In short: The original Apex 3 was released quite warmly, but that didn’t stop Steelseries from releasing a TKL version of the full-size membrane-based wired gaming keyboard. The newer model has a reduced numeric keypad and price (by $ 5) and costs $ 45.
The Apex 3 TKL is the first keyboard released by Steelseries since the $ 1.2 billion acquisition of the GN Group. This compact model retains most of the features of the full-size version, including IP32 leakage protection, floating key design, 3-way cable routing, and plastic construction.
It also supports whisper quiet switches, which Steelseries says should last over 20 million keystrokes. There are also dedicated media controls, including a clickable volume roller and a multi-function play / pause button, which are now smaller.
The TKL layout also affects the PrismSync RGB keyboard, which now glows in 8 zones (instead of 10), and the magnetic plastic wrist rest that is on the full-size model is also missing. This keyboard is designed for people on a budget who want to save space on their desktop. The plastic frame, membrane switches, and wiring helped keep the price down.
The Apex 3 TKL is now available for purchase from Steelseries. Official website… It costs $ 45 in the US and some other countries in the Americas, although the price rises slightly in other regions.