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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Precise Corsair Quality!!!!

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    Dragonhunter281
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    The Corsair K68 RGB keyboard is another fabulous entry in Corsair's line of quality PC gaming accessories. While sporting somewhat of a smaller footprint than other gaming keyboards, the K68 offers razor sharp performance with extensive customization options using Corsair's Utility Engine software (CUE). Connectively, I was excited to test the K68's capabilities to the fullest including how it performs in games as well as how it compares to my Razor Chroma and the Alienware AW-768. Once opened, the K68 screamed quality and had a sturdy feel to it nor did it feel cheap. Appearance wise, the K68 is quite compact and appealing. It has a slick and simplistic look that matches my other Corsair accessories. Additionally, I think the K68 would even appeal to non-gamers as the customizable RGB is a real treat to behold once it is seen in person! Towards the top of the keyboard, there is a toggle for the RGB brightness as well as Windows button lock. You can also disable the lights completely by pressing the brightness button four times (assuming default rainbow spiral effect; other patterns differ). Physically, the K68 is not as bulky as I was expecting, and is shorter in length than both my Razor and Alienware AW-768. As for the weight, the K68 was the lightest of the three that I have used, but it is still fairly heavy. The Razor was definitely the heaviest of the bunch. As for key strokes, I was pleasantly surprised with the response of the keys, as well as their smooth texture. Pressing them felt really good and precise. Additionally, while typing, the keys were not overly loud like some gaming keyboards. The keys on my Alienware AW-768 sounded a bit more spring-like than the K68, which seemed to have a more duller sound. I think most people will be fairly happy here. In addition to the key response, one of my other favorite features of the K68 was that the multimedia controls were located above the number pad. Thus, you do not have to press and hold a function key to pause or change your music as found typically on some keyboards. Furthermore, while my music was set to max volume, I was able to quickly decrease the volume by holding the button down. The response was lighting quick. In addition to the button response, one last thing I did notice on the K68 was that the feet are a bit short compared to my other keyboards. As such, the keyboard raised is not as angled towards you as you might be accustomed to and appears somewhat flat. Thus, the K68 will require some adjustment, especially if your current keyboard has larger feet like mine did. However, the K68 does include an armrest that may facilitate the adjustment period. Overall, I think most will be pleased with the K68. As for the Corsair software, I will not go into extensive detail of all the features as it is pretty extensive, however, I would like to mention a few of the basics. Once installed, at the top of the window, you will note all your Corsair attached accessories along with their respective options. Additionally, I was able to connect my Corsair ST100 Headphone Stand and my Corsair Polaris MM800 mouse pad to go along with the K68. Once you select the K68, you will note the lighting effects tab on the left that includes all of the preset RGB patterns as well as the ability to create your own or modify existing ones. Furthermore, under the performance tab, you can disable certain key combinations while your win lock button is enabled such as disabling ALT+TAB or ALT+F4. Under the actions tab, this will allow you to create your own macros. Lastly, if you click on the gear symbol near the device selection, it will take you to the global settings where you can change the brightness of the RGB backlight as well as the polling rate of the K68; default was set at 1,000Hz at 1millisecond. I thought this feature was extremely useful. Overall, the software is fairly straight forward and easy to learn. As for game performance, I wanted to see how it felt while actually playing a game. I fired up the latest Doom (2016) and ran through a few multiplayer matches. Other than getting use to the more flat nature of the K68 as mentioned previously, I did not have any complaints. My movements and melee felt extremely responsive. Barely pressing the key, perhaps maybe a quarter of an inch down, I was able to register in game movements. After playing for a couple of hours, my hands were not sore and I had adjusted quite easily with no issue. It was easily one of the most comfortable experiences I have had with keyboards. Overall, I think gamers will be excited with the in game performance. In conclusion, the K68 represents another quality product that you have come expect from Corsair. As someone who has used both their computer accessories and hardware, I have no doubt that the K68 will perform exactly as gamers demand, all the while adding a bit of flair to your gaming setup. In addition, the K68 was compact, precise and easy to setup and is atheistically pleasing to look at. Furthermore, I was able to customize the RGB lighting using the Corsair software and hop into a game with little effort. Key strokes while playing games was extremely responsive. Despite the minor adjustment to the flatter orientation of the K68, I had a fairly comfortable experience all around. Conclusively, the K68 clocks in at a reasonable price point and offers stellar performance as well as an impressive and extensive list of RGB customizations. In addition, the Corsair software was fairly easy to use. I am confident that gamers will enjoy the K68 and have no doubt that it will perform to expectations. Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Keyboard, either for typing or gaming.

