- 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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Another great KB from Corsair! 02/03/2014
This review is from: Corsair Raptor K50 Gaming Keyboard (CH-9000007-NA)
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.
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.
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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