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  1. CORSAIR PBT DOUBLE-SHOT PRO Keycap Mod Kits give compatible keyboards added durability and personalization thanks to thick double-shot PBT plastic with textured surfaces and multiple striking color options. CORSAIR PBT DOUBLE-SHOT PRO Keycap Mod Kit in Elgato BlueThe CORSAIR PBT DOUBLE-SHOT PRO Keycap Kits are compatible with standard MX-stem keyswitches and stabilizers on keyboards with a standard bottom row. They’re also available in multiple color options like: Onyx Black, Arctic White, Elgato Blue, ORIGIN Red, Rogue Pink, and Mint Green! Keyboards with a standard bottom row layout and MX-stem switches and stabilizers are compatible.If you’ve got a recent CORSAIR mechanical gaming keyboard like the K100, K65 RGB MINI, K60 RGB PRO SE, or K60 RGB PRO, you’re all set! You can combine multiple PBT DOUBLE-SHOT PRO Keycap Mod Kits to make unique designs!If you’ve got an older model like the K95 RGB PLATINUM XT, K70 RGB MK.2, etc. you can still grab one of these CORSAIR GAMING PBT DOUBLE-SHOT keycap sets from our website! Installation is simple! Just remove your old keycaps and install the PBT DOUBLE-SHOT PRO kit! We also include a keycap puller and silicone o-rings in the box if you wish to dampen the sound and change the feel of your key presses. To make your PBT DOUBLE-SHOT PRO Keycap mod kit or your stock keycaps in great shape, make sure to clean them (and your keyboard) once in a while. To join the keycap discussion or chat about CORSAIR gaming products in general, be sure to join our community over at the CORSAIR User Forums, Reddit, or Discord!
  2. The 2016 reboot of DOOM was awesome and the next entry, DOOM Eternal looks to be even better! To celebrate the launch of another hardcore FPS, we’ve got an updated custom DOOM lighting profile courtesy of RGB wizard, Lewis Gerschwitz. You can download the profile here. But what next? iCUE can import and export custom profiles, they can serve as a backup of your home setup’s lighting and performance, but they can also be shared with the community! A few repositories exist for this very reason, but let’s go ahead and dive into how to import and setup a custom profile you’ve downloaded, using the newly updated DOOM profile as an example! To import a profile into iCUE, start by expanding the profile options tray and clicking on the import/export button (arrows going left/right). iCUE will now display profile import/export options in the main window. Click the browse button (the button marked “…”) to open a new window and browse to the profile you wish to import. In this case, we’ll select the DOOM profile. Click open then select what parts of the profile you’d like to import, if this were a backup of a profile you used for your home setup, you’d want to import everything, but since we’re only interested in the lighting effects, uncheck all the boxes except for the “Lighting Effects” box. Click import and iCUE will proceed with the import process. Okay cool, we’ve successfully imported the profile… but did you know that you could have iCUE automatically switch to a custom profile when you start up a game? Click the browse button marked “…” next to the box for “Link profile to program”. A new window will open and you can browse to the executable for your game. We’ll use DOOM 2016 as an example, but this also applies to DOOM Eternal or any other game/program you’re linking the profile to (file names and location will be different of course). If you’re confused as to which executable is the right one to link the profile to (some games use multiple .exe files), launch the game and ALT+TAB out so you see your desktop. Start up task manager and find your game in the list of processes, expand and you should be able to see which executable is used to run the game. Now that you’ve linked the profile to the game, you’ll want to go in and tweak settings for your hardware, if you’ve got a Commander PRO or any of our other iCUE-enabled products, you should take this opportunity to set up fan curves, DPI, and remaps that’ll apply when iCUE switches over to this profile when you launch the game! Alright, the important bits are covered, but don’t forget you can also set a custom background and icon for this profile too. Download whatever images (or be creative and make your own) that you’d like to use and apply them in the profile settings window. And that’s it! You’ve successfully imported and personalized a custom profile! Now go on and get fragging!
  3. If you’re a fan of CORSAIR peripherals, use macOS, and have always wanted that next level of customization, we’re happy to announce CORSAIR iCUE software for macOS. iCUE gives you near unlimited customization options for your peripherals’ glorious RGB lighting. To download iCUE for macOS, click the link below: www.corsair.com/downloads Depending on your device, and when it was last updated, there may be a few steps needed before you can take advantage of all the features that iCUE for Mac has to offer. You can verify which firmware version is currently installed in the iCUE software under the settings tab. If your firmware version starts with 3.XX, you are ready to go, and don’t require any further steps to use your device on macOS. We’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you and put together a list of legacy devices that require a firmware update: KeyboardsMice K95 Platinum RGB K66 Dark Core RGB SE K95 RGB K65 Rapidfire RGB Dark Core RGB K70 Rapidfire RGB K65 RGB LUX Scimitar Pro RGB K70 Rapidfire K65 LUX Scimitar RGB K70 LUX RGB K65 RGB M65 Pro RGB K70 LUX K63 Wireless SE M65 RGB K70 RGB K63 Wireless Sabre RGB Optical K68 RGB STRAFE RGB Sabre RGB Laser K68 STRAFE Katar Your device can be identified using either the product name or part number indicated on the product label. Depending on the type of device you have, the product label will be in one of the following locations: Keyboards and Wireless Mice labels will be on the underside of the devicePart Numbers will start with a “CH-“Wired Mice will be on the tag near the USB.If you find yourself owning one of these legacy devices and isn’t detected in the iCUE software for macOS, you will need access to a PC running Windows with iCUE installed to perform the required firmware update. Simply connect your legacy device to the Windows PC and follow the steps in the How-To video below to perform the update within the iCUE software: Your CORSAIR Legacy Device should nowbe detected in the iCUE software for your Mac. If you are having trouble with these instructions, or continue toexperience issues with your CORSAIR device after manually updating it, contactus at https://help.corsair.com and would be happy to help.
  4. A little while back we announced our new K57 RGB Wireless keyboard. The K57 RGB Wireless is a unique entry into the gaming peripheral market due to it being membrane keyboard, using SLIPSTREAM Wireless and CAPELLIX LEDs, two of CORSAIR’s newest technologies. As the first wireless keyboard to utilize SLIPSTREAM Wireless and the first peripheral to use CAPELLIX LEDs, the K57 is a great entry point for anyone seeking a high-performance wireless keyboard with advanced LED technology. The combination of SLIPSTREAM’s incredible speed and CAPELLIX ’s energy savings lends itself to great battery life while increasing performance. With full RGB lighting, users can expect up to 35 hours of battery life, and with no LEDs on, a whopping 175 hours of battery life; that’s over a full week of use! The K57 RGB Wireless began as a wireless version of our popular K55 RGB, but during development, we saw the perfect opportunity to integrate these amazing new technologies. The K57 with CAPELLIX LEDs offers incredible brightness, as well as per-key RGB lighting effects, giving nearly unlimited customizability with our amazing iCUE software. CORSAIR’s SLIPSTREAM technology offers the best performance for wireless devices with sub-1ms response times. Additionally, with intelligent frequency switching, SLIPSTREAM will always keep your devices in the least congested sub-frequencies for reliable and fast performance. Speaking of reliability, there’s no question that LEDs are the best source of illumination. CAPELLIX LEDs take the renowned reliability and offer the added benefit of flexibility and miniaturization. At a fraction of the size of a standard RGB LED, CAPELLIX LEDs shine brighter and can be installed in numerous places, thanks to the awesome manufacturing process of being printed directly on the circuit board. CORSAIR decided to use the K57 RGB Wireless to debut SLIPSTREAM Wireless and CAPELLIX LEDs in our keyboard product line primarily due to accessibility. By featuring these technologies in an affordable product, more people can enjoy the experience of having some of the newest tech in their hands. We wanted to make sure everyone got a chance to enjoy two technologies we’re very proud of here at CORSAIR. We worked hard to make SLIPSTREAM wireless the best, most responsive wireless protocol we could, and CAPELLIX LEDs are similarly groundbreaking. Instead of limiting them only to premiere products, we felt it better to use them where they could do the most good – by improving performance and battery life in our mainstream wireless gaming keyboard. Discussing the K57 RGB Wireless on our AMA Livestream in August 2019While the K57 RGB Wireless keyboard is a membrane keyboard, even keyboard elitists who have seen and used the keyboard in person at PAX West 2019 were astounded to find out it wasn’t mechanical, noting that keystrokes were comfortable, both in actuation feel and force. Another benefit of the membrane actuation is very quiet operation, which is something a lot of streamers look for in keyboards so their viewers don’t hear the constant clacking of the keys, especially in areas where a wireless keyboard excels, like the living room. Many younger gamers and their parents were excited to hear that it was wireless with per-key RGB lighting for $99.99 MSRP, a price facilitated by the fact that it’s a membrane keyboard. The features and technologies the K57 offers at this price point are unique in the industry, and this makes it a perfect keyboard for both new users and veterans, gamers and content creators, or for those who just want a reliable wireless keyboard for any situation. If the K57 RGB Wireless sounds like just the keyboard you’ve been searching for, head over to corsair.com to check it out!
