Another day, another keyboard with Cherry MX Red switches aimed at eSports. SteelSeries announced the Apex M500, which it billed as the successor to its 6Gv2. The two certainly have the same price ($100), and both have Cherry Red switches (although the 6Gv2 has a Cherry Black option) and sport a simple, compact all-black design.
One key difference is that the Apex M500 has lighting whereas it predecessor doesn’t. The M500 has blue per-key LEDs, and there is a modicum of lighting features you can employ in the SteelSeries Engine (SSE3) software, such as brightness and breathing.
SteelSeries also stated that SSE3 affords full per-key programming, unlimited profiles, and the ability to create macros (including on-the-fly).
Make/Model SteelSeries – Apex M500
Model Type Standard, – 104-key
Switch Type Cherry- MX Red
Actuation Force – 45cN
Lighting Blue LED, -per-key
Additional Ports -N/A
Cable Type – 2 meter
Key Rollover – NKRO
Software- SteelSeries SSE3
Weight – 2.742 lbs (1.241 kg)
Dimensions – 5.37 x 17.34 x 1.56 inches (136.43 x 440.56 x 39.52 mm)
Misc. – Three-way cable routing