In 2018 we were looking for a new keyboard for our cnc design rig, nothing too expensive but with good build quality and functionality. We went with the Corsair Raptor K40, a mid-range gaming keyboard that keeps costs down by using rubber dome switches instead of mechanical switches.
Given the rubber dome switches, we have a faily quiet experience even when battering away in our design software. Given the lack of mechanical switches we didnt experience any missed keys and its an absoloute pleasure to use day to day.
Build quality is good with little to no flex and no rattles to be found. The Corsair Raptor K40 is also backlit helping us out for late night design sessions and can be changed using Corsair’s software.
The K40 includes volume, media control buttons and six programmable G keys to the left hand side, these G keys can also be used in 3 dfferent modes allowing for up to 18 seperate macro commands to be programmed.
Anti-ghosting technology helps eliminate multiple key presses, its great for gamers who sometimes need key combinations to be pressed at the same time or in quick succession. A Windows button lock key and a brightness button also adorn the top of the keybaord above the Function keys. While the display has 3 stage brightness control, its not the brightest but its not over the top but to a little more variation would have been nice.
At £49.99 its not the best value for money given the alternatives and newer models are available including the K55. With the gamer focused funtions and nice build qulity its a great choice if you can pick one up in the second hand market.