Right out of the box, the Corsair K100 Air Wireless aims to live up to the renowned gaming hardware manufacturer’s well-established reputation for style and build quality. The distinctive Clipper logo adorns the latest top-center console in Corsair’s extensive lineup of keyboards and peripherals, lighting up when you turn on this mechanical RGB taper.
Corsair already makes some of the best keyboards out there (opens in new tab) Around here, one of our favorites, the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum, but the K100 Air isn’t meant to replace it, as it looks quite different, with its lower keys closer in size to a membrane keyboard than the height of an old-school typewriter. The most fully mechanical keyboard.
But even so, Corsair has clearly worked hard to give the K100 Air (I especially enjoy…) that fully mechanical typing feel, so I was excited for several weeks of testing. Both work and play.
Corsair K100 Air Wireless Review: Design and Build
The first thing I noticed when taking the Corsair K100 Air Wireless out of the box was how thin it is for a purely mechanical keyboard. At just 17mm thick (with the oversized feet folded), it’s much closer to a thin membrane keyboard than a fully mechanical keyboard like Corsair’s own K95 or the recently reviewed (and rather excellent) Ducky One 3 . (opens in new tab)So I’m a natural skeptic as well as a keyboardist a lot For hours every day, for work and play, and so prefer the more tactile feel of the MX Switch, say, I was curious to see how I’d fare.
Like the K95 the switches here are Cherry MX switches, but here Corsair uses an ultra low profile tactile version of them, placing the smallest keys on top for a thinner, more portable look.
The K100 Air is a full-size keyboard, with TKL and tenkeys on the right, a full board of F keys complemented by four ‘G’ keys, fully customizable to load custom shortcuts, macros, app launching commands and more. Above that, there’s a bar with simple playback controls and a tactile volume wheel (shaped like a steamroller for added heft), a brightness button and a profile button, where you can set your onboard profile and lighting effects.
As with most Corsair products, the sleek black look oozes both class and style, with the typeset on the keys perfectly matching the sharp-edged design of the keyboard’s casing. There are feet on the back to raise the keyboard with two height options available to you.
Corsair K100 Air Wireless Review: Features
The Corsair K100 Air Wireless uses Bluetooth technology to connect to PCs, Macs, mobiles and Xbox and PS4/5 consoles, and will connect to other Corsair products using its own Slipstream wireless technology, which is really handy for those who collect the full set. of the Corsair kit.
Then, if you’re working on a PC or Mac, you can use Corsair’s iCUE technology to control almost everything on the keyboard. It lets you sync RGB lighting across all compatible Corsair devices, so everything can glow, sparkle and react in unison. iCUE also enables you to set lighting levels for each section of the keyboard, so instead of just one function, you can layer multiple functions for RGB, e.g. Add typing effects on top of solid color, and can also limit and split. Effects between sections of the keyboard. So if you love the rainbow ripples that emanate from each keystroke on the mainboard but the typing light trail on the numpad, you can set it up here to your heart’s content.
iCUE can also monitor your hardware, taking the temperature of your graphics card and measuring the load on your memory card, among other useful features.
It all works smoothly and pairing your keyboard with a computer or laptop is really simple and straightforward. I had a bit of trouble pairing the keyboard with my work-issued Mac, although the keys are kept for Windows format, but won’t reconfigure for Mac. However, it turned out to be a work-related permissions issue, which was sorted out by the IT people, but it will be something to consider if users are using this keyboard with administrator-controlled Mac devices. This is nitpicking, though. Connectivity with this Corsair keyboard, using either Bluetooth or wired options (the included cable is covered in fabric and is high-quality like the rest of the device, BT Dubs), is simple and straightforward with the Corsair keyboard.
The four G keys on the top right can be customized for shortcuts, macros or app-launching commands, among other things, and while they’re certainly convenient for gamers, they can also be useful for creatives as well as for streaming. recording, as you can set all sorts of commands, including voicemods and more, using the iCUE software.
Corsair K100 Air Wireless Review: The Typing Experience
Of course, the functions of the iCUE software included with the K100 Air Wireless are very attractive, and if you use them wisely (ie, not just for the pretty colors, Erlingur), they’re really useful for streamlining workflows, a key function of any keyboard. And there will always be one that involves repeatedly hitting your fingers against the keys on it.
And I’m happy to report that this fan, an eternal skeptic of tall, clunky keys and low-profile ones, loves using this keyboard for typing. The low-profile switches work wonderfully, and while the travel is noticeably shorter than the full-height MX switches, the resistance is tangible, making each keystroke tactile enough to help me properly connect to the keyboard and get into the typing zone, something I always struggle with on resistance-free membrane keyboards. .
The build quality is obviously excellent, and even though I haven’t used it for a long time obviously, the overwhelming sense here is durability and reassuring power in all respects. So even if you strip away all the fancy bells and whistles, it’s still an excellent keyboard for typing for extended periods of time at a time. The slanted bank on the front of the keyboard also provides a nice resting surface for my thumbs between typing, so they don’t need to rest on the spacebar (with the inevitable accidental space hits) like I sometimes do on others. Keyboard
It’s also really easy to move around, as it’s certainly not light at 780 grams, but it’s slim and (just) light enough to fit in a case or bag for travel or commuting, unlike every fully mechanical keyboard out there.
Corsair K100 Air Wireless Review: Price
This is the point where you need to take a deep breath and hold on to something if you can’t sit down first, because the Corsair K100 Air Wireless’ current going price is £279.99/$279.99. That’s a lot of money for a keyboard, and if you need a straight keyboard for your computer or to link to your laptop, there are certainly options out there, let’s face it, almost all of them will be cheaper. Margin of triple figures. But this keyboard doesn’t just want to be one for casuals, with its fully engaging and fully customizable user experience especially for hardcore gamers and streamers, but one that will certainly be considered by creatives as well.
Should you buy the Corsair K100 Air Wireless?
You’ll want a comprehensive keyboard, powered by industry-leading software, onboard memory for full customization, easy setup, a beautiful, tactile typing experience, and a design that makes it one of the most attractive in Corsair’s already-impressive lineup. Peripherals, the K100 Air Wireless should be at the top of your list. If you can afford it…