The Corsair K57 RGB Wireless is very pretty & fills a useful nibịt, but a subpar typing experience brings it down.

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ByMarshall Honoroftrăng tròn August 2019

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Our Verdict

The Corsair K57 RGB Wireless is worth considering if you absolutely must have a wireless gaming keyboard for $100. If not, you could get much better wired models for the same price.

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Otherwise, the K57 looks pretty plain. It"s got a blaông xã plastic chassis with a glossy bar at the top that collects fingerprints lượt thích gamers collect unplayed Steam backlog. There are six buttons in the extra row of keys, and seven discrete truyền thông buttons in the upper-right: mute, volume down, volume up, stop, skip baông xã, play/pause và skip forward. I prefer volume dials to separate buttons, but the truyền thông media bar is good to have sầu, either way.

There are also extra buttons up top for macro recording, brightness adjustment & locking keys that could accidentally take you out of a game (lượt thích the Windows key). Keyboard shortcuts let you switch between USB dongle & Bluetooth không dây wireless options. All in all, the K57 is a big, plain keyboard, but it has everything it needs.


Where the K57 really falls down is in its keys. This peripheral is a membrane keyboard, like the cheap Dell & Microsoft models favored by middle managers everywhere. I"ve already written at length about why mechanical keyboards are worth your money, and I stand by my words, especially when it comes khổng lồ gaming devices. I bởi acknowledge that membrane keyboards can be helpful if you"ve sầu got only $20 or $30 to spover, but it"s hard khổng lồ justify dropping $100 on one.

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(And you can get a very good wireless membrane keyboard for less than $trăng tròn, so the K57"s wireless connectivity is not a total justification for its high price.)

In any case, Corsair tried lớn make the K57"s keys feel a little better than a standard membrane Model, but I don"t think the attempt was 100% successful. The keycaps feel stiff and resistant, almost like they"re trying khổng lồ push your fingers off when you type. It"s passable for gaming, but it"s not very comfortable for typing — & if you buy a $100 keyboard, it"s fair khổng lồ want khổng lồ use it as an everyday productivity tool, too.

Membrane keyboards can be helpful if you"ve sầu got only $đôi mươi or $30 to lớn spover, but it"s very hard khổng lồ justify dropping $100 on one.

To put the K57"s keycaps khổng lồ the kiểm tra, I evaluated myself on & scored 115 words per minute with 98% accuracy. I was surprised khổng lồ find that on the mechanical Logitech G915, I scored 111 words per minute with 97% accuracy. It"s not a huge difference. But even so, the K57 seems to be a pretty good typing tool, save sầu for the way it feels.


The K57 runs on the robust-but-arcane Corsair Utility Engine (iCUE) software. You can program macros, reassign keys, create profiles for individual games and programs và adjust the extremely pretty RGB lighting.

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While I"m usually a người of the iCUE software, something about it just doesn"t play nicely with the K57. Reprogramming buttons seems a lot harder than it should be. And, if you want to lớn mix up a shortcut on one of the macro keys, you have khổng lồ go through a tedious macro-recording menu — even for something as simple as a single keystroke or a mouse button.

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What bugs me about the K57, though, is that it doesn"t have sầu the deep RGB lighting customization options that come standard with other Corsair models. Corsair was one of the first companies khổng lồ implement RGB lighting in a keyboard, and the lighting options have always been ridiculously deep — sometimes lớn a keyboard"s detriment, in fact, when that depth overwhelms usability.

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But the K57 doesn"t have access to any of them. Instead, you get nine predetermined color patterns, và that"s it. Admittedly, some of them are quite pretty, like a rainbow that ripples across your keyboard whenever you tap a key. And, of course, you can phối any kind of static color you want. But compared khổng lồ what Corsair fans have sầu seen before, it"s a pretty anemic selection.

As far as battery life goes, Corsair estimates you can get up to lớn 35 hours with standard lighting and 175 hours with all lighting disabled. Frustratingly, the iCUE software doesn"t tell you exactly how much battery the device has left. But the keyboard remained at "Battery Level: High" throughout my three days of testing, so that sounds about right. Both the USB & Bluetooth wireless connections seemed strong, & you can even pair it with two different công nghệ Bluetooth không dây devices and switch between them at will.


The K57 worked pretty well in-game, even though I never did get used khổng lồ the stiff feeling of the keycaps. I tested the peripheral with Overwatch, Age of Mythology: Extended Edition, Baldur"s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear & Final Fantasy XIV to lớn see how well it handled different genres, and the device performed pretty well across the board.

The K57 has blaông chồng plastic chassis with a glossy bar at the top that collects fingerprints lượt thích gamers collect unplayed Steam backlog.

I was able to fire through my skill rotation in FFXIV accurately, & dart around the map in Overwatch without issue. I don"t think that the keyboard is suitable for high-màn chơi competitive play, since you simply can"t hit these keys repeatedly in quiông chồng succession. For everyday users, it"s fine, although it"s going to lớn feel pretty similar lớn any membrane mã sản phẩm you"ve used before.

Bottom Line

The K57 does a lot right. It"s very pretty, it has all the right buttons, & the wireless features are flawless. But the stiff, flavorless membrane keys bring down the whole experience a notch, both for typing and gaming. It"s hard to lớn justify spending $100 on this device when just $10 more will get you a mechanical Corsair K63 Wireless. (It"s admittedly tenkeyless, but your fingers will thank you.) Similarly, you could get a wired mechanical Logitech G512, which also has RGB lighting, for the same price.

I can"t really recommkết thúc the K57, but there may be a few people who are looking for a colorful, wireless gaming keyboard with plenty of extra buttons — & if the keys don"t feel that good, then so be it. Until wireless gaming keyboards become a little more ubiquitous, the K57 at least fills an empty spot in the market.