|Item model number||CH-912A014-NA|
|Operating System||Mac OS X 10.15 or newer, Windows 10|
|Item Weight||3 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||19.3 x 3.2 x 9.4 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||19.3 x 3.2 x 9.4 inches|
|Date First Available||October 1, 2020|
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Corsair K100 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Speed RGB Silver Keyswitches - AXON Hyper-Processing Technology for 4X Faster Throughput - 44-Zone RGB LightEdge - PBT Double-Shot Keycaps
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- The Corsair K100 RGB is the pinnacle of Corsair keyboards, offering the cutting-edge performance, style, durability, and customization that gamers need to stand above the rest
- The centerpiece of your gaming setup, the Corsair K100 RGB boasts a refined design bolstered by a durable aluminum frame, dynamic per-key RGB backlighting, and a 44-zone three-sided LightEdge
- Powered by Corsair AXON Hyper-Processing Technology, enabling Corsair’s most advanced gaming keyboard experience by delivering up to 4x faster throughput with native 4,000Hz hyper-polling and 4,000Hz key scanning, while simultaneously driving up to 20-layer lighting effects
- Cherry MX Speed RGB Silver keyswitches provide lightning-fast response times with an actuation distance of just 1.2mm, are guaranteed for 100 million keystrokes, and register keypresses up to 4x faster than standard mechanical gaming keyboards with Corsair AXON
- A programmable iCUE control wheel gives you command over backlighting, media jogging, and more through Corsair iCUE software, customizable to perform actions in games and applications
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THE CENTERPIECE OF YOUR SETUP
The K100 RGB's refined design features a durable aluminum frame and dynamic per-key RGB backlighting capped off by a 44-zone three-sided RGB LightEdge.
LINEAR & FAST
CHERRY MX SPEED Silver keyswitches provide lightning-fast response times with an extremely short actuation distance of just 1.2mm, perfect for fast-paced competitive gameplay.
Gain an in-game advantage with six dedicated macro keys, fully programmable for complex macros and key remaps in iCUE software, or program special streaming commands through Elgato Stream Deck software.
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The incomparable Corsair K100 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard combines stunning aluminum design with per-key RGB lighting and a 44-zone LightEdge. Powerful Corsair AXON Hyper-Processing Technology enables unparalleled capabilities such as 4,000Hz polling. Cherry MX Speed RGB Silver mechanical keyswitches, guaranteed for 100 million keypresses, offer ultra-fast 1.2mm actuation while registering keypresses up to 4x faster than standard mechanical gaming keyboards thanks to AXON, housed in durable double-shot PBT keycaps.
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I don't think there's a huge difference between 1000hz polling and 4000hz polling. I'd like to think I can see a difference with my typing and gaming, but I really can't. I don't seem to have too much trouble finding the keys without looking at the keyboard, so that's a plus. I also only really type with my thumb and two forefingers, so this keyboard seems to be better, as the keys are less spaced out than the k95 Platinum. The "U" key seems to give me a little trouble.
The scroll weel is kinda pointless. I can't think of a real reason to use it, so it's just going to sit on my keyboard looking fancy. I think that if you already have the k95 Platinum, then you should stick with it, especially if you're thinking about getting the speed switches for the k100, as they are the exact same switches. The only reason I could see upgrading is for the optic switches, which are super touchy.
Going into detail on the optic switches, I swore I wasn't going to notice a difference, but I did indeed notice a huge one. Luckily, I'm already used to speed switches, so this won't be too hard to learn. Anyone used to any other switch should avoid this keyboard, unless you are willing to get used to the Speed or OPX switches.
When I bought the k95, I was coming from Cherry MX Blues. Anyone with experience with the Blue switches will tell you that they have an extremely clicky actuation point. They have a 2.2mm travel distance with a bottom of 4.0mm and require 50 grams of force to activate. Speeds are a lot quicker. They actuate at 1.2mm with a 3.4mm total travel distance. The force is similar at 45 grams. So as you may guess, it took a long time to get used to the speed and weight at which the Speeds activated.
Now, Corsair's OPX Switches take the Speeds a bit further. This is both impressive and intimidating, as the Cherry MX Speeds were previously considered the world's fastest mechanical switch. OPX actuates at just 1mm, which is insanely low. I can put my lightest touch, not bottoming out, on these switches and they actuate. I assume that, other than being optical and having a faster actuation point, that the rest is similar to the Speeds. I will say that due to how the keyboard and keys are built vs. the k95, typing is much louder on the k100. I would highly suggest some different or custom keycaps.
