The keyboard is pretty good. Bit of a review.
Typing is far, far better, although my own speeds are generally 30-40 wpm anyway, and the new kit will take a few days to get up to speed. Logitech's layout is different, so things like the delete, home and end keys are slowing me down, but certainly far better. To be honest the old keyboard was getting to the point that I might type a sentence then find that a word or two was missing. The batteries were cutting out or something. That or the wireless aspect, although the mouse is fine.
Typing far better.
Brushed metal, with backlit keys, although not that important to me...but it's growing on me.
G1 - G18 keys. I have setup top twelve websites and the top six apps. Far faster for productivity.
Cons (being extra fussy, and it takes a while to explain):
There's a palm/wrist rest, and it clicks into place then is secured by a screw at either end. One of the screws was missing, so a little miffed about that, although, I can't see how it will affect the setup. Zero screws and it would require pressure to pop out of place.
Cable - Quite thick. Braided material. Fine. Two USB cables emanating from the other end. One for keyboard; one for pass through so you can connect a USB device to the keyboard, such as headphones. I use headphones rarely, so will most likely use it for the USB mouse receiver thingy. The mouse prior to the current one had problems communicating through the desk to the back of the PC, so I rigged up a three meter cable (for tidy route through kit) and popped the receiver to the base of the monitor, and have done likewise with the current one.
However, the cables on the new keyboard are two meter and I need two extension cables, so if it's a 'Con' I would have preferred three meter cables, but that's probably me being fussy.
The volume control is a spinny wheel effort, which looks and feels great, but there's no visual volume on-screen as there was with the Logitech. No way of knowing the volume until you try it out.
G Keys - Config for websites is either beyond me on the normal method or is not an option. For example, to configure for an app, I just select an option "Launch Program", pop in the path, such as "%SystemRoot%\system32\mspaint.exe" for MS Paint, and it's assigned. There's no obvious way to do that other than to launch the default webpage in a new window (each click launches a new window; not a new tab!).
So here's the solution...create a batchfile to call the path. Create a .vbs file to call the batchfile (which gets rid of a popup command window), then get the keyboard config to call the .vbs file. Slightly slower at launching, especially if it's a new window. By slightly I mean half a second instead of instant. Subsequent tabs are pretty much instant. All a bit complicated, but once setup it's pretty nice.
So...typos for a week (I must have made 20-30 edits on this post), and if I can get Corsair to pop out a replacement screw, and get the new mouse to work via the passthrough...an Excellent piece of kit...and at £90+ so it damn well should be!
Anyway, have some pics. Another good excuse to use the camera:
- Out of the of the box
- How high the keys are
- Mode buttons (3 x G1-G18 keys = 54 buttons)
- Snazzy Corsair emblem and a cable as thick as a highlander's caber
- Media buttons and snazzy volume cylinder
- screw with circlip washer for fixing palm rest in place
- female end of previous piccy
- Backlit (33% - four settings, including 'off')
- Backlit in the dark (100%)
- Close up of r-h side, backlit, 100%
- Close up of l-h side, backlit, 100%
- Panned back for view of keyboard and much nicer things. You're welcome.
Nearly forgot - Back feet open from middle to end, which is good if you move your keyboard forwards and backwards at all (prevent feet closing I suppose), although there might be a slight chance of scratching the desktop as they are moulded plastic. We'll see. They definitely missed a trick there, by not rubber-ending the extending feet.