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Corsair Raptor K50,
This review is from: Corsair CH-9000007-UK Raptor K50 Performance Customizable Color Backlit Gaming Keyboard (Accessory)
So this review is coming from someone who was interested in buying a mechanical board, until i saw this item. I wanted mechanical because i'd heard the keys were more responsive than standard cheaper boards hence their different switch types and higher price tag.
When i got the item i was really surprised at its weight, the metal construction really reinforces the design and on trying to warp the board, it wouldn't move an inch. I couldn't find it stated anywhere, but the board has a two year warranty so if the unit became defective you'd just need to RMA it to Corsair who i've heard good things about their support.
The gaming features are what really make this K50 a steal. The alternative mechanical keyboard for me would have been the K95 which carries a 130GBP price tag which i wasn't willing to spend on a board alone. The back lighting is simple to use and customize, a quick download from Corsair (no driver disc) allowed me to speedily update the firmware then use the software to change up the lights and macros. Be aware, if you do not flash the firmware first, then when you do it will revert the board to defaults so do it when you get it. Macro keys can either be inputted into the software or you can use the MR (Macro Record) button on the top left of the board. The unit also features an M1-3 button above the macro pad which i believe are profiles and likewise can have different back lighting assigned to them, for example if you use one profile for WoW you could use blue lighting, and for Starcraft you could use red so as not to confuse yourself with the profiles you've set. Back lighting can be adjusted through: Off, 33%, 66% & Full with the use of the light button above the scroll lock, and the windows key disable button is just above and to the left of the F1 key.
For the users who want a break from all the gaming oriented features, you still get a lot for your money. You get a rubberized comfortable wrist rest that easily clips in to the bottom of the board. The wrist rest has additional rubberized mounts on the bottom to the board won't slide at all. You may also prop the board at the front AND back and the rest will pivot to accommodate the raised height. The media keys feel very nice, with the scroll volume wheel being the focus of many reviewers and for good reason. The wheel is textured and the buttons below to pause, skip tracks require enough force so that you wouldn't skip twice etc.
I think even though it would be nice with mechanical switches, the price and the quality of the board makes up for that and gives much more than i was expecting. Some people even complained about the three lines of macros being hard to operate, but if you're fully prepared to play a game where you need them, then you'd be prepared to move your hand to use them. At this price i'd say buy one and you wouldn't be disappointed.
No, not really. Back lighting could be brighter and a tad more even, but that would raise the price and i'm being picky as it is my first day with the product.