Gaming Keyboard Overview
The Corsair Raptor K40 looks very similar to keyboards in Corsair’s Vengeance line. It’s a standard 104-key layout with the addition of macro and multimedia keys.
The back of the keyboard contains only the attached USB cable. The silver top and back appear to be the same aluminum used on Corsair’s Vengeance keyboards, but they’re actually plastic.
The K40 uses the same “exposed key” design as the more expensive Vengeance series, which exposes the key posts rather than surrounding them with a plastic bezel. Not only does it look cool, but it makes keeping the keyboard clean a lot easier: blowing out dust and crud doesn’t require disassembling the keyboard.
Flip-out plastic feet subtly elevate the rear of the keyboard if you wish.
The six programmable “G Keys” are at the left of the keyboard. The “WASD” gaming keys are silver to distinguish them from the rest of the keyboard.
Media keys work without any extra software on both Mac and Windows platforms. If you choose “Hardware playback” (more on this later), macros will work on non-Windows platforms, since they’re executed by the keyboard. However, the macro definition software is Windows-only.
Let’s take a closer look at the hardware of this keyboard in the next section.