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    Saitzev
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    Corsair K68 Review. Having used a previous Cherry Red MX Mechanical Keyboard by Corsair I wasn’t expecting much of an actual difference aside from the RGB and Spill/Dust proofing of this particular model. Pro’s • The backlighting is fantastic on this keyboard. There’s 3 settings to choose from and depending on your colors, they can get pretty darn bright. • Dust Proofing and Spill Proofing. Naturally I have no intention to test the latter lol. I’m at ease though knowing if I do, it’s not going to fry and go out on me. There’s a rubber piece that’s in between the circuit board and the keys so that if something does happen, it’s hitting the rubber, not the electronics. That’s a nice dose of peace of mind. • One thing I noticed on reviews of other RGB model keyboards is that on a lot of them there was a tremendous amount of light bleed where you’d end up either with more light going outside the keys than through the letters on the keyboard. This doesn’t really have that issue. The rubber that is in between the keys and the circuit board helps to soak up a lot of the bleed so you get a very even amount of lighting. • The media keys are well placed and respond perfectly. I believe these are membrane based as there’s no audible click like when using the rest of the keys. • There’s a good amount of tactile feel and audible feedback from the keys. Once you use a mechanical keyboard it’s quite difficult to go back to using your standard cheap membrane based keyboards. There’s nothing better than hearing the audible clickity clack of the keys when you’re typing. • There’s Windows Key lock. Helpful if you don’t want to be kicked out of game or have your Start menu suddenly pay you a visit. • Backlight Profile Switching. Set by default to the Pause/Break key. Because who uses that anyways lol. This is intuitive and helpful when you have multiple profiles. You can adjust the order from within the Corsair CUE software. • Corsair CUE, I do like that you can import other people’s profiles. Some of these are astounding. You can have something from Zelda (one allows you to play Ocarina songs using specific keys) to Marvel to PUBG. There’s one that I have that has the lighting mimicking Cap’s Shield that moves side to side. There’s even one that mimic’s a Lightsaber turning on along with audio cue of one powering up in several colors. Once you learn the software it’s pretty straight forward. There’s lots of settings and customization that can be had such as such as a wave, strobing, slow burn that fades over time and many other effects. Con’s • I do miss the USB Pass-through that was on my old Corsair Keyboard. However, it’s just one less cable. It was quite bulky too and it was also braided, which this one is not. The cable not being braided isn’t really much of a con, but not having a USB 2.0 port right there on the rear of the keyboard means I have to run a longer cable for my Wireless Mouse to charge it. • Corsair CUE. This is an incredibly powerful piece of software. If you have other Corsair product, such a mouse, headset, headset stand, mouse pad, you can sync your lighting among all of them. Sadly I only have this keyboard, everything else is a competitor lol. Anyways, the software is very difficult to use. It’s not for the faint of heart. It takes time and learning. I imagine there’s tutorials out there on the interwebz on how to best learn it. • The other thing I do miss from other keyboard and this is entirely just me, but my old K60 had a volume roller. On this model it’s just two buttons that have replaced the volume roller. It’s really just a nice thing to have, but I found using the roller much more intuitive than have to look down and make sure I’m pressing Volume up and not Volume down or mute by accident. Would I recommend this keyboard? Absolutely! For the type of keyboard and its features, at its current list price it’s really a bargain. There’s not many quality RGB keyboards that match the feature set or quality as this one at this price. I really do love this keyboard. I forgot just how nice it is to have backlighting on a keyboard and have gone around 4 or 5 years without. You won’t be disappointed with the keyboard.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not designed for gamers

