|Item model number||64490|
|Item Weight||2.74 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||17.3 x 1.6 x 5.4 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||17.34 x 1.56 x 5.37 inches|
SteelSeries Apex M500 Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red Switch - Blue LED Backlit - Media Controls - Steel Back Plate
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- Cherry MX Red Mechanical Gaming Switches
- Reinforced steel back plate construction
- 100% Programmable with SteelSeries Engine
- Fully-programmable keys and macros.Throw Depth:4 mm
- 100% anti-ghosting and 104-key rollover
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SteelSeries APEX M500
The Apex M500 adds to the legacy which began with the SteelSeries release of the first mechanical gaming keyboard, the 6gv2. The M500 creates a new standard with Cherry MX Red switches for pro-performance and durability.
Featuring the industry-leading Cherry MX Red Mechanical Gaming Switches, the Apex M500 delivers the game-winning performance pros require. Red switches are the undisputed choice of professional gaming.
Every Click Counts
Every gamer knows that feeling where you swore that you pressed that key, but your game tells you otherwise. Unlike the competition, the Apex M500 doesn’t cut corners with Anti-Ghosting and N-Key Rollover. Regardless of how many keys are pressed, we guarantee every key will register so you can be confident when it matters most.
Outlast the Competition
Guaranteed durability. Cherry MX’s keypress guarantee ensures your switches will work and feel the same for more than 50 million clicks.
More Than a Feeling
It doesn’t matter if it’s the first keypress or the millionth, your keys will always feel brand new. Every switch maintains their same key feel over time, which is critical for building the muscle memory needed to play at the highest level.
A durable keyboard is essential to every gamer’s battlestation. Created with the toughest plastics and reinforced with a battle-hardened steel back plate, we’ve gone to extra lengths to ensure the construction and materials can withstand anything you throw its way.
Blue LED Illumination
Brilliant blue LEDs under every single key provide the brightest visibility and eye-catching style. Light up your night missions with the Apex M500 keyboard.
Standard Key Layout
No surprises. No learning curve with the standard key layout. With Cherry key stems, gamers can swap out the keycaps for a custom set and everything fits perfectly.
Apex M500 has a large arsenal of customization options. Take control of your game with fully programmable keys, advanced macro settings, and much more with SteelSeries Engine.
|Apex 100||Apex 300||Apex 350||Apex M400||Apex M500||Apex M800|
|Switch Type||Quick Tension Membrane Switches||SteelSeries Membrane Switch||SteelSeries Membrane Switch||SteelSeries QX1 Linear Mechanical Gaming Switch||Cherry MX Red Mechanical Switch||SteelSeries QS1 Mechanical Switch|
|Illumination||Single Color Blue Backlit||Single Color White Backlit||5-Zone Prism RGB Illumination||Single Color Blue Backlit||Single Color Blue Backlit||Per-key RGB LEDs|
|Anti-Ghosting||24 Key Anti-Ghosting||20-Key Rollover||10 N-Key Rollover||Full 104 N-Key Rollover||Full 104 N-Key Rollover||Full 256 N-Key Rollover|
|Media Keys||With Modifier Key||With Modifier Key||Dedicated||With Modifier Key||With Modifier Key||With Modifier Key|
|Design||Traditional Layout||Low-Profile Layout||Low-Profile Layout||Traditional Layout||Traditional Layout||Low-Profile Layout|
|Fully Programmable Keys||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Cable Management System||✓||✓||✓|
|2-Port USB Hub||✓||✓|
The Apex M500 is a tournament-grade backlit mechanical gaming keyboard built entirely around the needs of professional gamers.
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Yep, it meets my expectations. I also found the keys, despite being cherry mx reds to be a bit more clicky than the other keyboard (don't remember the name, but it's steel series' full sized non backlit keyboard). This is something I loved - mx red feel and responsiveness with even a nice little feeling of solidity on downstrokes. It's not loud, but it just feels nice.
The backlight is nice, and can be adjusted for brightness.
The keyboard is hefty, feels like it'll last forever and its amazing to me that it's non ghosting despite being a non ps2 keyboard (only through USB. I was skeptical too.)
If you're in the market for a keyboard that doesn't look like a baby transformer, but practically performs like one, this keyboard should basically be an autobuy.
Now it just randomly stopping working until I unplug it and plug it back.
It is a common issue and I am surprised there was no information about it here in reviews.
Reason is unknown, it may be poor Win 10 support or something else.
I would like to like it, but I can not. Unplugging and plugging back 15-20 times a day. Feels bad.
Apart from that it's a pretty solid, average Cherry Red board. No complaints about general use. The rubber feet seem fine. Pretty well built - metal mounting plate. 1000hz polling and NKRO, although it presents itself as multiple keyboard devices to achieve this over USB, the cable is not removable, and there is no PS/2 mode.
It's super strong with no deck flex at all, which I appreciate. Excellent keyboard.