- 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
This review is from: Corsair Raptor K50 Gaming Keyboard (CH-9000007-NA)
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: I do wish that the macro switch and brightness control would tune to the LED settings, but this is a tiny complaint
Other Thoughts: It really is outstanding.
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