Steelseries is one of the most respected peripheral manufacturers and quickly gained a reputation for producing reliable products without gimmicks. For example, the SteelSeries 6Gv2 offers astounding build quality and feels incredibly robust even when you try to bend the keyboard from an angle. There’s also products like the Sensei which proved to be really popular. Of course, competition in the mechanical keyboard industry is fierce due to the might of Corsair and Razer.
Today, SteelSeries announced their latest keyboard entitled The Apex M500. This particular model opts for Cherry MX Red switches and blue LED backlighting. Furthermore, the keyboard incorporates anti-ghosting technology and opts for a traditional layout. It also supports SteelSeries Engine software to customize lighting and create custom commands. Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling, Carry for Evil Geniuses Dota 2 explained why the Apex M500 was his favourite keyboard thus far:
“The APEX M500 is my new keyboard of choice. It’s a tank and lives up to the quality of the 6Gv2, the mechanical keyboard that I’ve been using for a year now,”
“This keyboard is everything I think a majority of players look for when it comes to quality and feel, it’s going to be a product that will be used at the pro level for a long, long time.”
Here we can see a synopsis of the keyboard’s main features:
Cherry MX Red Switches
The #1 preferred choice of pro gamers worldwide, Cherry MX Red mechanical switches provide remarkable consistency and durability. With the worlds best switch rating for gaming and a 50 million press guarantee, Cherry MX keys continue to be an essential part of any gamers arsenal.
SteelSeries Engine Software
SteelSeries’ acclaimed software delivers the ultimate level of individual customization for gamers. Pros and enthusiasts can program individual keys for unique combinations, create advanced macros for faster gaming commands, launch game profiles automatically, and create unlimited profiles to unlock infinite gaming possibilities.
Cable Management and Anti-Ghosting
SteelSeries’ Apex M500 showcases a smart cable management system with three cable guides that adapts to your keyboard setup to eliminate tangles and interference. It is also armed with 100% Anti-Ghosting technology with 104 key rollover to ensure precision no matter how fast you play.
Unfortunately, it seems the Apex M500 only comes with Cherry MX Red switches. It’s not possible to select more tactile, clicky options such as Blues. In terms of pricing, the keyboard has a retail price of $99.99/€119.99.