  5. So you got your hands on the awesome new CORSAIR K83 Wireless. Sure, it looks and feels amazing, but you bought it because you want the best in media control for home entertainment. We’re going to help you set it up so you can kick back and relax knowing you’ve got all your media at your fingertips. Initial Setup: Out of the Box Out of the box, your K83 Wireless and the included USB dongle are already paired together, so you can use it as soon as you plug the dongle in to your PC and turn the keyboard on, but there are a few things you should know. First, you’ll want to make sure to fully charge the keyboard. Next, in order to the install the proper drivers and ensure you have the latest firmware, you need to plug both the dongle and keyboard into open USB ports on a PC. For the keyboard, connect using the included USB cable. Once the drivers are installed and firmware is up to date, you can disconnect the USB cable from the keyboard and PC. Now, you should see a “Touchpad” section in Windows Settings > Devices, which will offer some customization. However, for finer adjustment, our powerful iCUE software is the perfect tool to tailor the K83 Wireless exactly how you want it. Lastly, since the K83 Wireless is such a versatile device, it’s likely that you’ll want to use it to control media devices like an Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV. If you just want to connect to your favorite media device, move to the next section – Basic Setup. If you want to do some advanced configurations, see the Advanced Setup section further down. Basic Setup: Connecting K83 Wireless to Various Devices Bluetooth Pairing Mode: The K83 Wireless can store two different Bluetooth connections which makes it incredibly easy to use it with multiple devices. To use Bluetooth mode, you must first pair the K83 Wireless to your media device. To do this, hold Fn+F6 or Fn+F7 depending on which connection you want to pair. If you used F6, the LED near the Esc key will flash blue, and if you used F7, it will flash cyan. Switching Between Devices: To switch between bluetooth or 2.4GHz, simply press F5, F6, or F7 without the Fn key. The color of the LED near the Esc key will change to white, blue, or cyan, respectively, depending on the connection. Amazon Fire TV Open “Settings” then navigate to “Controllersand Bluetooth Devices” and select “Other Bluetooth Devices”Click “Add Bluetooth Devices”Put your K83 Wireless into pairing modeSelect the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevicesYour Amazon Fire TV and K83 Wireless should nowbe connectedAndroid Mobile Devices Put your K83 Wireless into pairing modeOpen Android Bluetooth settingsSome devices may require clicking “Pair new device” or something along those linesSelect the K83 Wireless from the list of nearby devicesType the PIN code on the K83 Wireless, then press enterYour Android Device and K83 Wireless should now be connected Android has a built-in cursor, so you can navigate with the joystick or touchpad immediately Note: The built-in Android physical keyboard settings show keyboard shortcuts for the operating system and app operations. Apple TV Put your K83 Wireless into pairing modeOpen Apple TV settings, then navigate to “Remotesand Devices”Select “Bluetooth”Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevicesIf Apple TV might requests that you enter a fourdigit code/PIN, do soYour Apple TV and K83 Wireless should now beconnectedNvidia Shield TV Open Shield TV settings, then navigate to the “Remotes& Accessories” sectionSelect “Add Accessory”Put your K83 Wireless into pairing modeSelect the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevicesYour Shield TV and K83 Wireless should now beconnectedSamsung Smart TV Open “Settings” then navigate to “System” andselect “Input Device Manager”Select “Add Bluetooth Keyboard & Gamepad”Put your K83 Wireless into pairing modeSelect the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevicesSelect “Pair and connect”Click “OK” once the connection has been madeYour Samsung Smart TV and K83 Wireless are nowconnectedNote: Due to the number of different models of Samsung TVs, these instructions may differ for your specific model Advanced Setup: Configuring your K83 Wireless with iCUE Once iCUE and the device drivers are installed, open the software. With iCUE, you can configure many different aspects of the K83 Wireless, everything from remapping keys to adjusting touchpad sensitivity. You can also update the firmware to keep the device current and working as smoothly as possible. Device SettingsAt the top of the iCUE window, the Settings tab will open global settings for all iCUE enabled devices on your systemClicking the K83 Wireless icon will display information about your K83 Wireless, such as battery level and brightness, but also gives options such as a configurable auto shutoff, auto LED shutoff, enabling custom gestures, etc.If you need to re-pair your K83 Wireless to the USB donglePut it into 2.4GHz pairing mode by holding Fn + F5 until the LED near the Esc key begins to blink whiteOnce the LED is blinking, click the “Initiate Pairing” button in iCUE and wait until the keyboard connectsOnce you’ve familiarized yourself with the Settings section, click anywhere outside the Device Settings window to go back to the main iCUE window, then find and click on the device tile for the K83 Wireless. On the left side of the window, there are six (6) sections: Actions, Gestures, Lighting Effects, Calibration, Navigation Control, and Performance. Each of these gives you the ability to configure different aspects of the K83 Wireless. Read on to learn about them! ActionsSet custom actions for any of the standard keyboard keys, such as macros, remaps, and moreClick the “+” button to add a new action to the listUse the drop-down menu to select what action you want a key to perform, then configure the settings for that actionSelect one of the keys on the image of the K83 Wireless to to use for selected actionGesturesTo enable custom gestures in iCUE, click Settings at the top of the iCUE window, then click the “K83 Wireless” iconNext, click the checkbox for “Enable Gestures Customization”Now, navigate back to the main iCUE screen. On the left, you’ll see many options for gestures.By default, all the gestures shown are activated, but use the Windows default actions for these gesturesTo change the action a gesture will perform, select the desired gesture on the left. Then, using the dropdown menu, select one of the actions to performLighting EffectsWith Lighting Effects, you can set the brightness of your K83’s backlight, as well as select between no effect, static color, or pulseCalibrationThe calibration option is specifically for the joystick and can help ensure you have a consistent experience when using it. To calibrate, make sure you’re not touching the joystick, then click “Begin Recalibration.” Navigation ControlNavigation control allows you to adjust settings for the navigation inputs, like touchpad pointer speed and joystick sensitivity.Performance Under the performance tab, you can select what behavior you want from the F-Lock button, whether that’s disabling the Windows key, touchpad, etc.Now that you’re all connected, what are you waiting for? Watch your favorite show, browse the web, play a game! Whatever it is you plan to do, the K83 Wireless will be the perfect companion for your home entertainment setup. If you have any other questions, suggestions, or comments, join us on our community forums, Discord Server, or Reddit. Thanks!
