Oddly enough, and you will not hear this often, but for a rubber dome based keyboard, even in the short time we used this K40, it just lacks that overwhelming muddy feel that most of these keyboards deliver. The length of the throw in the switches has been extended to give more travel to the keys, making it feel somewhat mechanical in nature. There is also a defined activation point in this board that will likely wear in a bit over time, but in reality, this keyboard is preferred over a lot of mechanical keyboards that offer Cherry MX red switches. At least here we were not constantly hitting multiple keys at one. Since this keyboard offers full NKRO via USB, that is something that could get annoying really fast since this keyboard does not miss a single key stroke no matter how many keys we tried to press at once.
On top of the basics of the layout and key offerings, which we do like, and have since the Vengeance boards came out, there are still a bunch of things to discuss. Macro capability across three profiles, the 16.8 million color choices, and various lighting modes all will help to attract potential customers to their products. We do really like that even while removing the finer and heavier metal components of the Vengeance series, when they decided to go all plastic, things do not get gaudy, and the idea and design that is such a huge success for Corsair has not been lost.
Here we have a much lighter, more compact keyboard that is really light and will be a very good travel companion. Having onboard memory also helps here so that every time you want to use your setup on another machine, you don't need to install any software unless you plan to be changing the three profiles constantly.
While at first we sort of thought the near $80 MSRP was a touch high for what you get on paper, once we spent some time and got to know the K40 much better, we find ourselves really finding it hard to pick out anything that is a solid reason why someone should pass by this solution over all of the various rubber dome keyboards already on the market. Yes, you can get a plain Jane model much cheaper, but for what the Raptor K40 does bring to the users, we find that it is fairly priced, structurally sound, and is a pleasure to type on. If anything, we would have liked more brightness to the lighting without the need for the special check box in the software to do it for us, but when the room is dark, even this isn't such a big deal; we just know there are much brighter offerings out there.
Even with this personal take on the lighting in mind, we really find that this keyboard is more than what we expected, and for that to come out when we prefer mechanical keyboards, that really says something for Corsair and what they are offering in this latest rubber dome based keyboard.
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United States: The Corsair Raptor K40 retails for $79.99 at Amazon.
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