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Corsair Raptor K50 Gaming Keyboard (CH-9000007-NA)

  • CH-9000007-NA
  • 18 dedicated macro keys
  • Six dedicated multimedia keys (STOP, PREVIOUS, PLAY/PAUSE, NEXT, MUTE, VOLUME UP/DOWN roller) Function Keys
  • USB (1000 Hz USB report rate) Wired
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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  • Claire S.
  • 6/16/2014 3:13:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsA+ replacement for a busted Logitech G110!

Pros: Bought this at a B&M store when it was on sale for $80 after MIR. I'd been using a generic Lenovo USB keyboard for months after killing my Logitech G110 with a particularly excitable glass of wine. I wanted something that was backlit, had dedicated volume control and media keys, and had decent software for customization.

I have an ASUS motherboard that never could detect my old G110 for accessing pre-boot stuff (BIOS or even the Windows "your computer didn't shut down properly, do you want to boot into safe mode" prompt). No problems with this one, which is a HUGE bonus for me.

The pass-through USB port is awesome. I haven't needed it yet, but if it's truly just pass-through, it should be able to handle devices that typically need a powered hub to work properly (like external hard drives).

The backlighting is much better than both of my old Logitech gaming keyboards (G110 and G11), so I am very pleased with that feature.

Cons: The only complaint I have so far (granted, I've only had this for less than a week) is that the pop-out feet on the front and back do not have rubber on the bottom. My desktop surface is glass, so the keyboard slides around like crazy with the feet extended.

The first one I bought had a bum spacebar - one of the plastic clips that holds the metal bar under the key in place was broken, so it would pop out if you hit the spacebar on the right half of the key. The replacement one has had no issues.

A less important issue for me is the wrist wrest. I have irritatingly sensitive skin (puns are funny!), and the texture of the wrist wrest seems to be a mild irritant on my wrists. I will probably remove it and use a gel or memory foam one instead.

Other Thoughts: The backlight isn't as bright as backlit mechanical keyboards because of how membrane keyboards are constructed. My boyfriend has a Razer mechanical backlit keyboard, and the backlight is really intense because (a) it's blue only and (b) there are individual LEDs under each key. With RGB or any variable-color LEDs, the brightness will be different because a single LED is composed of three smaller LEDs to allow for full RGB color selection. Not only that, but membrane keyboards are edge-backlit with a plastic diffuser to spread the light across the entire keyboard. The overall effect is less intense as a result.

Even with all that in mind, this keyboard has a brighter backlight than my G110, which was variable-color but not RGB. In a room with several lights on, the keyboard colors are still distinct and noticeable.

I'm a very fast touch-typist and tend to push down on keyboard keys pretty hard. I have had no issues with this keyboard in that regard - it's responsive, it can handle the way that I type, and it's not unnecessarily loud.

I don't use macros and profiles all that frequently with my keyboard since I got a Razer Nostromo keypad. I have read in other reviews that the software has some quirks, like no default profile and no way to customize a macro's steps after it's been recorded. These aren't deal breakers for me, but it is definitely something to keep in mind depending on your needs.

Overall, I am extremely happy with my purchase. We'll see how I feel in a few months or next year, but so far I'm definitely satisfied!

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  • Kevin J.
  • 5/29/2014 10:43:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The macro keys work great with over 54 programmable keys. High quality build quality (except for the wrist pad hooks) wasd and the arrow keys color makes its easy to see at night along with the backlit keys. I plugged in the USB pass through into a USB 3.0 and its can do the 3.0 speeds! which is so nice because I can't get the the 3.0's in the back of my computer.

Cons: It is very big unless your not worried about the space, The keys are very dim at max brightness, they only really stand out in the dark but then the light from my monitor makes it hard for the lights to really POP

Other Thoughts: Every thing about it is great! If I could buy it again I would spend the extra buck for the brighter back lighting

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4 out of 5 eggsCorrected Review

Pros: I like the feel, I like the layout, and the program-ability is second to none. Once I plugged it into a 60 watt USB hub (Orico 7-port), my problems disappeared: No more hum when lit, and I can get into the BIOS at boot up.

