Summary: Overall, good keyboard. Would be a great keyboard if not for the LEDs. I have not tried sending my keyboard back because I did not keep every single scrap of paper that came with the box, which is what Corsair says you need to get a refund. Oh well. Buy this keyboard if you don't mind not having LEDs on even though you paid for them.
Pros: The keyboard feels amazing. The Cherry Red MX Switches are absolutely delightful. Each key press is smooth and light. The software is easy to figure out without any tutorials.
Cons: About half of my LEDs have either burnt out or have diminished to the point where it is impossible to tell if they are on or not. It started with just a few keys but quickly progressed like the plague to keys all acrosse my keyboard. Now I keep my LEDs off, to quarantine the survivors from the impending death that is burning out. Truly a shame. Also, the macro keys have rubber domes which provides a substantially different feel when pressed. Sometimes I am unsure of w...
Pros: The mechanical part of the keyboard is top notch. It feels solid and I really like it. However, the LED’s will not last. (see comment below).
Cons: Although I purchased this keyboard in July, I did not take it out of the box and start using it until the beginning of November. Less than two weeks of use, a couple of the LED’s went out. Contacted Customer Service regarding burned out LEDs. They were very courteous and helpful and immediately issued an express RMA. That was November 15, today is February 1st and more LEDs have gone out. Originally it was 2, now there are 8 burned out LEDs. Every time I inquire about...
Pros: The best mechanical keyboard I've ever used. Aside from the con below.
Cons: After a little more than a year of owning this.. the LEDs are starting to fail. Last week only one had failed. Woke up this morning and 6 more are out. Going to contact Corsair tomorrow morning and see if I can get a replacement. After paying so much you'd expect a keyboard to function perfectly for YEARS to come.
Summary: I'm going to Keep this model, the LED's are a huge dissapointment, but I'd rather save the $$$ to ship this towards a new, more reliable keyboard.
Pros: Beautiful, sleek, and feels sturdy. Great typing action.
Cons: Failing LED's I was optimistic after receiving this as a gift, because I have always loved Corsair products, but now, ~3 months after receiving, 4 LED's have failed. Corsair is willing to replace it, but only if I pay the shipping! For a keyboard that, according to numerous reviews obviously has lighting issues, and is $150, it's crazy that I should be expected to ship this defective product back.
Summary: Pros: Too many to list, so I'll just say every function on the keyboard works as described. Cons: I've had the keyboard for three months and two LEDs have already died. The keyboard also has random fits, as if all of the keys are being held down at once, and it will not stop until I unplug it and plug it back in.
Decent keyboard, bad LED's, and poor customer service.
Tyler S., Newegg
28 November 2014
Summary: I don't think I will be recommending Corsair keyboards to anyone anytime soon.
Pros: The keyboard itself is amazing. I love the light touch needed to activate the keys. I would have to say this is one of the best performing keyboards I've used.
Cons: After 8 months of using this keyboard I noticed the LED's starting going out on it. I was able to get a replacement from Corsair 2 months ago. Now my replacement keyboard is having LED's go out on it again. Corsair said they would replace it again, but I'm not interesting in getting another keyboard only to have the LED's go out on it again. They offered a refund, but they are going to charge me 10% for a "usage fee". Excuse me? This is clearly a defect in the quality...
Summary: F8, 4/$, and 9 LED's died. I contacted Corsair on 9/2 about 2 failed LED's and they offered to replace once it becomes available, eta 9/19. Contacted them again 9/29 and they put me on a notification list and told me to expect something by 10/24. In between 9/2 and 9/29 the "9" LED failed. Another thing I see is the keyboard draws power from the PC even when you shut off the PC. I did not look into this too much; there might be a way to turn it off.
Pros: Good lighting, macros pretty easy to configure
Cons: noisy - forget about being on a conference call and typing on it