We will admit, when asked to look at this keyboard, our brain was like great, another rubber dome, muddy-feeling, common example of a keyboard is on its way. Even with the listed features in mind, we did not give Corsair a fair shake upfront. However, after much use, and more enjoyment as we use it, we will say that this is not the average rubber dome offering.
Hybrid designs are hit or miss, where some makers use it all for looks and leave you with a pitiful feel when using it, but Corsair attempts to blur that line. Had we not opened the keyboard to verify the build components and such, in a blind test, some may think they have found a new mechanical switch design. On top of all of that, where most membrane keyboards tend to be lackluster in the backlighting department, the inclusion of CAPELLIX RGB LEDs into this design has made this the brightest, yet power-efficient, rubber dome keyboard we have ever had in our hands, bar none.
With three ways to connect to devices, we found ourselves trying out all applications. So much so, that after a couple of days, while using the keyboard wired or wireless to the test system, adding the laptop and our phone as the two Bluetooth options was brilliant. With just a couple of key presses, we could go back and forth between devices, having to turn our heads to reply, rather than switching keyboards and body positions.
Combine this with the iCUE software and all the options and features discussed there; we find nothing missing, or at least not running into a time where the keyboard would not do what we required of it in custom programming. Dedicated buttons win every time over dual functionality of other keys to us, and even though it takes some time to get used to the indicator LED colors and what they mean, once under the belt, it is nice to see what is going on at a glance. While the squeaking we heard when used in a quiet setting may not be the greatest for an office, its intended purpose if for gaming, and with a set of headphones or music playing through speakers, we feel this won't be a deal-breaker for many.
The fact that Corsair has made us appreciate a rubber dome switch keyboard as we did over a decade ago that is a feat in and of itself. We are huge fans of mechanical switch-based keyboards, not just for the feel, but for the intensity of the lighting, the solid feel of it all, and typically part of the package is top-tier software. The thing is, you get all of that with the K57 Wireless RGB Gaming Keyboard, and for much less than many of the mechanical keyboards out there leading the pack.
For just $99.99, you too can see and feel the next evolution in Hybrid keyboard design, and like us, it is highly unlikely that you will be disappointed or in any ways dissatisfied. Corsair sent us a sleeper, and as such, we did not give it its due credit. Once unleashed to its full potential, the K57 Wireless RGB Gaming Keyboard has jumped to a lead that surpasses many of the mechanical keyboard offerings we though at the time were the cat's meow. If it were our bank account getting the money pulled from, knowing what we do now, we would not hesitate. It is honestly that good.
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
The Bottom Line
Almost perfect in every way! The K57 Wireless RGB Gaming Keyboard is feature-rich, offers better than expected feel, and offers some of the best lighting on any keyboard. Corsair nearly hit every nail on the head, if not for that key squeak!
- 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]