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SteelSeries is a familiar company within the gaming peripheral market, specializing in premium products that emphasize high quality, programmability and flexibility. Quite a few years ago, the company made a splash when it introduced its Zboard series of keyboard; fully replaceable keysets with highly programmable configuration and macros. Today, we bring you the Zboard's successor, the Shift. On the face of things, the Shift is near-identical the Zboard, but much of the work is hidden away in hardware tweaks and a new software layer. Silicone rubber domes for longer life, key weight balance, live macro recording, media keys and I/O extensions for audio and USB. A lot of effort went into the software, too, allowing for easy configuration of profiles and macros. Zboard key sets can even be carried over to the Shift so you won't need to splash out for more key sets if you decide to upgrade. For those who are new to the Zboard and Shift system, it's very hard to overstate the significance of the programmability and flexibility. Nearly every key on the keyboard can be reprogrammed to any other, or be used for an application launch, system function or macro. Caps lock and Win keys keep getting in the way?
When a computer peripheral company touts a keyboard as "gaming-grade," it's the software and additional features that distinguishes it from, say, a keyboard you'd use for your office PC. The SteelSeries Shift ($89.99 direct) packages bonus features like a swappable keyboard that will appeal to the multi-genre gamer, but setbacks in ergonomics and quick-key placement may hold it back from the big leagues. The Shift is has a simple black matte plastic frame, unlike most gaming-grade keyboards that try to stand out with bold designs like the Razer Anansi ($99.99 direct, 4 stars) or with boisterous colors as seen in the Gigabyte Aivia K8100 (stay tuned for our review). However, the Shift will make a statement purely in terms of its size. At 1.6 by 19.3 by 9.5-inches (HWD), it takes up a generous amount of desk space, compared with the Anansi's smaller footprint (7.5 by 20 by 0.86 inches). At 3.14 pounds, the Shift will likely remain desk-bound rather than being toted to LAN party keyboard. The Shift is a full-size wired USB keyboard. Its keys are in the traditional style, compared to the Apple Wireless Keyboard's ($79 direct, 4 stars) chiclet-style keys. There's also a numeric keypad to the right for added macro programming and number-crunching.
The Zboard, the Shift's precursor, was massively flawed. Unfortunately though, SteelSeries seems to believe the Zboard's problems all stem from the execution of the design, not the actual layout itself, and have released the Shift. Some of the key problems have been addressed. Before, the action of the keys felt like each letter was laid out on the back of a bloated corpse. That's been changed a little now, with shorter travel distance on the keys to give it a more responsive feel. Unfortunately, though, there is still something of the dead about the action. Trying to use the Shift as a standard keyboard is a definite no-no. Some keyboards, even the specific gaming keyboards, can be a joy to type on, with firm, reassuring actions, but there's something rather spongy about the Shift. SteelSeries has also added hotspots to the board layout. This means it takes more pressure to operate certain keys than others. The WSAD keys, for example, take 60g of force to get a reaction while Shift and the space bar take 70g. That 10g difference is very noticeable, particularly if you're typing. Trying to get a capital letter or question mark in a sentence might well require you to change the way you type.
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