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SteelSeries Shift Gaming Keyboard with Interchangeable Keyset (PC)

by Steel Series
Windows XP / Vista / 7
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • The Shift supports interchangeable keysets, all designed with awesome game designers
  • Every single key is fully customizable. What you want, where you want it
  • Advanced macros support delays. It's almost Skynet-ish. In the good way
  • Easily switch between layers, allowing near-unlimited options for configuration
  • Equipped with two USB 2.0 ports as well as in- and out-audio ports

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SteelSeries Shift Gaming Keyboard with Interchangeable Keyset (PC) + Anker® 8200 DPI High Precision Programmable Laser Gaming Mouse for PC, 9 Programmable Buttons, Weight Tuning Cartridges, Omron Micro + SteelSeries Surface QcK Mini (PC)
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • Media: Accessory
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B0042X8M4W
  • Release Date: 6 Nov 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,843 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Brings gamers advanced customisation capabilities
The SteelSeries Shift Gaming Keyboard and Keyset Bundle
Named for the ability to alter its appearance and functionality through interchangeable keysets, the SteelSeries Shift brings gamers advanced customization capabilities that improve the way they approach, experience, and master their game.

The interchangeable keyset design is the only common denominator between the SteelSeries Shift and Zboard. The new keyboard was constructed from ground up with high-quality, strong materials that add durability and functionality. The base of the Shift and the new Shift Keysets are all made with premium plastic and finishes for a superior look and feel. With three height levels, extra wide feet, and a wrist rest that include rubber inserts to prevent slipping, users are able to choose what feels most comfortable for their preferences.

Additional hardware features include:
  • Gold plated audio-out and microphone-in 3.5mm ports
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports, including 1 powered
  • LED indicators to alert when profiles and functions are active
On board memory allows users to easily record up to 3 layers of on-the-fly macros at the top of the SteelSeries Shift base and have access to instant media controls on the left side of the keyboard. The Bar and Pad Lock keys allow additional layers of mapping on the F and NUM Pad keys that can be utilized in games or in daily applications.

Every key on the SteelSeries Shift can be customized; more than just macros, players can record a sequence of actions with delays and then map that sequence to a single key. Users can then program advanced capabilities in multiple layers per key. Players can take advantage of an endless amount of layered movements with the support of its anti-ghosting capability, which allows up to simultaneous 7 keystrokes.
Interchange Keysets from included Standard Keyset, to licensed Keysets (sold separately)
Customised Gaming Terrain
Equipped with an advanced chip reader in the SteelSeries Shift base, users can easily interchange SteelSeries Shift Keysets from the Standard QWERTY Keyset, which is included, to licensed Keysets of blockbuster game titles that are each sold separately. Every keyset is uniquely designed in cooperation with game publishers and configured with input from expert players to establish an intuitive command setup and predefined game mods for games of all types.

The SteelSeries Shift and Shift Keysets are forward and backward compatible with SteelSeries Zboard and Zboard Keysets. Keysets that support backwards compatibility includes Aion, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.
Designed to make it easy to plug in your peripherals
Audio and USB Hubs
The Shift base was also designed to make it easy to plug in your peripherals. We have included gold plated microphone-in and audio-out ports, as well as two 2.0 USB ports (one powered).

All-Round Use: RPS, RTS, RPG
SteelSeries Shift can be configured, customised and personalised to do pretty much anything you can imagine. That’s why Shift is for everyone. Whoever you are. Whatever you do. It can reduce reaction time in First Person Shooters, it can increase Actions Per Minute in Real Time Strategy titles and it can do advanced macros (including timed delays) in Massive Multiplayer Online games.

Multiple Levels of Macros
Personalisation allows you to shift the rules to your favor. You can program every single key on the Shift through our advanced software. In fact, you can do this multiple times. That’s because we have added layers to the Shift which can be easily activated through hotkeys on the base of the Shift. This means there is almost no limit to how much you can ask the Shift to do or how many times you can ask the Shift to do it. We have added illuminated indicators to the Shift to quickly and easily indicate which layer is active.

Improved Rubber Domes for Extended Lifecycle
Normal keyboards are built to offer a lifecycle of 1 to 5 million keystrokes per key. We know that it is not enough for even an entry-level PC gamer, who will use and operate a keyboard a lot more than a standard office-type user. This is why SteelSeries Shift was designed with high quality silicone, which boosts the lifecycle to 15 million keystrokes per key and ensures the lifecycle of the Shift is Gaming Grade.