  6. We recently announced compatibility for a wide selection of our peripherals with the Xbox One as an Xbox licensed hardware partner. Bringing the same high-performance gaming experience that you enjoy on your PC to the Xbox One. Getting Started While you can simply plug and play your mouse and keyboard into your Xbox One, we recommend configuring your peripherals on a PC with our iCUE software. In games that recently added mouse and keyboard support, you may experience some input latency as the developers fine-tune peripheral support, so the below steps will help ensure the best gaming experience. 1. Install iCUE from corsair.com and launch Note: If you already have iCUE installed, update to the latest version if prompted 2. Go to the settings panel and click the device you wish to modify for Xbox One 3. Click “Update” firmware to ensure your device is up-to-date 4. Click the “Polling rate” drop down box and select “125 Hz / 8 msec” Note: This is recommended especially for mice to reduce visible lag in certain games While in iCUE you may wish to configure your mouse sensitivity through the DPI tab on the left. If your mouse or keyboard have onboard storage for hardware profiles, you can also save lighting and other settings directly to your peripherals so that they’re available to you when you’re connected to your Xbox One console. Going Wired Connecting a set of wired peripherals to the Xbox One is simple. If your keyboard has a USB pass-through, plug both USB cables into the back of your Xbox One console and plug your mouse into the pass-through port. If you have a stereo CORSAIR headset such as the VOID Stereo and HS50, or a headset with a removable USB adapter such as the VOID PRO Surround and HS60, you can plug the three-pole 3.5mm jack directly into your Xbox One controller’s headset port or the headset port on the back of the console to enable game audio and voice chat. Going Wireless Wireless peripherals such as the K63 Wireless keyboard and DARK CORE RGB Wired / Wireless mouse may also be used with the Xbox One. Ensure that both peripherals are in 2.4GHz wireless mode (not Bluetooth) and plug their respective wireless receivers into available USB ports on the Xbox One console. For best performance, use the provided USB cable adapter and the charging/data cable so that you can position the USB receivers in clear view of their respective peripherals. (For more information, check out our blog on getting the best wireless performance). NOTE: DARK CORE currently supports Minecraft and an update will be released soon to enable better compatibility with other Xbox One games. Going wireless allows for more flexibility, letting you clear your desk of unnecessary cable clutter, or allowing you to take advantage of our K63 Wireless gaming lapboard accessory. The K63 Wireless gaming lapboard securely houses your K63 Wireless keyboard and provides a cloth gaming surface for the DARK CORE RGB mouse, providing the ultimate setup to enjoy gaming with a keyboard and mouse from the comfort of your couch. Game On! And that’s it! We’re excited to help bring the ultimate keyboard and mouse experience to the Xbox One. For more information, please make sure to check out our detailed compatibility list. Happy gaming!
  7. When using your PC, whether it’s fragging in your favorite FPS title, casting spells in the latest expansion of a popular MMORPG, or engaging in a heated debate on Reddit, there is one constant ⎼ your keyboard is the primary input method and link between you and your rig. Your keyboard and its keycaps have to feel good, look good, and not crack under the pressure. Fortunately, CORSAIR offers high quality ABS keycaps with our keyboards, as well as a PBT Doubleshot keycap upgrade for power users and those looking to refresh their favorite keyboard. So, just what does this all mean? Keep reading to find out, as we take a look at the differences between ABS and PBT, and discuss how keycaps are produced! ABS – What is it? ABS or polyacrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene is a very versatile polymer used in a wide range of applications. It’s also the most commonly used plastic for keycaps. ABS is relatively strong, lightweight, and easy to work with, making it an ideal candidate for mass production. ABS is the industry standard for keycaps, and a great choice for most people. However, ABS can wear down over time and become “shiny”, and it is slightly more prone to discoloration from UV light or solvents like acetone. From a manufacturing standpoint, ABS keycaps are single injection molded and either dyed or screen-printed the desire color. Then, the legends are either screen-printed or laser-etched to the surface of the keycap. PBT Doubleshot – What is it? PBT or polybutylene terephthalate is a polymer that’s often used as an electrical insulator, for example, in automotive electrical connectors, but it also has many other uses. PBT has very high wear resistance and it’s also resistant to UV discoloration, which are both highly desirable qualities for parts under constant use, such as keycaps for a keyboard. PBT also has a slightly grainy texture (shown below), and since it’s very wear resistant, the keys won’t become shiny and smooth under normal use. Enlarged to show texture of PBT material Now that you know a little bit about the material, let’s discuss the molding process used for our premium keycaps. Typically, keycaps are injection molded from one plastic, translucent for backlit keyboards or opaque for non-backlit keyboards. After molding is complete, the keycaps are dyed. In contrast, our PBT Doubleshot keycaps use a “doubleshot” molding process where the base plastic is injection molded, then another plastic, usually in another color and opacity, is molded over the base. Don’t let the term “doubleshot” fool you; more than two colors may be used. Shown below is the underside of our premium keycaps. Notice the translucent plastic making up the connector stem and underside of the top plate, while the rest of the keycap is opaque white. Underside of PBT Doubleshot keycaps Benefits of Upgrading to PBT As mentioned earlier, there are some major benefits when upgrading to our PBT Doubleshot keycaps. First, PBT’s wear resistance is much higher than ABS plastic, and this ensures the texture of the keycaps remains intact for a long time. Another benefit is the “doubleshot” molding process which means the lettering and texture stand up better to heavy usage. The biggest benefit is refreshing a keyboard you love with a simple and inexpensive upgrade, rather than springing for a whole new keyboard. Replacing the keycaps is a quick process, especially since the keycap set includes a keycap puller, and many people end up preferring the feel of the PBT keycaps after they’ve upgraded. What’s Best for You? Are you a casual gamer or light PC user? ABS is probably going to suit you just fine. Are you a heavy/power PC user or a hardcore gamer? PBT might be a better choice, since your keycaps are under heavy, constant use. Where to Buy We offer our PBT Doubleshot keycaps in black and white in our online store. Both colors have a translucent base layer and are compatible with most of our RGB keyboards. Additionally, the beautiful K70 RGB Mk. 2 SE includes the white PBT Doubleshot keycaps (shown below), which can also be found in our online store. K70 RGB MK.2 SE What’s Included? Our PBT Doubleshot keycap sets come in full 104/105 configurations to cater to users who want either US ANSI or International ISO layouts, and includes a keycap puller to make the upgrade quick and easy. Full 104/105 Configuration Keycaps Included As always, thanks for reading and happy gaming!
  8. Unplug & Play is the tagline for our new family of wireless gaming peripherals, starting with our recently announced K63 Wireless gaming keyboard, the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard, and Dark Core RGB wireless gaming mouse. These awesome peripherals enable a truly wire-free living room gaming experience, so we’re going to upgrade our game room at CORSAIR HQ. Our couch setup in the game room is truly a sight to behold, allowing us to demo new hardware like our Unplug & Play lineup as well as hold the occasional Tekken or Street Fighter tournament. Our upgraded setup features an 80” 4K TV powered by our new CORSAIR ONE ELITE. The K63 Wireless SE gaming keyboard features Ice Blue LED lighting, making it a perfect match for our CORSAIR ONE ELITE system, we also made a custom profile in our CUE software to set our DARK CORE RGB gaming mouse to match that same shade of blue for a uniform look once it’s all set up with the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard. Since our CORSAIR ONE ELITE sits next to our 80” 4K TV, I took advantage of the extension cable and USB adapter included with our DARK CORE RGB mouse tucked it near the bottom center of the TV. This way we make sure that our DARK CORE RGB’s wireless receiver gets the best signal possible from the mouse which will be further back from the TV on the couch while gaming. For more info on wireless receiver placement, you can check out our blog on it here. Setting up the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard is super simple. Just slide the K63 Wireless keyboard in to the cutout tray on your lapboard. Line up the wrist rest tabs and carefully slide the keyboard in. And there you have it! We’re excited to finally be able to cut the cords in our living room setup and game from the comfort of our couch without compromise. For more information about our wireless peripherals, join our community at the CORSAIR User Forum.
  9. Wireless devices like our recently released K63 wireless keyboard and DARK CORE RGB/SE wireless mice can be subject to interference from other wireless devices in your environment, so here are some tips and tricks to keep you unplugged and playing. There are three different plug-in configurations we recommend for positioning the USB wireless receiver as close to your device as possible for optimal performance: 1.A front panel USB port on your desktop system (or closest USB port on your laptop) 2.The included USB charging/data cable via the USB cable adapter which will allow you to place the wireless receiver closer to your device 3.A nearby USB passthrough port such as the one available on the K95, K70, K65, STRAFE, MM1000, MM800, or ST100 And here’s a useful diagram to demonstrate the three different configurations! To improve performance even further, it's best to make sure that the wireless receiver is kept away from other USB wireless devices, wireless networking equipment, or USB storage devices (such as flash drives). For more information on our wireless peripherals, join our community at the Corsair User Forum!
