About the SteelSeries Apex M500:
The Apex M500 is a tournament-grade backlit mechanical gaming keyboard built entirely around the needs of professional gamers.
I was able to get my hands on the new SteelSeries Apex M500 for review. I currently own the SteelSeries Apex M800 and love it! see overview here.
You would think owning the Apex M800 would blow the M500 out of the water, but think again! The M800 is an extremely affordable option for those
on a budget but want to buy a professional mechanical keyboard made specifically for gaming.
First let’s talk specs.
Switch Type: Mechanical
Switch Name: Cherry MX Red Gaming Switches
Throw Depth: 4 mm
Actuation and Reset Depth: 2 mm
Actuation Force Needed: 45cN
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Full Anti-Ghosting Support
N-Key Roll Over: 104 Key
Illumination: Per-Key Blue LEDs
Quick Access Media Keys
Fully Programmable Keys
Cable Management System
Weight: 1241 g, 2.742 lbs
Height: 136.43 mm, 5.37 in
Width: 440.56 mm, 17.34 in
Depth: 39.52 mm, 1.56 in
Large Adjustable Rubber Feet
Cable Length: 2 m, 6.5 ft
Engine Support: SSE3
Custom Key Illumination
Quick Start Guide
So, as listed above you see it uses Cherry MX Red Gaming Switches. Cherry MX Red switches are rather quiet compared to other mechanical keyboards, this is fantastic for those who record game play and use a microphone. I also found the throw depth to be just right for gaming.
The M500 is much smaller than the M800 by at least a couple inches making it more desk friendly, but not too short to where it tosses your mind through the keyboard layout abyss making you re-learn where the keys *should* belong.
comparing this keyboard to the the Logitech G710 – it is much more quiet, more reactive, customization, and overall more comfortable! You are able to remap and macro EVERY SINGLE KEY!