Glorious GMMK vs Steelseries Apex m500-1 Comparison Test

Rashko Temelkovski

October 01, 2017

We've already compared our Glorious Gaming Modular Mechanical Keyboard to two other flagship keyboards. Which means that now, it's time for our Glorious GMMK vs Steelseries Apex m500-1 Comparison test.

This article does NOT talk about the overall benefits of using a mechanical keyboard. On the contrary, it assumes you already know the basics and pros of using mechanical keyboards. For more information on why mechanical keyboards are all the hype nowadays, click here.

NOTE: We are not affiliated with SteelSeries in any way.

Glorious GMMK vs Steelseries Apex m500-1 Comparison Tables

General information

Type Size Body type Layout Software
Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard (GMMK) Gaming mechanical keyboard Full, TKL pre-orders available Sandblasted aluminum faceplate US Layout Available on website
SteelSeries Apex M500® Gaming mechanical keyboard Full Steel back plate, plastic body US Layout Available on website


Mechanical switches and keycaps

  • About to order a Glorious GMMK? Then, you'll notice that we let you choose from 6 *different mechanical switches:
      Name Gateron Green Gateron Red
      Gateron Clear
      Gateron Blue Gateron Brown Gateron Black
      Type clicky linear linear clicky tactile linear

      *You can experiment with other mechanical switch brands with the Glorious GMMK. For more information on mechanical switches and their importance, click here.

      Regarding the keycaps, we use ABS doubleshot plastic ones for maximum contrast lettering and zero legend wear.

      • Ordering a SteelSeries Apex M500®? In that case, you only have two alternatives:
       Name CherryMX Red CherryMX Blue


      tactile clicky

        As for the keycaps, they are made from ABS plastic.

        Price Range

        • When purchasing our Glorious GMMK keyboard, the starting price for the customized (full & TKL) version is $59.99 (barebones). Depending on whether you choose mechanical switches and keycaps, the price can go up to $114.97.
        • Getting the SteelSeries Apex M500® will cost you $99.99. When ordering, you're required to choose blue or red Cherry MX switches, plus a wrist rest is included.

        Some brand-specific features

        • Glorious GMMK

        - First mechanical keyboard taking modularity to the next level. Featuring hot-swappable switches for Cherry, Gateron, and Kailh branded switches.

        - Lets you easily remove and install any MX-based switch without soldering. Simply pop out the switch just like a keycap, and mix/match to test out to your heart's content.

        - Standard bottom row for maximum compatibility, i.e. same size for all keycaps at the bottom.

        - Minimalist design, very easy to clean.

        - RGB LED lights with 18 pre-installed effects and 1 slot for user-defined effect (variable animation speeds and brightness settings).

        Our keyboard comes with some really cool features every gamer will appreciate.

        • SteelSeries Apex M500®

        - Comes bundled with a good wrist rest (check out our Glorious wrist rests here).

        - Nice minimalist design.

        - Strong, attractive blue backlighting.

        - Intuitive software that gives you all the control you need.

        A few more keyboard comparisons to go!

        We still got a couple of comparison articles left. Our aim is to give you all the crucial information you need when choosing your next (or first) mechanical keyboard. Thank you for taking the time to check our Glorious GMMK vs Steelseries Apex m500-1 Comparison test. Expect our next article very soon!

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