Simple design, comfortable to use
Apex still evident M500 stylish design “went straight to the point” of SteelSeries. Visually, M500 is almost identical to the traditional keyboard FILCO, Leopold’s gaming keyboard rather than competing firms.
Apex M500 letters printed on rather large in size than normal, allowing the keys visible even without lights. When Apex M500 lights up blue mellow, easy to see. Unfortunately, the choice of SteelSeries keyboard is not equipped with a full range of RGB color as many other high-end competitors, but perhaps the cuts were necessary to bring a quality mechanical keyboard. Alternatively, you also can adjust the brightness for the entire keyboard on Apex M500 with limited number of options (4 levels from darkest to lightest).
Therefore, if you like the flashing light effects, the Apex M500 is not the choice for you. Conversely, if you like the style, “went straight to the point” of SteelSeries, this keyboard offers a full what you need in the full context of use. Perhaps many people will regret that SteelSeries offers features not only turn on the lights for selecting keys or used during games (such as WASD), but with the players rarely have to look down the keyboard while playing, this is not a big problem.
Plus two points are being praised for Apex M500 is the ability to choose the location on the keyboard at the bottom wire and the number of rings on velcro is increased to 2 instead of 1 as usual. For those who often connect to a laptop keyboard and mouse to play the game like me, here are the two essential features to minimize the amount of wiring too much on the table. Even with a desktop environment, the ability to choose where to place your wires will also help arrange “learning center” of his more reasonable.
Type text with Apex M500
A somewhat confusing decision of SteelSeries is not equipped with a macro key sequence but has equipped each number key. This helps to … work experience becomes a lot easier, especially with the players often use to Excel spreadsheets. Overall the keyboard layout of the Apex M500 is also standard layout as countless kinds of office keyboard, so experience ZIP / accountants and … surfing Facebook will depend on the preferred level for switch Red on Apex M500.
So Red switch matches the normal typing task or not? Is a linear switch, own review of Red switch typing experience probably will not bring feelings “has hands” like Blue switch and Brown switch. In return, the Red switch causes very little noise compared with other brothers Cherry MX. Typing of Red also equivalent to Brown, and if you are willing to invest in the PBT keycap seasoned, you probably will not have problems when typing long text on the Cherry MX.
Gaming and Apex M500
I know and “love” Cherry Red from the use of this type of switch ARPG game Kingdom of Amalur. In essence, KOA is optimized for console games and therefore better suited to the control mechanism of the gamepad. But switch to using a gamepad also means that I am no longer able to Quick Save, Quick Load – critical features for RPG.
So what kinds of mechanical keyboard will bring the feeling hit “enthusiastic” for the action RPG? If you do not want to use the kind of Black, the answer would be the Red switch. Each time you press the Space key on the Apex M500 to roll dodge’s opponents in the Dark Souls II KOA or as I feel satisfied, “good” a lot more than when using Blue or Brown. Feeling keypress from beginning to end without clicky feedback or make impressive in time “attacks” becomes considerably more pronounced. Red is switch-linear due to the press-release action while moving key repeatedly will also be done quickly and easily, without causing distraction like Brown and Blue.
Just so that the keyboard uses Cherry Red as Apex M500 certainly obtains the gamers of the game with bold action slightly different direction, including the fighting games such as Mortal Kombat X and the action Adventures like DMC: Devil May Cry. Of course, this game probably will remain appropriate for a gamepad than with a regular keyboard, but if in case you can not retrofit a compatible handle game for your gaming machine, the tables Red keyboard switches as Apex M500 will be the best alternative.
With the MOBA games like League of Legends and Dota2, the question “Does Apex M500 is suitable option?” will become a habit and hobby gamers decide. Cherry Red’s switch Apex M500 is perhaps the most appropriate switch to spam because its keys are not big and getting no response clicky / notch. Also by getting key points should be located fairly deep capabilities also hit the wrong key, more rarely, especially at the end of the game if our fingers were no longer responsive as the original.
Similarly MOBA, with online games and titles from top down perspective ARPG like Diablo 3, satisfaction by Apex M500 still decided by Red switch. Red switch can be seen as responding to the time of receiving the key switch, but not as fast as Blue switch and help you to reduce error help you balance time to attack skill base more accurately.
But switching to an identifiable category of action also relatively clear is that the Apex M500 FPS quickly promote their strengths. Many argue that other feedback on the Blue and Brown switches typically switch makes the moves and throws a grenade / gun exchange becomes less “Well” more while Red Back feels almost like the analog stick on a gamepad.
Cherry MX Red switches obviously centers on Apex M500 gaming experience, but other factors, why? As we have asserted above, SteelSeries Engine software does not even bring unique ability to enable key phrase used during games. This software gives users the ability to map the entire 104 key on the keyboard, but the lacks the row M keyboard in the left side, this feature also lost some meaning.
Compared with the Razer Synapse Engine’s opponents also seem primitive than, offset the features needed to implement macro recording (latency, number of repetitions …) are sufficient. Apex M500 allows users to get right up through keystroke macros, but how to go through the complicated and inconvenient. As a result when using this keyboard, I give always thinking about the manipulation macros need when gaming.
Generally, from hardware to software, Apex M500 still focused follows a basic principle: all the elements omitted frills and focus on providing functionality at a level sufficient for gamers.
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The absence of key customers the ability to customize macros or lamps which can be considered a new standard of gaming mechanical keyboard makes Apex M500 also lost some appeal. Compared with rival Razer, custom software keys SteelSeries Engine 3 despite no shortage of features, but also can not match the quality of the experience. Quality Apex M500 so only by a single factor to decide: whether the feeling perfect hit Red Switch Is for you or not? If the answer is “Yes”, you will definitely prefer quality typing comfort and price of Apex M500.
– Minimalist design.
– Good quality machining, keep typing great feeling no less premium brands like FILCO.
– SteelSeries Engine Software custom brings many options.
– No LED 3-color
– SteelSeries Engine is not intuitive.
– Fewer features than regular gaming keyboard.
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