SteelSeries Buyer’s Guide
Thinking of upgrading your gaming setup this Christmas? Or maybe you just want to grab a bargain during the upcoming Black Friday sales? Either way, buying new peripherals is never an easy task but luckily enough, MEF TECH has put together some of the best SteelSeries products on the market in a convenient guide to help ensure you get exactly the product you want this Holiday Season.
- STEELSERIES HEADSETS BUYER’S GUIDE
- STEELSERIES KEYBOARD BUYER’S GUIDE
- STEELSERIES MOUSE BUYER’S GUIDE
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STEELSERIES HEADSETS BUYER’S GUIDE
SteelSeries offers some of the best wired and wireless headsets on the market with products to suit both current and next-gen consoles, along with the almighty #pcmasterrace, but which headset is best suited to you?
#Best Value – Arctis 1 Wireless
There is no doubt that the Arctis 1 Wireless offers the best value across the SteelSeries gaming headset range — Its performance for its price ($179 AUD) is simply too good to ignore, especially when you factor in that this is a wireless headset and features cross-platform compatibilities for not only PC, but also PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Andriod devices.
I can’t stress how good this headset is well under 200 buck! It is the perfect headset for gamers who want the freedom of wireless gaming without emptying their wallet.
Want to know more about the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless? Click here to read our full review.
#Best Performance – Arctis Pro + GameDAC
I simply fell in love with the SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC as soon as I placed it on my head — Not only does it feature the Arctis’ signature comfort, but is also the first gaming system to officially receive Hi-Res Certification, meaning that the Arctis Pro + GameDAC is able to deliver lossless audio that is beyond the capabilities of most gaming headsets on the market.
This is without a doubt the perfect headset for gamers and audiophiles alike, but as you would expect for such a premium product, the Arctis Pro + GameDAC isn’t exactly cheap. In fact, it will set you back around $450 AUD, which is a lot for a wired headset, but for any gamer or audiophile who demands high-fidelity audio and the best audio performance in-game, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC will not disappoint.
Want to know more about the SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC? Check out our full review here.
#Editor’s Choice – Arctis 7
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 is one of the best headsets on the market, period. Not only can provide exceptional wireless performance but it also features a somewhat modest price tag ($329 AUD) considering its performance and features.
The Arctis 7 offers everything that its flagship counterpart, the Arctis Pro Wireless, can offer such as lossless wireless audio, DTS Headphone:X v2.0, ClearCast bidirectional microphone, and award-winning S1 speaker drivers that produce exceptional quality, but at a much more affordable price point. For around $300 AUD, you get a frequency response of 20 – 20,000 Hz, lossless 2.4 GHz wireless technology, DTS Headphone:X v2.0 and SteelSeries’ signature comfort.
Do yourself a favour this Christmas and save yourself 200 bux (when compared to the Arctis Pro Wireless) and get your loved one, or yourself, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 this holiday season!
Want to know everything there is about the SteelSeries Arctis 7? Jump over to our complete review here.
STEELSERIES KEYBOARD BUYER’S GUIDE
The SteelSeries Apex range of keyboards is famous for its OLED display and high-end gaming performance, but which keyboard do you need? The Apex range of gaming keyboards features a host of features and a diverse range of products on the market that can make it hard to know which keyboard best suits your needs. Thankfully we have compiled a list of three of the best SteelSeries Apex keyboards that everyone will love this holiday season.
#Best Performance – Apex Pro
It should come as no surprise that the SteelSeries Apex Pro is the king of gaming keyboards — Not only does it features SteelSeries’ iconic OLED display, but it also USB passthrough, per-key RGB illumination, detachable wrist rest, and perhaps the most advanced mechanical switch on the market, the SteelSeries OmniPoint mechanical switch.
The OmniPoint switch is the most technologically advanced mechanical switch on the market as it uses a magnetic field to measure the exact depth of the keystroke, meaning you can set the actuation point of each key from 0.4mm to 3.6mm for complete customisation of every switch on the keyboard. This kind of innovation isn’t cheap though; around $350AUD if I’m honest, but with this kind of technology I can almost guarantee that you will ever need to buy another keyboard ever again.
Want to know more about the best keyboard money can buy? Then read our complete review here and see why it got rated 93%.
