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SteelSeries Apex M500 Keyboard Released, Successor to 6Gv2

While taking a quick stroll at SteelSeries’ website a few days ago, I began to wonder where all the mechanical keyboards were as only the flagship M800 using a SteelSeries QS1 switch was listed with two other membrane keyboards. It appears that SteelSeries was in that time in fact in the process of releasing the 6Gv2 keyboard successor in the form of the new Apex M500.  The SteelSeries 6G keyboard is one of the earliest popular gaming keyboards to hit the market and the new Apex M500 is a continuation of its legacy, utilizing Cherry MX switches (Cherry MX red) and sporting a blue LED backlight, 104-key NKRO over USB for $99 USD.  The Apex M500 can also be further customized using the SteelSeries Software Engine 3, allowing users to remap keys, set macros and assign multiple profiles.


source: Press Release

CHICAGO – April, 2016 SteelSeries, leader and innovator in gaming peripherals, announces the availability of the SteelSeries Apex M500, a tournament-ready mechanical keyboard outfitted with Cherry MX Red gaming switches and SteelSeries Engine customization software.  Available for $99.99 / €119.99, the ultra-durable Apex M500 also features a traditional key layout for universality, Anti-Ghosting technology and blue LED backlighting.


“The APEX M500 is my new keyboard of choice. It’s a tank and lives up to the quality of the 6Gv2, the mechanical keyboard that I’ve been using for a year now,” says Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling, Carry for Evil Geniuses Dota 2. “This keyboard is everything I think a majority of players look for when it comes to quality and feel, it’s going to be a product that will be used at the pro level for a long, long time.”

Cherry MX Red Switches

The #1 preferred choice of pro gamers worldwide, Cherry MX Red mechanical switches provide remarkable consistency and durability.  With the world’s best switch rating for gaming and a 50 million press guarantee, Cherry MX keys continue to be an essential part of any gamers arsenal.

SteelSeries Engine Software


SteelSeries’ acclaimed software delivers the ultimate level of individual customization for gamers.  Pros and enthusiasts can program individual keys for unique combinations, create advanced macros for faster gaming commands, launch game profiles automatically, and create unlimited profiles to unlock infinite gaming possibilities.

Cable Management and Anti-Ghosting

SteelSeries‘ Apex M500 showcases a smart cable management system with three cable guides that adapts to your keyboard setup to eliminate tangles and interference.  It is also armed with 100% Anti-Ghosting technology with 104 key rollover to ensure precision no matter how fast you play.

SteelSeries Apex M500 mechanical gaming keyboard is now available in North America for $99.99 at Newegg and  For more information about the Apex M500 or SteelSeries entire selection of gaming accessories, visit


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