Who said we were done with our International CES 2015 coverage? Of course we just can’t go without mentioning the products shown to us by SteelSeries! At CES 2015, SteelSeries showcased the SteelSeries Sentry Eye Tracker and the SteelSeries Apex M800 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. The Sentry Eye Tracker, introduced at E3 2014, won the CES Innovation Honoree Award in the Gaming Peripherals at CES 2015. The SteelSeries Apex M800 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard takes what fans have loved about the original Apex and upgrades the membrane keys with mechanical switches of their own make. RFMag takes a deeper look into these CES 2015 SteelSeries highlights.
SteelSeries Sentry Eye Tracker
The product of the partnership between Tobii and SteelSeries, the SteelSeries Sentry Eye Tracker was originally introduced as an eye tracking and monitoring peripheral geared towards analytics. The target audience were your competitive or hardcore gamers who wanted to analyze and improve their visual attention throughout gameplay. By recording how long users focused on various parts of the screen, gamers can identify where they should make their visual adjustments. Beyond that, the E3 announcement teased about the use of the Sentry Eye Tracker for another form of in-game input or control – freeing gamers’ hands even more.
At CES 2015, SteelSeries showed us another area where the SteelSeries Sentry Eye Tracker can help excel our gaming experience – in streaming. Using real-time tracking and on-screen overlay, game-streamers can now enhance their broadcasts by being able to show viewers where they are looking at a given time. For a better idea on how that would look, check out SteelSeries’ uploaded video here…
Before you think to yourself about how disorienting or distracting a cursor following your eyes may be, consider the following. Not only can you change how the cursor looks but you can also make the cursor only display for your viewers, freeing yourself from any distraction. The Sentry will be customizable as always through the SteelSeries Engine, giving you marker and color options to fiddle with amongst other attributes. The SteelSeries Sentry Eye Tracker is winning awards even before its functionality is fully explored. Going for $199.99, the SteelSeries Sentry Eye Tracker can be yours. If you need more info, you can always check it out for yourself here.
SteelSeries Apex M800 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
New SteelSeries introductions come in the form of the SteelSeries Apex M800 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, an upgrade of the well-acclaimed Apex keyboard that originally used membrane keys. SteelSeries used developed QS1 linear switches for use in the Apex M800, designed to deliver 25% faster actualization (specifically 1.5mm actuation point and 3mm throw distance). They also implemented n-key rollover to avoid issues that can occur when numerous keys are pressed simultaneously. That’s welcome news for you gamers out there with ludicrously fast hands. All of this performance is solidified further thanks to the illuminated keys’ 60 million-click lifecycle.
Capping off the physical features, the SteelSeries Apex M800 also supports various rubber feet and key replacements in case you want an Apple-centric keyboard, for example.
Additionally, the keyboard houses two powered USB ports and a dedicated row of macro keys. Mentioning macro means customization software and our dive into the SteelSeries Engine integration. As with many of the high-end SteelSeries products we covered and reviewed, the SteelSeries Apex M800 will be fully customizable via the SteelSeries Engine, specifically in macro-creation and key color control. The color controls for the Apex M800 are actually pretty robust here. With 16.8 million color possibilities, 8 brightness levels, and a selection of “illumination modes”, each key can be individually and independently customized. Even custom actions can be programmed into the keys to indicate cool-down timers for specific games, in-game events and actions. Have a skill that you’re waiting to use again? Let the SteelSeries Apex M800 help tell you when it’s ready!
Interested in the SteelSeries Apex M800 Customizable Mechanical Gaming Keyboard? Well it could be yours for a standard premium gaming keyboard price of $199.99. If you still need more convincing you can check it out for yourself here.
Or before you visit SteelSeries‘ product pages, take a look at some more shots we took of their CES suite!
† Some images used from SteelSeries-provided press packets.