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Hello All,

As the title suggests, I have a K100 Air Wireless that is 2 weeks old at this point. The spacebar has developed a "Squeak" on liftoff. It's pretty significant... Normally I'd lube the stabilizers with a high viscosity lube, but I don't dare take this one apart.

Has anyone else encountered this? If so, did you do anything about it? I can live with it, of course, but it is definitely distracting enough for me to post about it.. so here we are.

Thank you in advance!

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Heya,

I've got the same issue as you. I purchased my K100 Air about a month and a half ago, and I got the squeaky spacebar relatively early on.  Can't really take apart the switches as there is a high risk of breaking it. For such a pricey Keyboard it is really a shame.

Unlike you, I can't live with it ūüėĄ . I got open back headphones, so I hear the squeaky sound from the spacebar very clear and after a while of typing it gets really irritating.

I hope there is a way to fix it, besides the Wireless connectivity and the spacebar, I really like the Keyboard.

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On 11/27/2022 at 1:35 PM, jharper34 said:

Hello All,

As the title suggests, I have a K100 Air Wireless that is 2 weeks old at this point. The spacebar has developed a "Squeak" on liftoff. It's pretty significant... Normally I'd lube the stabilizers with a high viscosity lube, but I don't dare take this one apart.

Has anyone else encountered this? If so, did you do anything about it? I can live with it, of course, but it is definitely distracting enough for me to post about it.. so here we are.

Thank you in advance!

 

4 hours ago, valiser said:

Heya,

I've got the same issue as you. I purchased my K100 Air about a month and a half ago, and I got the squeaky spacebar relatively early on.  Can't really take apart the switches as there is a high risk of breaking it. For such a pricey Keyboard it is really a shame.

Unlike you, I can't live with it ūüėĄ . I got open back headphones, so I hear the squeaky sound from the spacebar very clear and after a while of typing it gets really irritating.

I hope there is a way to fix it, besides the Wireless connectivity and the spacebar, I really like the Keyboard.

We would recommend that you reach out to our support team by opening a ticket at https://help.corsair.com 

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Hi @valiser, thanks for the response here. Yeah, the squeak has progressed and gotten MUCH louder. It's distracting enough now that I am going to need a real solution here. As such, I've opened a support ticket with Corsair. You should consider the same since yours is also pretty squeaky.

I'll let everyone know how it goes.

Thanks again.

CC: @Corsair Notepad

 

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Hello All,

So after a few days I decided to take matters into my own hands (must be the engineer in me). Here is what I did to resolve my lift-off squeak issue on this spacebar.

Note: This process was my own decision and does not reflect any advice or guidance provided by Corsair. The following action may void your warranty on your keyboard, so do not proceed until you communicate with Corsair or are well informed on your decision to work on the keyboard yourself. If you are worried about coverage from Corsair, I'd definitely consider just asking for a replacement keyboard from them. Proceed at your own risk.

I decided to add a very small amount of lubricant to the scissor switches. I chose a product by Krytox called, "Krytox 205G0". The lubricant is reported to be non-conductive and is a popular choice among PC keyboard enthusiasts looking to make their key switches quieter.  The Krytox product is thick, and best applied with a brush. Since we cannot disassemble the K100 Air Wireless, I decided to get a very small brush (almost a single hair brush) to apply the lubricant. I set the lighting on the keyboard to a solid white color and if one looks into the gap between the spacebar and the keyboard case itself, you can see the scissor switches under the spacebar. It looks like there is one switch in the middle, and one on each side of the spacebar. I did not pry on the spacebar at all for this task. Instead, I loaded the brush with A very small amount of lubricant and applied it to the side of each switch. For each switch I added a small amount of lube to each side that I could reach through the gap. between the spacebar and the keyboard case. For me a key was to use very little lube since there is no way for me to disassemble the keyboard later. I wiped any excess product away using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.

At first, I didn't notice any difference. The squeak remained. After about an hour of use, however, the squeak has resolved. I am not sure if this will be a lasting solution, but it is working for the time being. 

Corsair did contact me yesterday regarding the ticket I submitted, but since I had resolved the issue on my own, I just informed them of how I resolved the squeak. Hopefully this ticket will reach the development team for this product so they can evaluate future models. Otherwise this will just be information for the group to take into consideration.

Thanks all.

CC: @Corsair Notepad @valiser

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On 12/9/2022 at 5:18 AM, jharper34 said:

Hello All,

So after a few days I decided to take matters into my own hands (must be the engineer in me). Here is what I did to resolve my lift-off squeak issue on this spacebar.

