With their K83 Wireless, Corsair has its first wireless keyboard in its portfolio which sports ultra-low profile switches and touchpad. Therefore there is going to be a good looking backlight that you can customize with the vendor's iCue software. This keyboard has been studied for your living room since it's compatible with a wide variety of Smart TVs, Android devices as well as Windows/Apple operating systems.
|Model number||K83 Wireless|
|Keys:||Corsair ultra-low profile switches|
|Keycaps:||ABS, grip coated|
|Interface:||Wireless 2.4GHz / Bluetooth 4.2 / USB Type-A|
|Cable :||1.8 m|
|Dimensions:||381 mm x 125 mm x 28 mm|
The K83 Wireless is Corsair's first keyboard dedicated for use in the living room. Therefore it doesn't come as a surprise that this peripheral features a compact form factor. The layout is based around a TKL (ten key less) design and next to the "Enter" key there is a track pad with a left and right mouse button below. Right up tothere is a media dial, a drum roll to adjust volume plus two more buttons. From a build quality standpoint the keyboard is made of different plastic materials and there is an aluminum faceplate, which is typical for Corsair keyboards.
Connectivity wise, the K83 Wireless supports Wireless 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 4.2 and if you wish so you can wire it to your PC using a USB 3.0 Type-A cable. Connecting this peripheral to your living room PC, compatible Smart TV or streaming media player is simple and it usually takes less than 10 seconds to get the job done.
The battery life is good and with the backlight off it lasts up to 40 hours of continuous usage on one charge. With the backlight on and set to 100%, battery life is rated at 8 hours. The battery is interchangeable and rechargeable and a recharge cycle takes two hours when connected to a USB 3.0 port. If the keyboard is going to be recharged using a USB 2.0 port the process takes a little longer.
As soon as you installed Corsair's software, which you'll have to download from the manufacturers website first, you can start to program macros as well as change the lighting. When it comes to macros you can assign them to any key you like, which means you're not limited to different keys on this device.
|With the K83 Wireless, Corsair created a high quality wireless keyboard. We like the fact, that this keyboard feels very sturdy, which is the case because of the thick aluminum face-plate. Apart from there is a good compatibility with Smart TVs, Amazon Fire TVs, NVIDIA Shield devices and Apple/Windows PCs. The battery life is on a reasonable level especially if the backlight has been turned off or switched to a low setting.||
|Manufacturing quality / Ergonomics||+||-|
|The Corsair K83 Wireless keyboard is very comfortable to use as all the keys are well placed and easy to reach which means you will not find yourself pressing a wrong key by accident. Regarding the ultra-low profile switches we can say, they're precise and linear providing excellent feedback.
In order to make the keyboard compatible and usable with almost every devices, Corsair has added several shortcuts accessible by holding FN key then pressing another key. While the joystick is almost compatible with any envirorment, we can't tell the same about the touchpad. As you can see from this table, the touchpad and gestures are compatible with only few devices. We would like to see a greater compatibility on this point.
Furthermore there is the so called "gaming mode". We have tried a couple of games on our NVIDIA Shield TV and the keyboard isn't always recognized as gaming peripheral. At the moment Corsair is suggesting a list of games fully compatible with this keyboard. We hope to see a longer list during next weeks.
Last but not least we have the USB dongle. This little USB dongle is mandatory if you want use the keyboard via WiFi. Since it's very small, we would like to see a slot where plug the dongle when it's not used.
- Build quality
|- No receiver storage
- Compatibility not perfect
|The software is essential but has everything you need, it is free and fast to get. We do like the fact, that macros can be programmed to each and every key on the K83 Wireless and apart from that also the backlight is highly customizable.||- Easy to use|
|Recommendation / Price||+||-|
|A closer look at the price of the Corsair K83 Wireless reveals that you have to pay 129 Euro in order enjoy this keyboard. For this price you get a wireless keyboard, which features low profile switches, a very high build quality and a nice white backlight. In our opinion there are few aspects that might be improved such as the touchpad compatibility as well as the gaming mode. Since both flaws are on the software side of things, we hope to see fixes soon. The price is a bit steep but if it isn't a problem for you, then the K83 Wireless is a good choice.||
|The K83 Wireless from Corsair receives good 4 out of 5 stars.|