  10. We see a lot of modded PC’s with custom parts being made every day, but how often do you see someone modding a keyboard? Today we are going to follow the modder Laine and how he built a custom case for our Corsair K63 keyboard from scratch! I started off by removing the original K63 housing and trimming the PCB by removing the top row media keys and function LEDs, since they were either not needed or will be remapped to the FN key. Next step is to make concept renderings to try out the design before making it a reality. Modelled in Autodesk Inventor and rendered in Luxion Keyshot. Time to make this thing happen! One large piece of 2 mm aluminium and a few sketching tools. A simplified technical drawing is used as a guide to outline the main body. Checking the measurements by mirroring the original housing, since the cutouts will need to be the same size. First the cutouts are made with a jigsaw, then trimmed to size with a metal file. Test fitting the metal plate with the necessary keycaps in place to check for clearance. With the help of a sheet metal brake the ends are bent to a 70° angle on both the top and bottom. Another test fit, the trimmed down PCB helps to make this new housing quite a bit smaller than the original for the K63. Next step is making the sides. To make this thing built like a tank, the sides are made out of 5 mm aluminium. Initial cuts made to the metal, leaving plenty of room for more precise adjustments to the shape of the main body. With the help of a file and a rotary sanding tool, the metal is easily shaped and excess material removed. Repeat on both sides. And that’s the metalworking phase done for this project. Here is the raw aluminium mounted together. An earlier keyboard mod called Aeronaut pictured above Titan in the testing. Finishing the mod by painting the new aluminium housing in a silver metallic paint. Thank you Laine for sharing this amazing build with us, stay tuned to our blog for more projects like this!
  11. Firmware can be thought of as the operating system of a device and in the world of components and peripherals, firmware is everywhere! Sometimes firmware updates are introduced to improve the performance or squash bugs that may pop up, so today we're going to take a look at how to check to see if your peripherals are updated completely in the CORSAIR UTILITY ENGINE. If a firmware update is available for one of your peripherals in CUE, you'll notice a yellow notice in the bottom left corner of the window. In this case, we're wanting to manually check/update our firmware so we're going to go to the global settings menu by clicking the gear icon at the top. Once in the global settings menu, you'll see a download icon next to each peripheral you have plugged in, this is the firmware update menu. Go ahead and click it to proceed with the update process. Once you've clicked on the download icon, you'll see the firmware version your device currently has installed, click update to continue. Once you click update, you'll be given an option to force update to the current latest version available on our servers. Alternatively, if you're trying to roll back to an older version of the firmware in order to troubleshoot an issue, you can select firmware image to update from a file that's saved locally on your computer. Once you've made your selection, click on update to proceed. Once you've started the update process, you'll see a progress bar, once this is complete, the device will disconnect from CUE and reconnect automatically. Do not disconnect the device during this process! And it's as easy as that! Hopefully this helps to clarify the update process in CUE.
  12. The CORSAIR K95 RGB PLATINUM has been on the market for quite some time now, the feedback from our customers has been stellar, especially from the gaming communities. Besides the fact that the K95 RGB PLATINUM uses 100% Cherry MX RGB switches, the aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum frame is one key feature that sets it apart from the competition. The per key RGB backlighting is next to none, allowing you to create virtually any possible lighting effect that you can think of. The K95 RGB PLATINUM feels phenomenal during intense gaming sessions and you can tell that it’s a PREMIUM piece of gaming hardware. Now, I can go all day and talk about the other great features of the K95 RGB PLATINUM, but thankfully if they’re not obvious, they also happen to be printed on the box it comes in. Since the K95 RGB PLATINUM’s debut, I’ve seen all kinds of discussions on the forums and in user reviews, however not many of them cover one cool feature that the K95 RGB PLATINUM has, its integrated cable routing on the underside of the keyboard itself. Let’s go ahead and check it out. Here is a pic of the cable routing channels on the underside of my K95 RGB PLATINUM, each channel crosses the other so that you can route one cable over the other from either side of the keyboard. Pretty cool, right? We’ve got plenty of examples of typical gaming setups at our office which include a wired gaming mouse such as the GLAIVE RGB and a wired gaming headset like the VOID USB. Here’s an example of the kind of cable mess you could potentially run into. For guys like me, who tend to consider themselves as neatfreaks, this wouldn’t pass.Now, let’s take a few minutes and tidy up the cables a bit using the K95 RGB PLATINUM’s integrated cable routing. The following example looks much cleaner and only took two minutes to route the cables for the mouse and headset. But what does this setup look like underneath the keyboard? Well, here’s what it looks like on the underside. As you can see the mouse’s cable crosses on one side and the headset’s cable crosses on the other. And there you have it, integrated cable management is a simple, but incredibly useful feature to help create a clean gaming set-up on your desk. If you’re an owner of a K95 RGB PLATINUM who takes pride in your gaming rig (after potentially hours of cable management), why not take the time to make sure the peripherals on your desk are also managed accordingly?
  13. Some of us don't really ever use the number pad on the right side of our keyboards, and that's completely fine! Thankfully, we've released another solid option for users that prefer going TKL (Ten Keyless). Taking design cues from our popular full-size STRAFE keyboard, the K63 is here with a compact design, but it's just as capable when it comes to the features it packs, making it a win-win for those of us that want more desk space. Just as you would expect, it comes with the ever popular Cherry Red switches and brilliant red LED backlighting. This is perfect for someone who has limited space on their desk or someone who never uses the traditional number pad on the right. It may be small, but it's still packed with “must have” features. To start, it has dedicated media keys for easy control over your music and other media. There is also a LED brightness button that can toggle between OFF, 33%, 66% or 100% brightness. We can’t forget about the Windows lock key, which is also located at the top for easy access. Finally, it's also compatible with the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE), so you can easily assign macros, remap keys, and create lighting patterns exactly to your liking. For anyone looking for a compact, mechanical keyboard for both work and play, the K63 easily fits the bill!
  14. CUE2: Software Overview The Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) is the software that drives the complex lighting and other features behind our gaming peripherals. While previous iterations of CUE have served this purpose well, CUE2 refines the user experience to make it easier than ever to jump right in and quickly customize your peripherals. With that in mind, here's an in-depth look at the new and improved CUE2. New User Interface CUE2 features a revamped user interface with hi-resolution images and UI adjustments that allow for the window to be resized to make the most of whatever display you're using. When you first start CUE2, you'll be greeted by the default profile in the top left corner, your devices with global settings, help, and advanced toggles in the center, a shortcut to the latest CUE patch notes at the bottom, and a shortcut back to the homescreen in the form of the Corsair Gaming logo in the top right corner. If you don't have a CUE-enabled peripheral connected, you'll see a series of demo peripherals so you can explore the different configuration and customization options available (this can be disabled in global settings). Profiles in CUE2 Profiles in CUE2 can be customized with a unique profile icon and background. Now you can quickly identify what profile you’re working in as well as show off your favorite characters or games to match with your lighting effects. Profiles contain performance, actions, and lighting information, allowing for a great degree of flexibility between games (especially if you link multiple profiles to a particular game to switch between characters or classes, all with their own unique lighting profiles and actions). Creating Profiles To create a new profile, click on the hamburger icon on the left hand side of CUE and then the plus icon. You can then name the profile and set a custom profile icon and background image (with an option to blur the background image and adjust the transparency of tabs as needed). If you need to tweak these settings again in the future, just click the pencil icon in the hamburger menu while that profile is active. Importing and Exporting Profiles Profiles can be imported and exported by clicking on the icon with left and right facing arrows. You can then choose between import and export via the drop down menu. Please note that CUE2 can only import CUE2 profiles, legacy profiles created in CUE 1.X will not import correctly. Exporting a profile will save the name, lighting effects, and actions in the profile. However, actions may need to be remapped. RGB Share Want to try out a few advanced lighting profiles or want to share one of your own? Corsair RGB Share is a resource we've put together for the community to easily share their custom profiles with the world. Lighting in CUE2 Lighting effects in CUE2 are split between basic and advanced. Basic mode includes a selection of preset lighting effects that you can modify color, speed, and direction (depending on the effect) while advanced mode allows you to create complex effects from scratch with a greater degree of control. Basic Lighting We include a variety of preset lighting effects for basic mode such as the popular spiral rainbow and type lighting. These effects are applied to the entire keyboard, but