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.
Just in case anyone wonders... yes, it can play Crysis.
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
(Yes, I am being silly. Yes, I am aware of the Optimus.)
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.