compensate for this, you can maximize the LED brightness setting in the Steelseries Engine software.

The Steelseries Apex 7 uses two USB cables and that is because one is used to power the peripheral and the other is used for the USB pass-through that is situated in the top-left corner. You can use the said port to transfer data or plug in your gaming mouse, for instance, but you cannot use it for charging your mobile device as it is a low-powered port.

Upon looking at the keyboard, you might find that the INS key up to the page down key has M1-M6 imprinted on them. That is because you can use the keys for your macros which can be set using the aforementioned software.

Lastly, the Steelseries Apex 7 comes with a plastic wrist rest with a soft matte coating. It is not as comfortable as those leather ones but it is still comfortable nevertheless.

Keys

Steelseries Apex 7 Review 2020

Unlike the ‘Pro’ version, the Steelseries Apex 7 makes use of the company’s mechanical red switches. They are rated to last up to 50 million keystrokes and they also have N-key rollover as well which means that all of the keys (no matter how many of them you press at the same time) will register on the screen.

Just like Cherry MX Switches, you have three choices to choose from. You can choose the linear red switch, the tactile brown switch, and the clicky blue switch.

Personally, I like the blue switch since I really love clicky switches, but for most users, you would probably want to choose either the red or the brown variant.

My review sample has the red switches and they are actually great for gaming. But, I have to caution you about something.

Normally, mechanical switches have some sort of resistance when you type on them. That is what separates them from the mushy feeling of rubber-dome keys.

The Steelseries Apex 7 is somewhat in the middle. It is not mushy like rubber-dome switches but it certainly does not feel like your conventional mechanical switches as well. This is not to say that it doesn’t feel right; it just feels weird in comparison, especially if you have used mechanical gaming keyboards for quite some time.

Performance

The linear red switches are great for gaming. I’ve had no issues using the Apex 7 in fast-paced games at all thanks to the fact that it doesn’t have that tactile bump that is found in brown and blue switches.

I also love the fact that the RGB lighting can be used to your advantage. For instance, you can set the lighting to let you know the status of your health in the games that you play. Of course, it takes some time doing this as you would have to set things in the Steelseries Engine program, but you would only have to do it once. In fact, you can exit the program after use since you can save the profile to the peripheral’s onboard memory.

For maximum performance, I advise you to update the keyboard’s software. You should be prompted after firing up the device’s software.

OLED Display

Steelseries Apex 7

What separates the Steelseries Apex 7 apart from other gaming keyboards is its OLED display. When this was first implemented in one of the company’s gaming mice, it was considered as a gimmick, but it can actually be quite useful if you really take the time to set things up nicely.

You can use the OLED display to provide you with some useful information about the games that you play or the programs that you are using.

When I work, I’ve used the OLED display to provide me with the current information about the song that is playing on my Spotify playlist.

You can use the said feature to tell you to display some important statistics in the games that you play. The usability is extensive- you just have to commit some time to set things up first before you can truly enjoy it.

If there is one thing that could have been improved, it would have been nice if the display was a bit larger. But, it works nicely.

Verdict

From a performance standpoint, the Steelseries Apex 7 is just like any other gaming keyboard that you can find on the market. Although it uses the company’s own switches, it feels somewhat similar to Cherry MX switches that are commonly found in mechanical keyboards.

However, what sets it apart is its OLED display which, once configured, can be quite helpful in daily and gaming tasks.

Do I recommend the Steelseries Apex 7? I wouldn’t say that I would 100% recommend this thing to anyone who is looking for a gaming keyboard, but what I would say is that the OLED display is quite an appealing and nifty feature that you may want to try out.

This keyboard retails for $160.

Continue Reading

Trending Story