Conclusion

The K100 RGB is the keyboard that Corsair developed as the successor to their highly successful K95 RGB Platinum. Even though most companies would be content with releasing a new product with just one additional feature or a subtle design change, Corsair overhauled several key components of the keyboard. Thus, the K100 RGB ditches traditional mechanical keys entirely, and is instead based around new optical-mechanical switches. Coupled with that is a much more powerful processor, a second rotary wheel, more iCUE configuration options and support for the Elgato software, and even a better wrist rest to round out Corsair's premium keyboard package.

The switch to optical-mechanical switche is a significant and beneficial one, but it does come with a learning curve. In order to maximize the potential of the K100 RGB, users need to press the keys softly, so that the keycap will move only a little more than a millimeter below its resting point. It takes quite a bit of time for someone who is used to a typical mechanical or, worse, membrane keyboard to acclimate to the delicate OPX switches. However, once that happens, I find that the OPX switches are more comfortable and feel more responsive than any mechanical switch available today.

The quality of the K100 RGB is, as we expected, fantastic. Overall, the keyboard is made of very high quality materials, with a very rigid frame and an excellent assembly job inside and around it. The new OPX switches also are naturally more reliable because of the replacement of mechanical parts (contacts) with electronics (optical sensors). Our only concern lies with the softness of the wrist rest, as it can be damaged with relative ease.

Aesthetics are a subjective matter, yet we believe that the Corsair K100 RGB has something to offer to nearly everyone. Its design and lighting configurability allow for the end user to decide whether they want to keep things traditional or go for an extravagant, colorful scheme. No matter what direction one decides to go, the impeccable craftsmanship of the K100 RGB is always going to be evident.

Overall, considering how stale the commoditized keyboard market has become over the past couple of years, the Corsair K100 RGB Optical Mechanical keyboard is a refreshing addition. It offers something truly different than the now run-of-the-mill mechanical keyboards that fill the gaming keyboard market – and that difference is something we think makes for a better keyboard. Nevertheless, the $230 retail price is is truly a premium price, and most users can probably get the job done with a good keyboard that costs significantly less. If, however, what you want is one of the most versatile keyboards available, then the Corsair K100 RGB should definitely be on your shortlist.

 
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  • velanapontinha - Thursday, November 19, 2020 - link

    I can't believe you're giving us reviews of freaking keyboards and still ignoring the GPU space... Reply
  • jordanclock - Thursday, November 19, 2020 - link

    Considering this article was not written by Ryan Smith, it is safe to assume the author has no hand in GPU reviews. Reply
  • poohbear - Thursday, November 19, 2020 - link

    Nothing against the author of this keyboard, but other review sites say in their reviews that they've had the 6800 series around for weeks and they've been testing them, so the reviews were already ready by Nov 18th/19th. Where's Anandtech's review? Reply
  • catavalon21 - Thursday, November 19, 2020 - link

    Presumably behind the same 8-ball as reviews of NVIDIA's latest cards. Reply
  • Monty_Python - Friday, November 20, 2020 - link

    I don't see the point - there are loads of reviews already available, there are virtually no cards available to buy and no partner cards at all. AMD's reference design is pretty poor, so I wouldn't buy one anyway. Reply
  • YB1064 - Thursday, November 19, 2020 - link

    :)

    But, $230 for a keyboard??? GTFO...
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  • BedfordTim - Thursday, November 19, 2020 - link

    Many people reach a point in life where money really isn't an issue, and if something is better then you just pay and enjoy it. Arguably a slightly higher typing speed may make an economic case, but that will always be a tenuous excuse.
    Look how many people are spending many thousands a year on a new car when a used one would work just as well.
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  • Thayios - Thursday, November 19, 2020 - link

    I reached that point. The price didn't bother me at all considering I spent $150 on an ergonomic that failed within a year due to heavy usage. Reply
  • YB1064 - Thursday, November 19, 2020 - link

    I highly doubt longevity is any better than their $50 offerings. Reply
  • werpu - Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - link

    From Corsair definitely often worse, if you want quality then buy directly from Cherry or Ducky, ok you wont get the glitz but at least keyboards where they caps do not break off shortly after or before the warranty period! Reply

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