can be layered on top of each other to make a rather impressive light show. Visualizer modes and the Lighting Link feature to sync up all connected CUE-enabled peripherals are included in the basic mode. Here’s an example of setting up basic lighting: Create a new profile by clicking the hamburger icon to the right of the profile icons, then click “+” to add a new profile to the list. The "Create Profile" options will appear below the onscreen keyboard preview. You can name the profile, link it to a specific program, and add a custom icon and background for the profile here. Make sure to save. Click on “Lighting Effects” to the left of the preview area, then click “+” to create a new effect. At the bottom of the screen you’ll see the current effect preset (default is the spiral rainbow). Make sure to name the effect in case you plan on adding additional effects later. You can change the effect used via the drop down menu and tweak things such as color, speed, and direction depending on the particular effect you’re working with. Again, don’t forget to hit save once you’re done tweaking the effect to your liking. You can add additional layers of lighting effects by repeating the process we just went through. Layers are prioritized from top to bottom, meaning that layers at the top of the “Lighting Effects” bar will be on top of layers that are lower in the chain. Advanced Lighting By toggling the “advanced” switch at the top of CUE2, you enable advanced lighting features that allow you to make your own lighting effects and apply them how you want across your peripherals for a higher degree of customization. Here’s an example of setting up advanced lighting: Toggle the “advanced” switch at the top of CUE to enable advanced mode. Create a new profile by clicking the hamburger icon to the right of the profile icons, then click “+” to add a new profile to the list. Name the profile, link it to a specific program, or add a custom icon and background. Ensure that you save these settings. Click on “Lighting Effects” to the left of the preview area, then click “+” to create a new effect. At the bottom of the screen you’ll see the current effect, use the drop down menu to change the effect type as you wish and customize colors, speed, velocity, triggers, etc. as you wish. Name the effect and highlight the keys this effect will apply to (click and drag a box around the keys, or control+click to select individual keys). Make sure to save. Continue adding layers of effects by hitting the “+” icon, or you can duplicate an existing layer or import effects from the library. Effect priority is the same as in basic mode, so layers at the top of the stack will visually be on top of all other effects on your device.Actions in CUE2 Actions in CUE2 are listed on the left hand side with easy to reach controls for creating actions, duplicating actions, saving to library, importing from the library. When you create an action, you can choose between a macro, text, key remapping, media controls, timers, disabling keys, and profile switching. With actions you can do things such as remap a key so that it imitates holding a key, set a key or group of keys to be disabled when the lock is on, or automatically group profiles linked to the same program for easy switching between profiles for different characters or roles. Audio If you've got a VOID RGB headset, you'll be able to quickly toggle EQ settings, switch between stereo and Dolby 7.1, adjust sidetone/mic volume, and manage the InfoMic with ease thanks to the new, streamlined layout. Performance Settings Performance settings in CUE2 allow you to adjust angle snapping and pointer precision for mice and lock button behavior for keyboards. Global Settings CUE2’s global settings can be found by clicking on the gear icon next to the advanced mode toggle. While in global settings, you can update device firmware, adjust the polling rate for mice, check for CUE updates, startup behavior, and enable CUE SDK functionality. You can also turn off demo mode by checking the box to show only connected devices while CUE is running. Need Help? If you find yourself stuck at anytime, try clicking on the help icon just below the settings icon at the top of CUE2, this will trigger a tooltip to guide you through the different options that are available to you. Otherwise, the Corsair User Forums is a valuable resource for tips and tricks from us and the community. Imagination Visualized With CUE2, our goal is to unleash creativity expressed through powerful software and advanced RGB lighting. CUE2 will be supported with regular updates to introduce new features and we're constantly looking for feedback from the community (if you have feedback or feature requests, let us know in the Corsair User Forums). Thank you for all your input and we look forward to seeing how CUE evolves in the future.
  15. (This post is for the open beta of CUE2, check out our latest blog post for up-to-date information). The CUE2 open beta is here and brings with it a gigantic overhaul of the Corsair Utility Engine. We’ve listened to your feedback and set out to make CUE2 easier to use so anybody can quickly tweak performance settings, create custom actions, and configure amazing lighting effects. So What’s New? CUE2 has a revamped home screen that puts your devices and profiles front and center. Click on any of the new ultra hi-resolution images for your respective device to quickly configure lighting, actions, and performance. The profile bar on the top left lets you quickly glance to see what profile is currently enabled as well as manage your profile library. Speaking of profiles, you can now assign a custom icon and background image for each individual profile, adding a touch of personality to your CUE experience as well as providing a big visual aid for you to easily identify which of your profiles is active. If we stopped at a new home screen and custom icons/backgrounds, this wouldn’t be much of an update… thankfully, we dug even deeper and overhauled the UI for lighting effects, actions, and audio EQ while we were at it. Lighting effects are now layered with priority placed on the top most effect. You can execute simultaneous standard effects by assigning them to multiple layers and put them in the priority you want with a simple click and drag. Effect timing, triggers, and colors can be readily customized at the bottom of the screen. Actions work similarly to lighting, with all active actions listed on the sidebar and relevant settings on the bottom of the screen. Actions are now easily assigned to a key by selecting the appropriate key on the preview. Some bonus tweaks have been made to actions, such as the ability to imitate holding a key with the remap action, a new option to disable a key if the lock button is on, and new mouse angles to make it easier for you to see where your actions are being mapped onscreen. On the audio side, EQ presets are displayed on the sidebar and can be easily adjusted with the sliders at the bottom of the screen. Sidetone and microphone volumes are also readily available in addition to the virtual surround sound toggle. Take it for a Test Drive! Don’t have a Corsair device, but want to try out CUE2 for yourself? Awesome! CUE2 has a demo mode so that you can take it for a test drive with a selection of devices available for you to virtually customize. If you’ve already got one of our CUE enabled peripherals, you can disable demo mode in the settings menu by checking the option to “show only connected devices.” Try out the future of CUE by joining the open beta and letting us know what you think in the Corsair Forums. Note: Lighting profiles and actions from previous versions of CUE are currently incompatible with CUE2 and will require modification in "advanced" mode to work within CUE2. It is recommended that users remain on the latest version of CUE 1.X if they wish to keep their current lighting profiles and actions.
  16. Many of us know already know that Cherry makes quality mechanical switches for keyboards. Over the years, mechanical keyboards have blown up and has now become the norm for gaming communities. Whether it’s Red, Blue or brown switches, there is a switch for everyone out there. The Red switches is by far the most popular amongst gamers, so we wanted to improve on it. We sat down with Cherry and brainstormed on what people liked most about the red switches and what can we do to improve the already bestselling switch. Well, Cherry did a phenomenal job in creating something that is completely unexpected and made it exclusive to Corsair (Thank you Cherry) Let me introduce to you our newest gaming peripheral, STRAFE RGB MX Silent keyboard! Believe it or not, the composition of the switch is very similar to the red switch. What makes the MX Silent switch, Silent, is a small piece of material that absorbs the top out impact and the bottom out impact making it 30% quieter than a red switch. The good news? Now you can type away and mash keys without your significant other looking at you like you are crazy. Needless to say, this is a win-win situation. So why wait? Go out and pick up a STRAFE RGB MX Silent and game away… Here is an exploded view of the Cherry MX Silent Switch:
  17. The K65, K70, and K95 RGB keyboards are so flashy that it’s easy to forget just how much potential they really have. Fundamentally, the only thing that really demands you game with these keyboards is the Corsair Gaming logo on the non-Vengeance versions. And they are excellent for gaming – but they’re also fantastic for so much more. After all, at their cores they’re high grade mechanical keyboards. As it turns out, they’re excellent productivity tools as well. Creative professionals often use overlays on their keyboards that group keys by function or list functions on the keys themselves. While we can’t specifically change the labels on the keycaps, we do have the power to control per-key backlighting, and that lets us get halfway there. For a proof of concept, I created a quick and dirty profile for the K70 RGB that includes backlighting schemes for Adobe Premiere Pro CC… …Adobe After Effects CC… …and Adobe Photoshop CC. Shortcuts for toggling tools are highlighted in yellow, navigation shortcuts are highlighted in green, and assorted other groups get backlighting depending on their function. Any key that isn’t a shortcut gets a low white LED backlight. This is just a start, of course. If anyone has any suggestions on how to make these profiles more useful, or additional applications they want added, please feel free to let us know in the forums or in comments. If you’re interested in downloading, you can grab the profile from this forum thread.
