REVIEW | Lenovo Legion K500 RGB Mechanical Gaming KeyboardJuly 25, 2019
Lenovo’s take on the growing trend of minimalist brushed metal peripherals. Will the K500 excel with the subtle but loud RGB minimalist motif and still stand as a peripheral that breaks expectations?
|Keyboard Layout||3-zone layout|
|Keycap Amount||US English|
|Color||Iron grey top cover and black body|
|Connection Type||Wired via USB 2.0|
|Cable Length/Type||1.8 m (5.9 ft); Braided with cable tie|
|Weight||Without palm rest: 1211.6 g (2.7 lb); With palm rest: 1327.1g (2.9lb)|
|Hot Key||Game mode key, media keys, backlight brightness key|
|Backlight||Per-key RGB (excluding hot keys)|
|Keyboard Key Lifecycle||Up to 50 million clicks|
|Warranty||Customer Replaceable Unit (CRU)|
|Specialized Software/Driver||Lenovo Legion Software for advanced gaming configurations at https://support.lenovo.com/legion_k500|
|Switch Type||Red mechanical switch|
|OS Requirements||Windows 7, Windows 10|
|Packed Weight||1.7 kg (3.74 lb)|
|Agency Approvals||BSMI, BSMI RoHS, CB, CE, cTUVus mark, EAC, FCC, ICES, RCM, SABS-EMC COC, TUV mark, Ukraine DoC, USB IF, VCCI|
|Height||34mm (1.3 inches)|
|Length||443.4mm (17.5 inch)|
|Depth||Without palm rest: 160.5 mm (6.3 inches); With palm rest: 218.3mm (8.6 inches)|
|Warranty Period||1 year|
|Maximum Operating Temperature||40 degrees Celsius (104 F)|
|Minimum Operating Temperature||0 degrees Celsius (32 F)|
|Maximum Relative Humidity (%)||95%|
|Minimum Relative Humidity (%)||20%|
|Included Accessory||Palm rest|
|Key Style||Mechanical switch|
|Number of Keys||104 Keys|
|Shipment Group||Keyboard, palm rest, quick start guide, warranty poster|
|Suspension Cap/Embedded Cap||Embedded cap|
A full-sized mechanical keyboard that has a sleek design. The switches of the keyboard are recessed. Speaking of switches, it uses a sub-brand of Kalih red switches. As for the palm rest of the keyboard, it is detachable, but not magnetic and has a soft-textured layer. It’s reasonably comfortable to rest your palm on it.
As for the upper left corner of the keyboard, you will see the media keys and the Lenovo Legion Logo. It acts as a disable key that would disable the Windows logo key, but by using the software, you can change that to disable other functions, like the Alt+F4, Alt+Tab, or Shift+Tab key. The media keys and Legion key are not RGB, making the aesthetic of the keyboard slightly decreased on that area.
The backside of the keyboard has decent-sized rubber feet – two squares at the upper part and two rectangular rubber feet at the lower part. The keyboard legs have a one-level height adjustment and the edge of the legs has a thick blue rubber pads.
The cable is somewhat positioned to be angled for better routing – A soft braid design seems questionable at this time where more and more manufacturers are leaning towards more thin braided cables that combat tethering in the long run. A USB passthrough wasn’t also available – It was a neat addition that could have tied well to the media keys.
Lenovo Legion Software
To be able to fully utilize the keyboard, you would need to download the Lenovo Legion software from their site. By using the software, you can create multiple profiles for the keyboard as much as you want. You can also change the functions of the keys – as well as the lighting effects. There are 11 types of effects that you can select for specific keys to what color they will be showing. As for the game mode, there is a setting that you can change what the Legion key disables.
Testing the keyboard with games like League of Legends, CSGO and Apex Legends to see how it performs across multiple types of games; it performs great due to the shorter actuation point of the red switch compared to other switches but because of the short actuation, some users that are accustomed to heavier switches may experience cases of accidental press. The agile responsiveness of the switches are a big jump when playing games but does undeniably feel awkward when typing as it is linear and there is absolutely no bump at the end of the presses you make. Media keys are also a pain to use on dimly lit areas due to the lack of lighting
The Lenovo Legion K500 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is a minimalist’s “good enough” gaming keyboard. Red switches, the faster side of the pack – due to the short acquisition point and linear nature; you can never go wrong with it. It would be cool to have a Clicky switch version from their OEM. Lighting of the keyboard is sufficient, Bright and it’s where you need it to be; but would’ve appreciated lit media keys. The detachable palm rest does it’s job – magnets would be cool but it’s an option for Lenovo at this point
The Lenovo Legion K500 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is priced at PHP 3,995 and you can buy this at there Legion store.
- It has a minimalistic design
- Software is user-friendly
- Well built
- Media Keys doesn’t have lighting on it
- No USB passthrough