Introducing the K57 RGB Wireless

A little while back we announced our new K57 RGB Wireless keyboard. The K57 RGB Wireless is a unique entry into the gaming peripheral market due to it being membrane keyboard, using SLIPSTREAM Wireless and CAPELLIX LEDs, two of CORSAIR’s newest technologies.

As the first wireless keyboard to utilize SLIPSTREAM Wireless and the first peripheral to use CAPELLIX LEDs, the K57 is a great entry point for anyone seeking a high-performance wireless keyboard with advanced LED technology. The combination of SLIPSTREAM’s incredible speed and CAPELLIX ’s energy savings lends itself to great battery life while increasing performance. With full RGB lighting, users can expect up to 35 hours of battery life, and with no LEDs on, a whopping 175 hours of battery life; that’s over a full week of use! The K57 RGB Wireless began as a wireless version of our popular K55 RGB, but during development, we saw the perfect opportunity to integrate these amazing new technologies. The K57 with CAPELLIX LEDs offers incredible brightness, as well as per-key RGB lighting effects, giving nearly unlimited customizability with our amazing iCUE software.

CORSAIR’s SLIPSTREAM technology offers the best performance for wireless devices with sub-1ms response times. Additionally, with intelligent frequency switching, SLIPSTREAM will always keep your devices in the least congested sub-frequencies for reliable and fast performance. Speaking of reliability, there’s no question that LEDs are the best source of illumination. CAPELLIX LEDs take the renowned reliability and offer the added benefit of flexibility and miniaturization. At a fraction of the size of a standard RGB LED, CAPELLIX LEDs shine brighter and can be installed in numerous places, thanks to the awesome manufacturing process of being printed directly on the circuit board.

CORSAIR decided to use the K57 RGB Wireless to debut SLIPSTREAM Wireless and CAPELLIX LEDs in our keyboard product line primarily due to accessibility. By featuring these technologies in an affordable product, more people can enjoy the experience of having some of the newest tech in their hands. We wanted to make sure everyone got a chance to enjoy two technologies we’re very proud of here at CORSAIR. We worked hard to make SLIPSTREAM wireless the best, most responsive wireless protocol we could, and CAPELLIX LEDs are similarly groundbreaking. Instead of limiting them only to premiere products, we felt it better to use them where they could do the most good – by improving performance and battery life in our mainstream wireless gaming keyboard.

Discussing the K57 RGB Wireless on our AMA Livestream in August 2019

While the K57 RGB Wireless keyboard is a membrane keyboard, even keyboard elitists who have seen and used the keyboard in person at PAX West 2019 were astounded to find out it wasn’t mechanical, noting that keystrokes were comfortable, both in actuation feel and force. Another benefit of the membrane actuation is very quiet operation, which is something a lot of streamers look for in keyboards so their viewers don’t hear the constant clacking of the keys, especially in areas where a wireless keyboard excels, like the living room.

Many younger gamers and their parents were excited to hear that it was wireless with per-key RGB lighting for $99.99 MSRP, a price facilitated by the fact that it’s a membrane keyboard. The features and technologies the K57 offers at this price point are unique in the industry, and this makes it a perfect keyboard for both new users and veterans, gamers and content creators, or for those who just want a reliable wireless keyboard for any situation.

If the K57 RGB Wireless sounds like just the keyboard you’ve been searching for, head over to corsair.com to check it out!

How to: Connect and Configure Your K83 Wireless

So you got your hands on the awesome new CORSAIR K83 Wireless. Sure, it looks and feels amazing, but you bought it because you want the best in media control for home entertainment. We’re going to help you set it up so you can kick back and relax knowing you’ve got all your media at your fingertips.


Initial Setup: Out of the Box

Out of the box, your K83 Wireless and the included USB dongle are already paired together, so you can use it as soon as you plug the dongle in to your PC and turn the keyboard on, but there are a few things you should know. First, you’ll want to make sure to fully charge the keyboard. Next, in order to the install the proper drivers and ensure you have the latest firmware, you need to plug both the dongle and keyboard into open USB ports on a PC. For the keyboard, connect using the included USB cable.

Once the drivers are installed and firmware is up to date, you can disconnect the USB cable from the keyboard and PC. Now, you should see a “Touchpad” section in Windows Settings > Devices, which will offer some customization. However, for finer adjustment, our powerful iCUE software is the perfect tool to tailor the K83 Wireless exactly how you want it.

Lastly, since the K83 Wireless is such a versatile device, it’s likely that you’ll want to use it to control media devices like an Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV. If you just want to connect to your favorite media device, move to the next section – Basic Setup. If you want to do some advanced configurations, see the Advanced Setup section further down.


Basic Setup: Connecting K83 Wireless to Various Devices

Bluetooth Pairing Mode:
The K83 Wireless can store two different Bluetooth connections which makes it incredibly easy to use it with multiple devices. To use Bluetooth mode, you must first pair the K83 Wireless to your media device. To do this, hold Fn+F6 or Fn+F7 depending on which connection you want to pair. If you used F6, the LED near the Esc key will flash blue, and if you used F7, it will flash cyan.