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    Gerbil
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    For a product advertised as a “gaming keyboard”, it’s interesting that this keyboard doesn’t actually seem to cater to gamers. The only gamer-centric feature I’ve observed is the button that disables the Windows key. ===[ Layout and Design ]=== The first give-away that this keyboard is not intended for gamers, is that one of the most important gamer-centric keyboard features is entirely missing; it doesn't contain any dedicated macro keys. One might retort: "Oh! But this is at the entry level of a line of gaming keyboards. Higher models *do* have macro keys!" And for the reality check: a stock Honda Civic is not a race car simply because Honda also makes race cars. [ Positives ] - Heavy, sturdy construction resists unintended sliding/movement. - The font chosen for the key labels is bold and clear. Function representation is implemented well in most keys. - The elevated, open key design aids in cleaning debris from the keyboard. [ Negatives ] - The wrist wrest is made of flimsy warped plastic that does not sit flush against a flat surface. - Keys tower above the keyboard's base, with the base itself having a high profile. You'll likely have to adjust your desk and/or chair to comfortably use this keyboard. - Secondary key function labels (such as the ampersand on the number seven key) are either not backlit, or are very dimly lit. Every other backlit keyboard I have has these labels properly backlit. - Complete lack of secondary functionality for the function keys, which is a first among my keyboards containing an FN key. - High placement of most key labels (rather than centered). ===[ MX Cherry Red ]=== Because of the complete lack of tactile feedback on the key press transition, full key presses are required. Unfortunately, the combination of very long key travel distance, early trigger point, and late release point translates to a lack of control over key press timing. This is particularly frustrating with the key release timing, where there is a significant duration where the key remains in a pressed state after intention of release. This lack of control is a disaster for twitch gaming. I’ve found this keyboard to be unusually demanding on my fingers, and has caused a marked decrease in my typing accuracy compared to other keyboards I use. As for the independent key RGB backlighting, its implementation feels like a novelty. There could have been some interesting applications for this technology, for example assigning scaled colors to a key/button to indicate CPU or GPU temperature, memory usage, CPU or disk load, or other metrics. Indicators to flag the presence of new content in social media that you follow, or alert you to a new unread email, would also have been interesting. I can’t say it’s surprising that they haven’t tackled these usage scenarios, considering the very basic yet critically important features they’ve also not bothered to implement. ===[ Corsair Utility Software ]=== This software, which the included instructions directs users to install, is terrible. The most glaring problems I noticed include include: - Inability to assign macros/actions to key combinations (instead only to single key presses). Compounded by the lack of any dedicated macro keys, this greatly hampers the utility of this keyboard for no good reason. - No apparent way to tie keyboard profiles to game executable files for automatic profile switching. I consider this to be an absolute necessity, and this is a feature found in the stock software provided by a popular competitor. - Custom profiles only persist while the software is running and where it can maintain an active connection to the keyboard. For example, even something as simple as using a single custom static color applied to all keys is 'lost' when the desktop is locked, where then the keyboard reverts to whatever backlighting mode (among those available by default) was selected when the software was not in active control. ===[ Conclusion ]=== The lack of any macro keys, inability to assign macros/actions to key combinations, no support for automatic profile switching, and arguably poor choice in key switches all strongly suggest that Corsair made virtually no attempt to cater to gamers with this keyboard, and merely slapped the ‘gaming’ label onto it for the sake of sales. I do not recommend this keyboard for gaming.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Looks Great. Performs Well.