Cons: I've been using this keyboard for about 8 months but always had another nearby . . . just to get into the BIOS when I needed to. By chance I bought a USB power hub (Orico 7-port) for other purposes but what the heck, tried it with the K50 as well. Had I known about the power problem from the beginning, I'd have hooked it up this way from day #1. I only dinged it 1-star this time as I was able to fix my problems. The K50 can earn 5-stars when they provide it with a separate power supply.

Other Thoughts: NOTE TO CORSAIR: I bet 90% of the problems we users have with this keyboard is that it sucks too much power. Standard USB 2.0 ports can reliably deliver about 500 ma @ 5V, USB 3.0 maybe 1000 ma. Your keyboard wants more than either can deliver.

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  • Theodore P.
  • 2/4/2014 9:47:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPoor QA. 3.5 eggs

Pros: - Love these colors! Whether your rig is lit with blue, green, red, or whatever color LEDs, this keyboard can be set to match the exact hue. Or if you're a female gamer and want a pink lighted keyboard. :) The software has presets for the primary colors and pink and purple. (See con #1)

- 54 Programmable keys with 18 keys in 3 group presets (see cons #2)

- Intuitive volume knob and media keys (not affected by con #2). For some reason I really love the volume knob. I almost wish my Corsair m90 scroll wheel was like it.

- Thick, sturdy composition. Despite the cons, the overall device is a solid and sturdy metal build. The brushed metal appearance is even sexy, I would say. It's heavy and seems to be of decent quality. But the cons disagree..

- Thick cable from the keyboard and dual USB plugs to your rig so the USB port on the keyboard (see con #3) isn't underpowered by splitting. This works well with my Corsair M60 and M90 mice, naturally. It seems it would survive a beating at the hand of computer chair wheels on a hardwood floor.

- Easy to use, all inclusive macro recording (con #2.).

- Great feel of the rubberized keys. They're not of cheap, slick, shiny plastic material. They are a matte, semi-sticky rubberized surface that is pleasing to the touch.

- There is a modest *click* when you press the keys but it's not too soft and not overly mechanical or binary. You do have to press relatively hard for a keystroke to register, however. (major con #4.)

- If you own multiple Corsair products then you'll find that the (Windows-only) software detects them all in one neat package. You can switch between each device easily and change settings all in the same Corsair programs. Go to coursair's official page for this keyboard on their site and there is a screenshot of the software and how it interacts with other Corsair products.

- Four legs to elevate the keyboard. Not only two in the back, but also two on the front of the device. Rubber feet for when the legs aren't flipped down.

- Wrist attachment has a comfortable, rubberized feel to it. It's not soft or memory foam, but it feels okay. I don't use it, however.

- Onboard memory and no ghosting issues whatsoever.

Cons: In short, this is a cheap, poorly constructed product.

1. Colors are cheap, off centered. I mean this as in the Delete key reads “Delet” with half of the last 'e' partially lit. I'm not too concerned with this because I don't stare and peck at the keyboard and I intuitively know where most of the keys are. But it's just cheap. Also the color is software-dependent so it is blank white in linux unless it's plugged into a Windows computer. A few times I've loaded linux and the color remained. But it's inconsistent.

2. As mentioned above, this keyboard is a Windows-only device. Wine will run the Corsair installer but not recognize the keyboard as being plugged in. I'm going to keep trying. No recording/playing macros, no colors, buggy functionality, etc. As I found out while writing this very review switching between macro groups in linux (Arch) navigates a browser back and forth. So I lost half of a review just verifying what I was even writing the review about. Boo! The Caps, Num, and Scroll lock lights also do not illuminate in linux.