Switching Between Devices:
To switch between bluetooth or 2.4GHz, simply press F5, F6, or F7 without the Fn key. The color of the LED near the Esc key will change to white, blue, or cyan, respectively, depending on the connection.


Amazon Fire TV

  • Open “Settings” then navigate to “Controllers and Bluetooth Devices” and select “Other Bluetooth Devices”
  • Click “Add Bluetooth Devices”
  • Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode
  • Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearby devices
  • Your Amazon Fire TV and K83 Wireless should now be connected

Android Mobile Devices

  • Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode
  • Open Android Bluetooth settings
    • Some devices may require clicking “Pair new device” or something along those lines
  • Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearby devices
  • Type the PIN code on the K83 Wireless, then press enter
  • Your Android Device and K83 Wireless should now be connected

Android has a built-in cursor, so you can navigate with the joystick or touchpad immediately

Note: The built-in Android physical keyboard settings show keyboard shortcuts for the operating system and app operations.


Apple TV

  • Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode
  • Open Apple TV settings, then navigate to “Remotes and Devices”
  • Select “Bluetooth”
  • Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearby devices
  • If Apple TV might requests that you enter a four digit code/PIN, do so
  • Your Apple TV and K83 Wireless should now be connected

Nvidia Shield TV

  • Open Shield TV settings, then navigate to the “Remotes & Accessories” section
  • Select “Add Accessory”
  • Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode
  • Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearby devices
  • Your Shield TV and K83 Wireless should now be connected

Samsung Smart TV

  • Open “Settings” then navigate to “System” and select “Input Device Manager”
  • Select “Add Bluetooth Keyboard & Gamepad”
  • Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode
  • Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearby devices
  • Select “Pair and connect”
  • Click “OK” once the connection has been made
  • Your Samsung Smart TV and K83 Wireless are now connected

Note: Due to the number of different models of Samsung TVs, these instructions may differ for your specific model


Advanced Setup: Configuring your K83 Wireless with iCUE

Once iCUE and the device drivers are installed, open the software. With iCUE, you can configure many different aspects of the K83 Wireless, everything from remapping keys to adjusting touchpad sensitivity. You can also update the firmware to keep the device current and working as smoothly as possible.

  • Device Settings
    • At the top of the iCUE window, the Settings tab will open global settings for all iCUE enabled devices on your system
    • Clicking the K83 Wireless icon will display information about your K83 Wireless, such as battery level and brightness, but also gives options such as a configurable auto shutoff, auto LED shutoff, enabling custom gestures, etc.
    • If you need to re-pair your K83 Wireless to the USB dongle
      • Put it into 2.4GHz pairing mode by holding Fn + F5 until the LED near the Esc key begins to blink white
      • Once the LED is blinking, click the “Initiate Pairing” button in iCUE and wait until the keyboard connects

Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the Settings section, click anywhere outside the Device Settings window to go back to the main iCUE window, then find and click on the device tile for the K83 Wireless.

On the left side of the window, there are six (6) sections: Actions, Gestures, Lighting Effects, Calibration, Navigation Control, and Performance. Each of these gives you the ability to configure different aspects of the K83 Wireless. Read on to learn about them!


  • Actions
    • Set custom actions for any of the standard keyboard keys, such as macros, remaps, and more
      • Click the “+” button to add a new action to the list
      • Use the drop-down menu to select what action you want a key to perform, then configure the settings for that action
      • Select one of the keys on the image of the K83 Wireless to to use for selected action

  • Gestures
    • To enable custom gestures in iCUE, click Settings at the top of the iCUE window, then click the “K83 Wireless” icon
    • Next, click the checkbox for “Enable Gestures Customization”
    • Now, navigate back to the main iCUE screen. On the left, you’ll see many options for gestures.
    • By default, all the gestures shown are activated, but use the Windows default actions for these gestures
      • To change the action a gesture will perform, select the desired gesture on the left. Then, using the dropdown menu, select one of the actions to perform

  • Lighting Effects
    • With Lighting Effects, you can set the brightness of your K83’s backlight, as well as select between no effect, static color, or pulse

  • Calibration
    • The calibration option is specifically for the joystick and can help ensure you have a consistent experience when using it. To calibrate, make sure you’re not touching the joystick, then click “Begin Recalibration.”

  • Navigation Control
    • Navigation control allows you to adjust settings for the navigation inputs, like touchpad pointer speed and joystick sensitivity.

  • Performance
    • Under the performance tab, you can select what behavior you want from the F-Lock button, whether that’s disabling the Windows key, touchpad, etc.

Now that you’re all connected, what are you waiting for? Watch your favorite show, browse the web, play a game! Whatever it is you plan to do, the K83 Wireless will be the perfect companion for your home entertainment setup. If you have any other questions, suggestions, or comments, join us on our community forums, Discord Server, or Reddit. Thanks!

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