SteelSeries Merc Stealth Gaming Keyboard review: SteelSeries Merc Stealth Gaming Keyboard

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.5
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 6.0

Average User Rating

3 stars 4 user reviews
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The Good Separate game pad area isolates keys in a game-friendly (first-person shooter) design; improved rubberized keystroke feedback; software lets you tweak key mapping as much as you want.

The Bad Game pad keys take some getting used to.

The Bottom Line The SteelSeries Merc Stealth gaming keyboard updates an already innovative design by adding lights and a USB hub. Though the design may not be for everyone, the Stealth Merc should satisfy gamers who want more than just a unique key layout.

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The SteelSeries Merc Stealth gaming keyboard is nearly identical to one we looked at back in 2007, the Ideazon Merc Gaming Keyboard. SteelSeries has since updated the product--rebranding it as the Merc Stealth--and added tricolor LEDs and a handy two-port USB hub.

The keyboard features a separate game key cluster that essentially doubles standard QWERTY keys to the left of the board. However, since the bunched-up key layout impedes accuracy, it may require an adjustment period and with enough time we'd imagine getting used to the layout. The downloadable software allows for complete customization of the board, so if all you're interested in is tailoring your keyboard to your favorite titles, the Merc Stealth is probably worth a try.

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SteelSeries Merc Stealth Gaming Keyboard

Part Number: 64049 Released: Jan 15, 2010
MSRP: $89.99 Low Price: $199.99 See all prices

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  • Release date Jan 15, 2010
  • Compatibility PC