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    PG460
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    I’ve been a gamer for many years so I’m always excited to try new gaming hardware. Unboxing the Corsair K68 Cherry MX Red keyboard was a pretty standard affair. In the box you find the keyboard, a snap on palm rest, and a manual. My first impression of the keyboard is that it feels solid and well made. It definitely has some weight to it but in terms of actual size it is somewhat smaller than other gaming keyboards I’ve used. As I put it into place on my desk I notice that the keyboard sits flatter than the keyboard it was replacing. I’m not sure I’m a fan that it doesn’t sit higher but we shall see. No doubt I’ll get used to it. The fact is I’m always a bit anxious about switching gaming hardware because new hardware can tend to mess with your game at least temporarily simply due to the different feel. I attach the palm rest. It does look nice and adds some size and overall presence to the keyboard. I like its textured surface. I also really like the textured surface on the space bar. I installed the software which I downloaded from the Corsair website and took some time to check out the settings which seem pretty basic. Here you can change lighting effects, create macros, and change some performance settings. Really not a ton to see here. There are some pretty cool lighting presets you can select or create your own. I set the effects to my liking but find the whole process a bit confusing on this Corsair. I think the settings menu could be better. The keys on the K68 sit kinda elevated above the keyboard. I think this is part of the spill proof and dust proof design but it looks cool because the light effects glow from under the keys instead of just through the key itself. Ultimately it’s a really nice look. I also like the volume and multimedia controls on the upper right. Adjusting volume mid game is a breeze with this addition. There is also a button to adjust the brightness of the lighting effects or to turn them off altogether. There is also a button to disable the windows key. Nice feature. Anxious to see how the Corsair K68 feels and performs in action I load a game. I immediately feel surprisingly comfortable using this keyboard. The keys have a nice feel and are much quieter than my previous mechanical keyboards. As I play a few challenges in Wolfenstein The New Colosus I very quickly note the excellent responsiveness of the K68. In the settings I had noticed the polling rate set to a default of 1000 hz/1msec. Apparently this is is higher than other keyboards I’ve used because there is a remarkable improvement. Movements within the game register immediately with very little pressure on the keys. I’m sold! There was a time when I was a noob and naive. I thought that a keyboard was just a keyboard and played with basic manufacturer issued keyboards. I couldn’t have been more wrong. In gaming your skill is largely dependent on your equipment. Milliseconds matter! I could already sense the improvement in my gameplay. Overall I’d have to say that for a mid priced keyboard you’re getting a ton of value and performance for your money in this Corsair K68. It looks great and performs well. It sure helped my gameplay and I’m confident it will help yours.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great quality, very responsive, best for gaming

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    Snarltoof
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    As a gaming keyboard, wow, this keyboard is really fast and responsive, and I get great positive feedback for every keystroke. It feels solid and durable, so it feels like a firm control base when I navigate around in games. Read some of the other reviews of avid gamers, and you'll see all sorts of awesome things they like about this keyboard, and I agree with all the positive things they have to say about it relating to gaming! As for a daily use keyboard -- there's some really good and not awesome things about it, so if you use one computer for both work and play, or if you switch between computers on a KVM like I do, keep this in mind. This keyboard is solid and feels firm and substantial. For me, the extra travel of the keys and the extra space between the keys compared with a membrane keyboard actually help me type more accurately. However, this thing is relatively loud, so they'll hear your key clacks on conference calls. Something a bit weird and I'm not sure if there's a reason for it, but most of the symbol keys are printed upside-down, including the number/symbol keys. Also, I'm not sure if it's my setup or what, but the lighting stopped working on my keyboard. More specifically, the Corsair Utility Engine software lost all of the lighting effects settings, and the lightings library is empty, and pressing fn plus a number does nothing. Repairing the software installation didn't fix the issue, and I didn't have time to troubleshoot it yet. However -- the quality and function of the keyboard are so awesome that this doesn't cost it a star in my rating. If you want a great performance and flashy looking keyboard for your gaming rig, get this one! If you want to use it with your work computer, think again...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard, really tall keys

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    Beradon
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    So this is the first mechanical keyboard I've had in quite some time, and really it is quite nice. But there are some strange things that I'm experiencing with it as it relates to some of the general functionality, some interoperability issues as well as a minor gripe with the general construction. First, the keyboard itself types quite nicely. It is responsive, quick and easy to use, although the key travel is quite a bit more than I'm used to in the past. But this brings me to the first issue I have with it. For some reason the keys stand off of the keyboard quite a lot. I cant say as I've ever owned a keyboard with keys quite this tall both mechanical and non-mechanical. I feel like this was a design decision in terms of making the RGB lighting more visible rather than any sort of decision of functionality which is really too bad, because it makes it slightly less comfortable to type on. I'm sure I'll get used to it as with any new keyboard, it's just a minor gripe. In terms of the responsiveness in gaming and typing, it's really quite impressive. Almost TOO responsive. I've already had it pop the context menu on me a couple of times when I've barely brushed the key on the lower right of the keyboard just in regular typing. The same goes for the tab key. I can't say as I've ever run into this in the past, and again it may be something I just have to get used to in terms of this specific keyboard, I think it mostly has to do with the height of the keys as I previously mentioned. The RGB effects are excellent. There are all sorts of options that can be applied to the keyboard. Supposedly Corsair RGB keyboards can work with MSI Mystic Light which is a function of my motherboard, but it doesnt appear this is functioning for me. It may just be that this keyboard is too new and they haven't yet made it available for this keyboard. It would be cool to have the motherboard lighting in my machine match the lighting of my keyboard. Overall it's a really nice keyboard, and I'm sure some of my issues are just things I need to get used to in terms of moving to a new keyboard, but others, such as the strangely high keys seem like odd design decisions that arent really needed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice feeling keyboard with pretty lights

