( 4.5 Average / 8 Ratings )
Great functionality with the controllable keys to the left, and great feel with the Cherry RED switches. Stylish, too.
Love this keyboard. But very pricey. If you have the money, go for it. But I wouldn't save up for it.
This is my first mechanical keyboard. It has Cherry Reds. The software it comes with is pretty powerful on its own, and there is an SDK that you can toy around with if you're looking to be a poweruser of your keyboard's LEDs. I downloaded it but haven't had the time to mess around with it.
The main issue is that sometimes the keyboard doesn't work when the computer boots up from an off state (not sleep mode). For me it's not enough for me to want to return it as I can easily access the on-screen keyboard to log in to get the keyboard to become recognized, but I do think I'll look elsewhere as it's a problem that I could just not be having.
A smaller issue is that only 'basic' types of LED functionality work from the hardware alone. Gradient types require the application to be open, and can lead to your keyboard looking kind of funny for instance when booting your computer up.
Come on. Its beautiful. No LEDs have failed me. One acts up (#4 key) rarely but i dont mind.
Loses a star for price. Otherwise a great RGB keyboard, which changes colors with the Corsair Link software.
Best keyboard on the market sub $200 in my opinion. Only difference between it and the K95 platinum were this one has A LOT more macro keys and a slim rgb bar on the keyboard itself which I didn't care about, and usb & audio pass-throughs. The macros more than make up for it. If you're streaming, the extra macros basically double as a stream deck and there is no need to buy it separately.
I got the version with Cherry MX Red switches. While I dont mind the reds (linears) bc they are a bit quieter than any clicky ones, I think I still prefer MX browns to about any switch I've used. (Browns are the happy medium between quiet and clicky to me). I added some rubber o-ring dampeners to make mine even more quiet and reduce key travel. I would love to see them bring this 18 macro version back out with some of the newer versions of switches they have (like the Cherry MX silent)
Fully addressable RGB per key lighting (its beautiful)
fully compatible with all Corsair software (now ICue)
18 individual/separate macro keys
Very nice black braided cable (THICC)
3 individually programmable memory keyboard settings (both with lighting and keys) on the keyboard (great for multi-person use)
Volume scroll wheel (metal) + multimedia keys and all fully lighted,
it at least has small wrist rest included
Corsair seems content sticking with their very hard, uncomfortable wrist rest
NO USB or audio pass-through ports (they fixed that with the platinum)
has a strange 4 setting bios switch at the top that I haven't ever been able to figure out what it does (maybe it is for more profile switching)
basic cherry MX red switches (rehash - wish it had come with more options but red and blue were it for this model)