Corsair Keyboards

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Corsair, a famous brand for gaming gears, also makes top quality keyboards.

These are for gamers, and designed for Microsoft Windows users. (the keyboard may not work in linux or Mac.)

If you are a programer and on linux, there are better keyboards out there. I'd recommend Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum Keyboard or Mistel Barocco Split Keyboard

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum keyboard 74520
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum keyboard Corsair K95 RGB Platinum keyboard

Corsair K70 LUX RGB

Corsair Corsair K70 LUX RGB keyboard 70974
Corsair Corsair K70 LUX RGB keyboard. Buy at amazon

Corsair Gaming STRAFE RGB

Corsair strafe rgb keyboard
Corsair STRAFE RGB keyboard. Corsair STRAFE RGB keyboard

WARNING: Corsair STRAFE Keyboards require driver software “Corsair Utility Engine” to work. You cannot use programed keys without Corsair's software, even on another Microsoft Windows box.

WARNING: The STRAFE keyboards do not work on Linux out of the box even as basic keyboard.

see this discussion reddit

RGB (red green blue) keyboard means keyboard has multi-color dynamic backlighting. Namely, it can light up in all rainbow colors.

You can chose models with different key switches.

Cherry MX Key Switch Guide

Cherry MXbrownbluegreenredblack
Key FeelTactile BumpTactile ClickTactile ClickSmooth (Linear)Smooth (Linear)
ResistanceMedium-LowLowFirmVery LowFirm
Cherry MX keyswitch force travel diagram
Cherry MX keyswitch force travel diagram. 〔image source http://deskthority.net/wiki/File:CherryMXForceTravel.png

[see Guide to Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms]

Corsair STRAFE

This one is just like the Corsair gaming STRAFE RGB Keyboard, except it isn't RGB, but red backlight.

Corsair strafe keyboard 93796
Corsair STRAFE keyboard Corsair STRAFE keyboard

WARNING: Corsair STRAFE Keyboard requires software “Corsair Utility Engine” to work. You cannot use programed keys without Corsair's software. You may have problems using it in Linux or Mac. Do not buy.

Corsair Gaming Strafe Mechanical Keyboard: Cherry MX Red Switches: Overview. By Joanne Tech Lover.

Corsair K65 RGB

The K65 RGB is compact. No number pad.

Corsair K65 RGB keyboard 28571
Corsair K65 RGB keyboard

Corsair Vengeance K65 Compact

Corsair K65 keyboard 86497
“Corsair Vengeance k65 Mechanical Keyboard” Buy at amazon

Excellent reviews on amazon.

Corsair K63

Corsair k63 keyboard 13680
Corsair k63 keyboard

Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB

Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Keyboard Review: Cherry MX RGB Red Switches. Corsair K70 RGB keyboard

Alternative

If you want RGB, might also check out


Logitech G910 Orion Spark

If no RGB, checkout


Logitech G710+ Mechanical

Logitech ones has 5 extra function keys. And has a sound level wheel. Too bad that Corsair removed their sound level wheel.

If you prefer compact size, “Cooler Master” is a good alternative. See: Keyboards without Numeric Keypad.