3. The cable port on the back of my keyboard is wobbly and seems as though the entire port is poorly constructed. I haven't jerked on it or agitated it at all. Seems to be shoddy from the factory. The cable pertruding from the back is poorly embedded as well. It fits the theme of a cheap Chinese product, unfortunately.

4. The worst con of all...some keys don't work well. My 9 key has to be pressed very hard to register and I spacebar with my right thumb, which this keyboard doesn't really like. I only say this is the worst con because it affects the core functionality of the device. I've conditioned myself to thumb more towards the center of the spacebar and I'm hoping that issue with the 9 key will sort itself out in time. I'm not itching for an RMA.

Other Thoughts: First, I got this from a site where I pay membership for two-day shipping [and TV/movie streaming, cough cough.] No offense, Newegg, it's convenient. I give my word that I really own this keyboard and am typing this review using it right this second. Also I'm in the eggxpert review program so I feel committed to keeping consistent, detailed, objective, and balanced reviews regardless of from where or if I buy or am assigned. Take that for what it is.

With that said, I've purchased and been assigned Corsair products before and I have also owned other brands of mice and keyboards. I generally feel (felt) that they make functional, quality products. I did a lot of research to find what best suits me in a keyboard and I basically came down to two choices. Either a plain mechanical keyboard without macro keys, lighting, etc; or non-mechanical with more options (or double my budget for a fancier mechanical with options.) I also really wanted backlighting. In the end I decided that the K50 seemed to fit the bill since I'm mostly an MMO gamer anyhow. I read the reviews here and on blogs and took the risk.

It really is a promising keyboard with functionality. But the construction is so poor as I detailed in the Cons. I dual boot Windows for Steam games available only to that operating system but spend most of my time in Linux with taking computer privacy/security into account. With gaming moving to linux, I really hope Corsair catches on and devleops for other environments/platforms. PLEASE CORSAIR, READ THE PREVIOUS SENTENCE. That will affect my usage most, personally.

But for Windows gamers who don't have the Linux issue, I would say your biggest concern should be the quality assurance of how this product is manufactured. It is made in China and with my copy that is definitely noticeable. If this is within your budget and you feel okay to take the risk then do so, but that's my only recommended consideration for that userbase. Do your own research and read reviews of other keyboards. This is a very capable keyboard but the quality isn't up to par.

All in all, I don't regret this purchase, surprisingly. I do most computer gaming in Windows anyway and it types okay with the 9-key issue aside. But in hindsight I can say that I would GLADLY pay $20 more for an exact keyboard of better quality. Corsair defines it's reputation by it's reviews, as any prospective buyer may notice. But if this quality of product becomes a trend then it's only a matter of time before another tech company steps up to the plate.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi,
We're sorry that you've had a bad experience and would love the chance to make it right.
I would recommend that you please contact our Tech Support team using the following link and they would be happy to replace the unit for you through an RMA.
http://corsair.force.com/
They can also be reached by phone using the toll free number listed on our contact page: http://www.corsair.com/us/company/contact/
Thank you,
Corsair Customer Support

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/3/2014 1:15:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAnother great KB from Corsair!

Pros: There are a lot of good things about this KB, even though it has many faults (see cons). The overall look of it is great, even though it uses rubber dome switches instead of mechanical. The keys are raised, just like Vengeance series it's modeled after. This gives the illusion of using a mechanical KB when you are in fact not. The keys have a tactile (soft bump) feel to them. Sort of like a cherry MX brown/black. It doesn't feel at all like an authentic mechanical KB, but it also doesn't feel like a regular cheap rubber dome KB either. Very unique feel to it.
The body feels to be quality built. There is a macro key section on the left side with 18 macro keys. And with three profile banks, that gives you up to 57 programmable keys. This, plus the top brushed aluminum top rail, make it almost identical to the Vengeance K95. Minus the mechanical switches of course. Doesn't seem to feel too heavy, compared to the other two K70s that I own. The backlighting seems to work well, but could be a little brighter IMO. One really cool feature of this KB is that you can customize the backlighting to all 16.5 million colors of the RGB spectrum. Which makes matching component color schemes really easy. Also, with the software (download from website), you can not only change the color of the backlighting for all 3 profiles. You can make the lighting pulse or color shift though the spectrum. The software is very simple to use, and you don't even really need it to program on the fly at any time. Just hold down the MR button, hit the key you want to program, type out the key sequence, and hit MR again. DONE!
Other features include 4 fold out feet, soft touch detachable wrist rest, and a USB passthough. Also, like Corsair's other KBs feature, windows lock button, brightness adjustment button, complete media key section (with volume wheel), and a braided cable that has to be over 6 feet long.

