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SteelSeries Apex M500

SteelSeries Apex M500
alaScore 97

30 reviews

May, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews of SteelSeries Apex M500. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Keyboards for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The price and usability are also appreciated.

usability, price, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Keyboards the SteelSeries Apex M500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Mike Jennings (

SteelSeries Apex M500


In their attempt to stand out, it can often feel as if gaming keyboards are trying to offer every possible feature going. The SteelSeries Apex M500 goes in the opposite direction, however. This mechanical keyboard is a minimal affair, with a focus on...

The SteelSeries Apex M500 is a great option for competitive gaming or if typing quality is key, but spending a little more will deliver the features that the M500 is lacking.

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Michael Crider (

Steelseries Apex M500 review


The M500 combines approachable design with solid gaming performance and excellent software.

The Apex M500 costs $100, though you might be able to find it cheaper. It’s the same price as a full-sized, single-color mechanical board from Corsair (Strafe series), Razer (BlackWidow X Ultimate), or Cougar (Attack X3), and it’s $10 cheaper than...

Jun, 2016

Best Value

Expert review by: Daniel Wilks (

Review: Steelseries Apex M500 mechanical keyboard


Steelseries pleases with a plain, simple, mechanical keyboard.

...Steelseries has made one of the best bare-bones mechanical keyboards we’ve seen...

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Jonathan Kwan (

SteelSeries Apex M500 Review


Have you ever preferred the original thing, no matter how hard people tried to push something else, or how many claimed improvements a newer model has? I am not a big consumer of soft drinks, but if you ask me, my favorite will have to be Coca-Cola. As...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Bob Buskirk (

SteelSeries Apex M500 Gaming Keyboard Review


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

– Simple design ; – Cherry MX Red switches ; – Cable management on the bottom of the keyboard ; – Great performance ; – Nice illumination ; – Price

– Only available with Cherry MX Red switches ; – USB cable not braided

The best part about testing a gaming product is we get to play games! For the Apex M500 since it is designed for eSports and competitive play I decided to play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Unreal Tournament, and Star Wars Battlefront. All of these...

May, 2016

Consumer review by: Anonymous (

Nice feel, nice design, questionable software


It's a nice if somewhat overpriced mechanical keyboard. Fortunately it works well without any of the downloaded stuff or firmware updates. Felt like it bricked there for a while on numerous reboots but seems ok now.

Worked out of the box with no download. Very sturdy, solid and no twist or flex. Love the smooth matte finish Adjustable back-lit brightness Nice long and supple cord. Routing channels to direct the USB cord to the left, center or right.

No USB port Only blue back-lit Problems with Steelseries 3.7.4 - Slow to install, slow to load, multiple reboots and ultimately doesn't work.

May, 2016

Consumer review by: Brian D. (

Sturdy gaming keyboard


I believe that if I take care of this keyboard that it will last for a very very long time. I have the Siberia V2 and Elite Prism headsets and the quality is like no other. So it's no surprise that this keyboard matches the quality I expected. I...

- Quality everything - Keys are quieter than other Cherry MX Red that I have used - N-Key rollover - Several macro functions - Intuitive sofware - Great cable management - Easy access to brightness levels - Steelseries logo is the function key The Apex...

- Small characters can be difficult to see - No wrist rest A character, number, or function symbol etched at the bottom of a key are dimmer than what is etched at the top. The smaller characters like comma (,), period (.), single quote (‘), etc. can be...

May, 2016

Consumer review by: Michael D. (

SteelSeries 64490


I really cant give this more than a 2 all just because I literally have no way of getting the bios update to work, I really hope a software update finds out whats wrong with it. In most cases bios updates aren't too super critical... but yeah if there...

A great looking keyboard that's definitely not going to slide around, (it is actually steel framed and quite heavy). Macros are easy to setup and use remappable keys and great repeating function (rapid fire). Keys are so easy to press that I thought I...

The steelseries engine drivers kept saying there's a bios update but when clicked it would do absolutely nothing but disable the keyboard & instantly say it failed, it stays disabled until I unplug/replug it, tried repetitively for over a week and on...

May, 2016

Consumer review by: Milton B. (

Gaming keyboard that wont miss a key stroke and Built like a Tank.


When most keyboards in review are limited in being different than one another, SteelSeries has put together a Mechanical Keyboard that seems limitless. Every key, per program memory and the biggest challenge is your imagination. Packaged with command...

In the few weeks of use I have found this to be enjoyable to use. From Gaming quick response to general use, no missed keys. Either programmed keys for special use or just every day I have no doubt the key stroke was there, the mechanical advantage....


May, 2016

Consumer review by: Jamie K. (

Ninety Nine


Attention NEWEGG, Please fix this horrible system of submitting reviews. I am tired of losing them when submitted. I suspect it is because of the timing out of sign in. It should not CLEAR the fields that a person has worked hard on filling out, when...

The GOOD +Quality built +EZ PZ software +Heavy on the desk, stays put. +Good color blue LED +6 ft cable I am confident that this keyboard could conceivably be the last keyboard you buy if you take care of it. It is very well made from HIGH quality...

The BAD -NOISY -Expensive! -No extra Macro Keys (higher model) -Trouble with update I have been called an “ANGRY TYPER” as I use a lot of force to type. So this keyboard not only annoys me, but others that are around me. If someone else was sitting...

May, 2016

Product Specifications


Backlight:Y / Yes
Backlight colour:Blue
Colour of product:Black
Surface coloration:Monotone


Cable Length:2
Plug and Play:Y / Yes


Actuation force:45
Cherry MX switch type:Red
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Device interface:USB
Fingerprint Reader:N / No
Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Hot keys:Y
Key travel distance:4
Keyboard form factor:Standard
Keyboard key switch:Mechanical key switch
Keyboard language:English / French / Pan Nordic / UK English
Keyboard layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:104
Keyboard style:Straight
Keys operating life:50 / 50000000
Multimedia Keys:Y
Numeric keypad:Y / Yes
Pointing device:N / No
Programmable hot keys:Y / Yes
Recommended usage:Gaming
Rollover:N-key rollover
USB Hub:N / No
Windows keys:Y / Yes
Wrist rest:N / No


Mouse included:N / No

Packaging Data

Quick start guide:Y / Yes


Power source type:USB

System requirements

Windows operating systems supported:Y / Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Keyboard dimensions (WxDxH):440.6 x 39.5 x 136.4
Keyboard weight:1.24