Extended Tactile Feeling
Basic operation of the Shift is comfortable, even for those really long gaming sessions. The keys on SteelSeries Shift are specifically designed to operate with a travel distance of 4mm, which is less than most standard keyboards. We consider 4mm the sweet spot for rubber dome keyboards, given it is faster, more responsive, and still offers a great tactile feeling during use.
Carefully Fine-tuned keys for all of your needs
Fine-Tuned Heat Spots
We have carefully fine-tuned the force you need to apply with your finger to operate the keys. Some keys are used more frequently than others, both when gaming and typing. The keys you use the most, like WASD for First Person Shooters, require less force than the keys you don’t use as often.

On-The-Fly Layer Switching
The Num Pad and Function keys can also be utilised to access layers. Normally these are used for predefined tasks, but Shift makes it possible to apply macros to all of these buttons and in different layers to ensure that advanced gaming can be the main priority on your keyboard.
Easy access to Media controls, making it a convenient companion
Media Keys
Shift also offers easy access to Media controls, making it a convenient companion even when you are not destroying your friends and foes.

Tilt It To Your Preference
We designed the Shift with 3 different height settings. The adjustable, rubberised feet on the keyboard will ensure that you can operate the Shift at whatever angle feels natural to you to further enhance the ergonomics of the keyboard.

Record Macros Directly On The Keyboard
You can record macros and actions on-the-fly. You can start recording macros directly from the base of the keyboard and quickly assign them to 8 specific hotkeys with 3 unique layers – giving you an easy access to a total of 24 keys. The Shift will even record your timing and delays on-the-fly, making it as easy as ever to configure and personalise.

SteelSeries Engine
SteelSeries Engine is the optimised software powering the features and functionality of the SteelSeries Shift. Organisation of character profiles and macro administration are easily maintained from an easy-to-use interface of menus, sliding window panels, and tabs. Through its capacity to record action sequences and map them to a single key as well as measure actions per minute (APM) through a statistics module, SteelSeries Engine offers tools that provide gamers with a competitive advantage.

1. Access to pre-defined profiles for the hottest game titles
2. Every key can be customised
3. Record a sequence of actions, with delays included, and map them all to a single key
4. Measure actions per minute through the SteelSeries Engine statistics module
5. Utilise key layouts created by SteelSeries pros or create your own to save or share with other gamers
6. Quick and easy setup with ero latency and full Windows support
7. Configure several devices to work simultaneously
8. Recognise a common interface for all peripherals – the SteelSeries Engine powers SteelSeries’ entire family of products

Operating systems: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Mac OSX*
*Configuration software only available for Windows operating systems.

About SteelSeries
SteelSeries is a leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals and accessories, including headsets, keyboards, mice, software and gaming surfaces. SteelSeries has been on the forefront of professional gaming gear since its inception in 2001, thanks to continued innovation and product development in cooperation with leading professional gamers. All SteelSeries products are developed in cooperation with professional gamers to ensure optimum performance and durability. SteelSeries supports the growth of competitive gaming and electronic sports through professional team sponsorships and community support all over the world.

Which SteelSeries Gaming Keyboard is Right for You?

SteelSeries SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard
6Gv2
SteelSeries 7G Keyboard
7G
SteelSeries Merc Stealth Keyboard
Merc Stealth
SteelSeries Shift Keyboard
Shift
Integrated Media Keys
PS/2 Connection Option
Mechanical Switches
Extreme "Anti-Ghosting"
USB Hub
Gold-plated Audio Ports
Dedicated Gaming Terrain
(w/ optional keysets)
Illuminated Keyboard
Record Macros Directly on Keyboard
Interchangeable Keysets

Product Description

SteelSeries Shift - Keyboard - USB

Manufacturer's Description

Manufacturer's Description

Brings gamers advanced customisation capabilities
The SteelSeries Shift Gaming Keyboard and Keyset Bundle
Named for the ability to alter its appearance and functionality through interchangeable keysets, the SteelSeries Shift brings gamers advanced customization capabilities that improve the way they approach, experience, and master their game.