Cons: First and foremost, the price is really steep for a non-mechanical KB. Almost the same price as a K70 (unless you get it on sale like I did), but not as good of quality. The backlighting isn't that bright compared to the Vengeance series, with their beautiful "underglow" effect. You can, however, set them to be the brightest setting instead of the "true color" setting. Colors do seem to be a bit "off" also. The purple looks violet/pinkish, the dark blue looks bluish/purple, and the white is just...well...pink. Nothing a little tinkering with the software doesn't fix. Just slide the RGB sliders around until the keyboard itself looks the color you want it to. It's not all that heavy which worries me about how long it will last. Even with the 2 year warranty, (I think that's how long it is). Just hope I didn't pay for another dud.

Other Thoughts: Well this is my second one actually. The first one arrived 6 days after I bought it and paid for "3 day" UPS shipping. Then to add insult to injury, the spacebar was broke. One of the clips that holds the retainer bar was crushed, causing the spacebar to see-saw back and forth every time you wrested your thumbs on it, or even tried to press it for that matter. So anyway, after the long ship back to Newegg, then back to me, I finally got a working one. I have to say, it's a pleasure to type on. As I mentioned before, I have two K70 mech KBs. Those are for gaming. I use this for typing and programming. As to not annoy everyone around me with the lovely clickitty clack that we all love so much. I do catch myself not pressing down hard enough for the key to register while typing fast. When you get use to a mechanical KB it's like learning all over again to get back to old membrane KBs.
Another reason I bought this particular KB, was that the lighting was so interchangeable. I just got a new case (arctic white), with new white and purple LED fans inside it, and wanted to match as many components as I could. Changed the Corsair emblem on my H80i AIO LC to change between white and purple, got an arctic white M65 mouse, arctic white Fractile Design R4 case. Then this nice gun metal black KB...oops! Basically I messed with the software until I got the blacklighting to match the LEDs at the top of the KB. Started with all three sliders all the way up, then dialed back the red until the keys were bright white. Purple was just as simple. Took out some of the red and now it looks the same as the LEDs on my Corsair AF140 fans. Overall this is a pretty solid keyboard. I hope it is as well built as well as the other two I have. It just depends on whether or not you are willing to spend as much on KBs and mice as I do. I do use them everyday, almost all day long. Until they are so worn out they just die. I love the media section of these Corsair KBs more than anything. The metal volume wheel is something I couldn't do without. It is definitely the best part of this KB if you ask me.

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  • Dean K.
  • 1/22/2014 5:41:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsPretty nice

Pros: keys have a sturdy feel to them
backlight is amazing
great for gaming (despite what some people think)
software easy to use

Cons: the g16 is much brighter than the other keys, no matter what the brightness is. so idk if the g16 key is way too bright, or the other keys are too dim :/. tried calling but the rep said that it probably wouldn't be worth it. i can deal with it

Other Thoughts: if you are used to throwing your hand to the left of the keyboard to find WASD without looking, you will hit the macro keys on this keyboard. you've been warned
i bought this from ama zon bc my friend has prime and i wanted 2 day shipping so i wont be a verified owner :/

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  • William W.
  • 12/25/2013 11:47:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible.

Pros: Keys feel decent for rubber domes. I can't say anything about the rest of this keyboard.

