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Corsair Raptor K40 Gaming Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: May 1, 2014 6:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Corsair

Corsair Raptor K40 Keyboard




As we look at the left side of the Raptor K40, we do see a lot in common with the Vengeance keyboard design with the angular shape of the frame, but we also have exposed and tall plungers under the caps that offer a long throw to the keys, and even some have support bars in them, much like a mechanical keyboard would have.




The majority of the keyboard is used for the standard ANSI or QWERTY layout of these keys. The letters and iconography are bright under the lighting and are easy to see during the day, and at night, you can have whatever LED color your heart desires that day.




This image covers a few things. One is that the WASD and arrow keys are silver. The second is that these silver keys are also more textured than the rest of the key caps. The third point is that they are all cylindrical in shape and offer low height tabs on the home keys.




Down the left side of the K40, there are six G-keys used for Macros. These can be programmed via software or on-the-fly, and there are also three levels of profiles to allow for eighteen total programmable Macro commands.




At the top left edge of the board, you can locate the M-keys. Here we find the MR or Macro Record that allows on-the-fly recording of them. The M1 through M3 keys are used for the three profile settings, while the button with a lock icon to the right is how you lock out the Windows keys on the bottom line of the keyboard.




Moving all the way over to the right top edge of the K40, we find all of the multimedia buttons. There are mute, volume down, volume up, stop, previous track, play/pause, and next track buttons offered here. Just off to the left, you find the three LEDs for the number, scroll, and caps locks, and also the LED button to select how the LEDs should be used.




As we step back a bit, we also see that the right side of the keyboard offers all of the typical commands as well as a full number pad to use. The main arrow keys are grey here, but looking at the number pad, you can see that 2, 4, 6, and 8 are also viable options for movement control.




The right side of the keyboard has that same industrial and open look to the design. This time, however, we have extended the feet and the key caps are now at a more approachable angle, as is the rest of the keyboard frame.




Corsair supplied the K40 with a rubberized cable on this model. It is 1.8 meters in length, and even though the connection is not gold plated, the maroon casing for it is easy to spot and also has the Corsair name and logo on it to spot it easier in the rear I/O.




Under the keyboard, there is not a whole lot to discuss. There are four small rubber pads to stick the keyboard to the desktop, along with a product sticker and a warning about long term usage of a device of this nature.




It may be a small feature, but we really like that Corsair has caught on and is now having the feet extend to the sides rather than to the back. This means when you need to slide the keyboard back, even if just a little, the legs wont collapse and need to be fiddled with in the midst of a game.

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