Using CORSAIR Peripherals with iCUE for macOS

If you’re a fan of CORSAIR peripherals, use macOS, and have always wanted that next level of customization, we’re happy to announce CORSAIR iCUE software for macOS. iCUE gives you near unlimited customization options for your peripherals’ glorious RGB lighting.

To download iCUE for macOS, click the link below:

www.corsair.com/downloads

Depending on your device, and when it was last updated, there may be a few steps needed before you can take advantage of all the features that iCUE for Mac has to offer.  You can verify which firmware version is currently installed in the iCUE software under the settings tab.  If your firmware version starts with 3.XX, you are ready to go, and don’t require any further steps to use your device on macOS.

We’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you and put together a list of legacy devices that require a firmware update:

KeyboardsMice
K95 Platinum RGB K66 Dark Core RGB SE
K95 RGB K65 Rapidfire RGB Dark Core RGB
K70 Rapidfire RGB K65 RGB LUX Scimitar Pro RGB
K70 Rapidfire K65 LUX Scimitar RGB
K70 LUX RGB K65 RGB M65 Pro RGB
K70 LUX K63 Wireless SE M65 RGB
K70 RGB K63 Wireless Sabre RGB Optical
K68 RGB STRAFE RGB Sabre RGB Laser
K68 STRAFE Katar

Your device can be identified using either the product name or part number indicated on the product label.  Depending on the type of device you have, the product label will be in one of the following locations:

  • Keyboards and Wireless Mice labels will be on the underside of the device
  • Part Numbers will start with a “CH-“
  • Wired Mice will be on the tag near the USB.

If you find yourself owning one of these legacy devices and isn’t detected in the iCUE software for macOS, you will need access to a PC running Windows with iCUE installed to perform the required firmware update.  Simply connect your legacy device to the Windows PC and follow the steps in the How-To video below to perform the update within the iCUE software:

Your CORSAIR Legacy Device should now be detected in the iCUE software for your Mac.  If you are having trouble with these instructions, or continue to experience issues with your CORSAIR device after manually updating it, contact us at https://help.corsair.com and would be happy to help.


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!

Setting Up Your Peripherals for Xbox One

We recently announced compatibility for a wide selection of our peripherals with the Xbox One as an Xbox licensed hardware partner. Bringing the same high-performance gaming experience that you enjoy on your PC to the Xbox One.

Getting Started

While you can simply plug and play your mouse and keyboard into your Xbox One, we recommend configuring your peripherals on a PC with our iCUE software. In games that recently added mouse and keyboard support, you may experience some input latency as the developers fine-tune peripheral support, so the below steps will help ensure the best gaming experience.

1. Install iCUE from corsair.com and launch

Note: If you already have iCUE installed, update to the latest version if prompted

2. Go to the settings panel and click the device you wish to modify for Xbox One

3. Click “Update” firmware to ensure your device is up-to-date

4. Click the “Polling rate” drop down box and select “125 Hz / 8 msec”

Note: This is recommended especially for mice to reduce visible lag in certain games

While in iCUE you may wish to configure your mouse sensitivity through the DPI tab on the left. If your mouse or keyboard have onboard storage for hardware profiles, you can also save lighting and other settings directly to your peripherals so that they’re available to you when you’re connected to your Xbox One console.

Going Wired

Connecting a set of wired peripherals to the Xbox One is simple. If your keyboard has a USB pass-through, plug both USB cables into the back of your Xbox One console and plug your mouse into the pass-through port. If you have a stereo CORSAIR headset such as the VOID Stereo and HS50, or a headset with a removable USB adapter such as the VOID PRO Surround and HS60, you can plug the three-pole 3.5mm jack directly into your Xbox One controller’s headset port or the headset port on the back of the console to enable game audio and voice chat.

Going Wireless

Wireless peripherals such as the K63 Wireless keyboard and DARK CORE RGB Wired / Wireless mouse may also be used with the Xbox One. Ensure that both peripherals are in 2.4GHz wireless mode (not Bluetooth) and plug their respective wireless receivers into available USB ports on the Xbox One console.

For best performance, use the provided USB cable adapter and the charging/data cable so that you can position the USB receivers in clear view of their respective peripherals. (For more information, check out our blog on getting the best wireless performance).

NOTE: DARK CORE currently supports Minecraft and an update will be released soon to enable better compatibility with other Xbox One games.