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    swemoney
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    This keyboard has been pretty nice to type on and that's really all that's important. But since almost all keyboards have fancy lights now a days, it's probably a good idea to compare those. As far as lighting goes, this one is the nicest I've seen. The keys have a small gap under them that the light shines through. Other keyboards kind of have their lighting segregated under each key where you can only see the lights on the tops of the keys. This makes the motion when animating the lights look a little choppier. Motion on this keyboard looks nice and smooth because it can be seen under the keys as well. I like it, but I can see other people might not. Software-wise, it was pretty easy to set up with only a couple of weird issues. The first one was that, although I'm sure the same software is used for all of their keyboards, going to the support section of their site would list individual keyboards and a download for each one. Not a big deal, just seemed strange. When installing the software, it needed to close my Razer Synapse software. It's the older version of Razer Synapse so maybe the newer versions don't have this issue, but I just found that to be strange as well. After that, it was all good. Software feels light weight and easy to use. There are a lot of lighting options and there was even an advanced mode where you could download and add more (I didn't try to download any but the option was there) All in all, I like the way the keyboard feels, which is the most important part. All the extra lights and frills are just an added bonus. There are no bindable function keys or other extra things like that so pay attention to that if you are looking for extra macro keys.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good keyboard, Good for typing and gaming

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    Chimmies
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    The red switches are very responsive and are smooth. They are very responsive and make typing easy, and finger fatigue is not a problem. I have gamed for 5 or more hours on this board and I'm typing the review on this board right now. Build quality is a plus, very solid, and is plastic. No flexing so far. The RGB lights are very nice as well. You can turn them off using the button next to the Win-Key lock. The water proofing is a plus, rubber around the keys. The rubber could be removed with a pocket knife, but will void your warranty. They act like o-rings, so it makes your typing experience quiet. The multimedia keys work, I would have preferred the nob instead of volume buttons like on the K70. The cable as well is not braided, and there is no pass through port. If you type for longer periods of time, I would recommend using browns or blues. If you are mostly gaming, use these switches or speed/silents. I also wish the build was metal instead of plastic for it's price. Over all, this keyboard is amazing for gaming, and typing. Thank you for reading this review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love comfort on fingers & Lighting

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    RobWLINY2
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    First thing i would say is go to Corsair website and download the latest software for this thing (iCUE) prior to full use. Next, update the firmware on the keyboard from within iCUE. Once I did that, i noticed, for example, when windows locked, the lights on the keyboard were in a different pattern than they were when Windows was ready for use. I tried at least one game with it (others are downloading off steam as i write this) but so far i had no game support specifically for the lights on the keyboard, however i felt like I was moving through the game more smoother on this keyboard compared to my previous. This keyboard feels very much more comfortable on my fingers however because of that it will take me a while to get used to typing on this thing, it's usually a lot more effort (though i never realized it). By the way, don't be fooled by the "higher model number is better" thing, in this case, being an 'elite' member (at present) i feel like i need to do a brief educational message to some beginners in 'elite speak' or 1337 speak as some have termed it (it's probably obvious in today's day and age): K68 = KGB, a play on a Russian intelligence agency name, which i'm sure an average gamer can appreciate. If not obvious, it's because the 6 looks like a capital G and an 8 looks like a capital B. Otherwise, I would consider this a relatively high end keyboard as far as my purposes go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A lot of awesome in small package

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    First off, this sucker is heavy. It will not move very easy once you set it down to play your game or type that long diatribe. Second, the colors available to you for custom interface are next to none. Third, the disable windows button is a godsend (although I don't have a issue with hitting it by accident). Fourth, you can download custom interfaces from others in the forums to make your keyboard the talk of the room. Now for the nitty gritty. keys are normal qwerty but have smaller spacing so I still need to get use to where they are located while trying to type. the keys are way sensitive, so just laying your fingers on it will activate them (gamers rest fingers on keys to get quick actions). The keys are set higher than normal so unless you use a keyboard tray, you might have some issues typing normally till you get use to it. It does tilt and that helps somewhat, but flat is the best for getting accustom to it. The keyboard is spill resistant and shows some craftsmanship in the action/response/ghosting of the keys. You get near perfect action when you hit the key and using a combo is simple with the anti-ghosting it has. There is little to complain about except the size of the whole keyboard. Wish it was a little larger to accommodate normal to larger hands. But otherwise it is perfect and I wish I got one sooner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard with many nice features

