Corsair Raptor K40 Gaming Keyboard Review
There is no doubt that mechanical keyboards have taken a significant market share in recent times as all of the major manufacturers moved away from membrane style units in the high end. There are exceptions to that though, such as the Razer DeathStalker, but that sort of product, like the mechanical alternatives has a price premium.
Today’s product takes the rubber/membrane approach for keys and prices it at a competitive $70/£55 with a number of gamer and media features built in. Enter the Corsair Raptor K40…
Packaging and Bundle
Corsair package their K40 in a slim box with a decent image of the board on the front and key specs spread around the box. Inside there is a basic bundle of warranty information and manual with the keyboard protected by cardboard and a plastic bag.
The board itself has a body which is primarily heavy duty plastic and while some manufacturers sink their keys into the chassis, Corsair sit theirs on top. As noted earlier these are rubber dome keys and they feature RGB backlighting with 16.8million colours available along with four brightness settings (including off). Full key matrix anti-ghosting is also included.
Over at the left of the board we have six programmable G buttons with three profile switches above, beside the macro record button. These access the 36KB of onboard storage and also worthy of note is the inclusion of a windows key lock button along with coloured WASD.
Moving to the right we find the backlight button, status LEDs and media switches for mute, volume up, volume down, play/pause, stop and forward/back. These sit above the coloured arrow keys.
The back of the K40 isÂ pretty plain with a number of rubber sections ensuring the board stays in place on our desk. Then there are two extendable legs, one in each corner, which change the angle of the board.
Corsair provide a single USB connector for this board, colour it red and run it off a rubberised cable.