  18. It’s been a little while since we’ve hit you with a review roundup. We’re in the calm before the storm: in just a couple short weeks, CES 2015 will be upon us, and the industry will spin up to full tilt again. But for now, we still have a doozy of a review roundup for you. The Corsair Gaming umbrella continues to gain traction with the series of high quality peripherals being released under it, while reviews still trickle in for our HXi power supplies. Corsair Gaming H1500 and H2100 We’ll start with reviews of our USB-based gaming headset, the Corsair Gaming H1500. Guru3D, eTeknix, and Benchmark Reviews all gave it a listen, and every last one came away impressed. Guru3D’s Hilbert Hagedoorn said “The Corsair Gaming H1500 shines in a nice deep and dynamic sounding bass, clear voices, and the treble that we increased a notch totally fits my personal sound flavor. These factors combined satisfy my personal audio flavor real fast.” He gave it a Recommended award. While we’re at Guru3D, Hilbert also tried out our higher end wireless Corsair Gaming H2100 headset and gave it a Top Pick award, saying “For straight up gaming, the H2100 is tough to beat, the overall clarity and nice bass make it a killer headset.” The reviewer at eTeknix shared a similar sentiment before giving it the Editor’s Choice award: “The Corsair Gaming H1500 is one of the best mid-budget gaming headsets available. It’s lightweight and comfortable to use for long gaming sessions, it has powerful and clear audio and it also has one of the best microphones I’ve tested. A solid all-round performance from Corsair.” Finally, our friends at Benchmark Reviews called it “a lot of headset for the price” and “just what the doctor ordered for the budget gamer.” The H1500 walked away with their Golden Tachometer. Corsair Gaming Mice and Keyboards While I can’t technically say our keyboards are the best in the business, they have a habit of getting some pretty high accolades, and they’re being joined by our new RGB mice. We’ll start with Slashgear, which took a pretty comprehensive look at our RGB keyboards along with our M65 RGB mouse and came away smiling, saying: “We came for the colorful madness of the RGB hook, we stayed for the highest-end precision delivered in-game. Both the keyboard collection and the mouse usher in Corsair Gaming with a bang.” Next, Erik Fredriksen at TechnoBuffalo had this to say about our K70 RGB: “The customization options presented by the software put the K70 and its bigger and smaller siblings in a class of their own. If you want to do anything beyond simply typing, not much else can compare. The possibilities Corsair’s software presents are virtually endless in the hands of a creative user.” Over at Vortez, Tony Le Bourne got his game on with the M65 RGB and found it worthy of a Gold award: “After spending some time with the Corsair Gaming M65 RGB, the performance has proved to be strong and satisfying, making a trusted weapon for all FPS enthusiasts.” Finally, the optical version of our brand new Sabre RGB gaming mouse (a hit in its own right in the office) was reviewed at both Tweak.dk and Hardware Heaven and in both cases left with an award, with Tweak.dk giving it their “Great Product” award and Hardware Heaven giving it their Recommended award. With the rash of quality Corsair Gaming hardware out of the way, we turn our attention to reviews of our HX1000i power supplies. Corsair HX1000i Power Supply The 1,000-watt, 80 Plus Platinum, Corsair Link-enabled beast that is the HX1000i was reviewed by both eTeknix and Hardwareluxx, and in both reviews, walked away an award-winner. eTeknix’s Ryan Martin specifically concluded, “With silent operation, impressive performance and a selection of digital controls and monitoring the HX1000i offers a great cheaper alternative to Corsair’s premium AXi series.” Corsair Cases We also had three of our cases – including the recently launched Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition – go out for review. The new 330R Titanium adds an attractive new gunmetal-colored brushed aluminum finish to the door of the 330R along with built-in fan control, and Technic3D was happy enough with it to give it their Silver award. The Tech Report revisited the Air 240 and discovered something you and I already knew: “With all of its stock fan mounts populated, the Carbide Series Air 240 delivers superb cooling performance.” That superb cooling performance, coupled with the killer feature set, earned our Air 240 a “Recommended” award. Rounding out our case reviews, TechPowerUp goes hands on with our Obsidian Series 250D. They called it a “small chassis with a huge punch” and gave it a 9.5 score and an Editor’s Choice award. Finally, the best of the rest: ConseilConfig.com reviewed our popular Hydro Series H75 liquid cooler (a perfect match for the HG10 bracket if ever there were one) and gave it a score of 4.1 out of five stars. …and last but not least, the crew over at Madshrimps put the screws to our Vengeance LPX DDR4 and made it sing. They said “Tweaking potential is more than present and this kit can compete with other high end kits, which might be higher priced.” For that potential, it earned a Performance award.
  19. The highly anticipated Corsair Gaming RGB K70 keyboards have been available for a few weeks and the reviews have been coming in, along with the awards. We have linked up some of the most popular reviews for you below in our latest review roundup: Anandtech “In terms of quality, the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB leaves us no room for complaints. The aluminum chassis has outstanding mechanical strength and makes the body of the keyboard extremely robust.” The Tech Report “Gamers looking to stand out at the next International Dota 2 Championships—or even when fragging n00bs at home—will love the K70 RGB. Even to my jaded tech-reviewer heart, this keyboard is really cool. With all of that creative freedom beckoning, I was eager to make the backlight dance.” Guru of 3D “The new Corsair gaming K70 RGB keyboard is incredible fun. Basically Corsair took the K70 and started replacing the keys with RGB coloring, but then realized .. frack we need a processor for that. So inside this keyboard even an ARM processor is housed. That is the golden combination as alongside an overall excellent keyboard all by itself, you now get to play around with per key programmable lighting.” Legit Reviews “Legit Bottom Line: The Corsair Gaming K70 RGB is the familiar Vengeance K70 except more magical.” Tech Radar “I'd say that dishing out an extra $60 for an awesome set of customizable LEDs is a small price to pay. I'm a fan of the colors, and I like the option to download cool profiles created by fellow players. The K70 RGB is no doubt the color-customizable keyboard to get, but beware: the software is for hardcore enthusiasts only.” Hexus “Corsair's Vengeance K70, introduced back in March of 2013, is in our estimation one of the best mechanical keyboards to date and remains a go-to solution for gamers wanting a quality product without too many frills. Building on that momentum, Corsair has now launched the K70 RGB, bringing a glittering array of colour combinations and an innovative Cherry MX RGB switch to a tried-and-trusted design.” Overclock3D “Frankly the amount of customisation available on the K70 RGB would require a month to cover in full detail and is guaranteed to set the pulse racing of anybody with even a passing interest in having full control over their keyboard. For finally solving the eternal problem of having the outstanding Cherry MX switches dragged into the full colour customisation era, the Corsair K70 RGB deserves our OC3D Innovation award.” Bit-tech “It's rare that we reach for the Extreme Ultra award when dealing with a humble keyboard, but if there's one thing the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB is not, it's humble. The levels of customisation, both for key functionality and lighting, reach beyond anything we've seen before. ” eTeknix “Corsair Gaming have taken one of the best gaming keyboards on the market and made it better than ever; there are a few competing RGB keyboards on the market right now, but not one of them even comes close to the level of customisation that the K70 RGB offers. If you a want premium gaming keyboard then you’ll love what the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB has to offer, with the added bonus that it can put on a dazzling light show when you need to brighten up your desk.” Kitguru “The options are near-limitless, which is what makes this keyboard so exciting. Even better, there are other versions that give you the chance to have it fitted with Cherry MX Brown and Cherry MX Blue switches. The K95 is going to offer some of those dedicated macro keys I talked about, but if you want a slightly cheaper and smaller form factor version without the num-pad, the K65 will handle that.” So far the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, and we will continue to post new reviews as the show up.
