- 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
Hard Keyboard to rate 10/15/2013
This review is from: Corsair Raptor K50 Gaming Keyboard (CH-9000007-NA)
This is a Newegg "Eggxpert" Review: The Corsair K50 keyboard is as well engineered and constructed as I've ever seen. The wrist rest is very comfortable and keys have a nice smooth action. The aluminum keyboard deck sits a good 1/4 inch below the bottom of the keys so I cannot imagine a circumstance where dust (or crumbs) could impede the key actions. The top of the keys (except the media keys) are elevated about 1/2 inch above the deck. The media Volume control is the smoothest I've ever used but the other media keys are in an odd location and flush to the deck - very odd. Recording macros is much easier than the MS Sidewinder that my K50 Raptor replaced (but is also twice the price). If you think 54 programmable keys aren't enough, then consider that a single profile contains all the code for the 54 programmable keys and there's no limit of how many profiles you can store.
The cable is very thick and inflexible. And why does it require two USB connectors? The keyboard only draws 1/2 amp (per Corsair) and a single connector could easily host the keyboard and my mouse's sending unit. The keyboard cable is obviously not shielded and produces a loud, annoying hum when connected to my Belkin KVVM switch. Rather than connecting the K50 to just one computer, I moved the speakers from the KVM and connected them directly to my main computer. Not ideal, but I can live with it. As I didn't have the problem with the Sidewinder (same speakers & KVM), I assume the K50 is electrically 'dirty' and can't keep its emanations off the USB line(s).
Why three stars? The inflexible, noisy cable got one semi-permanent ding. If they send me a noise filter, Corsair gets one star back. Plus, minus the noise, the feds 'can' buy this. Star #4 requires an editable macro file; CSV, TXT, whatever - editable. On the other hand, I just now bought another K50 - even with its faults. Want to make it perfect:
- rainbow lighting doesn't matter (red, white, green or blue at variable intensity is nice)
- media keys need elevation to the same level as the numeric key pad - or - consider re-locating them to the right of the 'Lock' key.
- The wrist-rest is great. If others ask, wider would also be great.
- Rear feet aren't tall enough, so I use a 5/8" thick piece of form rubber.
The keyboard does not require two USB connectors. One connector is for the keyboard and the other (optional) connector is for the pass through USB port on the back of the keyboard. These two cables are braided together for strength and aesthetics, which is why the cable may not be as flexible as a standard keyboard.
I would recommend that you please contact our Tech Support team using the following link and they would be happy to help troubleshoot your humming issue or replace the unit for you through an RMA if need be.
They can also be reached by phone using the toll free number listed on our contact page: http://www.corsair.com/en/company/contact/
Corsair Customer Support
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