It is a well-rounded keyboard that's just a bit pricey for what you get. I don't think the wrist rest is anywhere near as well made as the k95. I hope we get a version like the k95 for the k100 in the future. The keys themselves feel... thinner? I dunno. I don't think they are. The scroll wheel for audio definitely feels a little cheaper than it's previous version. It's also hella touchy, moreso than the k95, which was already a problem for me. The media keys feel a lot jankier and wobble, whereas they never did on the k95. This next one is just personal taste, but I think the glass piece on the top center of the keyboard is unneeded, and not very attractive. I don't see the point of it, other than to say it has glass to up the price for "premium build materials".
I can't tell you much about the software. You'll have to familiarize yourself with the convoluted and over-complicated iCue software. I will say that after upgrading the firmware for the k100, it ported all my macros and lighting effects from the k95, which was a huge plus.
If you read this to the bottom, thank you. It was a type test in Word that turned into a very lengthy review. I enjoyed typing on these switches so much that I just kept typing and typing. I will continue to update this review if I run into any problems.
Edit 11/19: After about a month of owning this keyboard, there is a slight to glaring flaw, depending on which key this happens to. It's avoidable, but still extremely annoying for such a high priced product. The wrist rest will slide up with use over time. Eventually, this will push hard against the keys, either making them feel like they don't press, or making them stay down.
I ran into this problem a little while ago, but that was when I was moving the keyboard around. This time it inched up by itself and held my alt key down. It was a pain figuring out why my keyboard wasn't typing. I seriously thought it broke. Turns out the left side of the wrist rest was pressed up against the left side keys.
Corsair, if you read this, please make a K95-style wrist rest. I will gladly buy it over this memory foam nightmare you gave us.
1) Cherry MX Silver switches are significantly more sensitive than I expected. I constantly fat-finger things when I'm typing. Sometimes I start turning left, only to realize that just the weight of my ring finger on "a" is activating it, when I don't even feel that I'm pressing the key.
2) The "G#" keys on the far left have messed up my muscle memory. I keep pressing "G1" when I mean to hit "ESC", and "G6" when I mean to hit "CTRL".
These 2 issues get quite annoying, but I still like it, and will continue to work with it to build new muscle memory.
For context, I changed to this keyboard from Mad Catz STRIKE7.
UPDATE a week later: I give up. Switched back to my Mad Catz. I will not be buying Cherry MX Silver in the future.
I got over the G keys for the most part, but typing extra letters in every sentence got old quick.
Also, not for nothing, iCue really realllly sucks. It is not intuitive, and doesn't load the profile you had last, so you have to open and set it every time you turn on your computer. Also, the profiles are saved on the software, not the board, so it's full and lifeless unless you're running iCue. What is this, 1997?
TL;DR - Cherry MX Silver too sensitive, iCue SUCKS, G-keys are poorly placed. I now have a $230 dust collector.
I had never used MX Cherry 'short' switches before, and they have more of a mooshy feel than they do a 'snappy' feel than MX Browns, but I have to admit, after practicing a little bit I like them better than the browns. The short action requires very little effort to actuate, and it ends up adjusting your typing style from a tapping style to a gliding one. I can still burst up to 150WPM easily, which I was only able to achieve using my Das Keyboard Ultimate.
It's a little expensive. I just happen to be fairly prosperous right now, so I splurged a bit. I imagine to the ordinary consumer looking for a 'dollar per feature' comparison might find themselves better luck with an off-brand.
We'll see how this thing holds up to the test of time, but right now I'm in keyboard heaven. Thanks Corsair!
My other gripe is the fact that we have to install 3rd party software to use the G keys, how the hell is it that they couldn't incorporate this in iCUE itself? Most of us already have enough pieces of software on our systems running in the background competing for resources.
Other than those things, the keyboard is comfortable, beautiful, sturdy, and the keys feel fantastic (optical version). It sounds like a machine gun when you type, I personally like that, but it may throw some folks off.
Would be 5 stars if not for those 2 things.
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El teclado tiene dos entradas. Una es para las funciones completas del teclado y otra para el puerto USB que tiene en la parte trasera del teclado donde puedes conectar otra cosa siempre I cuando tenga la entrada tipa A de USB que es la normal.
El teclado se puede conectar a un puerto USB 2.0 y 3.0 aunque las entradas tengo entendido son 3.1 tanto la que se encuentra en el teclado como las conexiones que van al PC.
Tiene teclas para cambiarse con un tacto diferente en mi opinión hacen sudar un poco las yemas de los dedos pero ayuda mucho cuando estás jugando para saber que teclas son.
Cependant c’est un clavier qui n’est pas fait pour tout le monde. Ceux qui cherche un clavier silencieux, alors ce n’est pas fait pour vous. Car vue que c’est un clavier mécanique, il est bruyant moins mais que la plupart des claviers mécanique. Autre chose c’est son prix, et oui ce n’est pas donné j’avoues, par contre nous parlons d’un clavier haute gamme.
J’ai été agréablement surpris.
Reviewed in Australia on March 20, 2021
Reviewed in Mexico on January 25, 2021