  20. What is the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB? For those of you who don’t know, The Corsair Gaming K70 RGB is the next evolutionary addition to our line of 100% fully mechanical gaming keyboards. Featuring the world’s first German-engineered Cherry MX RGB key switches as part of a limited-time Corsair exclusive, the K70 RGB allows for 16.8 million per-key color animated back-lighting by utilizing an on-board ARM processor and a powerful lighting controller that uses new software to display fully customizable lighting effects such as gradient and ripple patterns. The software will also allow for powerful key sequencing actions across multiple modes and profiles in conjunction with the lighting. Furthermore, all standard keys on the K70 are remappable, replacing the need for dedicated macro keys. The K70 RGB also features all of the hallmark attributes of the original award-winning Vengeance K70 such as aircraft grade black anodized brush aluminum, 100% anti-ghosting technology with full 104-key rollover, dedicated media control keys, adjustable dimming, removable perforated wrist-rest and adjustable polling rate. Specifications: 100% Cherry MX Red RGB mechanical key switches for ultimate performance Multicolor per-key backlighting for virtually unlimited game customization Display controller driven fast and fluid 16.8M multicolor animation Aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum for superior rigidity Entire keyboard is programmable to assign a macro to any key 100% anti-ghosting with full 104-key rollover on USB Onboard memory to take performance and lighting settings with you 36KB of on-board memory to store performance and lighting settings use on other PCs RGB LED backlighting with key-by-key programmability to light up individual keys Aluminum unibody construction for increased strength, durability and rigidity Six dedicated multimedia keys Windows Lock key for uninterrupted game play Cherry MX Key Switches – Current K70 Cherry MX switches are the most popular mechanical switches found on today’s keyboards, due in part to the brand’s industry-renowned variety of key choices (MX Red, MX Blue, MX Brown, etc.) to fit different preferences, as well as their durable design, proven with over 5 billion switches used in keybaords around the world. Made in Germany with precision engineering, Cherry MX switches can withstand over 50 million key presses. Each key switch is mounted directly onto a top metal (aluminum) plate that ensures structual rigidity, topped with a translucent ABS laser-etched keycap to enable backlighting. Backlighting on a Cherry MX switch is much sharper than that of a membrane keyboard because each key is lit by an individual LED and not in an array. This means that if the user removes the keycap, he or she should see an LED directly under it that maximizes the lighting effect. To solve the single LED limitation and provide a keyboard that could meet everyone’s specific preferences for LED backlighting, Corsair approached Cherry, one of the world leaders in product innovation. They took our request and by working together, the two companies designed an entirely new switch while retaining the definitive characteristics of a Cherry key switch. The requirements—the feel, reliability, and range of switches—could not be compromised. It was important that the characteristics of the switch did not change simply because of RGB. The RGB would have to be a feature on top of a switching retaining its Cherry identity. In order to meet these standards, Cherry made adjustments to how the LED lighting was mounted. Rather than adding the LED directly onto the key switch, Cherry used a precise, computer- calculated lens in place of where the LED used to be. The RGB LED would then be surface mounted (SMD-LED) directly onto the keyboard’s PCB. The two benefits of this new design were apparent: 1.) RGB is now possible since the light emitted by the diode shines through the lens and emits a similar effect to the previous 3mm single-color LED model. 2.) With the RGB LED directly mounted onto the PCB, reliability is also gained by reducing the chances of ESD (electric static discharge) occuring, the leading cause of LED failure on keyboards. All of the lighting in the key switches connects to a custom lighting controller and a powerful ARM processor to control both the lighting and the keyboard 104-key rollover matrix. The Software - Corsair Utility Engine The K70 RGB keyboard will be the first Corsair peripheral to use the newly designed software, the Corsair Utility Engine. This software is our most powerful and versatile version yet with options to configure both the lighting portions of the keyboard as well as create powerful actions such as double macros, remappable key assignments, timer countdowns, dpi adjustments, and more. Every standard key on the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB is configurable with both actions and lighting that work in conjunction. This means that not only can users perform a combination of key sequence actions with the press of a button, but can also incorporate a lighting profile on the keyboard to reflect the actions being initiated. The software will also allow gamers to create multiple color profiles as well as different modes that will enable separate lighting and action configurations based on the game or application with an adjustable OSD (on-screen display). With RGB backlighting available on a per-key basis, the software allows each K70 RGB to be customized in myriad ways. Each key can be customized to display any of the 16.8 million colors available. This color option is hence referred to as “the background.” In the image above, for example, Corsair has set the most popular keys for FPS to red while all the other keys are teal. The background refers to the colors that will remain static on the keyboard much like back-lighting. As one of its many features, Corsair incorporated groups of keys into the software. It can often be a tedious and mundane task to assign the same color to all 104 keys individually. In lieu of that, the new Corsair Gaming Software can create and assign groups of keys to one lighting preference or action in their entirety. In the example above, we configured the group ALL to include all of the keys on the keyboard except for WASD keys, the Arrow Keys, and Keys one - six. The company then assigned the color “teal” to ALL, and then assigned Red to the other three groups of keys. There is no limit to the number of groups a user can create nor is there a limit to the color combinations . If our desire to set all 104 keys to a one unique color per individual key, they can do so without encountering any hardware restrictions. The options for customization are endless and only scratches the surface. There are many more options for the keyboard including advance macros, timer sequences, full keyboard remapping, and double macros that we will explore more in the future.
  21. The past couple of weeks have seen the proliferation of reviews of a couple of new products: specifically the Voyager Air 2 and the Flash Voyager GTX. Maximum PC put together their 2014 Dream Machine, but you’ll have to visit the newsstand to see it. Suffice to say, when they wanted the best power supply, memory, and keyboard the market had to offer, they chose Corsair Dominator Platinum memory (with brand new Dominator Airflow Platinum RGB LED cooling), our flagship AX1500i power supply, and an RGB K95 keyboard. Why no Corsair case? They built their dream machine inside a desk, and we’re not in the furniture business. Yet. The Voyager Air 2 starts our review roundup at MyCE.com, which had this to say: “I have to say that I am impressed by the Corsair Voyager, and it is packed with more features than I can use. Connectivity is another strong point for the Voyager AIR2 and you can add to that the 1TB hard drive that offers all the storage you need when you are on a trip or just camping. The Corsair Voyager AIR2 can be, and is, a very useful tool, not just a smart portable external hard drive." You can read the complete review here. Our old friend Linus over at LinusTechTips also took the Voyager Air 2 for a spin and found a lot to like in our updated software. You can watch his video review .TweakTown was also extremely impressed with the functionality of the Voyager Air 2. Reviewer Tyler Bernath had this to say: “The Corsair Voyager Air 2...is a successful deployment of a second generation mobile storage solution... the internals of this device match what I found in the original Voyager Air, so what we have gained in gen 2 is the smaller footprint and with that a much improved price tag.” You can see the whole review and benchmarks of the internal hard drive here. Finally, Hardware Heaven’s Stuart Davidson spent some time with the Voyager Air 2 and also came back pretty happy with it, giving it their “Recommended” award. Hardware Heaven’s rundown is here. One of our most popular keyboards, the Vengeance K70, spent some time under the magnifying glass over at PC Magazine. The editor had this to say: “...for gamers looking to equip themselves with a competitive gaming keyboard, the Vengeance K70 (Cherry MX Red) is one of the best around.” You can read the full evaluation here. Switching gears, the fine folks at KitGuru test drove our new 512GB Force LX SSD and rewarded it eight out of ten stars, calling it “An excellent, effectively priced Solid State Drive from Corsair.” Their review is here. Finally, we have a very healthy run of reviews for the new Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 drive. This is quite simply the fastest flash drive we make, offering SSD-grade performance in the form factor of a thumb drive. While most press don’t usually review flash drives, we received an unusually high amount of interest in this product and were all too happy to answer the call. Over at Legit Reviews, editor Nathan Kirsch reviewed our 128GB model and had this to say: “The Corsair Flash Voyager GTX 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive was found to be insanely fast on our Intel Haswell Z97 test platform that was running Windows 8.1. We were able to hit 463MB/s read and 372MB/s write in ATTO and we have to say results confirm that we are getting the Corsair promised “SSD-like” performance numbers out of this thumb drive.” They gave us their Recommended award, and you can read their full evaluation here. Storage Review also reviewed the Flash Voyager GTX, concluding that “The Corsair Flash Voyager held its own against other top-spec flash drives and would be an excellent, lower-cost alternative for professionals and those who want high-speed access on the go to large sets of data.” Their review is here. TweakTown was at least as enthusiastic as Legit Reviews was, awarding us the below 95% score. You can read their full review here. Over in the UK, Tarinder Sandhu at Hexus reviewed the Flash Voyager GTX and reached many of the same conclusions his peers did: “Suitable for folk who need to move large amounts of data from machine to machine, Corsair's Flash Voyager GTX is one of the fastest USB 3.0 sticks around. Particularly adept at sky-high read speeds approaching 400MB/s in a real-world environment, we can recommend it for users where speed really matters.” His full write-up is available here. Finally, PC Perspective reviewed the Flash Voyager GTX and handed it their gold award, with editor Ryan Shrout saying “I come away from the USB 3.0-based Corsair Flash Voyager GTX 128GB flash drive impressed with its performance and form factor. For any user that thinks it would be handy to have an ultra-fast external storage device without the need for a portable 2.5-in SSD cage and cable, this product will fit the bill perfectly.” That review is here.
