CORSAIR's focus this Computex was on the entry into custom watercooling with Hydro X, but earlier this year at CES, the company introduced their new Slipstream wireless technology and Capellix LED technology. The former found its way into the company's mice already, and the latter allowed for the release of the Dominator Platinum RGB LED performance memory without compromising on looks or latency. Neither of those were exactly relevant to me personally as a keyboard editor here (among other things) until today. Enter the K57 RGB wireless keyboard, and thanks again to CORSAIR for sending along a review sample.
CORSAIR's mice and headsets may have the luxury of different names to help differentiate themselves, but their keyboards seem to be all aboard the K-train. There was, and to an extent still is, the Strafe which used to help differentiate a keyboard in a plastic chassis compared to the K-series with an aluminium cover plate, but none of that is valid anymore. The only sort of logic left is that the smaller the number, the lower in the keyboard product hierarchy it generally is. As such, this new K57 RGB wireless with not only Slipstream but also Capellix LEDs for RGB lighting, as well as dedicated keys on top of the 104-keys in the US ANSI layout, means something is amiss. Oh yeah, this is not a mechanical keyboard. We begin the review of this fancy membrane switch keyboard with a look at the specifications below.
|CORSAIR K57 RGB Wireless Keyboard|
|Layout:||>104-key modified US ANSI layout, other languages supported based on the region|
|Material:||ABS plastic case and keycaps|
|Weight:||0.95 kg / 2.09 lbs.|
|Wrist Rest:||Yes, removable|
|Dimensions:||166 (L) x 480 (W) x 35.4 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6 ft / 1.8 m, charging + connection|
|Switch Type:||Rubber dome membrane switch|
|Backlighting:||Yes, 16.8 M per-key RGB backlighting|
|Interface:||2.4 GHz CORSAIR Slipstream wireless, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, or USB|