Going wireless allows for more flexibility, letting you clear your desk of unnecessary cable clutter, or allowing you to take advantage of our K63 Wireless gaming lapboard accessory.

The K63 Wireless gaming lapboard securely houses your K63 Wireless keyboard and provides a cloth gaming surface for the DARK CORE RGB mouse, providing the ultimate setup to enjoy gaming with a keyboard and mouse from the comfort of your couch.

Game On!

And that’s it! We’re excited to help bring the ultimate keyboard and mouse experience to the Xbox One. For more information, please make sure to check out our detailed compatibility list. Happy gaming!

Keycap Crash Course: Everything You Need To Know About CORSAIR Keycaps

When using your PC, whether it’s fragging in your favorite FPS title, casting spells in the latest expansion of a popular MMORPG, or engaging in a heated debate on Reddit, there is one constant ⎼ your keyboard is the primary input method and link between you and your rig. Your keyboard and its keycaps have to feel good, look good, and not crack under the pressure. Fortunately, CORSAIR offers high quality ABS keycaps with our keyboards, as well as a PBT Doubleshot keycap upgrade for power users and those looking to refresh their favorite keyboard. So, just what does this all mean? Keep reading to find out, as we take a look at the differences between ABS and PBT, and discuss how keycaps are produced!

ABS – What is it?

ABS or polyacrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene is a very versatile polymer used in a wide range of applications. It’s also the most commonly used plastic for keycaps. ABS is relatively strong, lightweight, and easy to work with, making it an ideal candidate for mass production. ABS is the industry standard for keycaps, and a great choice for most people. However, ABS can wear down over time and become “shiny”, and it is slightly more prone to discoloration from UV light or solvents like acetone. From a manufacturing standpoint, ABS keycaps are single injection molded and either dyed or screen-printed the desire color. Then, the legends are either screen-printed or laser-etched to the surface of the keycap.

PBT Doubleshot – What is it?

PBT or polybutylene terephthalate is a polymer that’s often used as an electrical insulator, for example, in automotive electrical connectors, but it also has many other uses. PBT has very high wear resistance and it’s also resistant to UV discoloration, which are both highly desirable qualities for parts under constant use, such as keycaps for a keyboard. PBT also has a slightly grainy texture (shown below), and since it’s very wear resistant, the keys won’t become shiny and smooth under normal use.

Enlarged to show texture of PBT material

Now that you know a little bit about the material, let’s discuss the molding process used for our premium keycaps. Typically, keycaps are injection molded from one plastic, translucent for backlit keyboards or opaque for non-backlit keyboards. After molding is complete, the keycaps are dyed. In contrast, our PBT Doubleshot keycaps use a “doubleshot” molding process where the base plastic is injection molded, then another plastic, usually in another color and opacity, is molded over the base. Don’t let the term “doubleshot” fool you; more than two colors may be used. Shown below is the underside of our premium keycaps. Notice the translucent plastic making up the connector stem and underside of the top plate, while the rest of the keycap is opaque white.

Underside of PBT Doubleshot keycaps

Benefits of Upgrading to PBT

As mentioned earlier, there are some major benefits when upgrading to our PBT Doubleshot keycaps. First, PBT’s wear resistance is much higher than ABS plastic, and this ensures the texture of the keycaps remains intact for a long time. Another benefit is the “doubleshot” molding process which means the lettering and texture stand up better to heavy usage. The biggest benefit is refreshing a keyboard you love with a simple and inexpensive upgrade, rather than springing for a whole new keyboard. Replacing the keycaps is a quick process, especially since the keycap set includes a keycap puller, and many people end up preferring the feel of the PBT keycaps after they’ve upgraded.

What’s Best for You?

Are you a casual gamer or light PC user? ABS is probably going to suit you just fine.

Are you a heavy/power PC user or a hardcore gamer? PBT might be a better choice, since your keycaps are under heavy, constant use.

Where to Buy

We offer our PBT Doubleshot keycaps in black and white in our online store. Both colors have a translucent base layer and are compatible with most of our RGB keyboards. Additionally, the beautiful K70 RGB Mk. 2 SE includes the white PBT Doubleshot keycaps (shown below), which can also be found in our online store.

K70 RGB MK.2 SE

What’s Included?

Our PBT Doubleshot keycap sets come in full 104/105 configurations to cater to users who want either US ANSI or International ISO layouts, and includes a keycap puller to make the upgrade quick and easy.

Full 104/105 Configuration Keycaps Included

As always, thanks for reading and happy gaming!

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