Keyboard Peripherals

REVIEW | Lenovo Legion K500 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

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?

Specification

Keyboard Layout3-zone layout
Keycap AmountUS English
ColorIron grey top cover and black body
Connection TypeWired via USB 2.0
Cable Length/Type1.8 m (5.9 ft); Braided with cable tie
WeightWithout palm rest: 1211.6 g (2.7 lb); With palm rest: 1327.1g (2.9lb)
Hot KeyGame mode key, media keys, backlight brightness key
BacklightPer-key RGB (excluding hot keys)
Keyboard Key LifecycleUp to 50 million clicks
WarrantyCustomer Replaceable Unit (CRU)
Specialized Software/DriverLenovo Legion Software for advanced gaming configurations at https://support.lenovo.com/legion_k500
Switch TypeRed mechanical switch
OS RequirementsWindows 7, Windows 10
Packed Weight1.7 kg (3.74 lb)
Agency ApprovalsBSMI, BSMI RoHS, CB, CE, cTUVus mark, EAC, FCC, ICES, RCM, SABS-EMC COC, TUV mark, Ukraine DoC, USB IF, VCCI
Height34mm (1.3 inches)
Length443.4mm (17.5 inch)
DepthWithout palm rest: 160.5 mm (6.3 inches); With palm rest: 218.3mm (8.6 inches)
Warranty Period1 year
Maximum Operating Temperature40 degrees Celsius (104 F)
Minimum Operating Temperature0 degrees Celsius (32 F)
Maximum Relative Humidity (%)95%
Minimum Relative Humidity (%)20%
Included AccessoryPalm rest
Key StyleMechanical switch
Number of Keys104 Keys
Shipment GroupKeyboard, palm rest, quick start guide, warranty poster
Suspension Cap/Embedded CapEmbedded cap
Tilt AdjustableYes

Closer Look

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.

Performance

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

Final Thoughts

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.

Pros

  • It has a minimalistic design
  • Software is user-friendly
  • Well built

Cons

  • Media Keys doesn’t have lighting on it
  • No USB passthrough

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