  22. This week we have three AX1500i reviews from around the world, and another review of the K70 mechanical keyboard. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_Review_Roundup_Week_ending_7-25-2014-Content-1.png We start in China where Zol did some in-depth testing on the AX1500i and had some great things to say about it. In case your mandarin is a little rusty, I have a translated summary for you. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_Review_Roundup_Week_ending_7-25-2014-Content-2.JPG "Conversion energy efficiency up to 94.48%" "Solid material and excellent workmanship" "Near-perfect performance" power.zol.com.cn Next, we go to South Africa where the NAG online magazine had some great things to say about the AX1500i in there July issue, and gave it a score of 10 out of 10! NAG also mentioned that they will be using the AX1500i in there dream machine! /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_Review_Roundup_Week_ending_7-25-2014-Content-3.jpg Pros: Unparalleled Efficiency, Surprisingly silent, Impeccable build qualtiy, 7 year warranty Cons: Eye boggling pricey NAG Web Magazine Another web magazine by the name of "The OverClocker" also got there hands on the AX1500i and ended up giving us their Editor's Choice Award. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_Review_Roundup_Week_ending_7-25-2014-Content-4.JPG Here are a few quotes from their artcile: "Of particular interest to us is just how quiet and resilient this PSU is to any shenanigans that may happen while it powers our test machine." "You can't go wrong with this one even if you tried. It's a definite must have item for us." The OverClocker And finally we come to the last review of this weeks round-up which covered the Vengeance K70 mechanical keyboard, specifically the version with the Cherry MX brown switches. Cowcotland.com had this to say about the keyboard after their testing: "Whether by switches red, brown, backlight …, the base of K70 allows it to be an excellent product. This is a keyboard look more than successful, with an excellent finish. The adjustable backlight is quite friendly. It has the basics: USB, multimedia, set additional keys, wrist rest, in short, there isn’t much to complain about, including in terms of reliability, unlike the K95. In fact, it doesn’t seem particularly high in relation to the competitors. Around the hundred euros, clearly worth seeing." /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_Review_Roundup_Week_ending_7-25-2014-Content-5.jpg They also gave us their Gold award! /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_Review_Roundup_Week_ending_7-25-2014-Content-6.JPG CowCotLand
  23. The Corsair Vengeance K70 has always been a striking and aesthetically pleasing keyboard. The most popular version by a large margin has always been the Black Aluminum with Red Back-lighting in either Cherry MX Red, Blue, or Brown. We are one of the few manufacturers (and the only high volume manufacturer) to offer a variety of key switches on a full size keyboard to fit your needs. To expand on the choices available and to see if there is demand for variation to our keyboards (especially for additional red back-lighting options), we made a very limited run of keyboards in Gunmetal and Silver for both NA and UK layouts. For North America layouts, we have Cherry MX Blue on Gunmetal and Cherry MX Red on Silver Vengeance K70 Keyboards. UK layouts can get both Cherry MX Brown and Cherry MX Blue for Gunmetal and Cherry MX Red on Silver Vengeance K70 Keyboards. (US Layout Pictured Below): /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_K70_Special_Edition-Content-4.png /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_K70_Special_Edition-Content-5.png As always our K70 will always feature 100% Cherry MX Switches, dedicated media controls, 100% anti-ghosting, individual per-key backlighting, and a soft touch wrist rest for additional comfort. Here are the links to our Corsair Web Store if you’re interested in ordering one today. Remember these are limited quantity so once they're gone, they will be gone for good! Corsair Vengeance K70 Cherry MX Blue Gunmetal with Red Backlighting (NA version) http://www.corsair.com/en-us/vengeance-k70-special-edition-mechanical-gaming-keyboard-gunmetal-cherry-mx-blue Corsair Vengeance K70 Cherry MX Blue Gunmetal with Red Backlighting (UK version) http://www.corsair.com/en-gb/vengeance-k70-special-edition-mechanical-gaming-keyboard-gunmetal-cherry-mx-blue-uk Corsair Vengeance K70 Cherry MX Red Silver with Red Backlighting (NA version) http://www.corsair.com/en-us/vengeance-k70-special-edition-mechanical-gaming-keyboard-silver-cherry-mx-red Corsair Vengeance K70 Cherry MX Red Silver with Red Backlighting (UK version) http://www.corsair.com/en-gb/vengeance-k70-special-edition-mechanical-gaming-keyboard-silver-cherry-mx-red-uk Corsair Vengeance K70 Cherry MX Brown Gunmetal with Red Backlighting (UK version) http://www.corsair.com/en-gb/vengeance-k70-special-edition-mechanical-gaming-keyboard-gunmetal-cherry-mx-brown-uk
  24. This week, our Corsair CS450M gets a review as well as three different Corsair keyboards: the K30, K40 and K70. Germany's Computerbase reviewed the 80 Plus Gold certified, semi-modular Corsair CS450M power supply this week. They were impressed with the performance at this CS450M's price point. While most other PSUs in this market space are 80 Plus Bronze, nevermind semi-modular, the CS450M lives up to its 80 Plus Gold promises. Pros: Inexpensive High Efficiency Good voltage regulation Mid-range capacitors Semi-modular QuietCons: Only one PCIe power connectorIn France, Generation PC 29 had a look at the Raptor K30 and K40 keyboards. Take your pick! The K30 featured red LED backlighting while the RGB LEDs in the K40 are capable of duplicating 16.8 million different colors. Of the pair, they liked: The nice finish Programmable gaming keys The K40's RGB lightingCons: No USB port (there's one on the K50) No braided cable (only the Vengeance mechanical keyboards have braided cables) Too little difference between the two models (well... the backlighting. That's it.)In the end, the K30 received a Bronze Award.... And the K40 received a Silver Award! Back in the U.S., The Tech Report reviewed the Corsair Vengeance K70 keyboard. "The Vengeance K70 made me even more of a keyboard snob, and now, nothing else will do. So I ordered the MX brown version for myself. Both deservedly and by definition, the K70 is a TR Editor's Choice." If you have a review of a Corsair component that you think we may have missed, please drop me an email at jon dot gerow at corsair dot com!
  25. The wait is almost over and the Corsair Cherry MX RGB Keyboards are coming soon! Here is a recap of what we announced at Computex. Back during CES, we announced and showed the amazing technology as a result of collaboration between Corsair Components and Cherry Corporation. Featuring a fully mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches, we one-upped the game and combined it with customizable RGB per-key backlighting. However, this was only a technology demo and we didn’t have actual specifications… …until now. Featuring “Corsair’s hallmark features: sleek design ultra-accurate components, and sturdy medal construction,” we showed at Computex the K70 variant (104-key) full size RGB keyboard and in addition, the newly announced K95 RGB, which is the existing K95 variant (104 key + 18 dedicated macro keys with 3 memory banks). Here are the official specifications for the K70 and newly announced K95 RGB: 100% Cherry MX RGB mechanical key switches for ultimate performance Multicolor per-key backlighting for virtually unlimited game customization Display controller driven fast and fluid 16.8M multicolor animation Aircraft-grade black anodized brushed aluminum for superior rigidity Entire keyboard is programmable to assign a macro to any key 100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover on USB Onboard memory stores performance and lighting settings 2 year warranty Available late August (K95) Available late July with Cherry MX RGB red switches (blue and brown switches available late August) (K70) $169.99 (K70) $189.99 MSRP (K95) One of the biggest reasons why these keyboards will be some of the best gaming keyboards you’ll ever use is a result of the software. With every key being programmable for macro assignment, we are confident that these keyboards will fit the demands of gamers and enthusiasts alike.This of course is in addition to the incredible amount of lighting options you'll be able to do as shown below: To expand on what you're seeing, there is a light pattern already playing as the foreground (static keys are set to a specific color as the background) and each key press initiates a wave (set to white) that goes over the background. You'll be able to set the combination of colors in this pattern, the keys that the pattern effects, and how long/wide/tall/duration of the pattern. In short, your imagination is your only limitation. As we get closer to release, we will do a full blog on the functionality of the RGB lighting and what it can do in terms of customization for lighting and macro setup. There are MANY great things ahead. Hang in there! The wait will be worth it.
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