This common sense of a barely slicker, smarter really feel runs all through the brand new mannequin. The clear plastic part that homes the backlit emblem within the middle is now sq. and flush with the encompassing metallic, plus it incorporates indicator lights for the assorted lock keys and mute buttons. The symptoms disappear utterly once they’re not illuminated, making for a really clear look.
Additionally housed within the high edge are buttons for profile switching, adjusting the backlight brightness, and locking the Home windows key, together with a mute button and satisfyingly chunky, knurled metallic quantity wheel. These buttons have a really shallow however crisp motion.
In the back of the keyboard, there’s a single USB Sort-C enter for plugging in the principle cable – there’s no want to fret a few damaged cable ruining your keyboard right here. Alongside the USB socket is a sliding swap for setting the keyboard to Event mode, which disables macros and units the backlighting to a static single shade.
One other enchancment is the magnetically connected wrist relaxation, which simply pops off however stays safe in use. It’s not padded nevertheless it’s fairly deep and presents a delicate slope on which your wrists can relaxation. Beneath the keyboard are 4 impressively giant, thick rubber pads to supply a safe footing. Sadly, the flip-down toes to boost the again edge don’t supply as a lot grip, so the keyboard slides round extra when these are deployed.
We’re followers of the crisp new key legend font, although, and the usage of doubleshot keycaps created from hard-wearing PBT plastic quite than ABS is a serious boon. Doubleshot means they use two layers of plastic to create the clear and black elements of the important thing, quite than utilizing a black paint on clear plastic. This implies the important thing legends can principally by no means put on away.
For key switches, Corsair makes use of the ever-reliable Cherry MX, so the typing and gaming expertise is superb. You solely get three swap variants although – Purple (linear), Brown (tactile) and Pace (linear with a shorter motion). In the meantime, the 8000Hz polling permits the keyboard to report its standing to your PC eight occasions sooner than typical 1000Hz keyboards and mice, though we discovered it made no distinction to our expertise in anyway.