With one day to go until the official start of CES 2018, companies have wasted little time in getting in their early-year announcements. We saw NVIDIA continue their push into the autonomous driving market last night and today, Corsair had a collection of impressive wireless gaming peripherals. Powered by what Corsair is calling “Unplug and Play wireless technology,” the K63 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard, K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard, DARK CORE RGB Wireless Gaming Mouse, and the MM1000 Qi Wireless Charging Mouse Pad are what’s on tap. These products were designed to not only free gamers from the clutter of cabling, especially when gaming on a couch and at a distance, but also provide mobility for those that like to take their peripherals on the go.
K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and Lapboard
Staring off with a CES 2018 Innovation Aware Honoree, the K63 wireless mechanical gaming keyboard sports an impressive collection of features. Able to connect to its host machine over low latency Bluetooth, ultra-fast 1ms 2.4GHz “gaming-optimized” wireless (with the use of a provided dongle), or plain old corded USB, the K63 is able to offer up to 75 hours of rechargeable battery life. Each key is individually back-lit by customizable blue LEDs and sit atop the favorite switch for many, the Cherry MX Red switches. Lighting of the K63 can be configured using Corsair’s own utility engine (CUE) software and allows the user to customize their experience with vibrant lighting and dynamic, reactive visuals, alongside per-key macros and programmable keys.
Corsair K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard
A caveat to any wireless communication is security. It’s something that seems like a no-brainer to most but not all solutions are created the same. With security in mind, Corsair engineered the K63 with 128-bit AES encryption, protecting your keystrokes from potential wireless eavesdropping (but it adds enough latency to be avoided for gaming). The K63 lacks a tenkey layout, allowing for what Corsair calls a “clean and minimalist desktop.” Because of the K63’s compactness, it sits well in the lapboard that Corsair designed to work alongside the K63. When docked, the K63 sits flush on the lapboard is surrounded by comfortable memory foam. This foam securely holes the K63 in place when in use and also surrounds a replaceable full-size mouse pad, making the K63 and lapboard perfect for big screen gaming from the couch.
Also announced today was the Corsair DARK CORE RGB wireless gaming mouse. Using the same wireless chipset as the K63, the DARK CORE RGB allows the user to decide the best way to connect their mouse. Sporting a 16,000 DPI optical sensor and RGB configurability within CUE, the DARK CORE RGB should be perfect for most any gamer. The DARK CORE RGB also offers up to 24 hours of continuous battery life and should your battery get critically low while in-game, it can be used while charging via its USB charging cable.
Corsair DARK CORE RGB Wireless Gaming Mouse
Of all that was being announced, the most impressive was the MM1000 Qi wireless charging mousepad. With a Qi charging pad in the upper right-hand corner of the MM1000, the DARK CORE RGB needs never be cabled. While only functional when placed directly on top of the Qi pad, meaning it will not charge the mouse while in use, placing the mouse in the correct location when away from your PC will ensure a fully charged mouse at all times. One of the best features about the MM1000 is its flexibility. Using the Qi protocol, any device capable of wireless charging can be used on the MM1000. With available adapters, even devices that are unable to use wireless charging can still be charged on the mousepad. Measuring 260mm x 350mm, the MM1000 is large enough for almost any use case.
The K63 and lapboard are available as of now and the MM1000 and DARK CORE RGB will see a release later this month.