Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Usually, when we are replying to users as to what keyboard to look for, most of us move to a set of rubber dome options, or the ever-growing list of mechanical switch options, and to be honest, we tend to forget about the hybrid options altogether. However, every once in awhile, a product makes its way across our desk that shows us that the main two categories may not be the perfect solution for all. We have seen quite a few hybrid solutions in the past, and while most are products that can stand out on their own, none have been delivered for testing that can hold a torch to what Corsair has packed into this gaming keyboard.
A good feel to the actuation of the switches is a main priority to many, and if we are opting for a hybrid design, most tend to have a soft plunging motion with a soft and almost muddy landing feel. Shockingly, in the latest gear from Corsair, we have something with a mechanical tactile feel, but without any of the springs and bumps to make it happen, as here it is based on the rigidity of the membrane mat inside of the keyboard to offer any feel or resistance.
On top of the basics, this gaming keyboard is stacked with features. Not only does it have software with all of the customizations one can desire, but this keyboard is also built with super-low latency wireless capability, but it also supports two devices with Bluetooth connectivity as well. Dedicated Macro keys, dedicated multimedia keys, detachable cable, wireless dongle storage, the list goes on and on.
In the most basic sense, what you are about to see is one of the most feature-rich keyboards available on the market, which caters to not just gamers, but for those wanting to be more productive, and for those looking to cut the cord. Corsair has stepped up their game with this design, offering what we know is a rubber dome based design, yet has a better feel than many of the Red or Speed switch variations of mechanical keyboard options. To put it bluntly, you are about to see the K57 Wireless Gaming Keyboard from Corsair, which not only packs a pleasing experience with the full feature set, but it also does so without making anyone break the bank trying to get one of their own.
Following the chart offered in the reviewer guide, we see that Corsair jumps right in with the connectivity. One option is to opt for the sub-1ms, 2.4GHz, SLIPSTREAM wireless, or there is also Bluetooth 4.2 as an option, but the latency increases to 7.5ms. The last connectivity option is to plug in the cable, which is a USB 3.0 cable of standard length, with a USB 3.1 Type-A connection for the back of the keyboard, where it attaches.
When using this keyboard wirelessly, it does offer 128-bit AES encryption to ensure nobody is "listening" to your key presses. The last bit of these options is the cell inside of the keyboard. In this instance, it is a Li-Ion cylindrical battery which delivers 3200mAh, 3.67V, 11,7 Wh, and is charged via the USB cable.
Lifespan on such a device is a huge factor, and Corsair covers this topic very well. When opting for the 2.4GHz wireless connectivity, you can game up to 35 straight hours with full RGB LED goodness. If you choose to disable the RGB LEDs, the time moves to an astounding 175 hours between charges. Bluetooth connectivity is even better. With the lights in full display, it is said that you will get 40 hours of usage. However, turning off the RGB LEDs will move you into the range of 200 hours of use.
The rest of the chart is sort of hit and miss as to the continuity of the listed features to each other, but we can close this out pretty quickly. The default polling rate is set to 1000HZ, and with the hybrid switches, we get a tactile feel, with 8KRO support. You do have the option to use iCUE software, although the keyboard is designed to do a lot of that with just a few key presses as well. There is a Windows lock key, there is a detachable rubberized palm rest, the cable is roughly six feet long and detachable, but no sleeving is present.
Dimensionally, we can see that the K57 Wireless RGB Gaming Keyboard is 480mm from side to side, it is 163mm from front to back, and without the feet extended, and it stands 35.4mm tall. Without the cable and the wrist rest attached to the K57, the weight is listed at almost a kilogram or 2.09 pounds, but most of that is due to the weight of the Li-Ion battery inside. The last bit of information offered in the chart deals with the warranty, where we see that Corsair covers the K57 for the period of two years, to be free of flaws or failures in that period.
As we write this, we are still under NDA, and as such, we did not find listings out in the wild. However, in the review guide, all pricing is listed for all of the various regions the K57 will hit soon. In that chart, we found that Corsair has packed in all of this goodness into the K57 Wireless RGB Gaming Keyboard, and only requires $99.99 to obtain it.
While we tend to hold our opinion on cost until the end, considering all that the K57 brings to the table, the price is just a small portion of what we expected it to be, and that is an excellent thing for those who find this keyboard a bit more than impressive, and want to try it out for themselves.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime X299 Deluxe - Buy from Amazon
- CPU: Intel Core i9 7920X - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro - Buy from Amazon
- Memory: G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3600MHz 32GB - Buy from Amazon
- Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid SLI - Buy from Amazon
- Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB - Buy from Amazon
- Case: Cooler Master Cosmos C700P - Buy from Amazon
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 1050W - Buy from Amazon
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging, Accessories, and Documentation]
- Page 3 [Corsair K57 RGB Wireless Gaming Keyboard]
- Page 4 [K57 RGB Wireless Continued]
- Page 5 [Inside the K57 RGB Wireless]
- Page 6 [iCUE Software]
- Page 7 [Gaming and General Impressions]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]