Have you ever preferred the original thing, no matter how hard people tried to push something else, or how many claimed improvements a newer model has? I am not a big consumer of soft drinks, but if you ask me, my favorite will have to be Coca-Cola. As for anything from Pepsi, even if it could win all the so-called taste tests, who cares? It is just not Coca-Cola. Thankfully, I am not the only one who thinks this way, as Coca-Cola is still the most popular soft drink in the world. In fact, its popularity is so intrinsic to the drink itself, even the company themselves could not change it. Back in 1985, when they tried to change the formulation of the drink, the public reaction was so hostile, the company was forced to quickly reverse its decision and put the original back on the shelf within three months. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to try out many keyboards, whether it featured membrane, scissor, or mechanical switches. Even within the mechanical realm of things, we here at APH Networks has tried everything ranging from TTC to Kailh to SteelSeries' own QS1 found in the Apex M800. Most of them has its merits, but when it comes to what I would really use day-to-day, I would stick to switches manufactured by Cherry. I do not care if they are not as quiet as other brands, or even if they often cost the most money; the fact is Cherry MX switches are often imitated but never duplicated, just like products from Coca-Cola. Do not get me wrong -- the Apex M800 in question is a brilliant keyboard. But die hard loyalists like me will only stubbornly settle for keyboards equipped with the German switches. Thankfully, even if we are not hostile with our voices, we vote faithfully with our wallets, and companies understand that. Today, we will take a look at the SteelSeries Apex M500, a keyboard featuring real Cherry MX Red switches. Cherry MX Red is my favorite kind of switch, so will the SteelSeries Apex M500 be my favorite new keyboard? Read on to find out!