Corsair's K100 Air Wireless mechanical gaming keyboard is its most expensive to date

Shawn Knight

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Bottom line: Corsair introduced the world to its latest wireless mechanical gaming keyboard a month ago. It's finally available to buy but you might have to crack open the piggy bank to fund the purchase.

The Corsair K100 Air wireless mechanical gaming keyboard features a minimalist design complemented by a frame measuring just 11mm at its slimmest point. It utilizes Cherry MX Ultra Low Profile key switches (tactile, 65 cN operating force, 0.8mm total travel with click), which were originally designed for the notebook market. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time they have been used in a desktop-class mechanical keyboard.

Corsair's latest affords three ways to connect to devices: wirelessly using Corsair's Slipstream Wireless technology, wirelessly via low-latency Bluetooth or wired to a PC / Mac to enable 8,000Hz hyper-polling for the maximum responsiveness.

Wireless connections are protected by AES 128-bit encryption, we are told. Other bells and whistles include 8MB of onboard storage to save up to 50 profiles, four fully programmable macro keys, a dedicated key for switching between connected devices and dedicated media keys with an aluminum volume roller.

Battery life in wireless mode is rated at up to 50 hours with RGB backlighting enabled or up to 200 hours with the lights off. The lighting system works in tandem with Corsair's iCue software for maximum customization and to sync with other Corsair RGB products. The iCue software is also where you can remap keys, program macros and manage profiles.

Corsair has set the MSRP of the K100 Air wireless mechanical gaming keyboard at $279.99, making it the most expensive in the company's lineup and besting the standard K100 ($249.99) for the distinction. The board comes backed by a two-year warranty and is shipping from today in a variety of keyboard layouts worldwide.

If that is more than you are willing to part with for a mechanical keyboard, fret not as Corsair has nearly three dozen other gaming keyboards to choose from starting at just $59.99.

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PEnnn

Posts: 951   +1,233
" incredibly expensive"........Those tech companies prices are getting more outrageous by the day!!

It seems they think gamers are billionaires or for them money is no object!

Sure, sure there are some rich, brain-dead kids who'd buy this in a heart beat. But 99.9% are not that stupid.
 

Dimitriid

Posts: 2,249   +4,362
I really woud like to get a keyboard with very low profile yet still mechanical so I am all for this idea of using laptop cherries for a keyboard.

However I would like it as a 60% keyboard instead: both because I prefer the small size and because it needs to be 60% cheaper (At least) before it's actually reasonable to consider buying it.
 

waclark

Posts: 706   +450
I really woud like to get a keyboard with very low profile yet still mechanical so I am all for this idea of using laptop cherries for a keyboard.

However I would like it as a 60% keyboard instead: both because I prefer the small size and because it needs to be 60% cheaper (At least) before it's actually reasonable to consider buying it.
Ask and you shall receive

https://redragonshop.com/products/n...oLAnYwrIOBCBJHm7r8KdE2zoY5mxjSJUaAh4tEALw_wcB

Under $50 with the 12% off sale.
 

dangh

Posts: 786   +1,330
I'm interested in different keyboards, have own builds, and... this is not expensive at all.
Fully build Kyria would have similar, if not higher cost, but you'll get as well an ergonomic kb, not one with an ancient design. Working hours with a computer means you need to take care about your health and wrists - this thing above do not do that at all.
 

hahahanoobs

Posts: 4,675   +2,654
After my old Corsair K65 TKL started outputting more than one letter at a time on more than one key I jumped ship.
The K100 Air isn't anything I would be interested in as a gamer, but it does look really nice.
 

Tuxie

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What I want to know is: Is the Fn key reprogrammable? Does it send a signal when pressed on its own so it can be used as compose key?
 

Mr Majestyk

Posts: 1,448   +1,356
I'm sure it's superb, but in Australia this will be over $500 so that's a very hard thanks but no thanks. I'll have to slum it on my K95 Platinum it seems.
 

fadingfool

Posts: 273   +332
Still using my Corsair Stealth - given how long you use a keyboard, it does make sense to buy quality. But $279.99 is a bit steep given the competition out there.