Corsair never fails to shock us with the outstanding products they release.Yet, here we are again today hearing that a wireless keyboard can be just as good, if not better than a wired one. Stick around and jump into this release day review of the K57 RGB Wireless.
UNBOXING, CONTENTS, PRICING
Packaging is fairly standard from what we have come to expect from Corsair, but true to the repetition, is the reputation in company.
Initial out of the box thoughts is a fairly standard keyboard with matte black finish and glossy top bar. The keys are silent and firm and there is a column of “G” keys along the left side of the board. Impressively they can be programmed in seconds.The palm rest leaves something to be desired. We feel the wrist rest is slightly to plastic and not enough rubber, our hands feel as if they slide down the rest as we type.
The dongle for USB connection comes in tow of the keyboard on the same face as the power switch and micro-usb plug for USB connection/charging.The keyboard comes with the standard manuals as well as a USB Dongle for the wireless connection.
MRSP on the K57 is set at $99.99USD.
Setting up the K57 is super easy. Simply plug the included cable from your Desktop to Keyboard to activate the USB connection or connect the Dongle and flip the power switch on the rear of the Board.Just like that you’re up and running. The Slipstream wireless technology will have you connected and seamlessly able to switch between 2 Bluetooth devices and your PC all with the K57, simply hit the FN key and either the F5,F6, or F7 key to choose your programmed device.
Battery life is claimed at 175hrs with no lighting and 8 hours with max. lighting. We have been using the board for near three days and have not yet had any need for warning lights come on.
Programming & iCue Software
One of the great functions of the K57 board is the MR button located at the top, which allows you to record macro’s in seconds. Simply hit the MR button and then the G key you wish to program, play your keystrokes and finish with the MR button, locked and loaded.The rest of the setup lies within the iCue software.
Once in the iCue software it is very straight forward and easy to learn. The Actions tab is where you will adjust all your macros and key remapping.The Lighting is self-explanatory but has many preset options as well as the ability to customize your favourite colours.The final tab is the Performance tab and this tab is for choosing how much of the board locks when WinLock is on.
Overall Experience and Recommendation
The K57 is a great board, connectivity has not been an issue and it actually is super easy to switch to Bluetooth and control our wireless device from the keyboard (mostly). The lighting is magnificent and we like the Type Lighting setting the most. We still want to find a better spot for the “G” keys, maybe along the side face of the left side? The interruption in where our hands think the board ends isn’t one we enjoy. That and the palm rest are not enough to keep the K57 from receiving a Gold Seal here at TechX.