The interchangeable keyset design is the only common denominator between the SteelSeries Shift and Zboard. The new keyboard was constructed from ground up with high-quality, strong materials that add durability and functionality. The base of the Shift and the new Shift Keysets are all made with premium plastic and finishes for a superior look and feel. With three height levels, extra wide feet, and a wrist rest that include rubber inserts to prevent slipping, users are able to choose what feels most comfortable for their preferences.

Additional hardware features include:
  • Gold plated audio-out and microphone-in 3.5mm ports
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports, including 1 powered
  • LED indicators to alert when profiles and functions are active
On board memory allows users to easily record up to 3 layers of on-the-fly macros at the top of the SteelSeries Shift base and have access to instant media controls on the left side of the keyboard. The Bar and Pad Lock keys allow additional layers of mapping on the F and NUM Pad keys that can be utilized in games or in daily applications.

Every key on the SteelSeries Shift can be customized; more than just macros, players can record a sequence of actions with delays and then map that sequence to a single key. Users can then program advanced capabilities in multiple layers per key. Players can take advantage of an endless amount of layered movements with the support of its anti-ghosting capability, which allows up to simultaneous 7 keystrokes.
Interchange Keysets from included Standard Keyset, to licensed Keysets (sold separately)
Customised Gaming Terrain
Equipped with an advanced chip reader in the SteelSeries Shift base, users can easily interchange SteelSeries Shift Keysets from the Standard QWERTY Keyset, which is included, to licensed Keysets of blockbuster game titles that are each sold separately. Every keyset is uniquely designed in cooperation with game publishers and configured with input from expert players to establish an intuitive command setup and predefined game mods for games of all types.

The SteelSeries Shift and Shift Keysets are forward and backward compatible with SteelSeries Zboard and Zboard Keysets. Keysets that support backwards compatibility includes Aion, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.
Designed to make it easy to plug in your peripherals
Audio and USB Hubs
The Shift base was also designed to make it easy to plug in your peripherals. We have included gold plated microphone-in and audio-out ports, as well as two 2.0 USB ports (one powered).

All-Round Use: RPS, RTS, RPG
SteelSeries Shift can be configured, customised and personalised to do pretty much anything you can imagine. That’s why Shift is for everyone. Whoever you are. Whatever you do. It can reduce reaction time in First Person Shooters, it can increase Actions Per Minute in Real Time Strategy titles and it can do advanced macros (including timed delays) in Massive Multiplayer Online games.

Multiple Levels of Macros
Personalisation allows you to shift the rules to your favor. You can program every single key on the Shift through our advanced software. In fact, you can do this multiple times. That’s because we have added layers to the Shift which can be easily activated through hotkeys on the base of the Shift. This means there is almost no limit to how much you can ask the Shift to do or how many times you can ask the Shift to do it. We have added illuminated indicators to the Shift to quickly and easily indicate which layer is active.

Improved Rubber Domes for Extended Lifecycle
Normal keyboards are built to offer a lifecycle of 1 to 5 million keystrokes per key. We know that it is not enough for even an entry-level PC gamer, who will use and operate a keyboard a lot more than a standard office-type user. This is why SteelSeries Shift was designed with high quality silicone, which boosts the lifecycle to 15 million keystrokes per key and ensures the lifecycle of the Shift is Gaming Grade.

Extended Tactile Feeling
Basic operation of the Shift is comfortable, even for those really long gaming sessions. The keys on SteelSeries Shift are specifically designed to operate with a travel distance of 4mm, which is less than most standard keyboards. We consider 4mm the sweet spot for rubber dome keyboards, given it is faster, more responsive, and still offers a great tactile feeling during use.
Carefully Fine-tuned keys for all of your needs
Fine-Tuned Heat Spots
We have carefully fine-tuned the force you need to apply with your finger to operate the keys. Some keys are used more frequently than others, both when gaming and typing. The keys you use the most, like WASD for First Person Shooters, require less force than the keys you don’t use as often.

On-The-Fly Layer Switching
The Num Pad and Function keys can also be utilised to access layers. Normally these are used for predefined tasks, but Shift makes it possible to apply macros to all of these buttons and in different layers to ensure that advanced gaming can be the main priority on your keyboard.
Easy access to Media controls, making it a convenient companion
Media Keys
Shift also offers easy access to Media controls, making it a convenient companion even when you are not destroying your friends and foes.

