The Steelseries Apex M500 delivers the gaming features from the popular Apex series giving you the keys to victory (lol nice pun SteelSeries). A tournament-grade backlit mechanical gaming keyboard built to meet the requirements of top level gamers, SteelSeries really have created an excellent keyboard for gamers that game – with features we’ll actually use and an emphasis on quality that is well received.
We’ve gotten hands-on with this epic new piece of hardware and the Apex M500 is certainly does it’s job well, the sleek design gives you everything you need in a professional gaming keyboard, without the fluff 🙂
Created with the toughest plastics and reinforced with a battle-hardened steel back plate, they’ve gone to extra lengths to ensure the construction and materials can withstand anything thrown its way. A standard key layout means no learning curve and no surprises and with Cherry key stems, gamers can swap out the keycaps for a custom set and everything fits perfectly.
With the SteelSeries Engine software you can easily customize your keyboard with macros, setting these up has never been easier and text based, key-press, and-on-the-fly macros can all be programmed and set with ease. Your profiles aren’t limited to just your keyboard either, you can program any key to cycle between your keyboard, headset, and mouse profiles.
You can even auto-deploy your exact settings right when you launch your games, crazy cool.
Combine all this with the smaller details like cable management channels underneath, rubber non-slip kickstands and a beautiful evenly lit glow from the blue LED (also the base plate is blue which is nice) and you’ve got a well thought out, quality keyboard.
Now that we’ve had a game or 12 with this excellent new peice of gaming tech we are happy to give it a well deserved recommendation to anyone looking for a new mechanical gaming keyboard at a great price – The SteelSeries Apex M500 is GOOD!
The SteelSeries Apex M500 is available overseas but we haven’t seen stock land in New Zealand yet so keep your eyes on our NZ computers blog and we’ll update as soon as this epic nww keyboard arrives!
Asus have just released a new gaming gear combo named the Cerberus and it’s a pretty impressive setup for those looking to kit themselves out on a budget. The bundle consists of a gaming keyboard, mouse and mousepad which all come in separate boxes so I expect we’ll be seeing all the items available separately soon.
Taking a closer look at the combo the comparison must be made with the Cooler Master Devastator gaming bundle as the keyboards are very similar in design, this is not a bad thing at all for Asus with CM version being an extremely well reviewed budget gaming combo! There are a few differences though and the Asus version can display the keys backlight in red or blue depending on your preference – it’s important to note that the red bars on the side will still glow red though even if the keys themselves are set to blue.
The tactile feedback of the keyboard is nice with good resistance and spring, the spacebar responds to being pressed even of the very edges and removing the keycaps reveals the splash resisting switch – an integrated drain hole prevents liquids from being trapped inside the keyboard and ensures easy cleanup should you accidentally give your keyboard a bit of your drink while gaming 🙂
The Cerberus mouse at first glance appears ambidextrous but with the thumb buttons being placed on the left side it’s certainly a preferred right hander. It’s a four button design well suited for 1080p gaming, the sides have non-slip rubberized grips and the cable is a solid 1.8 meters. The cable is braided (same with the keyboard) although the USB connection for the mouse is anti corrosive gold which is nice 🙂 Unlike the keyboard the LED on the Cerberus Mouse changes depending on your DPI settings – Red is 500, Green is 1000, Blue is 1500 and the LED turns pink at 2500 (max).
Finishing the combo off is a pretty sweet Cerberus mouse pad featuring the three headed dog logo in all its glory, the texture gives good control for your mouse and the stitching on the sides is excellent.
Overall, it looks like Asus might just have created the perfect starting set for a new gaming pc gamer and we’ll get some more pictures up on the GGPC Instagram so you can take a closer look at this awesome new kit!