SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini review: Small size, top performance

SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini review: Small size, top performance

Adjustable key switches? hmm

Updated November 14, 2022 8:53 am

SteelSeries Apex 9 TKL Apex 9 Pro Mini Wireless edited 7 out of 42


SteelSeries has earned a solid reputation for well-built, high-performance gaming peripherals, but they’re not typically known for pushing the boat in terms of innovation.

However, that seems to have changed now that SteelSeries has equipped the Apex 9 Mini with their own OmniPoint Optical keyswitches, which is possibly one of the most innovative features we’ve heard of.

These switches are unique in that you can adjust the actuation point per button in 0.1mm increments, allowing for almost unlimited granularity in terms of sensitivity. Maybe this is what the best gaming keyboards will be doing in 5 years?

As impressive as this technology is, we wonder if it’s a gimmick or a truly groundbreaking innovation.

Let’s find out in our full SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless review.

SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini specifications

Steel Series Apex Pro Mini

SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless Gaming Keyboard

switch type

SteelSeries OmniPoint adjustable mechanical switch

connectivity

USB Type-C 2.4GHz

What’s in the Box & Setup

  • Apex Pro Mini Gaming Keyboard
  • USB-C to USB-A cable
  • USB Type-C dongle and Type-C to Type-A adapter
  • Keycap Puller
  • Product Information Guide

SteelSeries has opted for a less bulky approach to the box compared to their previous keyboards. There are no magnetic flaps or pedestals for the keyboard to display on, instead the interior simply slides out of the protective case.

Inside the cardboard insert you will find the keyboard in a soft, scratch-resistant case. The associated accessories such as the dongle and the keycap puller are housed in small drawer-like compartments made of cardboard.

The unpacking experience is quite tidy, everything is safely stowed away in its own compartment, the only downer is the lack of foam padding, which makes the Apex Pro Mini a little prone to damage. This is of particular concern given the ~$240 price of the Apex Pro Mini, but our copy arrived undamaged.

As usual, setup is a simple process, requiring just an empty USB port and the included dongle. If you’re a tech-savvy guy in town with a USB Type-C port on your PC, you can use that, while plebs will need to use the included adapter and cable.

There’s one thing to note here, though, and that’s the Apex Pro Mini’s constantly flashing Escape key, which just won’t stop going when you’re using it in wired mode.

So if you’re not interested in using the wireless capabilities of this board, you may need to get used to it, but there may be a solution in the form of a firmware update in the future.

As usual, SteelSeries GG software is recommended but not mandatory as it allows you to play with the RGB and use the impressively customizable switches (more on that later).

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SteelSeries has played it safe here with a slim body, leaving you with just the keys, which is the standard 60% keyboard design, similar to what we saw in our Corsair K70 Pro Mini review and the ASUS ROG Falchion .

While we enjoy the utilitarian and minimalist design, we’ve seen plenty of it at this point, which means it also feels a bit uninspired.