Tilt It To Your Preference
We designed the Shift with 3 different height settings. The adjustable, rubberised feet on the keyboard will ensure that you can operate the Shift at whatever angle feels natural to you to further enhance the ergonomics of the keyboard.

Record Macros Directly On The Keyboard
You can record macros and actions on-the-fly. You can start recording macros directly from the base of the keyboard and quickly assign them to 8 specific hotkeys with 3 unique layers – giving you an easy access to a total of 24 keys. The Shift will even record your timing and delays on-the-fly, making it as easy as ever to configure and personalise.

SteelSeries Engine
SteelSeries Engine is the optimised software powering the features and functionality of the SteelSeries Shift. Organisation of character profiles and macro administration are easily maintained from an easy-to-use interface of menus, sliding window panels, and tabs. Through its capacity to record action sequences and map them to a single key as well as measure actions per minute (APM) through a statistics module, SteelSeries Engine offers tools that provide gamers with a competitive advantage.

1. Access to pre-defined profiles for the hottest game titles
2. Every key can be customised
3. Record a sequence of actions, with delays included, and map them all to a single key
4. Measure actions per minute through the SteelSeries Engine statistics module
5. Utilise key layouts created by SteelSeries pros or create your own to save or share with other gamers
6. Quick and easy setup with ero latency and full Windows support
7. Configure several devices to work simultaneously
8. Recognise a common interface for all peripherals – the SteelSeries Engine powers SteelSeries’ entire family of products

Operating systems: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Mac OSX*
*Configuration software only available for Windows operating systems.

About SteelSeries
SteelSeries is a leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals and accessories, including headsets, keyboards, mice, software and gaming surfaces. SteelSeries has been on the forefront of professional gaming gear since its inception in 2001, thanks to continued innovation and product development in cooperation with leading professional gamers. All SteelSeries products are developed in cooperation with professional gamers to ensure optimum performance and durability. SteelSeries supports the growth of competitive gaming and electronic sports through professional team sponsorships and community support all over the world.

Which SteelSeries Gaming Keyboard is Right for You?

SteelSeries SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard
6Gv2
SteelSeries 7G Keyboard
7G
SteelSeries Merc Stealth Keyboard
Merc Stealth
SteelSeries Shift Keyboard
Shift
Integrated Media Keys
PS/2 Connection Option
Mechanical Switches
Extreme "Anti-Ghosting"
USB Hub
Gold-plated Audio Ports
Dedicated Gaming Terrain
(w/ optional keysets)
Illuminated Keyboard
Record Macros Directly on Keyboard
Interchangeable Keysets

Product Description

SteelSeries Shift - Keyboard - USB

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5.0 out of 5 stars SEXAYYYYYYYYYYYY. 24 May 2012
By Alfie
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Beautiful keyboard, can't find any faults with it at all. The greatest thing about this keyboard (in my opinion) is the freely customisable buttons at the top of the keyboard (1-8) that you can keybind to any process or program you wish you run. Saves alot of time if you have alot of windows open or you've moved the shortcut to the program elsewhere.

Fast, responsive and aesthetically pleasing. 10/10 fo sho.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent (in the voice of C. Montgomery Burns) 17 Feb 2012
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Fantastic keyboard. I have been using it for over a year now and I have had no problems with it. The keys feel nice and they have a satisfying "click" when used. The macro software is great and very versatile. I play World of Warcraft daily, so the keyboard gets extensive use. It would be nice to have backlit keys, but the board is designed to have replacement keys slotted in so there is no backlight. It's only a minor point, and a desk lamp takes care of that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gaming Keyboard 28 Nov 2011
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
A very clever idea that works very very well. been using this to play world of warcraft using the cataclysm keyset.
nearly all of the important keys used in every senario are catered for superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 27 Dec 2013
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Used for hours every day, great design and love how the keyboard just pops out so that you can clean it.

Another SteelSeries product worth the money!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, with one exception 10 Dec 2013
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Left shift key doesn't work until Windows has finished booting and loaded the additional drivers - meaning if your Windows password requires use of the shift key, you'd better get used to using the right one.

Aside from that niggle, bloody good keyboard!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Keyboard! 2 Sep 2013
By Kieran
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I only bought this keyboard simply for the ability to keep the area under my keys clean But i was amazed at how nice the keyboard is to type with !
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