SteelSeries Apex M500 Successor To 6Gv2

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).

The Apex M500’s standard layout is designed so that you can swap in aftermarket keycaps, too.

The keyboard is available now from SteelSeries’ website for $99.99 with the promise of free 3-5 day shipping.

Make/ModelSteelSeries Apex M500
Model TypeStandard, 104-key
Switch TypeCherry MX Red
Actuation Force45cN
LightingBlue LED, per-key
Additional PortsN/A
Cable Type2 meter
Key RolloverNKRO
SoftwareSteelSeries SSE3
Weight2.742 lbs (1.241 kg)
Dimensions5.37 x 17.34 x 1.56 inches (136.43 x 440.56 x 39.52 mm)
Misc.Three-way cable routing

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  • honx8
    Damn, I just got the 6Gv2 from their website 10 days ago. :(
  • Dantte
    6Gv2 is a PS2 keyboard and I could bust someones head open with it it feels so solid. This is a USB keyboard and probably made of cheap plastic... NO it is not a replacement!
  • DSpider
    Noooo! Why blue, SteelSeries?? Blue is so fugly! Especially that shade... The white LEDs were so beautiful, it matched your mice and some awesome Fractal Design cases, and now...

    And I see you moved the "Fn" key from the left side and added the Windows key back in. Disappoint, son... Disappoint. :(