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The Corsair K100 RGB keyboard is the keyboard of champions

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Corsair enjoys a strong reputation for quality, robust PC components and its K100 RGB keyboard is no exception. In fact, this is the keyboard that makes other keyboards look like an idiot. It is tough, durable, full-featured, replete with keys, lighting, and features.

The K100 exudes Corsair's build quality right through. It's a tough mechanical keyboard that almost looks like an entire control deck. Those wimpy 75% keyboards or borderless keyboards are for others. Here's a solid keyboard that demands a reasonable footprint. It's unapologetically beefy with keys, keys, more keys, lights, and a wristpad. It even comes with spare keys.

Let's start with some fundamental specs: the keyboard uses Corsair OPX optical-mechanical key switches with 45g force, 1mm actuation, and 3.2mm of travel. It includes full n-key rollover with 100% anti-ghosting, and it sports up to 4000Hz hyper-polling and 4000Hz keyscan with Corsair AXON. What all that means is it's always reading, willing, waiting, and wanting your input. You can type with clarity and alacrity, your fingers zooming all over the keyboard, sliding from key to key, with every stroke - nay, every brush, registering as you meant it. Each key is guaranteed 150 million keystrokes.

What's more, it does it in style. The K100 is a fully RGB-lit keyboard with every single key shining through. If you don't like RGB you can turn it off, or leave it at a single colour for backlighting. Or, if you love RGB, then you can use Corsair's free iCUE software to set up all kinds of effects - thunder, lightning, a rainbow of colours that swirls over your keys, or whatever else you can imagine. The keyboard has 8MB of onboard storage for multiple profiles, and even a multi-function iCUE control wheel to change profiles or adjust brightness, or a bevy of other possibilities.

You also gain six dedicated macro keys which can integrate with the Elgato Stream Deck, or be used for other purposes. Unlike more meagre keyboards, these don't double-up your function keys or require you to press any special Fn key to use them. And even more, you have media control keys and a volume slider right at your fingertips.

Each key can be removed and Corsair is happy for you to do so if you wish to personalise your keyboard. They're so happy that the box includes a proper key removal tool to grip and pull evenly, as well as replacement ultra-durable WASD and QWER keys for FPS and MOBA players respectively with extra contour and grip. The A and D keys for FPS gamers, for example, both angle inwards towards S while the W key angles downwards. This helps you effortlessly feel your way around, finding the right place for your fingers during the most frenetic of action.

The keyboard also includes a USB 2.0 pass-through port which helps, because it takes two USB sockets in your computer, such a beast of a keyboard it is. It has a refined aluminium design with 44 RGB zones, weighs 1.31kg, and measures 470mm x 166mm x 38mm without the palm rest. Drop in the magnetic cushioned leatherette palm rest and the keyboard is larger, but also comfier too.

There's no doubt in my mind; the Corsair K100 RGB keyboard is the keyboard of champions. Dominate your game with the K100; it's designed to take a beating and look good while doing it. Using iCUE you can sync your colours to your other Corsair accessories too, like the Corsair M65 RGB ultra wireless mouse or Corsair Virtuoso RGB wireless XT gaming headphones.

You can buy the Corsair K100 RGB optical-mechanical gaming keyboard in Australia for prices starting at $349.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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