Let me begin by saying that whereas I used to be impressed by Corsair’s earlier providing, the K95 RGB Platinum, I struggled with the worth. Actually struggled. $200 is so much for any keyboard, regardless how good it’s. The factor is, it actually was a superb keyboard, taking the highest spot in our greatest gaming keyboard information for the previous few years. That is a short little bit of context for the K100, which prices much more than its predecessor. At $230 it’s 15 % pricier, however will you get the 15 % extra out of it? Probably. Probably much more.
Corsair K100 RGB Specs
Swap: Corsair OPX
Keycaps: PBT double-shot
Lighting: 44 zones, per-key lighting
Onboard Storage: 8MB, as much as 200 profiles
Further Ports: USB 2.0 passthrough
Connection Sort: USB Sort-A
Cable: 1.8m braided cable
Weight: 2.9 lbs (1.3kg)
The basic core of the K100 may be very very similar to the K95, with the identical premium high quality all through, the identical total design, the identical macro keys down the left hand aspect, the identical metallic roll within the prime proper nook, the identical media keys just under it, and the identical double-shot keycaps. USB passthrough is straightforward to entry and also you get a cushty wrist relaxation that snaps on magnetically identical to earlier than.
However look a bit nearer and there are variations. The switches on this specific mannequin are fully new, and are in actual fact Corsair’s first optical providing. Then there’s the massive glowing iCue management wheel within the prime left hand nook, which takes on numerous guises relying on what mode it is in: You need to use it to skip music tracks, regulate mild ranges, use it as a zoom or scroll wheel, plus a number of extra.
The K100 additionally has extra of that pretty RGB lighting that Corsair is aware of we love a lot. In whole there are actually 44 zones so that you can throw mild out of (it spills out of the edges in addition to out of the again too). And having rippling, wavy patterns play off your keyboard will be each bit as distracting as you may think about.
I am not at all times a fan of RGB, and that is positively what can be thought of to be extreme, besides, I do not hate it. I fairly prefer it, though the straightforward rainbow wave is prefered sample for the final week I have been utilizing this as my fundamental keyboard, peppered with simply deciding on a single color in order to not get too distracted—I will admit there have been occasions after I might be discovered simply sat staring on the fairly waves of color taking part in off one thing that’s primarily an enter machine.
As for the switches themselves, they’re Corsair’s new OPX optical-Mechanical switches. It is value noting from the outset that the OPX switches are nonetheless digital models, not the variable analogue sort that may be discovered within the likes of the Wooting keyboards, which may detect how far down the bottom line is pressed and reply by turning tougher (for instance).
These switches really feel nice for typing, with a 1mm actuation level and 45g actuation power, bottoming out at 3.2mm. If these figures do not imply a lot to you, they’re very delicate. I discovered myself watching my fingers in video games as I turned left and proper with out realising I would truly began pushing down on the keys. This can be a delicate keyboard, and must be handled as such. After per week of use although, it feels unimaginable to work and play with.
On the backend you may have Corsair Axon Hyper-Processing Expertise doing the grunt work of really holding the keyboard up and operating. This new engine helps a local polling charge of 4,000Hz, though the good thing about this is not apparent, and by default it’s set on the extra customary 1,000Hz anyway.
The iCue management wheel is a little bit of a divisive inclusion, with some members of the workforce disliking it is design (I feel Jacob was truly sick when he noticed it). I do not thoughts it, though the iCue brand in its middle appears a little bit pointless. It does have a pleasant tactile really feel to it, and utilizing it to dim the keyboard’s RGB lights works notably nicely. Press the central button and it will skip between modes, with the ring’s color indicating the present mode.
To the left of this wheel you will discover the person profile button (you may have 8MB of onboard storage by the way in which), whereas to the suitable is the video games lock, that’s designed to disregard the Home windows key and some different mixtures that may pull you out of your gaming nirvana. These are each very brief journey buttons, just like the mute button to the left of the amount curler and the media controls beneath it, which may really feel a little bit bizarre in comparison with the primary keys.
You do not have to put in Corsair’s iCue software program to achieve entry to numerous the consequences, with keyboard shortcuts (Fn plus the quantity keys deciding on color patterns) and the iCue management wheel affording management over the depth. After all when you do set up iCue you may have much more management over how the individually-lit keys mild up, and you’ll set the iCue management wheel to carry out extra duties as nicely, with the potential to manage sure sport features with it as nicely (for those who will be bothered).
The six devoted macro keys down the left hand aspect of the keyboard work greatest with Elgato Stream Deck software program, which implies to get essentially the most out of this you are going to want to put in two totally different items of software program. Not the tip of the world, however it’s a disgrace that Corsair hasn’t built-in the whole lot it wants into iCue already.
This can be a minor level in opposition to the K100 although, and total, there’s so much to love in regards to the Corsair K100 RGB, with the one actual exception being the worth. At this level it virtually feels as if Corsair desires to see simply how excessive individuals are prepared to go. Frustratingly it simply so occurs to have produced a keyboard that feels superior, boasts a great deal of options, and has sufficient RGB lit distractions to maintain your eyes off your long-suffering financial institution steadiness. So we might not be at our restrict fairly but.