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SteelSeries' Customizable Shift Gaming Keyboard

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 28 comments

Have a custom keyboard, the way you want it.

Although the keyboard is one of the most customizable and versatile input devices in the world, there are ways to make it better for specific tasks. SteelSeries announced the new SteelSeries Shift gaming keyboard that can accommodate different keysets that cater to a specific function.

Users can easily interchange SteelSeries Shift Keysets from the Standard QWERTY Keyset, which is included, to licensed keysets of blockbuster game titles, such as Aion, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.

The Shift keyboard features three height levels, extra wide feet, and a wrist rest that include rubber inserts to prevent slipping. Additional hardware features include:

· Gold plated audio-out and microphone-in 3.5mm ports
· 2 USB 2.0 ports, including 1 powered
· LED indicators to alert when profiles and functions are active

Onboard memory allows users to record up to 3 layers of on-the-fly macros at the top of the SteelSeries Shift base and have access to media controls on the left side of the keyboard. 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. 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. The keyboard allows up to simultaneous 7 keystrokes.

The SteelSeries Shift has an MSRP of $89.99/ €89.99 and includes the Shift Base, and the Standard QWERTY Keyset. The SteelSeries Shift Keysets will be sold separately for $24.99 USD/ €24.99.

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    deweycd , September 28, 2010 11:22 AM
    Wasn't there a keyboard like this already out on the market?
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    deweycd , September 28, 2010 11:22 AM
    Wasn't there a keyboard like this already out on the market?
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    cancer2 , September 28, 2010 11:27 AM
    It looks great, but i can not imagine a new generation gaming keyboard without illumination(with intensity levels). It is a must for the serious gamer who plays late into the night. And ffs why is the Left Shift "nerfed"?
    Just in case anyone wonders... yes, it can play Crysis.
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    eusebe , September 28, 2010 11:49 AM
    Looks a lot like the Zboard (or something like this)...
    Anyway, I don't see the need to have something like this...I used a qwerty as a azerty for more than 2 years... while for the gaming... well, it might be easier not to hit other keys (if some are left out), but on the other hand... I have thick fingers, and never have trouble with hitting worng keys
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    3p0ch , September 28, 2010 11:53 AM
    I think SteelSeries bought Ideazon who made the ZBoard.
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    Anonymous , September 28, 2010 11:55 AM
    small left shift is really bad... and illumination? seriously? you look at your keyboard? O.o
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    antlee , September 28, 2010 11:56 AM
    to deweycd: yes, it's called ZBoard.
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    nebun , September 28, 2010 11:57 AM
    useless
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    WyomingKnott , September 28, 2010 12:48 PM
    What a waste of mechanical effort. With all the display technology today, wouldn't it be simpler, with fewer extra pieces and moving parts, to just put a little display on top of each key and allow the user to program what they display?
    (Yes, I am being silly. Yes, I am aware of the Optimus.)
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    cancer2 , September 28, 2010 12:48 PM
    DUH! your not playing 100% of the time, who is looking at the keyboard when playing!? WHAT I'm saying is games look best when the room is dark, and ALL multiplayer games have a way of chatting, this is where illumination "shines", or glows in this case. Oh and in some games, you really need to look at the keyboard.
    Why need keyboard illumination? Because you can reliably use the keyboard in the dark, without any additional light source. And it looks very nice also.
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    nukemaster , September 28, 2010 12:49 PM
    Zboard!!!
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    cancer2 , September 28, 2010 12:56 PM
    WyomingKnottWhat a waste of mechanical effort. With all the display technology today, wouldn't it be simpler, with fewer extra pieces and moving parts, to just put a little display on top of each key and allow the user to program what they display?(Yes, I am being silly. Yes, I am aware of the Optimus.)

    You have a very good point, but the costs to make it will be way too high, and for games... a flat smooth surface with no different areas that feel different to the touch, so you know where your fingers are without looking, it will not be used. You need it to be able to use it even without looking like nenu said:
    nenusmall left shift is really bad... and illumination? seriously? you look at your keyboard? O.o

    I do own a G11 keyboard, and yes I know what I am talking about.
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    Anonymous , September 28, 2010 1:33 PM
    I bought the zboard fang keypad, before zboard was bought by steele. Work's great. Uses the same zengine that this uses. I just toss my keyboard up on my desk while playing and that way i have more room on my keyboard tray while i play. For those of us with FAT fingers having big arrow keys makes it a little easier. Bad thing about boards like this is you end up buying different keyboard sections for every game. Damn things get expensive.
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    mavanhel , September 28, 2010 2:51 PM
    Still can't get over the tiny left shift and MASSIVE enter key. I can't stand keyboard layouts like that since I only use left shift while typing.
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    Trashit , September 28, 2010 3:13 PM
    I'm still using my crappy $10 basic Samsung KB and you know what...it gets the job done. I couldn't be less bothered when it comes to gaming keyboards, specially ones that cost a kidney or a lung and offer no real advantage other than taking up more space on my desk. This keyboard has been thrown around, had all manner of drinks and sodas spilled on it and I've even rinsed it out under a tap and its still kicking. I dim my room lights right down when i game but just so i can still make out the keys. I have used back-lit KBs and they're nice but I after years of computer use I have a pretty good idea where all the buttons are and rarely do I need to look. Also in most FPS games, if you're not looking at the screen you're just a head shot away from being dead.
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    kilthas_th , September 28, 2010 3:38 PM
    Modular keyboards are just not my type.
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    borisof007 , September 28, 2010 4:23 PM
    Just by the picture it looks way too complicated
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    TunaSoda , September 28, 2010 5:28 PM
    Nostromo or death!
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    burnley14 , September 28, 2010 5:48 PM
    Quote:
    I have thick fingers, and never have trouble with hitting worng keys


    Ha ha ha, there's no way that was intentional.
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    ssddx , September 28, 2010 6:05 PM
    Nothing new to see here, just a revamped Zboard. The only thing nice about this (&zboard) is how all the keys are labeled according to the program, however, quite a few people remap keys to suit personal preferences anyways - thus negating any gain from such a keyboard.

    I'm old school myself. Model M all the way.
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    jsm6746 , September 28, 2010 7:11 PM
    i have "never" swapped out the keys to my zboard since day one... i tried the wsad fps setup when i first got it, but i immediately realized that swapping out keys between everything i do in a day on my pc is unrealistic... that and all the labels on the keys have wore off... heh
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