Back in 2008, SteelSeries brought forth the 7G keyboard with Cherry MX mechanical switches at a time well before gamers would appreciate and demand mechanical keyboards. Many today still scoff at the thought of spending more than $20 for a computer keyboard, yet, the market for expensive mechanical keyboards exploded. We now see a tremendous refinement of price points and features-levels even from the manufacturer featured in this review.
Where that puts SteelSeries newest keyboard, the Apex M500 with Cherry MX Red switches, is arguably within the higher-end mechanical keyboard segment for $99.99 from Amazon. With fully programmable keys through the SteelSeries Engine 3 software, N-key rollover, and blue LED backlighting, this keyboard is more feature rich than lower-end offerings, while shying away from the premium space now dominated by RGB mechanicals including SteelSeries very own $150+ Apex M800. Let’s take a complete look at the official features and specifications.
SteelSeries Apex M500 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Features:
The bundle is paltry as far as mechanical keyboards are concerned. Besides the Apex M500 keyboard are two Velcro cable ties already wrapped around the USB cord, a sheet with three SteelSeries logo stickers and a quick start guide. We see nothing in the way of alternate keycaps and keycap pullers. Moving on, we can start looking closer at the keyboard and its software.