Recently, SteelSeries announced new wireless and wired mechanical keyboards with unique functionality. The Apex Pro Mini Wireless and Apex Pro Mini enable users to program the keys so that the keypress registers two inputs when users press them down far enough. Additionally, adjustable mechanical switches allow users to customize the fell of different keys on the keyboard. Thus, users can choose their actuation point, sensitivity (based on the key/application they use), and how far the key needs to be pushed before it registers input.
Furthermore, SteelSeries has been selling its adjustable OmniPoint mechanical switches in the Apex Pro since 2019. But, the OmniPoint 2.0 switches in the Apex Pro Mini Wireless and Apex Pro Mini are even more adjustable.
SteelSeries’ OmniPoint 2.0 mechanical switches
The newly released switches are linear and possess a total travel time of 3.8 mm. In addition, users can adjust the actuation point from 0.2 – 3.8 mm via 0.1 mm increments. Since SteelSeries focuses more on PC gaming, it offers users this ability so they can customize their gaming experience. Thus, users can set a higher actuation point for deep throws and lower for featherlight touches.
Moreover, SteelSeries included another feature that its rivals Razer and Wooting already possess. It released keyboards with mechanical switches that can enter two inputs with a single press. Thus, according to the company, it will enable gamers to use combos like walking and running in one keypress easily. Additionally, once users get the hang of it, it is convenient in games where time limit matters. Besides that, advanced users can even use it to hack speedy input outside the battlefield.
Interestingly, SteelSeries aptly named the feature Dual Action. However, unfortunately, it is only limited to the Apex Pro Mini Wireless and Apex Pro Mini keyboards. And the clackers on them aren’t perfect for all users since the keyboards do not have a Numpad. Furthermore, SteelSeries OmniPoint 2.0 switches also use magnets and the Hall effect to work like its predecessors. Lastly, SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless retails at $240 and the Apex Pro Mini at $180.