If you’ve followed gaming keyboards for the last two years or so, you know that the rise of RGB LEDs has also been the decline of Cherry MX. Once a mainstay of the market, Cherry MX switches have given way to a bunch of knockoffs and proprietary switches from companies like Logitech and Razer. Only Corsair has stayed faithful to Cherry all this time.
But I thought if anyone else were to stick by Cherry, it would be SteelSeries. Not so. I’ve finally gotten around to trying the RGB-enabled Apex M800 and it’s my first taste of yet another proprietary keyboard switch, the SteelSeries QS1 (built in partnership with Cherry competitor Kailh). Let’s dig in.