Construction and Feel
Keys and Feel
It’s a compact keyboard that is missing the Numpad for purpose of gaming without acquiring much space. The construction is very well. The top and the back side are made up of thick and strong plastic and not with any aluminium type metal. The keys are inside the pits that accumulate dust easily and are red in colour while the rest of the body is having a matte black finish. There are a lot of function keys for different purposes.
The Keys are using wider fonts and looks like they are in BOLD to be easily seen in the dark. They acquire a lot of space on the Keys and it’s good because it looks fantastic with this approach. The keys are using smooth plastic and feel so much comfortable while touching. Also, the plastic is not glossy at all and in the light as well as dark, you won’t find much reflection from the keys.
The Key rows are divided into sections. The multimedia keys are at a little more height than the rest of the keys and the F1- F12 keys row have a separate section than the rest of the keys.
The Space Key is a little different here. It has some texture on it which has good friction, although it’s just for design and doesn’t count to be among the good features of the keyboard. Although, it looks better than a plain Space key.
Now, coming to its additional keys, we find keys at left, right and middle at the top with various functions. On the extreme top right, there are the volume keys and work well with the media players and games. The left side has the Scroll lock and the Capslock LED indicators near to volume keys that have White LEDs instead of RED.
There is also a Corsair LOGO at the top that is silver in colour and gives it a royal look. Although, I did not remove the thin plastic film from it before taking the pics. At its right side are the Brightness and Windows disable Keys for different functions which I am going to talk about in the Customization area later in detail.
And here are the handiest feature for productivity. There are only a few keyboards that have the multimedia keys for pausing, stopping and changing tracks. They are very responsive and combined with the volume keys, they are perfect for use in media players. These are present in most of the Corsair Mechanical keyboards but some great keyboards like Corsair Strafe don’t have these though the latter is more expensive.
However, there is no additional USB port anywhere on it which could have been used for connecting a mouse for getting rid of managing the long cable behind the desk.
On flipping the keyboard upside down. There are some instructions and warning at the center. But I am not going to see what it says, rather would focus on construction. The back is plain simple and has 4 rubber pads at each corner that keeps the keyboard firm on the desk. It literally keeps the keyboard stuck well over the desk that disables it to move easily by accidental movements.
At the top, it has two Plastic Legs for elevating the keyboard according to the need. They are opened horizontally instead of vertical. It helps them not to get closed when moved upward or downwards but when you move it towards right or left, they get closed. So beware of doing that.
Let’s have a look at its main feature which is the Cherry MX RED Switches which are Gold contact. Now it’s well known that Red Switches are the best for gaming because these are the only keys that require only 45Grams of actuation force while the other keys require more than 55Grams. So, these are very responsive and are faster in operation. Also, because the actuation point of Red switches is only 2mm, you don’t need to press the keys down to the bottom although, these are capable of going down up to 4mm but don’t require a lot of force.
These are also very quiet and work without disturbing you in your work. As I own a Cherry MX Blue switch keyboard also, I can tell you the difference in noise made by the clicks is huge. So, gaming, as well as typing, are way too easy and comfortable with this keyboard.
Another great feature this keyboard comes with is Anti-Ghosting which is very well known in the mechanical keyboards. It’s not an exceptional feature but a good feature that lets you input every key you press. An example of this can be playing a game like Tekken 7. Using a membrane keyboard, I miss some moves frequently because it requires me to press around 3-5 keys at the same time for some moves and the normal membrane keyboard doesn’t respond. But with this feature, you can press as many as keys at the same time and the keyboard will register those keys altogether.