Keyboard Comparison

Steelseries Apex Vs. CoolerMaster MK850

Apex MK850


No. of Keys: 109
No. of Macro Keys: Unlimited, 22 physical keys5
Media Keys: Yes, 5 dedicated + 2 Wheels
Palm Rest: Yes, IntergratedYes, Removable
Processor: 32bit ARM Cortex M3
Memory Size: 512KB
Connectivity: 2 x USB - USB PoweredUSB Type-C, detachable
Cord Length: braided nylon1.8m, braided
Battery Type: 
Battery Life: 
Key Type: Rubber DomeCherry MX
USB Passthrough: YesNo
Audio Passthrough: NoNo


Anti-ghosting: Yes, 6 keypresses of 20 antighosting capable gaming keys
Software: SteelSeries EngineCoolerMaster Portal


Colour Options: 5 zones of 16.8 million colorsRGB, 16.7 million colors
Lighting Effect: 8 levels of brightnessVia Software

Dimensions & Weight: 

Dimension (LxWxH): 49.4 x 26.8 x 5.5 cm
Weight (grams): 1092g
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The Apex by Steelseries, which uses Rubber Dome switches. The Apex keyboard uses a 2 x USB - USB Powered connection, with a braided nylon cable. It is supported by SteelSeries Engine software. And has 5 zones of 16.8 million colors backlighting with 8 levels of brightness.


The MK850 by CoolerMaster is a Full sized keyboard with 109 keys, which uses Cherry MX switches. The keyboard has dedicated media keys. The MK850 keyboard uses a USB Type-C, detachable connection, with a 1.8m, braided cable. It is supported by CoolerMaster Portal software. And has RGB, 16.7 million colours backlighting with Via Software effects. It weighs in at 1092g, and is 49.4 x 26.8 x 5.5 cm [LxWxH].