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    LindaCT
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    I may not be proficient in a gaming keyboard, as this is my first, however, having transcribed 8 hours a day for many years, I know a good solid keyboard when I use one and this is definitely that. It is heavy duty and stays where you put it without it moving around on you. It is very comfortable for typing all day without stress on your fingers or wrists. I particularly like that it has protection under the keys for spills, food debris, etc. This would have been a life saver for me with all the other keyboards I have gone through. I like that is has a Caps Lock light to let you know when you are using your Caps and this doesn’t come on all keyboards. This comes in very handy when you are typing in passwords. I don’t know how many times I have typed in passwords and it took me a while to figure out that I couldn’t get in because I had the Caps Lock key on and didn’t know it. As far as the gaming aspect, I can’t wait to start programming the keys with the Cue that you can download from the Corsair site. This will come in handy for more things than just gaming, if I get creative. I highly recommend this keyboard. The keys respond very quickly to your touch and I just love the background lighting on it that has different moving light patterns already set up or you can get creative and customize your own patterns.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard for the price, but a few flaws..

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    cw77
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    The Switches: This keyboard has red Cherry MX switches, this means no tactile feedback, and no click. This introduces a significant learning curve when gaming or just typing. When gaming I frequently found myself wondering why I was walking to the left in game, because of the lack of feedback you don't always know when you pass the activation point of the switch. These switches were a downside for me. Huge let down for "gaming" branded switches. The Software: This keyboard uses CUE (Corsair Utility Engine). The lighting features I find effective and simple, overall this software is good, but this is a gaming keyboard. The software supports macros and you can do a lot within these macros, only one problem, there is no dedicated macro keys and you can't use key combinations to trigger a macro. This pretty much makes macros useless unless you have two keyboards sitting on your desk... The Rest: Everything else about this keyboard such as the build quality and looks is excellent for the price. The build is primarily plastic, but the keyboard is far from having a "cheap" feel to it. The water resistance is also a welcomed addition.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

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    ViperElectric
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    This review is from a user who has had several Corsair keyboard in the past including K70 and K95 versions. I think this keyboard continues the great build quality and functionality that I would expect from a Corsair product. As I am use to typing on Cherry brown keys the Cherry red's take a little getting use to but I think if you are in the market for a mechanical keyboard and need something that is for a slightly harsher environment (say a shop or garage) this keyboard is a great choice in place of something like a K70. I do wish it still had the USB pass through but I understand for a keyboard that is spill resistant that might not have been a priority the design. The LED back lighting on this keyboard is great. The rubber shield they use around the keys for the splash resistance manages to make the lighting look better than even my older K95RGB variant. One thing of note is with the membrane around the keys I was worried that the keys might feel a little mushy when you get to the bottom of the travel but for the most part I don't seem to notice any mushiness. Overall a great keyboard.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    mighy fine keyboard

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    ravedave
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    I had a 5 year old back lit keyboard that I have used for several years. This is for sure step up. The keys are nice and brightly lit. You do NOT have to install the software to make it work. I plugged it into my Windows 10 computer and it worked fine. If I ever get robbed, I am pretty sure I can use this as a self defense weapon. i love the wrist rest. I have of course already spilled coffee in it, and it did not die. Only a few minor cons my old keyboard was at a better angle. I like it more facing toward me. The RBG colors are super cool, not why anyone would want dancing color changing lights but that me. I have not figured out how to program individual keys (or to save a setting). There are NO instructions. The keys are highly raised from the keyboard itself. If you look at the pics you can see it but may not notice. Kinda annoying. If you live in a dorm or close roommates, these keys are LOUD. The caps lock notification is a tiny white dot, NOT on the caps lock key. Overall, ya this is a great upgrade if you have an older keyboard.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing.

