Corsair crams 4 extra keys into an ultra-thin wireless mechanical keyboard

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There are people who prefer more Built-in keyboardWhether it’s for portability, a favorite aesthetic, or space saving. There are also those who prefer keyboards that have as many keys as possible. We’re not just talking about full size keyboards with number pads. We’re talking about the kind of additional, programmable keys that can store macros, run a favorite app, or enter a complex string of characters with a single tap. Corsair’s K100 Air, in a way, seeks to address both groups. The mechanical keyboard It contains a small set of macro keys within an ultra-thin 0.4-inch (11 mm) bezel.

The K100 Air managed to be just 0.4 inches at its thinnest point, Corsair announced Thursday, with Cherry’s MX Ultra Low Profile mechanical keys. The keyboard will use the clickable version of the switch, which is 1.8mm in length and operates at 0.8mm with a force of 65g.

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Even by low standards, that’s some shallow writing. For comparison, the MX Low Profile Red Keys in keyboards like DAS K Board Mcteger We recently reviewed and Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro It has 3.2mm total travel, 1.2mm pre-travel, and is powered by 45g of force. These keyboards are naturally thicker, at 1.06 inches and 1 inch in height, respectively. and full height Cherry MX Blue The keys are set at 4mm/2.2mm/60.

We’ll have to try the keyboard out before judging the typing experience, but we expect keystrokes to be very short and fast, with higher actuation force, tactile bumps, and taps to help make sure it doesn’t feel like typing on soft sand.

Currently, Cherry’s MX Ultra Low Profile adapters are mostly found in two high-end laptops, and Alienware m17 R5 And the M 15 R4 Gaming laptops. Reviewers like Tom’s devices They note that typing has a slight understated level compared to custom mechanical keyboards with traditional low-key volume. It’s fair to expect typing on the K100 Air to look very different than typing on a full-height mechanical keyboard.

However, Corsair has packed the slim terminal with a row of G keys on top of the reprogrammable numeric panel with the likes of macros and running apps, without having to sacrifice any keys from a full-size layout. According to Corsair’s announcement, the keyboard has 8MB of internal storage for transferring macro settings and even RGB lighting preferences across 50 different files. We’ve seen expensive consoles that don’t even offer a single profile.

Corsair told Ars that the keycaps use a special ABS plastic
Zoom / Corsair told Ars that the keycaps use a “blend” ABS plastic.

Corsair targets the mechanical keyboard of gamers, which is convenient, considering the advantage some gamers can get from being able to record key inputs as quickly as possible. Thus, the keyboard has a very high polling rate 8000 Hz When using the detachable cable with a PC or Mac, compared to a typical 1000Hz. But keep in mind that you will need a powerful computer with powerful graphics capabilities and a file Quick View To reap the maximum benefits of a high polling rate.

The wireless keyboard connects with a detachable cable, USB-A dongle, or Bluetooth. It can connect to three different devices via Bluetooth, and the user can switch between the connected devices by pressing a dedicated button on the keyboard.

If you skip the blinking backlight, the keyboard can last up to 200 hours before needing a charge, Corsair’s ad claimed (with RGB, the claim drops to 50 hours).

The K100 Air It will be released on October 4th, but Corsair has yet to confirm the price.