SteelSeries' Customizable Shift Gaming Keyboard

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • deweycd
    Wasn't there a keyboard like this already out on the market?
  • cancer2
    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.
  • eusebe
    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
  • 3p0ch
    I think SteelSeries bought Ideazon who made the ZBoard.
  • small left shift is really bad... and illumination? seriously? you look at your keyboard? O.o
  • antlee
    to deweycd: yes, it's called ZBoard.
  • nebun
  • WyomingKnott
    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.)
  • cancer2
    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.
  • nukemaster