CORSAIR K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard REVIEW

DETAILS

The K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard is designed to provide users with a premium media control experience. It features an aluminum design with white LED backlighting. In addition to standard keyboard operation, the K83 has quite a few features including:

  • A precision touchpad with advanced Windows Microsoft 10 four-finger gesture support
  • A dedicated aluminum volume roller with press-to-mute functionality
  • Quick keys for media playback and navigation
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Programmable with Corsair iCue software
  • Flexible wireless connectivity — ultra-fast 2.4GHz or low-latency Bluetooth
  • HID Keyboard Report Rate: 1000Hz
  • Key Switches: CORSAIR Ultra-low Profile Scissor
  • Matrix: 77 Keys
  • Keyboard Rollover: 20-key (20KRO)
  • Wired Connectivity: USB 2.0 or 3.0 Type-A
  • Wireless Connectivity: 1ms 2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth 4.2

USER EXPERIENCE

My fascination with wireless keyboards really comes from my desire to have the best possible set-up for using a laptop as my main computer. I need my workspace to be functional, but minimalistic. These smaller form entertainment keyboards are ideal for that purpose. As much as love using the larger RGB mechanical keyboards, I’ve just not found one that is the ‘just right’ size for my desk. The K83 is pretty perfect because of its compact size.

CONCLUSION

The K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard is a very capable compact keyboard. I used it primarily for standard computer operations (typing, etc.) but given its responsive nature, it should work beautifully for smart TV and media box functions, too. I don’t think I would recommend this for ‘gaming’ though because it just isn’t designed for heavy gaming activity. It’s really great for when you need to type a quick message to someone while you’re playing Xbox but it can’t replace a gaming controller. You can use it without the software, but you lose some of its functionality so that’s definitely something to consider depending on what your particular use is going to be.

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