SteelSeries Apex M500 Gaming Keyboard Review

When it comes to competitive gaming you want a product that works, you really don’t care about looks, lights, or anything like that. It is all about function and helping you be the best gamer you can be. We’ve seen keyboards evolve over the past few years, but the plain jane solid competitive keyboard really has not changed all that much. SteelSeries latest entry into this segment is the Apex M500 which features a very simple design, Cherry MX Red mechanical key switches, and single-color backlighting. This keyboard is all about performance and function. It was designed specifically for the needs of professional gamers. Let’s take a look and see what it is all about.

Special thanks to SteelSeries for providing us with the Apex M500 Gaming Keyboard to review.


The Apex M500 comes in a box that is not much larger than the keyboard itself. On the front it has a photo of the keyboard in action and lets us know the keyboard sports Cherry MX key switches and individual key blue LED illumination.

SteelSeries Apex M500 Gaming Keyboard

Flipping over to the back of the keyboard there is a full photo of the keyboard and there is some information on the Cherry MX Red switches and SteelSeries Engine 3 software.

SteelSeries Apex M500 Gaming Keyboard

Opening the box up all we have inside is the keyboard itself and a quick start guide.

SteelSeries Apex M500 Gaming Keyboard

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