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    laserwizard
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    This is one serious keyboard that reminds me of how good keyboards used to feel when IBM keyboards were the standard when personal computers were just starting. There is something delicious about a mechanical keyboard - if you complain that they are noisy then you have no business buying or using one. These types of keyboards are for serious users. INTERESTING POINTS DOWNLOAD THE CORSAIR UTILITY FIRST! This allows you to customize individual keys - you can create a static color instead of the alternating colorization patterns. I set my board to have ice blue backlighting with selected keys in red. Also with the "Corsair Utility Engine" you can see the temperatures of system components which is nice to spot check eliminating the need to have a separate program to monitor the system and one for the keyboard. I highly recommend this as a keyboard that doubles as a gaming one with superb responsiveness in typing as well as configuration for gaming. It is well worth the price!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    May update later once I've had it a while...

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    DanielNS84
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    I had a K55 that was garbage (not surprising as it was 1/3 the price of this one) that I had for about a year so I was hesitant to buy this one. I bought a Logitech G610 with Cherry MX Red keys from Amazon but when it arrived a few days ago it had 2 dead keys so I was out of time and needed a keyboard with MX Reds available locally. My daughter made me pick the RGB model but overall it seems great so far and the MX Reds seem better on this model, likely due to the water resistance as they make it harder to accidentally press keys but somehow just as easy to intentionally hit them. Seems like these are the perfect balance between Reds and Browns. Also apparently the RGB model adds iCue compatibility which is good because I was already running it for my headset and I didn't wanna add another piece of software. Overall it seems great so far, I'll update my review with any changes!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the cost

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    Raelsto
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    This keyboard is amazing. It does so many different things with the lights and it isn't distracting. I was afraid it would get annoying over time but I still enjoy the light show. I have 3 kids one who is quite small so I was nervous about having an expensive keyboard but it has withstood the testing of a two year old. He even pulled off one of the keys and I was pleasantly surprised by how easily it went back on! My husband had never used a gaming keyboard before and he really enjoyed the feel of it. It is much more comfortable to use then a regular keyboard and he is thinking about buying one for his work. Another good thing about this keyboard is the clacks and clicks from typing are not overly loud. Louder then a regular keyboard certainly but so much quieter then many of the other gaming keyboards I have tried. I am now a big fan of this brand!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Otstanding keyboard

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    Jeff
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    This keyboard is fantastic! I use it primarily for CAD work and general computing but also for intense gaming every once in a while. It works perfectly for any application. I like everything about it - the keys are "clicky" but not as loud as many other mechanical keys, the back lighting is easily adjustable, not harsh, and can be adjusted many ways via key combinations without having to install additional software. The keyboard is surprisingly heavy - it doesn't slide around easily while pounding away at the keys during critical gameplay moments. The removable wrist rest is the best one I've come across, I usually don't use those that come with keyboards because they usually are uncomfortable, but this one is better than even my separate gel wrist rest. My only minor complaint is I wish the keyboard had a built-in USB port to make connecting a mouse easier. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things but would be nice to have.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic keyboard at a reasonable price

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    Kendi
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    I'm using this keyboard to play Stpmania, so key accuracy is essential to me. It's a great mechanical keyboard. It's a bit loud and clicky, but that's to be expected of mechanical keyboards. It's quieter than some of the other models I tested on display at the store (I'm looking at you, Razer) and a bit cheaper too (looking at you again, Razer) and I'm so happy I got it! I originally purchased a cheaper membrane keyboard (the Corsair K55) that I had to return due to defects. Taking the next step up in quality and price to get this one instead was absolutely worth it. The RGB lights on it look great, and there are tons of customization options using the CUE software. I might be a bit biased because I'm a Corsair fan, but regardless it's a great keyboard that I'd highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Keyboard ever!

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    dlowen
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    This keyboard is great in so many ways. It is hefty and durable which is great for holding up during long hours of gaming. The keyboard is rated to be dust and water resistant and from my testing so far I would agree that it holds up to these standards. The build quality is way above average. The keys are very responsive and they allow for easy and responsive feedback. One of my favorite things about the keyboard is the backlighting and ability for customization. The program is easy to use to customize it although you will need intermediate computer skills to figure it out. The amount of customization is endless. I would recommend this keyboard to anyone who needs a gaming keyboard or just wants a durable and customizable keyboard.

    I would recommend this to a friend