Inside the Raptor K40
As we tear into the K40, with the top section removed, we can now see the clear plastic sheets with the traces to send signals to the MCU and then onto the PC. Under the rubber dome layer and plastic sheets, there is a milky white layer of plastic; that is how each of the keys is provided with lighting.
Flipping the top section of the keyboard over and looking at things from the inside, we see that they have used tall clear plungers to make the contact and compress the rubber domes. Their length also helps the keys to stand tall on the top frame for a simpler look and, in our opinion, a much better feel of use for these keys.
Corsair chose to use the Freescale Mc9S08JM32 MCU. This offer dual 16-bit interfaces, runs at 48MHz, and to be blunt, this is way more MCU than this board really needs to get the features and programmability the K40 brings to the table.
With the Raptor K40 now all back together, we connected it up to run through a couple of things. The board boots with red LEDs illuminating the keys, Macros, profiles, and even the multimedia sections. The brightness is fair, but could be brighter, but we will get into that in just a moment.
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