SteelSeries Shift Gaming Keyboard Review - Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Where the Shift takes a subtle approach to its aesthetics, it certainly differentiates itself in customization.  Few keyboards will do all of the things the Shift can do, and that's only on the software/macro side.  Then throw in custom keysets, and you can really make the Shift your very own.  I found it comfortable, although there seems to be some mixed feelings about the wrist rest for others.  The low taper and wide footprint makes the wrist rest comfortable for me, and allows comfortable usage for long periods of time.  The relatively high tilt also works well ergonomically for me, and if you're someone who prefers a fair amount of tilt, the Shift is certainly for you.

 

The software is great: simple, well laid out, and attractive.  The keys have a great press to them, also with lower travel than traditional keyboards.  High endurance domes ensure that your Shift will stand up to heavy usage for years to come, and bridges the gap between mechanical keyboards.  Fine-tuned key resistance makes common keys quicker and easier to use.

 

The major lacking feature I can find is the lack of backlit keys, but I can understand the challenges in incorporating backlighting in a modular keyset design.  It would simply be a great feature to have in a dark LAN setting, where the Shift will certainly find itself. Overall, a great keyboard, although perhaps a bit higher on the price tag.

Pros:

  • Highly customizable
  • Solid, great build quality
  • High endurance domes
  • Excellent software
  • Built-in USB ports and headphone/mic jacks
  • Swappable keysets
  • Keys have a great feel

Cons:

  • No backlighting
  • Price

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