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I happen to like them. I have both wired and the new wireless K63/Dark Core. Not quite as thrilled with the wireless, since the software doesn't always initialize the keyboard at Windows boot up properly. Sometimes I need to relaunch the app. But you aren't going to get gaming/mechanical gear that is wireless like this in many other places.
 
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I've tried two of their keyboards, and several of their mice, and in my experience, their best product was the M45 mouse , the KB's i tried were unremarkable. But that M45 was innthe top 5 of the best mice ive ever used, amazing quality....i dont think they make it any longer tho, as this was 4 or more years ago i think
 

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Well for keyboards, I know last time I was researching them that they use non-standard spacing for the bottom row so you are screwed if you want to use different caps, which is one of the main benefits of using Cherry MX switches in the first place.

I've grown to appreciate PBT keycaps on my MX boards since they resist wear/yellowing and stickiness due to their different properties as opposed to ABS caps. See how pristine 1980's Model M keycaps, which are PBT, still often look compared to other ABS keycap boards of the era.
 
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I hate to give up screen space for monitoring utilities, so much prefer the Logitech Gaming KBs with the LCD. For mice, my Asus Gx950 gave it up after just over 5 years, tried a few others before finding a site still selling the GX950.

I don't use wreless KBs / mice anymore... got tired of re "pairing" , tho a wireless headset is a preferred if ya don't wanna get twisted neck when ya stand up to get a snackie
 
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I hate to give up screen space for monitoring utilities, so much prefer the Logitech Gaming KBs with the LCD. For mice, my Asus Gx950 gave it up after just over 5 years, tried a few others before finding a site still selling the GX950.

I don't use wreless KBs / mice anymore... got tired of re "pairing" , tho a wireless headset is a preferred if ya don't wanna get twisted neck when ya stand up to get a snackie
Order el cheapo 3.5 inch raspberry pi lcd. It drives via HDMI. You can screen there anything you wish as a proper second screen.
 
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I have a Raptor K30 wired keyboard which has served me well for four or five years and I bought it with a Raptor M40 gaming mouse. Of course, both have now been updated by Corsair.
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I now use them on my work machine and there's no doubt about the quality, although the keyboard has given me lag at times, especially in car racing games. It's not mechanical either.
Last year I went for a Corsair Strafe RGB keyboard, which is mechanical and uses Cherry MX Silent key switches. They're not actually all that silent, but it doesn't bother me because for gaming, it's a big step up from the K30.
Whilst the lighting is nice to look at, once set through iCUE (which is very difficult to grasp, for me anyway), I pretty much leave the colour scheme the way it is. It's big, chunky and very responsive. I think it's worth paying decent money for a good keyboard actually.

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From my own personal perspective - I feel that they are pants - I have had 2 of their mechanical keyboards die on me in quick succession - the 2nd one I just binned after it started failing. Sour grapes?

Well this I think adds some substance to my statement:

https://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-hardware/keyboards/mechanical-gaming-keyboards

https://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-hardware/mice/pc-gaming-mice

Crikey O Riley would you look at all the refurb units on sale? Overpriced mediocrity at best - I personally will be avoiding their peripherals in the future - don't get me wrong, memory, psus, cases I have no issues with whatsoever having purchased and recommended on many occasions.
 
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It's a shame you've had such bad luck @Sparkle1 , so what did you go for in the end?
 
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corsair keyboard is nice but tai hao keycaps can't really fit on it
 
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My experience with Corsair keyboards and mice is that they work and are well made. Beyond that, I cannot comment because keyboards and mice are extensions of our own hands. What feels great in my palm or at the end of my fingertips may feel awkward or even painful to you. So you really need to visit your local computer stores and play "touchy-feely" for yourself. Just remember to take some hand-sanitizer with you! :twitch:

I use nothing but wireless keyboards and mice on all my systems and have never had a problem with losing connection - except when the batteries run down. That said, none of mine are Bluetooth, and none are more than 15 feet from the USB dongle.

As for batteries, on my busier computers, they have to be replaced about every 4 - 5 months so this is one place I recommend and use rechargeable batteries. And for the record (knock on forehead/wood) thus far whenever I did lose connectivity due to batteries, simply replacing the batteries immediately restored connectivity - that is, I didn't have to reboot and didn't lose any data. :)
 

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I don't know whether it could be classed as bad luck my friend - The links that I posted show a worrying (IMHO) number of manufacturer refurbs - now don't get me wrong if I go and spend £30 / $30 on a keyboard - my expectations regarding quality, durability, reliability and generally not crapping out are set accordingly - and I would expect the product to have a comparatively short life span.

On the flip side of that If I am spending £150 / $150 - these expectations would scale commensurately - this is where I feel Corsair peripherals fall short - paying fillet steak prices for a Burger King burger if that makes sense.

I would lump Razer into a similar category - their orignal core products (MICE) were what switched me onto them (Boomslang specifically) - and I can honestly say in the years and several mice since - I haven't bought any other brand. I have however bought a soundcard from them (trousers!) keyboard (even more trousers!).
 
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