Cons: Broke within 5 minutes of connecting it to my computer. I tried installing the software and updated the firmware and the lights started flashing and it was stuck in BIOs mode. I guess they were too cheap to add a BIOs switch as in the Vengeance series and the reps are absolutely useless and rude, every one of them, simply saying "RMA it" instead of helping whatsoever. PLEASE do not buy this keyboard and if you do, DO NOT update the firmware EVER.

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  • rene c.
  • 12/13/2013 9:08:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Pros: I absolutely love this keyboard. I received it nearly 2 weeks ago and have been using it constantly since. So far no hiccups, no errors, no breaks, no defaults. This is an extremely smooth and sophisticated keyboard, but we'll get into the specifics below. To start this off, if you're looking for a new keyboard, especially if you have a color or lighting scheme with your rig, take a look at this. Or you could just buy it, like right now. But let's get to the specifics.

This is the Raptor K50 by Corsair. This board has 18 programmable keys. G1-G18 on the left hand side, easily accessible. I will admit, it takes a minute to get used to using these if you are unfamiliar with extended keyboards such as this. If not, well kudos to you. The great part is that each of these 18 keys are programmable to 3 functions. Essentially this keyboard has 54 macros. You're welcome should be Corsiar's first response. The ability to switch with profiles is extremely easy using the M1, M2 and M3 buttons located right above the macro buttons.

Next the LED. The backlighting for the Raptor K50 is full RGB, so your LED options are whatever you need to fit your rig. This board comes with an extremely simple to use program that allows for the programming of the macros (obviously) but also for the color scheme you'll use for your LED backlighting. It's user friendly no matter your experience with tech.
Now for some more technical specifics. The Raptor K50 has 100% Anti-Ghosting with Full Key Rollover. Welcome to gaming accuracy at its best. For any intense gamer out there, you know why this is essential. If you're not an avid gamer, you'll learn soon enough. Every keystroke is accurate, even if there are multiple keys pressed.

The multimedia buttons on the board just show that Corsair really does think about what you use the most and what is most essential to have for quick access during the intense gaming streaks. Forget fiddling with your music options in game. No, you don't have to alt + tab. These buttons make life a lot easier, located right next to your board LED brightness control.
Naturally this keyboard comes with the detachable full length wrist rest. This has become a must for me because it really does increase the comfort your wrists feel during long gaming sessions.

The last thing I want to mention about this great tech is the On-Board Profile Storage. All of your settings and profiles are stored directly to the keyboard's built-in memory. Welcome to gaming on the go. For me, this was a must as I have friends all over and don't like using other people's keyboard/mouse combos. Feels unnatural for me because it's not to my settings and comfort.

Overall a great piece of tech to have on your rig.

Cons: Cons: I do wish that the macro switch and brightness control would tune to the LED settings, but this is a tiny complaint

Other Thoughts: Other Thoughts: It really is outstanding.

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  • Michael C.
  • 12/2/2013 6:28:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks as advertised

Pros: Very easy to program macros and key-binds with options too numerous to list.

Cons: Still unable to essentially "move" a key from the main keyboard to the macro area and allow it to act the same. Example with the WASD keys I prefer them on the very edge of the keyboard... hence the macro key area, but when I move them there pressing more than one of those keys causes the other to stop functioning. It makes playing World of Tanks unplayable since you are constantly pressing W, and use A & D to maneuver since pressing either A or D while W is pressed stops all forward movement. I've tried numerous ways to set the key-binds up, but still no joy! I'll figure it out someday!

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  • carl f.
  • 11/6/2013 1:35:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest bang for buck

Pros: the wrist pad is one of the most comfortable i have ever felt. it has a semi rubber texture that is still firm enough to provide support. Multicolored leds give you the perfect customization. easy setup and interface. braided cable makes for a clean desktop and look.

Cons: not really a con but it still is a membrane keyboard, but this is why corsair made it.

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