- 16.8 million color customizable backlighting
- Full key matrix anti-ghosting, full key rollover on USB
- 6 dedicated programmable G-keys
- On-board profile storage
Great Keyboard, Decent Software 03/18/2014
This review is from: Corsair Raptor K40 Gaming Keyboard
I think the high point of this keyboard for me is the illumination. Out of the box the keyboard is Red in color until you download the Corsair software from their website. I mention that, because there is no CD included so the functionality is limited out of the box. I personally don't have a problem with not getting a CD, because I always advocate downloading the newest software / firmware for a product during the initial installation. I never use the included CD. Note: The media keys (Play, Rewind, Fast Forward, etc) work without needing to install software.
The software is easy to install and relatively intuitive. There are three sliders, one for each of the primary colors (red, green, blue). The sliders cover a range of 0 - 255. If you don't want to use the sliders, there are also colored squares you can use and even a color palette like you would find in MS Paint.
Other aspects of the software include the ability to assign keys, create macros and load profiles.
The keyboard itself seems sturdy and features and Exposed Key design which, as the name implies, exposes the posts as opposed to embedding them in the base of the keyboard. This makes things a little different ergonomically and took a little getting used to for me. At first I wasn't sure how it would feel after an extended period of typing, but after a few minutes, my hands got used to the new position. The great part of this design, is that it makes the keyboard incredibly easy to clean as there is nowhere for debris to be caught.
The arrow keys and the WASD keys are colored Silver to distinguish them from the other keys, which gives the keyboard an aggressive look. There are six G keys on the left side, all of which are programmable. Combining that with the M1 M2 & M3 keys gives you a total of 18 programmable combinations. 6 keys for each of the 3 profiles. Macros can be recorded using the software, or on the fly using the MR key on the keyboard. There is also a Lock key, which disables both of the Windows keys on the keyboard.
My biggest complaint, is the way the software handles color changes. The problem I have with the software is that when you move the slider, you have to let go of the slider for the color change to be reflected on the keyboard. The color does not change in real time as you drag the slider left and right. I think this is a huge oversight on the part of Corsair.
The other thing that really turns me off about the software is the inability to edit a macro. Miss one keystroke, fat finger an extra key and you're back to the drawing board.
The only think I don't like about the actual hardware, is that I find the legs of the keyboard to be way too short. I prefer my keyboard at more of an angle than the legs can provide. They offer a very minimal height change, making me wonder why they were even included.
These three things will cost Corsair 1 Egg.
I really like this keyboard after some seat time and find the keys to be responsive, bright and sturdy. Most of my cons surround the software, which should be an easy fix if Corsair puts their ears to the ground and responds to community feedback.
If you're looking for a well designed gaming keyboard with decent software and awesome illumination, this is the keyboard for you.
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