SteelSeries APEX M500 Continued
It may seem moot to most, but we love it when cords are wrapped like this rather than being folded. This way there are no stresses on the cabling from the bends we usually see. SteelSeries offers two straps to help manage the wiring if you have to travel with the M500, and this rubberized cable terminates in a standard USB 2.0 connection.
Under the M500, we find a highly stylized panel across it. Three chunky feet across the front along with the flip out feet along the back keeps it in place. In the middle, we find the cable extending from near the front edge and is trailed out the middle of the back. There are also trails to either side, to help manage the wiring, and keep the cable out of the way when it's being used.
Whether these feet are still lying down into the bottom of the keyboard, or whether they are extended as we see them here, the rubber tips roll over the edge to offer secure footing. These feet also flip out to an extreme angle, and we found them tough to collapse.
Removing a few key caps, we indeed find individually backlit Cherry MX Red switches used with the APEX M500. We can also see that the torsion bars for the larger switches are hidden, and we get a great view of that bright blue steel back plate.
The caps use standard Cherry MX studs in them, making it easy on those looking to replace these with custom keycaps. We also see that each cap is molded in white plastic, and are then painted black. They leave the legends clear on top and is what allows the glow of LEDs to shine through.
Once powered, the APEX M500 comes to life with a bright glow of blue across the entire keyboard. The LEDs under the lock LEDs are a bit more intense without a key cap blocking them, and it is easy to see if you have a lock active.
Typically, we would have opened this two part plastic frame, but after removing all of the screws we could find, there was either a screw hidden in this design or a clip that refused to let go, as something kept us from looking at the internal components.
PRICING: You can find the SteelSeries APEX M500 Mechanical Keyboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The SteelSeries APEX M500 Mechanical Keyboard retails for $88 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The SteelSeries APEX M500 Mechanical Keyboard retails for £90 at Amazon UK.
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