Corsair Raptor K40 Review

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 Introduction

In the last few years Corsair have risen from a manufacturer of essentials of just RAM and PSUs to having a hand in nearly every corner of the PC market. Today Corsair has their hands in the case market, cooling, fans, PSUs, RAM, SSDs, peripherals and much much more. Even in the peripheral arena Corsair made a name for themselves with the K60 and K90 to the K70 and K95 keyboards. The Corsair Raptor K40 in today’s review is a departure from our past keyboard reviews in two ways. Firstly, the Raptor K40 is a rubber-dome based keyboard rather than mechanical. Secondly the K40 has a much lower price tag being quite affordable due to those rubber domes not attracting a mechanical keyboard price tag.

Specifications

  • Rubber dome keys
  • RGB 16.8 million color backlighting with three levels of illumination
  • Six dedicated macro keys
  • 36KB of onboard memory
  • Seven easy-access multimedia keys
  • STOP, PREVIOUS, PLAY/PAUSE, NEXT, MUTE, VOLUME UP, DOWN
  • Windows Lock key for uninterrupted game play

On the surface at least the K40 looks quite good from a value perspective. For your money you’re netting a keyboard from a respected manufacturer with plenty of functionality, customisable aesthetics, and all for little more than the cost of a game. If anything, the K40 should be good for making a splash even if it’s not quite able to make waves. What Corsair say about the K40: Corsair Raptor K40 gives you your choice of 16.8 million backlighting colors, programmable G-keys with onboard storage, multimedia controls, and 100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover on USB for fast, accurate gameplay. The customizable backlighting lets you choose your color to match your system or your style, and the six dedicated, programmable G-keys let you quickly access your favorite macros, presets, and key combinations. Let’s see how Corsair realises their idea with the K40 with a closer look!

 

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