Note: This process was my own decision and does not reflect any advice or guidance provided by Corsair. The following action may void your warranty on your keyboard, so do not proceed until you communicate with Corsair or are well informed on your decision to work on the keyboard yourself. If you are worried about coverage from Corsair, I'd definitely consider just asking for a replacement keyboard from them. Proceed at your own risk.

I decided to add a very small amount of lubricant to the scissor switches. I chose a product by Krytox called, "Krytox 205G0". The lubricant is reported to be non-conductive and is a popular choice among PC keyboard enthusiasts looking to make their key switches quieter.  The Krytox product is thick, and best applied with a brush. Since we cannot disassemble the K100 Air Wireless, I decided to get a very small brush (almost a single hair brush) to apply the lubricant. I set the lighting on the keyboard to a solid white color and if one looks into the gap between the spacebar and the keyboard case itself, you can see the scissor switches under the spacebar. It looks like there is one switch in the middle, and one on each side of the spacebar. I did not pry on the spacebar at all for this task. Instead, I loaded the brush with A very small amount of lubricant and applied it to the side of each switch. For each switch I added a small amount of lube to each side that I could reach through the gap. between the spacebar and the keyboard case. For me a key was to use very little lube since there is no way for me to disassemble the keyboard later. I wiped any excess product away using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.

At first, I didn't notice any difference. The squeak remained. After about an hour of use, however, the squeak has resolved. I am not sure if this will be a lasting solution, but it is working for the time being. 

Corsair did contact me yesterday regarding the ticket I submitted, but since I had resolved the issue on my own, I just informed them of how I resolved the squeak. Hopefully this ticket will reach the development team for this product so they can evaluate future models. Otherwise this will just be information for the group to take into consideration.

Thanks all.

CC: @Corsair Notepad @valiser

Hey there mate, got the very same prob. also with Corsair Dark Core something something RGB Pro on mouse wheel, I mean ffs Corsair, really? 300 shekels keyboard and 130 shekels mouse and it has this type of an issue? Is Your QA/QC for this product really non-existent? 

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Here we go, my 2 cents:

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I used the same lube [looks like cum] @jharper34, one super small brush, iFixit prying tool, isopropylalcohol 99,99%, ultra high quality washed microfiber cloth, common sense and voila.

Cheers!

Bryan

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On 12/9/2022 at 5:18 PM, jharper34 said:

Hello All,

So after a few days I decided to take matters into my own hands (must be the engineer in me). Here is what I did to resolve my lift-off squeak issue on this spacebar.

Note: This process was my own decision and does not reflect any advice or guidance provided by Corsair. The following action may void your warranty on your keyboard, so do not proceed until you communicate with Corsair or are well informed on your decision to work on the keyboard yourself. If you are worried about coverage from Corsair, I'd definitely consider just asking for a replacement keyboard from them. Proceed at your own risk.

I decided to add a very small amount of lubricant to the scissor switches. I chose a product by Krytox called, "Krytox 205G0". The lubricant is reported to be non-conductive and is a popular choice among PC keyboard enthusiasts looking to make their key switches quieter.  The Krytox product is thick, and best applied with a brush. Since we cannot disassemble the K100 Air Wireless, I decided to get a very small brush (almost a single hair brush) to apply the lubricant. I set the lighting on the keyboard to a solid white color and if one looks into the gap between the spacebar and the keyboard case itself, you can see the scissor switches under the spacebar. It looks like there is one switch in the middle, and one on each side of the spacebar. I did not pry on the spacebar at all for this task. Instead, I loaded the brush with A very small amount of lubricant and applied it to the side of each switch. For each switch I added a small amount of lube to each side that I could reach through the gap. between the spacebar and the keyboard case. For me a key was to use very little lube since there is no way for me to disassemble the keyboard later. I wiped any excess product away using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.

At first, I didn't notice any difference. The squeak remained. After about an hour of use, however, the squeak has resolved. I am not sure if this will be a lasting solution, but it is working for the time being. 

Corsair did contact me yesterday regarding the ticket I submitted, but since I had resolved the issue on my own, I just informed them of how I resolved the squeak. Hopefully this ticket will reach the development team for this product so they can evaluate future models. Otherwise this will just be information for the group to take into consideration.

Thanks all.

CC: @Corsair Notepad @valiser

Hi! It's been a while since December - how has the lube held up? I'm having this exact issue with a K100 Air I've been using for maybe 4 days but I'm not super keen to start a DIY job unless I know it'll be worth it. Will contact Corsair for advice too but I'm not sure how much help they can be since I bought the keyboard while on a vacation in Europe.

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