#Best Value – Apex 5
Innovative hybrid switches, OLED display, detachable wrist rest, and per-key RGB illumination for under $230AUD? This is the level of value that the Apex 5 provides and in all honestly, is one my favourite keyboards I have had the pleasure of reviewing.
The Apex 5’s hybrid switches are one of the most underrated switches on the market as it combines the satisfying tactile feedback and luxurious feel of a membrane switch with the performance of a traditional mechanical switch that hardcore gamers demand! You simply can’t go past the Apex 5 for its raw value and performance!
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#Editor’s Choice – Apex 7
The SteelSeries Apex 7 is one of the best keyboards on the market, yet it doesn’t attract the prestigious title of SteelSeries’ flagship keyboard. The Apex 7 features all the features of the Apex Pro such as OLED display, USB passthrough, per-key RGB illumination, detachable wrist rest, the kitchen sink, yet is nearly 100 dollars cheaper ($300 vs $370) thanks to using SteelSeries’ using their own Red/Blue/Brown mechanical switches rather than their OmniPoint Switches. Other than that, these two keyboards are identical!
Want to save a few dollars but still have one of the best keyboards this Holiday season? The Apex 7 is a great option for you, your friends (or author of a SteelSeries Buyer’s Guide), or your family!
Want to know more about the SteelSeries Apex 7? Then you know the drill by now, click here to read our complete review.
STEELSERIES MOUSE BUYER’S GUIDE
SteelSeries forged their reputation in esports way back in 2010 thanks to the mouse that revolutionised the competitive gaming scene, the original Sensei mouse. Since then, SteelSeries mice have helped Na’Vi win the very first Dota 2 International tournament, Fnatic winning the first-ever League of Legends Championship, and of course, OG winning back-to-back Internationals in 2018 and 2019. To say that SteelSeries has some of the best gaming mice on the market is an understatement, but the biggest question is which SteelSeries mouse suits your needs?
#Best Value – Sensei Ten
The king is back! The Sensei Ten lives up to its heritage by introducing the Sensei’s iconic shape to the current age of gaming and technology. Its ambidextrous design is complemented by the performance of its TrueMove Pro optical sensor that e-sport pros require. There is no doubt that the Sensei Ten builds on its legacy and echos SteelSeries’ motto of ‘For Glory’.
Best of all, you can pick up the Sensei Ten for around $100 AUD, or even splash out and pick up the gorgeous (and limited edition) Neon Rider Sensei Ten!
Want to know more about the mouse that started it all? Head over and read our complete review of the Sensei Ten here.
#Best Performance – Rival 650 Wireless
The SteelSeries Rival 650 Wireless will change your perception of the performance and reliability of wireless gaming products — it completely did for me! The Rival 650 Wireless is the perfect choice for wireless gaming without compromising on performance; its TrueMove3+ optical sensor is one of the best sensors on the market and actually incorporates two sensors; one for tracking and one for adjustable lift-off detection.
Quantum Wireless Technology ensures that the Rival 650 Wireless offers effectively zero latency and a 1000hz polling rate that is equal to its wired counterparts. Trust me, there is no better time than this Holiday season to go wireless!
Want to know more about the SteelSeries Rival 650 Wireless? Click here to read our complete review.
#Editor’s Choice – Aerox 3 Wireless
The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless is SteelSeries’ latest addition to their range of mice and adds even more diversity to the range. Typically, a downside to wireless mice is their extra weight that comes with the advanced technology and an onboard battery, but this isn’t the case with the Aerox 3 Wireless!
In fact, this mouse is the lightest wireless mouse on the market and weighs next to nothing at 66 grams, but don’t think that this means a compromise on performance because this isn’t the case. Not only does the reduced weight increase your precision and accuracy when combined with its TrueMove Air optical sensor, but you also get a tonne of features such as Bluetooth and 2.4Ghz connectivity (thanks to Quantum 2.0 dual-wireless technology), 3-zone RGB illumination effect, and even IP54 certification to protect against water and dust ingress.
The only downside is that the Aerox 3 Wireless is yet to hit Australian retail stores, meaning that you will have to head over to the official SteelSeries store and pick it up online.
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