CES 2018: Corsair cuts the cord with new gaming gear lineup

With the new year comes the new gear. Today, PC hardware and peripheral manufacturer Corsair announced a suite of wireless gaming peripherals that combine to form a metaphorical Voltron of wireless gaming for your PC.

Corsair’s all-new lineup of wireless PC gaming gear launching at CES 2018 consists of the wireless K63 mechanical keyboard, the K63 gaming lapboard, the Dark Core RGB / RGB SE wireless mouse, and the MM1000 wireless charging mouse pad.

Left Arm: K63 wireless mechanical keyboard

Forming the ‘left arm’ of the Corsair gaming Voltron is the K63 Wireless mechanical gaming keyboard—a compact, tenkeyless design backed by Cherry MX Red mechanical switches. The K63 can connect to your PC in one of three ways:

  • 1ms 2.4GHz gaming-optimized wireless
  • Low-latency Bluetooth® wireless
  • A wired USB connection

The K63 features up to 75 hours of rechargeable battery life, and per-key customizable blue LED backlighting. Like other Corsair gaming keyboards, the K63 can be customized through Corsair’s Utility Engine software and supports dynamic, reactive lighting, and programmable macros.

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Rounding out the K63’s compact frame and feature list are dedicated media controls and an optional wrist rest. And for the security conscious—just in case you don’t would-be hackers picking up your keystrokes and gleaning passwords (or a very long string of W’s from your FPS gaming), the Bluetooth connection is protected by 128-bit AES encryption.

Left Leg: K63 gaming lapboard

The companion to the K63 wireless keyboard—and for purposes of continuing the Voltron metaphor, the ‘left leg’—is the K63 lapboard, which combines with the K63 keyboard to create a wireless, couch-friendly gaming solution. The K63 lapboard provides plenty of space for your wrists, a full-sized mouse pad, and it’s backed by lap-friendly memory foam cushions.

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Sorry Corsair Lapdog, there’s a new lapboard in Corsair town.

Right Arm: Dark Core RGB or Dark Core RGB SE wireless mouse

Forming the ‘right-hand’ of Corsair’s wireless gaming ‘Voltron’ is the Corsair Dark Core RGB (or Dark Core RGB SE) wireless mouse. Like the K63 keyboard, the Dark Core offers the same three options for connecting to your PC (wireless, Bluetooth, or USB wired connectivity).

Additional Corsair Dark Core RGB features include:

  • 16,000 DPI optical sensor
  • 9 (total) programmable buttons
  • 2 interchangeable magnetic side grips to customize the shape
  • Three-zone RGB lighting
  • Up to 24 hours of battery life.

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In addition to these features, the Dark Core RGB SE adds support for wireless charging via the MM1000 charging mouse pad (below).

Right-Leg: MM1000 Wireless charging mouse pad

Last, but not least, the ‘right-leg’ of Corsair’s wireless gaming Voltron (and ideal companion for the K63 lapboard, K63 keyboard, and Dark Core RGB SE gaming mouse) is Corsair’s MM1000 Qi-charging mouse pad.

The MM1000 has a micro-textured hard surface (my favorite mousing surface, personally speaking) with a dedicated Qi wireless charging spot. The charging spot enables the MM1000 to charge almost any Qi-compatible device, including the Dark Core RGB SE and certain smartphones. If your devices don’t support Qi charging built-in, the MM1000 also includes USB Micro-B, Type-C, and Lightning Qi charging adapters.

The MM1000 provides a large 260mm x 350mm surface for mousing, a non-slip rubber base, USB 3.0 pass-through, and LED charging indicator.

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Head: You

You form the head in all this. (I had to wrap up the Voltron metaphor.)

When and where you can get this cool stuff, and how much it will cost you

If the want Corsair’s entire Ro-beast slaying wireless quartet of peripherals, here’s what  each will cost you, according to current prices in Corsair’s Web store:

  • Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard—$109
  • K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard—$59.99
  • Corsair Dark Core RGB—$79.99
  • Corsair Dark Core RGB SE—$89.99
  • MM1000 mouse pad—$79.99

The K63 wireless mechanical keyboard and K63 lapboard are available immediately from Corsair’s global network of retailers and distributors. You can also find them at Corsair’s Web store.

The  Dark Core RGB and Dark Core RGB SE, and MM1000 wireless Qi charging mouse pad will be available in January 2018.

All of these items carry a 2-year warranty.

And now for some videos (courtesy of Corsair)

If you don’t mind the marketing-heavy spiel in these videos provided by Corsair, each provides a fairly succinct overview of each of the products described above.

K63 Wireless launch video

Corsair MM1000 launch video

Corsair Dark Core RGB wireless gaming mouse

Corsair K63 Gaming Lapboard

 

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