The past few months has produced a rash of glitzy RGB LED keyboards with all sorts of weird shapes and lighting systems. It's a little refreshing, then, that the just-released SteelSeries Apex M500 keyboard keeps things comparatively simple. The company actually jokes a little about this, saying that "products shouldn't look like they came through a portal from the future."
The Apex M500 is a full-sized mechanical keyboard with blue LED backlighting. There are no jet-fighter angles here: the design is minimalist and down to the point. That's not to say this keyboard is average, though. The switches under the keys are Cherry MX Reds: lightweight, linear switches that many gamers prefer.
The keyboard's underside has been equally though-out. The rubber feet are oversized and adjustable, and there are three separate cable gutters. SteelSeries' Engine software makes another appearance, providing players with game-specific profiles and macro recording functionality. The SteelSeries Apex M500 will be available soon at Newegg and the SteelSeries website for $100 (or 120€ in Europe).
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